The recipe’s sour cream sauce is spectacular with these burgers, but the original recipe makes at least twice as much as is needed for one batch of patties. Also, the original sauce includes sumac, a lemony spice many here do not have easy access to. So I halved the sour cream sauce amounts and used a little more lemon juice in place of the sumac.
Spicy Turkey and Zucchini Burger Recipe
- Prep time: 25 minutes
- Cook time: 25 minutes
- Yield: Serves 4-6
Recipe adapted from the cookbook Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi.
- 1 pound ground turkey meat
- Just under 2 cups, lightly packed, coarsely grated zucchini (from about 2 to 3 small zucchinis or one medium zucchini)
- 3 green onions, thinly sliced, onion greens included
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint (spearmint)
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (tender stems included)
- 1 clove garlic, crushed and minced
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Sour cream sauce:
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
- Make the sour cream sauce by placing all of the sauce ingredients in a bowl and stirring until combined. Chill until ready to use.
- Mix the turkey zucchini mixture: In a large bowl place the grated zucchini, sliced green onions, chopped mint, cilantro, and garlic, ground cumin, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Stir to combine. With your hands, mix in the ground turkey until the zucchini mixture is well distributed through the ground turkey.
- Form patties: Use your hands to form 3 to 4 inch wide patties, placing them on a baking sheet. Note that the patties will be rather wet, so they may be a little tricky to handle.
- Fry gently: Heat 3 Tbsp of olive oil in a large frying pan on medium high heat. Once the oil is hot, lower the heat to medium.
- Working in batches, place the patties in the pan. Let cook for about 5 minutes, then flip the patties over and cook for another 5 to 6 minutes. You want them to brown and to gently cook all the way through. If the temperature is too high, they’ll get browned on the outside but the inside will still be raw. So, cook them gently. If the outsides are browned and the insides still aren’t done, lower the heat and cook longer.
- Remove to paper-towel lined plate: Once the first batch of patties are done, remove to a paper towel-lined plate while you cook the second batch. Or you can keep the patties warm in a 200°F oven.
Makes 8 large patties or up to 18 small ones. Serve with the sour cream sauce.