Zucchini Beef Burgers

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148 CALORIES 7g CARBS 6g FAT 18g PROTEIN
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In today’s edition of “hide the vegetables” we trick our meat loving friends into indulging in a zucchini laden beef burger… One of my favorite requests is from folks looking to find secret ways to “hide” veggies to help unsuspecting “veggie haters” get more greens in their diet. One way I love to do this is with pasta sauce like this Cauliflower Alfredo or Carrot Mac and Cheese and burgers can be a surprisingly easy place to hide veggies. In this recipe we are going to add lots of shredded zucchini to our burger meat and impart some great flavors with spices so that the zucchini will go virtually undetected. Once you layer it into a hearty roll and load it up with condiments, no one will be wise to the fact that they are eating their veggies too.
The Recipe

Zucchini Beef Burgers

PREP TIME: 15 Min
COOK TIME: 10 Min
TOTAL TIME: 25 Min
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Ingredients

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  • 1 lb zucchini
  • 1 lb 95% lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs (almond meal for low carb)
  • 1 U clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup onion, minced
  • 3/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne or chili pepper
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Salt to taste

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Instructions

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1

This step is extremely important. Use a box grater to shred your zucchini. Then using a cheesecloth, clean towel, or paper towels squeeze the zucchini until you remove most of the moisture. You will be shocked at how much water comes out. The more you can squeeze out, the better the burgers will come out. I recommend squeezing it out in batches since smaller bunches are easier.

2

Mix together the shredded zucchini, beef, and remaining ingredients. Form into patties.

3

Brush the burgers with olive oil and then season with salt on both sides.

4

Cook in a medium hot skillet for 4-5 minutes per side or grill.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 burger (164g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 148
Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
9%
Saturated Fat 2g
10%
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 47mg
16%
Sodium 90mg
4%
Total Carbohydrate 7g
2%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 2g
Protein 18g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

Notes

For low carb, gluten free, clean eating replace the breadcrumbs with 1 egg white or flaxseed meal
† SmartPoints™ and PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
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