Are you looking around for a vegetarian alternative for meatballs? Then, this tasty traditional Turkish recipe is the right thing for you. Consisting of different vegetables, Mucver is known for its great taste and healthy ingredients. It is frequently known as Turkish zucchini fritters, but zucchini is not the only vegetable in this fantastic delicacy. Carrots are one of the other main ingredients as well as various  herbs and spices, which create a tasty texture. You can also cook Mucver in two different ways: frying or baking. Of course, the amount and the preparation will slightly differ depending on the cooking style. 

Here’s a good guide to frying with extra virgin olive oil.

One of the great things about Mucver is that you can have it anytime during the day since it is healthy and light. It will go along with breakfast, lunch or dinner, and having it as a side dish is another tasty option. It even has more of a cake texture when baked in the oven, and some people in Turkey have it as a salty cake during their tea sessions. It can be likened to Jewish latkes or potato dumplings from various cultures. That means, if you like those two, there is a high chance of catching the pleasurable addiction of Mücver. They are easy and delicious! 

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Another great thing about Mucver is its credibility in making children like vegetables. We all know children are not huge fans of vegetables, especially when there are snacks around. But this meal will allow them to taste the zucchini and carrot in an unusual way. If you prepare them as small balls, they can be great healthy snacks, both for you and your little ones. You can enjoy a unique Turkish meal with your whole family with this recipe.

Interested in more Turkish recipes? Check out this one for Cacik (Turkish Yogurt Dip)!

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Zucchini Fritters (Mucver)

Mediterranean Living
3.94 from 32 votes
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Turkish
Servings 4
Calories 224 kcal


  • 2 medium zucchinis
  • 1/2 large onion, finely grated
  • 1 medium egg
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 sprigs dill, finely chopped
  • black pepper
  • salt

For frying:

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

For serving:

  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt, whipped


  • Remove the stems and grate the zucchini with the skin. Grate the onion as well. Place the grated zucchini and onion in a fine-mesh strainer or muslin towel. Squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Transfer to a mixing bowl.
  • Add the egg, flour, cheese, and dill to the mixing bowl, sprinkle on a dash of black pepper and salt. Mix all ingredients until well combined.
  • Rest the batter for about 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  • Heat the olive oil in a shallow pan on medium high.
  • Using a tablespoon, scoop from the mixture and add to the frying pan.
  • Flip frequently and cook until golden brown on both sides.
  • Remove the excess oil with a paper towel.
  • Serve with whipped yogurt and chopped dill, optionally.


Calories: 224kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 7gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 131mgPotassium: 348mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 300IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 97mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Amy Patterson August 9, 2023 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    Did you try this in an air fryer?

    • Bill Bradley, R.D. August 10, 2023 at 9:04 am - Reply

      I have not tried this in an air fryer, but I think it would work well.

  2. Savannah Flowers September 19, 2022 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    Is there a way to make these in an air fryer or do they require the pan frying?

    • Winter LeBlanc September 30, 2022 at 2:11 pm - Reply

      Yes I think that would be possible! Let us try it and get back to you.

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