the Ultimate Summer Burger Experience!

Summer is the perfect time for firing up the grill and exploring vibrant, fresh flavors that delight the palate and bring people together. Today, I’m thrilled to share with you a recipe that combines the lightness of poultry with the crunch and zest of fresh vegetables: Chicken, Zucchini & Corn Burgers with a Zesty Tomato-Cucumber Relish. This dish is not just a burger; it’s a celebration of summer’s bounty. It’s ideal for anyone looking to add a twist to their barbecue or bring something new to the family dinner table.

Who Should Try This Recipe?

Whether you’re a home cook looking to branch out from traditional beef burgers or someone searching for a healthier alternative that doesn’t skimp on flavor, this recipe is for you. It’s also perfect for gardeners who have a surplus of zucchini and anyone who loves the sweet crunch of fresh corn. These burgers are packed with flavor and offer a fantastic way to make a meal that feels both gourmet and comforting.

Why You’ll Love These Chicken, Zucchini & Corn Burgers

These burgers strike an ideal balance between nourishing and indulging. Ground chicken makes for a tender, juicy patty, while zucchini and corn add texture and sweetness. The addition of red bell pepper and green onions introduces a pop of color and a hint of sharpness, making every bite exciting.

Essential Kitchen Equipment

To make these burgers, you’ll need:

  • A large mixing bowl for combining ingredients
  • A skillet or grill for cooking the patties
  • A spatula for flipping burgers
  • Measuring cups and spoons for accurate ingredient addition
  • A cutting board and a sharp knife for prep work
  • A small bowl for mixing the relish

Step-by-Step Cooking Instructions

Prepare the Burger Mixture

In a large bowl, mix together the ground chicken, chopped zucchini, corn kernels, diced red bell pepper, sliced green onions, beaten egg, panko breadcrumbs, chopped cilantro, minced garlic, cumin, coriander, salt, and black pepper. It’s important to mix until just combined to avoid compacting the mixture, which keeps the patties tender.

Form the Burgers

Shape the mixture into patties. This recipe should yield about four large burgers or six smaller ones, depending on your preferred size.

Cook the Burgers

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat (or fire up your grill). Cook the patties for about 5-6 minutes on each side or until fully cooked and golden brown.

Make the Relish

While the burgers cook, combine the quartered tomatoes, diced cucumber, sliced green onions, chopped cilantro, minced garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Stir to blend the flavors.


Serve the burgers hot off the grill or skillet, topped with a generous spoonful of the zesty tomato-cucumber relish on your favorite burger buns.

Tips and Variations

  • Vegetarian Swap: For a vegetarian version, replace the chicken with mashed chickpeas or a ground meat substitute.
  • Gluten-Free: Use gluten-free panko breadcrumbs and serve on gluten-free buns.
  • Spice It Up: Add a chopped jalapeño to the burger mix or relish for extra heat.

How to Store Leftovers

Store any leftover patties in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. The relish should be kept in a separate container and is best enjoyed within two days.

Suggested Pairings

These burgers pair beautifully with a light, crisp white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or an ice-cold pale ale. For side dishes, consider a simple green salad or sweet potato fries.


Q: Can I make these burgers ahead of time?
A: Yes, you can prepare the patties and relish ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator until ready to cook.

Q: How do I ensure my burgers don’t fall apart when cooking?
A: Make sure your zucchini is not too finely chopped, and don’t overmix the meat. If the mixture feels too wet, add a little more breadcrumbs.

Q: Are these burgers freezer-friendly?
A: Yes, you can freeze the formed, uncooked patties between layers of parchment paper for up to a month. Thaw in the refrigerator before cooking.

Let’s Get Cooking!

Ready to give these burgers a try? Gather your ingredients and let your culinary creativity shine this summer. If you enjoy this recipe, don’t forget to share it with friends and family and subscribe to the blog for more delightful recipes and cooking tips. Happy cooking!

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the Ultimate Summer Burger Experience!

  • Author: Mia
  • Total Time: 32 minutes


Who knew a burger could taste this fresh? Try these Chicken, Zucchini & Corn Burgers with a zesty relish tonight!



1 lb. ground chicken
1 medium zucchini, coarsely chopped
Kernels from 1 ear of fresh corn (husks and silk removed)
½ medium red bell pepper, finely diced
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1 large egg, lightly beaten
½ cup panko breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3-4 tablespoons olive oil, for searing
Tomato-Cucumber Relish:

1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
⅓ medium seedless English cucumber, finely diced
2 green onions, finely sliced
¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced
Zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
A pinch of salt


Prepare the Burger Mixture: In a large bowl, combine all burger ingredients except the oil. Mix well.
Form the Burgers: Shape into patties.
Cook the Burgers: Heat oil in a skillet over medium. Cook patties 5-6 mins each side.
Make the Relish: Mix all relish ingredients in a bowl.
Serve: Top burgers with relish on buns.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes


  • Serving Size: 4 servings
  • Calories: 310 kcal

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