Chicken and Zucchini Burgers are moist, easy to make, and are a healthy burger that will quickly become a family favorite. To make sure these burgers come out perfectly every time, there are some important things to keep in mind.
One of the most important steps to making sure this burger comes out is squeezing out all the moisture from the zucchini. The first way to do that is by salting the zucchini and letting it sit over for at least ten minutes. The salt pulls the liquid out of the zucchini. You will see the zucchini juice start to drain out almost immediately. Then you need to really squeeze out the remaining liquid with a cloth. Squeeze really hard and get out as much moisture as possible. This step is super important because if the zucchini has too much moisture, the burgers will not hold together well.
The ricotta cheese adds both flavor and moisture to the burgers. The flavor is super mild so even if you don’t like ricotta, you will probably still like these burgers. However, if ricotta really isn’t your thing, you can substitute cottage cheese, cheddar, mozzarella, pepper jack, feta, goat cheese, or almost any other cheese you like. You can also leave it out completely.
These burgers are designed to be made without breadcrumbs or flour so that they can be gluten-free and low carb. And as long as you squeeze out the zucchini, they will hold together. If you want to add flour or breadcrumbs, you can. It also is a good option if you feel like the patties aren’t staying together.
If you have had trouble with meat or burgers sticking to your grill, then I would recommend grilling these burgers on a piece of foil to prevent them from sticking. Just spray the foil and then place it directly on the grill grates and cook the burgers right on the foil. This will help prevent sticking and keep the burgers from falling apart.
There are all kinds of different ways to season these burgers. The recipe includes an Italian style spice blend with garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and onion powder but don’t be scared to get creative and try out different flavor combinations.
Make a Southwestern style burger with paprika, cumin, chili powder, and coriander. Consider using cheddar or pepper jack cheese.
Curry burger with gram masala curry powder and a touch of cayenne powder.
Try a Greek burger with dill, oregano, thyme, and garlic powder and top with tzatziki.
Cilantro lime burger by adding fresh cilantro, lime zest, and cumin to the patties.
Make it a Ranch burger by adding either store bought or homemade ranch seasoning to the burger patties.
Taco burgers are easy too with homemade or store bought taco seasoning.
Cranberry burgers are really tasty made with the seasoning combo included in the recipe and then topped with cranberry sauce, spinach, and goat cheese.