Turkey & courgette burgers by Ottolenghi


Whoops – I promise this blog won’t be all about food! However, this uncomplicated recipe from our brunch last weekend is a great option for Mother’s Day lunch this Sunday. These little turkey burgers were delicious with the aubergine and just some simple crusty bread. We even had left-overs (which I love, love, love…). All the cooking was super easy and quick – when friends are around I prefer hanging out, to cooking for hours, so these recipes worked out perfectly.

Sumac Sauce | Karoliina Kazi

The creamy sumac sauce served with these burgers is fantastically sharp and will go well with most non-red meats and also with grilled vegetables and fritters. You can make it in advance, or double the quantity, and keep it refrigerated. After a day the flavours will mellow so you may want to reinvigorate it by adding extra sumac and lemon juice. The burgers are very portable. You can have them as a snack from the fridge and they are also ideal for taking over to friends or in a lunchbox for work.

Serves 4-6, makes about 16-18 small burgers.



500g minced turkey
1 large courgette, coarsely grated (about 200g in total)
40g spring onions, thinly sliced
1 medium free-range egg
2 tbsp chopped mint
2 tbsp chopped coriander
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
½ tsp coarse ground black pepper
½ tsp cayenne
about 100ml of sunflower oil for searing



100g soured cream
150g Greek yoghurt
1 tsp grated lemon zest
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 small garlic clove, crushed
1½ tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp sumac
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper



First, make the soured cream sauce by placing all the ingredients in a small bowl. Stir well and set aside or chill until needed.

Preheat the oven to 220ºC/200ºC Fan/Gas Mark 7. In a large bowl mix together all the ingredients for the meatballs, bar the sunflower oil. Once evenly mixed, shape into burgers, about 45g each, making about 18.

Pour enough sunflower oil into a large frying pan so you get a thin layer at the bottom, about 2mm thick. Heat up well and sear the meatballs in batches on medium heat from all sides. Cook them for about 4 minutes, adding oil as needed, until golden brown.

Carefully transfer the seared meatballs into an oven tray lined with greaseproof paper and place in the oven 5-7 minutes, or until just cooked through. Serve warm or at room temperature, with the sauce on the side.

Sumac Sauce | Karoliina Kazi

Turkey Burgers | Karoliina Kazi

Super easy and delicious – enjoy!

Leave a comment below if you would like to see more recipes, I love cooking and I’m always trying out new stuff. Thanks for reading and have a great week!


  1. 3rd December 2016 / 4:40 pm

    Oh my this looks so freaking delicious! I’ll definitely try out your recipe! Thanks for sharing <3

  2. 3rd December 2016 / 6:48 pm

    This looks so good, having the coriander and mint in it will give it a really fresh taste. Will need to give this a try sometime 😊

  3. helenevlacho
    3rd December 2016 / 9:03 pm

    I love it! My mom is a great cook and i will ask her to cook it for me next Sunday. Thanks for sharing Karoliina!

  4. Maikel
    4th December 2016 / 7:27 am

    That is such a delish recipe!

  5. 4th December 2016 / 2:45 pm

    oh wow great recipe will definitely be trying the burgers, not big on sour cream so will pass on that but i can imagine the burgers would go great with some sriracha 🙂

  6. 27th January 2018 / 3:38 am

    I would love for you to keep sharing recipes. So far, they all have sound delicious, your instructions are clear and well-illustrated, and your photos are beautiful!

    • 27th January 2018 / 11:30 am

      Thank you, Sue, it’s so nice to hear that! I will definitely add some more recipes 🙂

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