Chicken, Zucchini and Fresh Corn Burgers

Chicken, Zucchini and Fresh Corn Burgers - move over burgers, these are fabulous and so much healthier!
It’s funny, the unexpected paths that life takes you on. We never would have dreamed 10 years ago that London would one day seem almost like a second home to us. Our daughter and her husband along with their three daughters moved to the UK three and a half years ago. We’re a close-knit family and can’t stay apart too long, so several time a year we pack our bags and head across the big pond.

We’ve loved discovering London; learning the under and over ground transportation systems, strolling along the Thames, discovering beautiful parks for picnics and fun playgrounds for the children, exploring fascinating museums, shopping (or at least browsing) in the high end department stores, getting lost in all the wonderful history, and of course, for these two avid foodies, uncovering wonderful markets, cafés and restaurants.

One of our favorite places to go for great food is a tiny little shop in the Kensington area of London. From our daughter’s home, it’s 15 minutes on the tube (the London underground) and then a delightful 10 minute walk, past ancient stone churches, markets overflowing with jewel-hued flowers, and shop after charming shop. A turn onto a narrow cobblestone street finds us at our delicious destination; Ottolenghi. We discovered the shop owned by Yotam Ottolenghi and his partner Sami Tamimi on one of our very first visits to London. I’d never heard of either of them at that time, but they’ve since become household words here at The Café and in culinary circles all over the world, as they’ve released one fabulous cookbook after another.

Chicken, Zucchini and Fresh Corn Burgers - move over burgers, these are fabulous and so much healthier!

Their specialty is Middle Eastern, both of them hailing from Jerusalem, yet, with totally different ethnic backgrounds, they each bring an amazing array and diversity of flavors, ingredients and personal style to the table. The emphasis is on fresh, seasonal vegetables and they have a way of magically combining them with other unique ingredients yielding beyond delicious results.

I love the fact that, nowadays, I don’t have to go to London to enjoy delicious Ottolenghi creations. I’ve collected all of their cookbooks over the past few years and have bookmarked a zillion wonderful recipes to try.

Chicken, Zucchini and Fresh Corn Burgers - move over burgers, these are fabulous and so much healthier!

This time I couldn’t resist the Turkey & Zucchini Burgers w/ Green Onion & Cumin from their latest cookbook, aptly titled Jerusalem. I did adapt the recipe a bit, but I do believe that even Yotam himself would approve of my cha as I added fresh corn, diced red pepper and substituted ground chicken for the turkey. I called my burgers Chicken, Zucchini and Fresh Corn Burgers and served the burgers wrapped in my Homemade Flour Tortillas, spread with a bit of hummus, piled high with Tomato-Cucumber Relish and then drizzled with a simple Greek Yogurt Sauce. It’s super delicious and, if you close your eyes while you eat it, you very well might just picture yourself sitting in a lovely park, right in the heart of London, enjoying takeout from Ottolenghi.

Chicken, Zucchini and Fresh Corn Burgers - move over burgers, these are fabulous and so much healthier!







Chicken, Zucchini and Fresh Corn Burgers

Chicken, Zucchini and Fresh Corn Burgers - move over burgers, these are fabulous and so much healthier!

4.5 from 2 reviews

Chicken, Zucchini and Fresh Corn Burgers – move over burgers, these are fabulous and so much healthier!

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  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern


  • Ingredients for the Greek yogurt sauce:
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Ingredients for the burgers:
  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1 medium zucchini, coarsely chopped
  • 1 ear fresh corn, husks and silk removed and kernels cut from cob
  • ½ medium red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 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 about 3-4 tbsp olive oil, for searing
  • Ingredients for the 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
  • Pinch of salt


  1. First, make Greek yogurt sauce by mixing all ingredients in small bowl and placing in the fridge.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl combine all burger ingredients except oil. Mix with your hands and form into desired patty sizes.
  3. Pour enough oil to cover bottom of large frying pan. Heat over medium heat until hot, then sear burgers about 2 minutes per side or until golden brown.
  4. Carefully transfer the seared burgers to a baking sheet and place in oven 7-10 minutes, or until cooked through.
  5. While burgers are baking, prepare tomato-cucumber relish by combining all ingredients in a medium size bow. Stir gently to combine.
  6. I like to serve these burgers with Homemade Flour Tortillas spread with a bit of hummus. They’re also delightful served with pita bread, basmati rice, mashed potatoes, pasta, etc.

59 thoughts on “Chicken, Zucchini and Fresh Corn Burgers”

  • Oh My! I think we have a NEW CLASSIC love! I tried the burgers today and my girls just LOVED them!
    I really enjoyed the aromatic flavour the cilantro brings to the patties and the corn was a big hit too!! I had just one confession to make, and being mexican I must feel blushed I know! I did not have any cob on hand so I open a trusted brand canned and we made the Cha-Cha-Cha! Ah haaaa!

  • I love your recipes, they are so eclectic!! and delicious!

    I’ve tryed a few!

    Best regards from São Paulo, Brazil!

  • Made these for dinner…wow what a great taste..lots of veggies. I added cilantro to the yogurt sauce because I live cilantro and it gave it a nice touch. Will definitely make these again!!

  • I cannot get over how good these were. I made a few changes just using things I had on hand like roasted peppers and parsley but they were amazing!! Best chicken burgers I have ever had, so much flavor! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe, I just emailed it to about 20 friends telling them they are a MUST.

