Asian Zucchini-and-Chicken Burgers


These tasty burgers are moist and flavorful! My family hates zucchini, but they love these burgers. Once they cook you can't even tell the zucchini is in there! The perfect way to sneak extra veggies into my family's diet while using up the bounty from the garden. Serve with a dill pickle spear on the side.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 burgers



  • 1 pound ground chicken

  • 2 cups shredded zucchini, squeezed dry

  • ½ cup chopped green onions

  • ½ cup bread crumbs

  • 2 teaspoons Asian chile paste (such as sambal oelek)

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • ½ teaspoon fish sauce

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • ¼ cup mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon chile-garlic sauce (such as Sriracha®)

  • 2 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • 4 hamburger buns - split, toasted and buttered

  • 4 lettuce leaves, or to taste

  • 4 tomato slices, or to taste

  • 4 red onion slices, or to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet.

  2. Mix ground chicken, zucchini, green onions, bread crumbs, chile paste, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, fish sauce, ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and salt in a large bowl. Form into 4 patties and place on prepared baking sheet.

  3. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, flip, and continue baking until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 10 minutes more. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  4. Whisk mayonnaise, chile-garlic sauce, mustard, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon pepper together in a bowl.

  5. Spread sauce onto cut sides of hamburger buns. Stack lettuce, tomato, and onion onto one side of each bun. Top vegetables with a burger and complete sandwiches with remaining bun halves.

Cook's Note:

Chicken burgers tend to be quite loose prior to cooking, but don't compensate by adding extra bread crumbs. I like to form them in my hands and place on wax paper until I am ready to cook them.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

506 Calories
21g Fat
47g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 506
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 1038mg 45%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 24mg 118%
Calcium 146mg 11%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 719mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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