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Turkey Zucchini Burgers With Creamy Sumac Sauce And Great Hummus Recipe

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I have been extremely busy lately, haven’t really had the time to spend in the kitchen or on the blog for that matter. Honestly, I have been struggling to find inspiration, feeling like I did not have anything new and exciting to offer. As I was sitting with Percy the other day and I looked at my stack of cookbooks that are collecting dust and I grabbed my copy of Jerusalem by the divine team of Ottolenghi and Tamimi. Thumbing through the book this recipe leaped out at me, it sounds delicious and simple to make full of flavor and texture.  I doubled the recipe using ground turkey and turkey breast. Below is the recipe as written in the cookbook.

I am bringing the burgers, hummus and fixings to Fiesta Friday #117 this week. Angie always manages to throw an incredible party and this week to help her the co hosts are: Mollie @ The Frugal Hausfrau and Scarlett @ Unwed Housewife

Turkey Zucchini Burgers

Recipe from Jerusalem by Ottolenghi and Tamimi

Makes 18 small burgers (I doubled the recipe and made bigger ones and got 18)

1 lb ground turkey

1 large zucchini coursely grated (a scant 2 cups)

2 green onions thinly sliced

1 large free range egg

2 tbs chopped mint

2 tbs chopped cilantro

2 cloves garlic crushed

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

about 6 1/2 tbs sunflower oil for searing

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Sour Cream and Sumac Sauce

scant 1/2 cup sour cream

scant 2/3 cup greek yogurt

1 tsp grated lemon zest

1 tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 small clove garlic crushed

1 1/2 tbs olive oil

1 tbs sumac

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

First make the sour cream sauce by placing all the ingredients in a small bowl.

hummus with pita

hummus with pita

This is such an easy recipe. It’s on food52 and they use dry chickpeas but I can’t really be bothered soaking them etc… so I used canned in the interest of time and my hunger. What’s a bit different about this is that the garlic is processed peel and all with the lemon juice, left to sit for a few minutes then strained and the garlicky lemony liquid is used to flavor the hummus. It’s such a nice recipe, for the one on Food52 just click on the link above.

Hummus

3 cloves garlic with skin on

A generous 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

pinch of salt

2/3 cup tahini

1/4 cup ice water

1 15.5 oz can chick peas drained

1/4 tsp cummin

Olive oil and sumac to garnish

In the bowl of the food processor add the garlic and lemon juice and process until the garlic is completely pulverized. Let sit for a couple of minutes and then pour through a sieve leaving the solids behind. Pour the liquid back in the processor and add the tahini, process and add the ice water a tbs at a time. It will sieze but thats ok keep going until all the water is added and its smooth. Now add the chick peas, salt and cumin and process until smooth and creamy. Serve with vegetables, crackers or bread. Generously pour olive oil on top and I like to sprinkle with sumac.

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  1. Wow-you have been a very busy lady-all looks great! Happy Weekend! xx

    April 29, 2016
  2. Suzanne that looks so delicious! I wondered where you’ve been for a bit. Glad to know you’re just busy. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    April 29, 2016
    • Thanks Julie, yes things have been kind of crazy weird lately. Starting to get back to blogging.

      April 29, 2016
  3. Fantastic!! Great to see you back!!

    April 29, 2016
  4. Susan #

    It sure looks good! Sometimes we’re busy. But inspiration will always wait and return when it’s ready 🙂 Say hi to Percy for us!

    April 29, 2016
  5. Oh my, this is divine Suzanne, thank you 🙂

    April 29, 2016
  6. I can see why the recipe leaped out at you…it looks delicious! Gorgeous presentation Suzanne!

    April 29, 2016
    • I agree! And by the way, I saw your Roma bread post and it was gorgeous! I have to try it!! 😍😍😍

      April 29, 2016
      • Thank you Natascha! It is wonderfully simple 😀

        April 30, 2016
      • Your photos are great and I agree that spelt is an easy flour to work with. 👍😙😊

        April 30, 2016
      • Thank you so much Natascha! Have a wonderful weekend!

        April 30, 2016
      • You too! Xxxxx

        April 30, 2016
    • Thanks Antonia, I agree with Natascha, your Roma bread is gorgeous. Keep thinking about it.

      April 29, 2016
      • Thank you Suzanne! I can’t wait to bake with spelt again 😀 Have a wonderful weekend!

        April 30, 2016
  7. I really understand being uninspired, Suzanne. It happens to me every so often, and cookbooks are always the cure for me, too. Your turkey burger recipe looks so yummy. I love all the spices and flavors it has going on in it as well as the zucchini. Your fresh hummus sounds like it would be delicious paired with it. Beautiful pictures as well. For being uninspired, your post is very inspirational! 🙂

    April 29, 2016
  8. This both sounds and looks very delicious Suzanne and in for a try 🙂

    April 29, 2016
  9. Wow Suzanne… If anyone else had said “turkey zucchini burger” I would have passed on it. But in your picture it looks delicious. (All the photos are drool-worthy.) The way you described everything had my mouth watering. I’m amazed that you did all this with everything you have going on. Well done. Mega hugs. 🙂

    April 29, 2016
    • The burgers are delicious. I gave some to a friend who is now obsessed with them. They really are that good and super easy. I think they would great on the grill as well. Thanks so much Teagan.

