(Healthy) Burgers That Your Kids Will Love

A side note first: I’m so excited! My friend Jen surprised me and is flying out from New Jersey in a few days for my birthday! J I’ll try to post some photos this week from the writing conference I spoke at, but if I don’t’ get a chance, I’ll do it next week for sure. (For those of you who were there, it was great to see you!)

Bear with me… I’m putting up some archives again this week since Jen will be here, but I’ve got a couple of posts coming in the near future that I’m really looking forward to sharing:

The girl in the mirror (thoughts on eating disorders and some great resources)

-Involving your kids when disaster strikes (your kids can help when disasters occur; teaching them to help others helps them too)

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(Healthy) Burgers That Your Kids Will Love

*originally posted Feb. 2010

Today, for Mom-Monday, I’m sharing a recipe from our neighbor Sam that your kids will love.
Sam and his wife Michelle live a few houses down from us and they’re great cooks (she made a delicious chicken salad when they had us over for dinner a while ago, and he made that awesome Greek soup I told you about).

I love how his (healthy) burger recipe includes zucchini!

Mike and I made these burgers for the kids a few times and they didn’t know there were vegetables in them until after we told them. It was great!…

Sam’s (Healthy) Burgers That Your Kids Will Love


-2 lbs lean ground meat (either sirloin or white turkey)

-2 whole fresh zucchini (that you will grate with your cheese grater)

-1 yellow onion, diced

-2 to 3 garlic cloves, diced

-1 pkg dried Lipton onion soup mix

-1 to 1.5 cups grated cheese Mix ingredients well and make patties.

Sam makes large patties for the adults and kid-sized ones for the kids. Place a sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil on BBQ and spray with cooking spray. Cook on high for about 5 min then flip for another 5. With this foil technique you will avoid the burgers breaking apart as well as flare-ups on the grill. Yet, you still end up with all that BBQ flavor. The last important step: place burgers on a platter and cover with foil. This ensures they are extra juicy and flavorful.

Sam says your kids will love these burgers and your neighbors (that would be me!) will smell the BBQ goodness and request the recipe.



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  1. How fun that you'll get so spend your birthday with your friend! Enjoy!

  2. I printed this out the first time you posted it and we've never made them! Maybe now with potentially warmer weather approaching (and I say "warmer" reluctantly, so as not to jinx it) we will be able to fire up the grill and get these burgers cookin'!Hope you are well and enjoy your birthday with your friend!Peace and blessings!Jeanine

  3. Jeanine,I hope the warmer weather comes soon… I think your kiddos will like these!Hugs,Genny

  4. Enjoy your time with your friend! What an awesome birthday! BTW – I love hiding vegetables. I do that with my Tortilini Soup:) My boys will eat anything as long as they don't know it's there. LOL

  5. Wow, imagine how surprised I was to view this recipe utilizing grated zucchini when I just incorporated grated zucchini this weekend in my nutritious, baked Salmon Balls!!! Prepare Alaskan Sockeye Red Salmon as you would a meatloaf mixture: egg, ketchup, Worc.Sauce, paprika, salt and pepper. But include now some grated zucchini and some Panko crumbs. Bake Salmon Balls on parchment paper-lined baking sheet at 350 degrees F. until browned.

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