When I first began Inspiralized, I told myself that the people who were coming to my blog wanted pasta and noodle substitutes.
So, for the first year, I really focused on just doing that. I made Italian pastas, Asian noodle bowls, and even replaced ramen noodles in buns.
Then, I started to branch off. “People want to simply get creative with their veggies! Help them do that.”
From there, I started finding fun ways to incorporate vegetables into traditional dishes. Or, I would simply take a favorite dish and replace the vegetable with its spiralized counterpart.
Sneaking vegetables into your every day favorites is the beauty in Inspiralized – without knowing you’re eating veggies, you are.
I sat down with a pen and paper, put SG Lewis’s Warm on repeat and told myself I could leave until I came up with a creative twist on America’s classic: the burger.
At first, I thought, “Oh, well how about I top the burger with some crispy spiralized sweet potatoes?”
That turned to, “How about I just make a sweet potato burger?” No, no one’s going to want to replace a juicy burger with a carby patty.
Next? “Why don’t I just put a burger atop a bed of spiralized veggies?” Already did that in my cookbook.
Lo and behold, I came up with the idea to add spiralized zucchini into Italian-seasoned ground turkey meat to make a “spiralized burger.”
It worked famously. The moisture in the zucchini keeps the gluten-free burger from becoming a hockey puck. Plus, the zucchini adds flavor and texture to the meal. Most importantly, it’s a sneaky way to eat more vegetables.
I mean, what’s more vegetable unfriendly than a burger? Not any longer!
To complete the meal, serve these burgers with a side salad or some delicious sweet potato fries (I mean, heck, you’re getting your veggies in anyways!) If you really want to go crazy, serve this patty alongside more spiralized veggies (I love this.)
Long story short: use your spiralizer for more than just a pasta substitute – it really can revolutionize the way we perceive and eat vegetables!
Note: You can make 4 small patties or 2 larger, burger-sized patties. The nutritional information below is calculated for 2 large burgers!
Nutritional Information & Recipe
Weight Watchers SmartPoints*: 6 points
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- For the patty:
- 1 cup trimmed Blade D zucchini noodles (about ½ small zucchini)
- ½ pound ground turkey, lean
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Combine all of the ingredients for the patty into a bowl and mix together well. Form two large patties or four smaller ones. Season both sides of the patties with more salt and pepper and set aside.
- Heat the olive oil in a grill pan over medium-high heat. Once heated, add in the zucchini patties and cook for 5 minutes, flip over and cook another 5 minutes or until turkey is cooked through.
- Enjoy over lettuce, in a whole grain bun, on an English muffin or as is, with a side salad or spiralized veggies!