Zucchini Burger

It’s my first ever zucchini week! I have a lot of zucchini. Here’s the story.

When we planted the garden we all thought we didn’t plant zucchini so . . . we planted more zucchini a month later. Fast forward from the end of May to the end of August. We now realized that we did indeed plant zucchini and that we actually planted twice the zucchini we had planned on. Which means,

I have a lot of zucchini. And I need a way to use some of this stuff!

For my mom’s birthday I made these zucchini burgers. We went to the park and had a picnic. It was a really nice night. Relaxing, except for the multiple times I had to put my daughter in time out and when the place we wanted to go in the park was actually reserved the entire day for a family reunion. We totally crashed it though. I mean you can’t reserve play ground equipment! That’s not allowed in my book.


Here are my patties all formed. These were actually elk instead of beef. I was born and raised on elk. Notice how the front right one is dented a lot in the middle? I learned that tip from Rachel Ray. You make the middle dented because that’s the part that takes the longest to cook. But when it’s done cooking the middle with actually raise up and you’ll never notice. Makes for a more evenly cooked burger.

Here’s a close up of the burger.

Here’s the finished products! Notice how they are all flat in the middle instead of indented? Thanks Rachel.

I just have to add that I made that pickle, that’s why it looks a little funky. I also grew that tomato and the lettuce. Unfortunately I did not make the bun. I haven’t had the guts to make buns yet.


1 pound hamburger or elk burger (I used elk and my elk wasn’t weighed so you can use more or less)

1/2 tablespoon parsley

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon cumin

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 egg

1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 teaspoon prepared mustard

Combine all ingredients and form the meat into patties. Making the middle of the patties dented. Cook until hamburgers are to your preference.

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