zucchini cakes with bacon and cheese on plate

Cheesy Bacon Zucchini Cakes

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 16 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

These Cheesy Bacon Zucchini Cakes combine mouth-watering flavors of gooey cheese, crispy bacon, and fresh zucchini. A delicious light lunch or dinner on their own, or a wonderful side dish to most any meal!



  • 2 cups grated zucchini, squeezed dry of moisture
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup real bacon bits or cooked chopped bacon
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh grated black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, canola oil or vegetable oil
  • Grated parmesan cheese for garnish (optional)


  1. Make sure to squeeze the grated zucchini with a clean kitchen towel or thick paper towels until the zucchini is completely dry. Add to a large bowl along with the eggs, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, bacon bites, salt and pepper.
  2. Mix together well and then form into 8 cakes. The mixture will be wet, so sometimes it’s easier to form the patty as best as you can and then drop right into the skillet.
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the zucchini cakes (cooking in batches) to the skillet. Cook 3-4 minutes until the bottoms are golden brown and then carefully flip to the other side, cooking another 3-4 minutes until brown.
  4. Remove the zucchini cakes to a paper towel lined plate and season with more kosher salt and grated parmesan cheese (optional).
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American