      April 29, 2016
  10. I was beginning to worry about you. I am somewhat unexpired myself. Maybe it’s the weather? I’m glad your back and I love these recipes. I’ve been told by the medical profession to cut down on carbs, so these dishes are perfect . I love all the ingredients that are in the burger.

    April 29, 2016
    • Thanks Gerlinde. A lot has been going on with me and I have not felt quite right. Getting back and starting to get inspired.

      April 29, 2016
      • I hope you are feeling better soon.

        April 30, 2016
  11. Suzanne – I have been so busy too recently – am glad that cookbook inspired you because these turkey burgers with zucchini sounds delicious as does that hummus with cumin and garlic! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    April 29, 2016
    • Thanks Shashi, yes I have a big pile of cookbooks that I bought and have not really opened. Jerusalem is one of them and I figured it’s about time.

      April 29, 2016
  12. I love my turkey burgers too and what a great idea to use zucchini and serve them in pita bread. The sauce sounds delicious…

    April 29, 2016
    • The combination of the burger and the sauce is amazing. Thanks so much Judi.

      April 29, 2016
  13. I thought you were a missing person. So nice to see you back Suzanne. What a spread.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

    April 29, 2016
  14. I am glad you are ok – I wondered when I did’nt see a blog post if everything was allright. But I am sorry to hear you have been very busy, I hope not overwhelmingly so. The burgers sound delicious as does the hummus. Happy Weekend!

    April 29, 2016
    • Thank you, yes busy sort of in a good way some of the time. I also feel like I’m spinning my wheels. Thanks so much and have a wonderful weekend.

      April 29, 2016
  15. Hi Suzanne! Hope everything’s well with you, and I also think these burgers have PLENTY to offer. And of course, I love hummus with well, anything lol

    Happy Fiesta Friday ❤

    April 29, 2016
    • Thanks Jess, me too, I could eat hummus every day!!! Thank you so much.

      April 29, 2016
  16. Hi Suzanne, what an amazing burger, love sumac. I love Yotam’s cookbooks, they always give me great inspiration. Have a wonderful weekend.

    April 29, 2016
    • I do too Cheri, have 3 of them which I am guilty of not using that often. Terrible really. I do get inspired everytime I open one. Thank you so much.

      April 29, 2016
  17. So glad to see you back, have missed you! This looks so yummy

    April 29, 2016
  18. Hi Suzanne, I think anyone who has been blogging the amount of time we have understands the “too busy and uninspired” slump. I go through those phases ALL the time! I’m glad you were inspired to share something with us this week, though. Everything about this meal looks insanely delicious! Hugs to Percy! xoxo

    April 29, 2016
    • Yes, hoping it’s just a phase. Sometimes I need to make myself start cooking. Slump is a good word I am in a slump. Thanks so much and have a great weekend.

      April 29, 2016
  19. Oh but those turkey burgers sound so good – I can see how the zucchini would help keep them moist and delectable. And that hummus!! I can see you’ve found your inspiration!! Happy FF!

    April 29, 2016
    • Thank you Mollie ! Yes the zucchini really made the burgers light and moist!!

      April 29, 2016
      • Now I’m stopping back in “official capacity”, lol, for Fiesta Friday! Thanks for sharing this with us all!!

        Mollie

        May 3, 2016
  20. Reblogged this on ravenhawks' magazine and commented:
    Looks yummy!

    April 29, 2016
  21. Glad to see you back in action 🙂 and with not one but THREE delicious recipes! They all look amazing, but that sumac sauce is calling my name. Do you think it’ll work with just yogurt? I might try it and match it with my peppery carrots!

    April 29, 2016
    • Yes it would work fine with just yogurt. Thank you so much and enjoy!!😃

      April 29, 2016
  22. Definitely my kind of food, Suzanne. Happy FF and welcome back! 🙂

    April 30, 2016
  23. It all looks lovely, so many great flavours 😀😀😀😀

    April 30, 2016
    • Thank you so much Elaine, nothing can compare to your hummus though. You are the reigning Queen.

      April 30, 2016
      • Thank you, you’re very kind…if only you could taste them xx

        May 1, 2016
  24. okiewinegirl2015 #

    Happy to have you back! Lovely recipes as always. Hi to Percy 🙂

    April 30, 2016
  25. These burgers sound great, and I absolutely love hummus! Will have to try these!

    April 30, 2016
  26. Well I’m happy that you shared this recipe with us, I can certainly see why it inspired you. I’m pinning this and will be trying it soon.

