Sunday, September 6, 2015

Grilled Chili Garlic Turkey Burgers & Zucchini Parmesan Fritters

This evening I prepared Grilled Chili Garlic Turkey Burgers for dinner. I also made my Easy Coleslaw and some super simple Zucchini Parmesan Fritters to go with them. Sort of a last blast to summer. I even tossed a few organic strawberries on our plates (did you hear that "summer" is time for you to take your heat and humidity and get out of town). LOL

The meal was a great combination of flavors with the mildly spicy and flavorful Asian style burgers (bump up the chili garlic sauce a bit if you like it a little spicier); the cool slightly sweet coleslaw was a nice contrast; and the Zucchini Parmesan Fritters were a nice neutral addition.

To make the Zucchini Parmesan Fritters, mix 2 cups of extremely well drained grated zucchini (I lightly salted it and wrapped in paper towels to draw excess fluid out and let sit about 20 minutes, then squeezed it dry before adding it to the bowl), 1 large egg, 2 sliced green onions, 1/2 to 2/3 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese (powdery style), and salt and pepper, to taste. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls in a skillet with olive oil over medium high heat and cook until golden; flip and repeat. I dusted them with a bit of smoked paprika when done. I kept them warm on a baking sheet in a 300 degree oven until all were done. It made 10 to 12 small fritters (keep them small to make easier to flip over).

I snapped a few photos of our meal below and included the easy peasy recipe for the Grilled Chili Garlic Turkey Burgers. Enjoy!

Grilled Chili Garlic Turkey Burgers


2 pounds ground turkey (I used 85% lean)
1 rounded tablespoon chili garlic sauce, or to taste
2 green spring onions, thinly sliced
1 small grated carrot
2 tablespoons organic gluten free Tamari sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoons honey (I used sugar free honey substitute), optional
2 tablespoons peanut flour, optional


In a medium bowl, combine ground turkey, chili garlic sauce, onions, carrots, Tamari, sesame oil, honey and peanut flour. Mix just until combined. Form into 6 to 8 patties with hands moistened with water to prevent from sticking.

Grill on a medium-hot grill (about 375 degrees) for approximately 8 to 10 minutes per side, or until done and juices run clear when lightly pressed with a spatula.

*Note: If a spicier burger is desired, increase chili garlic sauce to 2 tablespoons.



Sabine said...

Hi Gourmet Girl,

I made the zucchini fritters tonight as a side to lamb chops. Hubby's comment on the fritters: they are a keeper; so flavorful. 'Nough said :)
Always looking forward to new posts of yours,

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Sabine,

Thanks so much! So happy you and your hubby enjoyed them...and now you have me thinking about lamb chops again! :-)

unter der laterne said...

hi Ayla, my little grandkids had the best time making zucchini noodles ! I used the large white gadget, is it Padrini ? Just works beautifully. So I want to make the Fritters tonight. This project kept my mind off the horrible fire( The valley fire)
My daughter probably lost her home. the fire came so fast , that she grabbed her little dog and purse, her daughter luckily was out of town, so she had only her son to take care off, he was panicking, he has severe autism . The flames were licking at her down stair porch. She had to drive through flames to save her life. My former son in law , whom we love like our own, is not sure tht his house is still standing as it was in the path of the fire. He could not even grab his phone, he only has his two little dogs with him. The firemen said in the news that they never in their life encountered such a fast fire. People had no time to prepare !
The fire is raging on ! Please send us some rain! Take care Barbara.

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Barbara,

So happy you enjoyed making the zucchini noodles with the Paderno.

I am SO sorry about your daughter's house as well as your former son-in-law's house. The good thing of course is that THEY are okay but how frightening for your daughter and grandson.

Did either of them find out if their homes were destroyed yet??? I am praying that is not the case. How stressful for all involved, including YOU!. Mom's always worry, don't we? Sometimes more than the ones that should be it seems. Were many homes destroyed? We hear about the fires in California but of course, don't have perspective as to how close they are to populated areas. I am praying that all your loved ones are okay and that they did not lose everything. If I could send you rain I most certainly would. Let me know how everyone is doing!!! <3