  • After seeing these, I think I’ll just have to buy a few of Ottolenghi’s cookbooks! But I will definitely try your version of these (I make something similar, although I don’t add corn or panko crumbs but do add fresh Thai or Indian chilies, whichever I have on hand!).

    Thanks for sharing!

    ~ marie, the EpicureanPiranha

  • Why I’m a first time commenter, I don’t know. I’ve been following your blog, ever since Wives with Knives linked to you. The photograph reeled me right in. How wonderful that you can visit the UK so often! This is absolutely beautiful, and I can almost feel the different textures and taste the seasonings. I’m pinning this one, hoping to add this to my recipe bucket list. Beautifully done.

  • We have had this delicious meal for dinner. Thank you for sharing! It looked absolute perfect and it tasted gorgeous! Thank you for measuring salt and pepper, I am always to thrifty with salt.
    Love all your recipes! Last week we have had your sugar seared salmon with sweet & spicy orange-coconut sauce, outstanding! Greetings from Berlin!

    • Oh that makes me happy to hear from you and that your burgers turned out so well. We loved them too and I can’t wait to make them again. So nice to meet you and again, Danke Vielmal!! 🙂 I do speak a spattering of German. I studied it in school and spent a summer working in the German-speaking Swiss Alps. I love Germany and have traveled there several different times but never to Berlin. Hopefully one day, I’ll make it there!

  • OMG Chris I’ve missed so many of your wonderful posts. These chicken burgers look fantastic and just the type of burger I prefer to eat. Nice recipe and quite colorful for a chicken burger. Perfect for labor day.

  • These look delicious, Chris! We eat ground chicken several times a week and I am always looking for new flavor combinations to try! The burgers, the sauce, the relish, I am excited to try them all. 🙂 Funny how flavors trigger memories. You eat your burger and think of London. I will close my eyes and think of Jerusalem! 🙂

  • This is so appealing! I love your variation on the recipe. And I’m so envious about the amount of time you spend in London.

  • I love the favors in these burgers they would be gobbled up by me in a flash. How fun to be able to travel to London as often as you get to (have to). My parents and I would be the same way if I lived that far apart with their grandchildren. Thanks for sharing a wonderful recipe!

  • I love MidEastern food. It is so packed with flavor. I can’t wait to try these. I love the idea of yogurt instead of mayo.

    I have a friend that went to England. She said she woke up in the morning saying “to the left, to the left, to the left.” Her husband thought she was dreaming about dancing. She said she was planning on renting a car. I guess she was reminding herself while she slept.

  • I love hearing about going to London. I must be nice to get away and enjoy the sights, shops and restaurants there. Your description is perfect! These burgers sound absolutely terrific, going to pin this one also. (I swear I say that a lot on your blog!).

  • So great that you get to visit London on a regular basis – that’s a wonderful city. And these burgers looks terrific too – great way to use the zucchini and corn I’m buying in vast quantities at the moment. Good stuff – thanks.

  • Chris, Yotam Ottolenghi´s cookbooks are extremly popular in Europe, his latest vegetarian cookbook “Jerusalem” has been on many bestseller lists since its publication in September of last year. I am also an avid fan of many of his recipes and your version of his Zucchini and Turkey Burgers looks healthy, colorful and delicious – perfect summer food for the family!

  • These look fantastic! It occurs to me that one could possibly make a large batch of the patties, going up to step three and then freeze some for another day. Do you think that might work? If so, any tips?

    • Amy, that would work just great, I would probably freeze them on a large parchment paper lined sheet pan, then, once they’re frozen, throw them in a freezer bag. That way, you could take out just as many as you needed.

  • Oh my Chris. I loved everything about this post. The story, the beautiful descriptions of London and of course this recipe. Outstanding! Now I know who to call when we go to England one day – my favorite travel agent/food blogger!

  • It would certainly MAKE us travel if our children moved overseas.
    You must look forward to every visit..and you must always have something to look forward to:)
    That’s a have something to look forward to:)Powerful.
    I have heaard of the resto..and this looks so appetizing..I am sure if someone wasn’t fond of ground turkey..chicken..pork could work?
    What do you think Chris?
    Your presentation is fresh and appetizing too!

    • Monique, yes I think pork would also work well. I used chicken and did have to add the bread (panko) crumbs as the mixture was a bit wet. Perhaps with pork you wouldn’t need them but they certainly didn’t deter from a delicious result!

  • So glad you love my city! I love Ottolenghi’s books and heard today that he has two new books planned for late next year “Plenty More” and also The Nopi Cookbook” written with his head chef at his flagship Nopi Restaurant in Piccadilly which some say is one the best restaurants in London – so maybe one for your next trip?

    Best wishes – Lesley

    • Oh thank you for this great news Lesleye! I’ll so look forward to the new books. And we’ll definitely put Nopi on our to-try list! We’ll be heading over there this Fall, can’t wait!

  • I’m just in love with Ottolenghi’s books! The recipes are terrific and every time I prepare something I picked in one of his books, I just raves about it! These burgers looks pretty good and I too love the addition of corn and peppers!

  • Again, your pictures are awesome!!!! You find the coolest recipes! And I would so love to go to London. I hear they have five or six kinds of cream! Where is it that you live now, what state?

    • We live in North Carolina, I believe you’re in Virginia Ginny. We’ll have to plan a rendezvous one day soon!

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