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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.

Grilled Burgers with Garden Vegetables

Photography: Matthew Hranek

Source: Body+Soul, September 2005


  • 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.

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