Zucchini Burgers with Roasted Garlic Tzatziki

These zucchini-loaded veggie burgers are too tender for the grill grate, so they’re cooked on a griddle, but they get a great kick from smoked paprika.

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  • 3 pounds zucchini, sliced into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
  • 3 pounds yellow squash, sliced into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups panko
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • Potato rolls, kale leaves, sliced tomato and Roasted Garlic and Sumac Tzatziki (see Note), for serving

How to make this recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°. In a large bowl, toss the zucchini and yellow squash with 6 tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and spread on 2 baking sheets in a single layer. Roast until golden, turning the squash and rotating the baking sheets halfway through, 1 hour. Let cool to room temperature.

  2. In a bowl, combine both paprikas with the cayenne, garlic and 1 tablespoon of salt. In a food processor, pulse the squash and zucchini with the paprika spice mix in 2 batches until finely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in the panko and parsley and mix gently.

  3. Form the mixture into eight 4-inch burgers about 1 inch thick. Arrange the burgers on 
a parchment-lined baking sheet and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  4. On a griddle, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Cook the burgers over moderately high heat until well-browned and heated through, 5 to 7 minutes per side. Set the zucchini 
burgers on the rolls and serve with the toppings.


Use this recipe for Roasted Garlic Tzatziki.

Suggested Pairing

Light-bodied, summery ale.

Contributed By Photo © Adrian Gaut Published June 2016

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Aggregate Rating value: 4

Review Count: 4

Worst Rating: 0

Best Rating: 5

Author Name: Ronda Rose

Review Body: Made these yesterday.  Roasted the zucchini and squash on the grill instead of the oven.  My oh my!  These were good!

Review Rating: 4

Date Published: 2016-06-27

Author Name: Dianne Ely Smith

Review Body: This sounds delicious, but using my oven to roast veggies for an hour in the middle of the hot summer and heating up my house is not something I am going to be doing.   Ronda601 has the better idea - using the grill!   All food magazines/sites need to re-think using an oven so much in the summertime.

Review Rating: 4

Date Published: 2016-06-27

Author Name: Dana Cardona

Review Body: Roasting time in recipe is way too hot/long. 45 mins at 400 was plenty. Flavor is really good, but these are basically bread burgers. I will make again, though! 

Review Rating: 3

Date Published: 2016-08-08

Author Name: Sandy Chiefa

Review Body: MY daughter made these for me.  I'm a vegan. Loved it thanks

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-08-10

Author Name: Summer Tebbs

Review Body: I don't have a food processor. Is there anyway to make this without one?

Date Published: 2016-08-10