Grilled Burgers with Garden Vegetables

This tasty version incorporates fresh basil into the patty. Look for grass-fed or organic beef, and organic or free-range turkey.

Per serving: 175 calories; 25 g protein; 11 g fat; 4 g carb; 1 g fiber.
Body+Soul, September 2005
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  • 2 pounds lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1 cup basil leaves finely minced
  • 1 fresh red chili pepper finely minced
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 large green zucchini cut into 1-inch-thick slices
  • 2 medium tomatoes, preferably heirloom or orange cut into 1-inch-thick slices
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Toasted whole-wheat bread or hamburger buns (optional)


  1. Preheat the grill. In a large mixing bowl, mix meat with basil leaves, red chili pepper, and 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt. Cover and refrigerate for 10 minutes.

  2. In a large bowl, gently toss zucchini and tomatoes with 2 tablespoons olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and vinegar.

  3. Divide meat mixture into 8 portions and flatten with your hands to make a patty. Grill hamburgers until meat is cooked through, turning once, about 2 minutes each side.

  4. Grill zucchini and tomatoes, turning them frequently until zucchini softens and both zucchini and tomatoes are browned on both sides.
    To serve, place hamburger between grilled vegetables with or without toasted bread or buns.

Recipe Reviews

Reviews (4)

  • KateDi 24 Dec, 2010

    Defiantly good on a turkey burger.

  • ktfal08 15 Jul, 2010

    The burgers with grilled garden vegetables were very tasty!! I only put in a half cup of basil instead of a whole cup and it was still good. Yummy!

  • kcrozzie 9 Jun, 2008

    The recipe says buns are optional.

  • bluroses 9 Jun, 2008

    Hamburger buns average 110 calories each - with many containing way more. How can this recipe be only 175 total? Or is that just for the meat part? :-(