Cater to the ‘Mater Burger Recipe

Charm your family with this fun and novel take on the burger: juicy tomato halves take the place of grain-based burger buns.

| August 2019


Tomatoes are so juicy and wonderful inside a sandwich, what about reversing that magic and putting them outside the sandwich? This recipe does just that. Topped with grilled onions and the sandwich goes to off-the-hook flavor levels. I find these are absolutely charming as smaller “sliders.” Use small tomatoes and small burgers for a big reaction from your friends and family.



  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 large egg, whisked
  • 1 large zucchini, grated
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Toppings and wrap:

  • Tomatoes cut in half to use as a bun
  • Whole leaves of lettuce
  • Grilled onions


  1. Heat your grill or griddle to medium.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all the burger ingredients; mix well and form into equal sized patties.
  3. Grill burgers to medium or desired doneness.
  4. Serve with tomato bun and toppers.

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Excerpted with permission from Stacked with Flavor by Shawna Coronado (Ogden Publications, 2019).

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