Spiced Sirloin Burgers

Nobody has to know what’s in these tasty burgers. Treat it like a secret recipe you’re forbidden to share! My boys love these burgers served in the classic way, on a bun. I like them alone with a cool yogurt dip, such as the one I serve with these burgers.

  • 1 pound ground beef sirloin
  • 1 small white onion, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1/2 medium zucchini, peeled and grated
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg

  • In a large bowl, combine the ground beef with the grated onion, garlic, zucchini, panko, parsley, cumin, salt, pepper and egg. Mash with a fork to combine. Using clean hands, form the mixture into six uniform patties. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
  • Heat grill to medium high direct. Grill burgers to just a minute or two shy of the desired temperature. Remove burgers from grill and cover tightly with foil for 5 minutes. The burgers will finish cooking while resting and in the process, they’ll be very juicy.
  • Quick Tips
  • 1. I wasn’t sure how the added zucchini was going to go over. In truth, I was most concerned about my biggest boy (the husband). No one noticed. If you are looking to be stealthy, be sure to peel them to avoid the telltale green flecks. If you have a more easy-going crowd, go ahead and leave them unpeeled for more fiber and a smattering of pretty green peeking out here and there.
  • 2. These burgers have a lot of spice without being spicy. This is my favorite way to introduce my kids to new flavors – take an item they love, then spice it up in a new way and hope they devour it. They did.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Cooking time: 15 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 6

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