    April 30, 2016
  27. This all looks spectacular, Suzanne! I could eat that kind of food every day! Beautiful! xo

    April 30, 2016
  28. Sandhya #

    Suzanne, what a perfect menu for spring and summer. Love the zucchini in turkey burgers and hummus is a huge favorite at our home. So I am always looking for hummus recipes. So happy you shared your fabulous recipe.
    Your photos are making me super hungry:)

    April 30, 2016
    • Thank you so much Sandhya. The hummus is so quick and easy I love it. I know it’s better if you use dried chick peas not canned but this tasted just great and is a wonderful snack.

      April 30, 2016
      • Sandhya #

        I like shortcuts too, so will definitely try your hummus recipe, Suzanne!

        May 2, 2016
  29. Looks delicious and glad it inspired you so we could enjoy it 🙂 Always love hummus and made some today with green garlic…

    April 30, 2016
  30. I can completely understand where you’re coming from Suzanne. I too felt blogger burnout shall we say? But for some reason, I’ve got back on track and now have other distractions around, instead of just my kitchen. I love what you’ve brought, it is pretty darn delicious, and that hummus looks amazing! Turkey zucchini burgers? Definitely going to give that a go. I hope things are well with you.

    April 30, 2016
    • Glad you are on track as I so enjoy your blog Loretta. Thank you so much. The burgers are so good, really love the recipe and the hummus is always a great thing to snack on.

      May 1, 2016
  31. So glad to see you’re back with us Suzanne! I was a little worried. — and I made hummus for the first time yesterday– and it was a little disappointing! But I have tahini left over, so I’m going to try your recipe with all your extra tips. I’ll let you know… take care friend. xo

    April 30, 2016
    • Yes do let me know. Make sure to let the garlic and lemon juice sit after processing for a few minutes. You can tweak according to your taste of course. It is quick and delicious. Thanks so much.

      May 1, 2016
      • I’ll let you know how it comes out. Thanks Suzanne! xo

        May 1, 2016
  32. I can relate to busy and being away from blogging! this looks so yummy, I loved the sauce and the hummus looks unbeatable!

    May 1, 2016
    • Thanks Viviana. It’s like I don’t have enough hours in the day it seems. There is so much going on with work and community and life I sometimes just want to hide.

      May 1, 2016
  33. I love anything by Ottolenghi. I have this cookbook, I haven’t properly read through it yet but the photos are amazing. Love the sound of the sumac sauce in particular. Gorgeous post Suzanne. So yum (now I’ll be craving this for dinner!) X

    May 2, 2016
    • Me too, as a matter of fact I am searching his books to find inspiration for another post. Thanks so much Laura.

      May 3, 2016
  34. That hummus looks perfect! And turkey burgers sound great for the spring (even though it’s so rainy here now!!)

    May 2, 2016
    • Cool and rainy, yuck. The burgers were delicious though!! Thanks Mary Frances.

      May 3, 2016
  35. Had thought of you last week, and wondered that you hadn’t posted in a while. Good to hear you’re ok. And eating well if the above recipes are anything to go by! Really like all of them. I used to make hummus with canned chickpeas, lots of lemon and a little tahini. But my local store sells a really nice version. So I add lemon to that and just season the raw carrots instead. Lazy, I know. 🙂

    May 2, 2016
    • Hey Johnny, I don’t mind using canned. Honestly, so busy lately I just don’t have time to soak and cook chick peas. Lots of lemon, thats just the way I like it and light on the tahini.

      May 3, 2016
  36. Often, I don’t have inspiration neither,…I never have eaten home-made burgers without a bun & ketchup so this is new for me & very interesting too. There is a lot going on in this dinner so I need to try it all out,…I Will report back to you,…it sounds & looks fabulous. Really! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

    May 3, 2016
  37. This meal is right up my alley! I love turkey burgers and special sauces. Thanks for sharing this at Fiesta Friday #117!

    May 3, 2016
  38. Wow! Your blog just gets more and more impressive with each post. Have a great week. Emma xx

    May 4, 2016
  39. This looks like an incredible feast, it all looks and sounds so delicious, will have to give the burgers and sauce a try soon!

    May 4, 2016
  40. Wow delicious looking Hummus… 🙂 🙂

    May 4, 2016
  41. Yummmm! That hummus looks incredible.

    May 5, 2016
    • Thank you so much, so nice to see you.

      May 7, 2016
      • I have been quiet of late but am back home in Australia now so have more time to read.

        May 7, 2016
  42. Nice, Suzanne! I’ve been trying to add to my list of sumac recipes since I actually have edible sumac growing in my backyard. Don’t make the same mistake of letting it grow on your property. Invasive doesn’t even begin to describe it! So, you know, if you can’t beat it, eat it! 😄

    May 5, 2016
    • Really you grow sumac, I often wondered about it. I have heard of poison sumac which I think is similar to poison ivy. I won’t grow it, will rely on the dried stuff I get at the Middle Eastern stores. Thanks so much Angie.

      May 7, 2016
  43. Sounds like a healthy recipe to try…and a delicious one! Glad you found your inspiration. Old dusty cookbooks are great for that!

    May 7, 2016
    • The cookbook is very inspiring chock full of wonderful recipes and gorgeous photo’s. Thank you so much.

      May 7, 2016

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