Weight Watchers Friendly Mini Zucchini Burgers

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: Makes 12 mini burgers
Weight Watchers Points: 3 points per mini burger

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups grated zucchini (about 2 medium zucchinis)
  • 1 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs (or gluten-free breadcrumbs)
  • 1/2 cup grated vegan cheese (such as Daiya or Violife)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Cooking spray or olive oil for cooking

Instructions:

  1. Prepare Zucchini Mixture:
  • Preheat the oven to 400┬░F (200┬░C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place the grated zucchini in a clean kitchen towel or cheesecloth and squeeze out excess moisture. Transfer the squeezed zucchini to a large mixing bowl.
  1. Combine Ingredients:
  • To the bowl with zucchini, add breadcrumbs, vegan cheese, onion, garlic, parsley, nutritional yeast (if using), oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix well until all ingredients are evenly combined.
  1. Form Mini Burgers:
  • Take about 2 tablespoons of the zucchini mixture and shape it into a small burger patty, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Repeat with the remaining mixture to make 12 mini burgers.
  1. Cook Mini Burgers:
  • Lightly coat a large non-stick skillet with cooking spray or olive oil and heat over medium heat. Cook the mini burgers for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and cooked through. You may need to cook them in batches depending on the size of your skillet.
  1. Bake (Optional):
  • Alternatively, you can bake the mini burgers for about 15-18 minutes, flipping halfway through, until they are golden and crispy.
  1. Serve:
  • Serve the mini zucchini burgers warm with your favorite burger toppings such as lettuce, tomato slices, avocado, or vegan mayo.

Nutrition Information (per mini burger, estimated):

  • Calories: 80
  • Total Fat: 2g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.5g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 180mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g
  • Sugars: 2g
  • Protein: 3g

Weight Watchers Points:

  • Points: 3 points per mini burger

Tips:

  • These mini zucchini burgers can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat them in the oven or microwave before serving.
  • Experiment with different seasonings or add-ins such as diced bell peppers or mushrooms to customize the flavor.

Conclusion:

Enjoy these flavorful and nutritious Mini Zucchini Burgers as a delicious plant-based option for lunch, dinner, or as a party appetizer. They are satisfying, easy to make, and perfect for anyone following a Weight Watchers plan looking to enjoy a tasty and guilt-free meal.