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Valentina and her veggie burgers

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valentina and her veggie hamburger

Voglia di Valentina

Truth be told, la signora Valentina does not call these burgers. She calls them polpette di ricotta e zucchine. And she thinks it’s funny we eat them in a bun. She’d be upset to see us having them with fresh tomato and pickles. Let alone the ketchup and mayo. Valentina is somehow right. The patties are delicious as they come. 

  • Prep Time 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time 10 Minutes
  • Total Time 25 Minutes
  • Serves 4 People
  • Calories 200 kcal


  • 400 grams of zucchini
  • 100 grams of ricotta cheese
  • 100 grams of grated cheese (pecorino preferably)
  • 50 grams of bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • nutmeg, salt and pepper


  1. Grate the zucchini and sprinkle with salt
  2. Squeeze them using a tea towel
  3. Add all the other ingredients
  4. Mix and form eight patties
  5. Fry them in a pan with olive oil for about 5 minutes
  6. Or oven bake at 190 degrees for 20 minutes
  7. Serve them piping hot


La signora Valentina has some precious advice. Let the ricotta sit and drain for a day. When using fresh ricotta the patties tend to fall apart. The same goes for the grated zucchini. She squeezes them so hard we felt sorry for the zucchini. To get most of the liquid out, Valentina slightly salted the veggies. Trick of the trade.Can you use other cheese than pecorino. Sure, use the cheese you have in your fridge. Regarding the shape, she had this to say. Spheres cook uneven. So flatten the balls  with the palm of your hand. Of your clean hand.Valentina serves the patties piping hot, straight from the pan. 

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