Try a Healthy Recipe at the Fourth of July Barbecue
As we look forward to Fourth of July Barbecues, it’s hard to fight those cravings for a really juicy hamburgers, pork-chops or grilled chicken.
But this recipe for Zucchini Hamburgers tastes great and it’s not all that hard to make. It is a recipe that calls for frying, but if you’re careful, you can cook it with a minimum amount of canola oil.
Our recipe is set up to make four burgers, you can double up the recipe by making multiple batches if you want to serve a bigger group.
Let’s Start the Quick Prep
First, you’ll want to hard boil three eggs in a pan, 8 minutes is plenty. When the eggs cooled down, peel the shells and remove the egg whites, then chop up the whites coarsely and set them aside. We won’t be using the yolks in this recipe.
While the eggs are boiling, you’ll want to shred 2 cups of zucchini using a mandolin or one of the other clever tools we mentioned in our last recipe. Drop the shredded Zucchini in a colander and squeeze it by hand or with a spatula to remove the liquid. This will make it easier to mix and cook in the following steps.
Find a small bowl and add all the zucchini, along with a finely chopped up medium onion, half a cup of dried breadcrumbs, two lightly beat whole eggs, a dash of salt and a dash of cayenne pepper. After that’s mixed together, you’ll gently stir in the cooked egg whites that you made in the first step.
Now it’s time to cook up our Zucchini Burgers
Take a skillet and put it on the stove over medium low heat. Add a tablespoon of canola oil. When the oil starts to shimmer, it’s hot enough.
The next steps are little bit tricky — it’s like making drop cookies right on the stove — so you’ll need both a spoon and a spatula at the ready. Using the spoon, drop your zucchini mix into the skillet, about two thirds of a cup is perfect. Flatten it into a burger shape with your spatula, and fry it until it’s golden brown on both sides (about 5 minutes in total should be good).
If you’re an experienced cook with a large skillet, you can probably fry all four at one time. But, if it’s the first time you’re trying this recipe, you might want to cook one at a time to get a feel for how long it needs to cook on your stove. Also, you may need to add a little more canola oil as you cook the second, third and fourth burger.
Fully Dressed Hamburgers?
The next step is really up to you, it depends on how you like to eat your hamburgers. Before slathering on a lot of mayonnaise or other high-fat content spreads, you owe it to yourself to give it a try without a lot of condiments— maybe just some lettuce, a slice of tomato and a slice of onion on a nice whole-wheat or gluten-free hamburger bun would be perfect.
We think you’ll find this an excellent low-fat alternative to regular hamburgers and hope you’ll try it at your next Fourth of July Backyard Barbecue.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need the recipe:
3 to 5 Fresh Zucchinis (Enough to Make 2 Cups of Shredded Zucchini)
Five Eggs (Three to Hard Boil, Two to Cook with.)
1/2 Cup Dried Breadcrumbs
Dash Cayenne Pepper
2 Tablespoons Canola Oil
Four Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns
Four Lettuce Leaves.
Four Slices Tomato
Four Slices Onion