Glorious Green Veggie Chicken Burgers {Paleo, Whole30, egg-free, nut-free}

Burgers have been a classic dinner staple for generations. However, they leave something to be desired on the nutrition front. Not anymore! These Glorious Green Veggie Chicken Burgers are a serious punch of flavor, protein and veggies! Quick and simple to make on a busy weeknight, they keep the fun of the classic burger while serving up a healthy dose of nutrition in every bite!

Glorious Green Veggie Chicken Burgers

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” - Michael Pollan

You guys have probably noticed I reference this quote from time to time. You might have even heard others make mention of it, as it is a bit of a classic on the real food eating scene. And it speaks so much truth.

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

So simple. Because that is what eating should be. Straightforward. Simple. Real. And full of plant goodness. It was the quote the invoked so much change in how I eat, cook and feed my family. It made me look at food in a whole new way. In fact, it is this quote that first inspired me to start "veggie-loading" so many of my recipes. 

Glorious Green Veggie Chicken Burgers

I think we can all agree that veggies are kind of a big deal when it comes to health. It is the one thing that all doctors, nutritionist and health gurus (no matter what their philosophy, beliefs or eating style) preach as something we all need oodles of in our diets. However, it is also the one food group many of us struggle with getting enough of. Especially when there are kids involved.

So, I started adding veggies to all the recipes I could. Oatmeal. Tomato sauce. Muffins. If I could add a veggie to a recipe in a delicious way, I was going to do it.

Glorious Green Veggie Chicken Burgers

And at first, my goal was to get veggies into my young daughter, but then I discovered how much I loved all the of veggie-loaded recipes I was creating as a tool to get more veggies into my own diet. Veggie-loaded meals have now become a way of cooking in our home and is almost an expectation at every meal I make. When I share my food with friends, neighbors and extended family, they often chuckle and ask what veggie I am sneaking into their diet today. 

And now I have veggie-loaded a classic dinner that many of us grew up eating on the regular....the burger.

Glorious Green Veggie Chicken Burgers

These burgers are quick to throw-together, making them the perfect veggie-loaded meal for weeknights. They bring lots of flavor to the table as well as 3 different kinds of green veggies! The added veggies not only add a power punch of nutrients to this easy-peasy recipe, but they also help to stretch your meat further to feed more people on a budget!

Suggested Adaptations

  • For extra "veggie-resistant" eaters, but sure the chop up the veggies extra fine! I love to use my food processor with the "S" blade for this task! 
  • New to loving veggies? Maybe just start by making this recipe with one of the suggested veggies and ease your way up to all three in future batches. If green veggies make you nervous, also try subbing one of the green veggies with grated carrot!
  • Not a fan of chicken? Turkey or ground beef will work beautifully in this recipe as well. 
Yield: about 8 medium sized burgersPin it

Glorious Green Veggie Chicken Burgers {Paleo, Whole30, egg-free, nut-free}

prep time: 10 MINScook time: 10 MINStotal time: 20 mins

These burgers are quick to throw together, making them the perfect veggie-loaded meal for weeknights. They bring lots of flavor to the table as well as 3 different kinds of green veggies! The added veggies not only add a power punch of nutrients to this easy peasy recipe, but they also help to stretch your meat further to feed more people on a budget!

ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground chicken (I used dark meat)
  • 1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped broccoli florets
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped spinach, loosely packed
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • oil for cooking

instructions:

  1. Take shredded zucchini and put it in the middle of a clean dish towel or large piece of paper towel. Wrap up the zucchini with towel squeeze a few times to help drain out some of the zucchini's moisture.
  2. In a large bowl, combine drained zucchini and remaining ingredients except oil. Using clean hands or a spoon, mix until well combined.
  3. Form mixture into patties and set aside.
  4. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  5. Cook patties until a golden-brown crust starts to form and chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes per side
  6. Enjoy immediately with a lettuce wrap or your favorite bun.

notes

Suggested Adaptations 
For extra "veggie-resistant" eaters, but sure the chop up the veggies extra fine! I love to use my food processor with the "S" blade for this task! 
New to loving veggies? Maybe just start by making this recipes with one of the suggested veggies and ease your way up to all three in future batches. If green veggies make your nervous, also try subbing one of the green veggies with grated carrot!
Not a fan of chicken? Turkey or ground beef will work beautifully  in this recipe as well.
Created using The Recipes Generator
Glorious Green Veggie Chicken Burgers {Paleo, Whole30, egg-free, nut-free}