Zucchini Recipes: Cheeseburger Zucchini Boats

You’ve gotta try this fun zucchini recipe!  Little boats that you can eat…how cool is that?  What a perfect way to get your kids to eat zucchini!

Cheeseburger Zucchini Boats

3 small zucchini
1 pound ground beef
1 small onion, chopped tiny
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. chili powder
sea salt
1/2 cup cheddar cheese (I use raw white cheddar)

Cut off the ends of the zucchini and boil them for about 10 minutes.  In the meantime brown hamburger meat, onion, garlic powder and chili powder.  Salt to taste.

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Slice cooked zucchini lengthwise.

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Use a fork and spoon to scrape out the “zucchini guts”  (sorry, I live with boys) and add it to cooked hamburger meat.

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Scoop equal amounts of hamburger mixture into each “boat”.  Top with shredded cheese.

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Put in oven broiler for a couple of minutes until cheese is melted then serve right away.

Now you can eat them while singing, “Great green globs of slicky, slimy zucchini guts…”

Or…you can skip the sing-along and just eat them.

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  1. Lois says

    What catchy, well-known tune is that little ditty sung to? I may serenade my family tonight. I could make up my own little melodic rendition.

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    Laura Reply:

    Here’s a link to a you tube of this song…it will surely change your life forever: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m697QSmnye4

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    Mary Reply:

    The version I know goes like:

    “Boys are made of greasy grimy gopher guts, mutilated monkey meat, chopped up parakeet, french fried eyeballs, swimming in a pool of blood, eat it without a spoon, yum yum!”

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  2. says

    I love adding shredded zucchini to hamburger while it’s browning when I make tacos or taco lasagna. My non-veggie eating husband doesn’t complain at all, even though he knows it’s there because I shred mine whole with the skin on and everything. Sometimes I add shredded carrot too.

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  3. says

    My husband would NEVER eat this. I would love to try it though. Looks yummy! I also have been hiding veggies in my hubby’s meat. He never never eats veggies. Unless they are covered in a bottle of ranch dressing. (no exaggeration, a whole bottle)

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    Emily Reply:

    Keli – I am so with you there! I sometimes ask if he wants any salad with his Ranch!

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  4. says

    I love these! I do the Italian version with a little tomato or tomato sauce and some Italian flavor seasonings. I’m the only on in my family that likes zucchini though, so I have learned they reheat well. :-)

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  5. says

    Made these for dinner tonight. I shouldn’t have been surprised at how easy these were to throw together, but I was. ;-) I figured I better put a bottle of ketchup and mustard on the table, yet no one touched them! Thumbs up all around (even the baby scarfed what I passed through the baby food mill)! Your blog has become my favorite blog being that I have 4 kiddos myself and will be starting up homeschooling again next year. I thank God that you find the time to bless the rest of us Moms! {HUG}

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  6. Jody Garber says

    I believe I’ll try these for lunch today! Thank you so much… I was needing some more zucchini recipes. Zucchini is sticking out our ears!!!

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  7. Stacie says

    Would these be good using yellow squash as well? Sounds great!

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    Laura Reply:

    I would imagine so but I’ve never tried. If you do try…let us know how they turn out!

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  8. nicole says

    These are awesome! Everyone loved them so much the first night that I had to make them again the next night! I also loved at how little time it took to make them!

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  9. Carrie McGarry says

    Have you tried this with a little spaghetti sauce under the cheese? These sound yummy perfect for lunch

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    Laura Reply:

    No, but what a good idea!

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    Tituslady Reply:

    I tried this recipe with your spaghetti sauce tip and it was
    wonderful! Next time I’m going to make my hubby’s side plain without
    sauce, but my little one and I really enjoyed it with the sauce!
    Thanks for a great recipe!

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  10. Carrie McGarry says

    I bought some zucchini the other day and have some sauce left over from the pizza pockets I made today so maybe I’ll try some

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  11. Heather says

    I LOVE these! I have always added cooked brown rice to the ground beef and then sprinkle with cheese. Thanks for all your wonderful recipes. I just found your website and have been online constantly reading all the recipes. Tried the Creamy Mac and Cheese and the family LOVED it! Thanks! :)

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  12. Becky A. says

    I was just thinking I needed to get a new zucchini recipe. Now I have that song in my head…. :-)

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  13. says

    It has been a better than usual year here for zukes…And in western Washington that is saying something!
    Here’s a time saver tip: I found using a grapefruit spoon with a serrated tip works great for “gutting” the zucchini.

    ..I stuff mine loosely with a mixture of the zucchini pulp; raw sausage;chopped onion and garlic; some fine bread crumbs;a sprinkle of italian herbs; a pinch of red pepper flakes and a little parmesan mixed with enough raw egg to hold it together…cover it all with italian sauce, and a sprinkle of crumbled cooked bacon… bake covered until the last 10 minutes when I add mozzarella and more paremesan cheeses to melt…
    My family doesn’t even notice the zucchini for all the other flavors going on in their mouths….

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  14. Janette says

    This might be a dumb question but how small is “small” zucchini? Can you give a pound amount or length like 8 inches etc?

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    I am not sure on the lbs or inches on a small zucchini. I would just
    compare to others in your garden or in a store. Find one that looks like
    the runt of the group. :)

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  15. Arlene mullen says

    We bought some local zucchini and have been loving trying new recipes with it! So far I have made chocolate chocolate chip zucchini bread and muffins, a chocolate birthday cake with zucchini in it( no one could even tell and no one knew until I told them) and cheesy zucchini rice :)!

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