With the Super Bowl and Olympics taking place next month, we are in desperate need of healthy finger food. Burgers and sliders are always a hit, because who doesn’t like a burger?! When I asked in our Facebook group what is served on your Game Day, sliders definitely were your #1 choice (Kailua and pulled pork rocked). In a thought process of how to make sliders healthy, I came to a conclusion we had to ditch the bun, even a whole wheat one. It’s just a lot of bread for such a small serving, plus there will be so many other foods to munch on – you don’t need any more carbs.
That’s how American burger met my grandma’s patties, we call them “kotlety” in Ukraine. If you are hosting a Game Day party at your house potluck style, you can double the recipe and make turkey sliders the star of the show. Others can bring dips etc., you could also make my super easy salsa guacamole (with jarred salsa, seriously easy!) and put together a veggie platter.
And no, my turkey sliders are not dry. Can I show you the trick? Cool!
How to Make Healthy Turkey Sliders
Ground turkey, eggs, onion, garlic, salt and pepper. That’s it.
The trick to juicy turkey patties is the onion, and if you puree it in a blender or food processor, all that onion juice will make patties even more moist. So, if you are using extra lean ground turkey – do that. I using lean ground turkey.
Fry 3-4 bacon slices and shake off the drippings well in the skillet. We will fry patties in this deliciousness.
Make sure all your toppings are ready before you start frying patties. Everyone prefers their burgers warm.
To form a patty, scoop 1/4 cup of meat mixture.
And form 2.5 – 3 inch in diameter patty. I say staying closer to 2.5 inch is better.
Cover and cook on medium high-heat.
For 4 minutes or until sides start to brown.
Flip and cook a few more minutes.
Place all patties in a skillet, top with a slice of cheese, cover and let cheese melt on low, about 4-5 minutes.
You can skip cheese and bacon for healthier sliders, no problem.
My favourite burger condiments are ketchup and Dijon mustard. You will also need long picks.
Butter lettuce is the best green to wrap food in because it’s the softest.
To assemble turkey sliders: Take 2 pieces of lettuce, overlap their ends and form a pocket.
Place turkey patty inside, top with bacon, a squirt of ketchup and mustard, tomato slice and red onion.
Fold lettuce on top and doing your best stick long wooden pick in the middle holding all ingredients together. It helps to pull lettuce together and “shoot” a few times.
Mmm, these were super satisfying and I was full with two! Enjoy all the shows and be healthy!
- Yield: 14 sliders
- 1.5 lbs ground turkey
- 2 eggs, large
- 1/2 small onion, minced
- 1 garlic clove, grated
- 3/4 tsp salt
- Ground black pepper, to taste
- 4 pieces of bacon*
- 1 head of butter lettuce, rinsed & separated
- 3 medium tomatoes, sliced
- 1 small red onion, sliced
- 3 oz cheese, cut into 14 small slices*
- Ketchup and mustard
- In a medium bowl, add turkey, eggs, onion, garlic, salt and pepper; mix well with your hands. Set aside. Prepare other ingredients – it really helps to assemble sliders faster and serve warm.
- Preheat large ceramic non-stick skillet on medium-high heat and cook bacon. Transfer to a cutting board draining fat well into the skillet (we will fry patties in it), then cutting it into 14 pieces.
- Using 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop meat mixture and form a patty 2.5-3 inch in diameter. Place in a skillet and repeat with the rest. Cover and cook for about 4 minutes, flip over and cook uncovered another 3-4 minutes.
- Place all patties in a skillet, top with a slice of cheese, cover and let cheese melt on low, about 4-5 minutes.
- To assemble turkey sliders: Take 2 pieces of lettuce, overlap their ends and form a pocket. Place turkey patty inside, top with bacon, a squirt of ketchup and mustard, tomato slice and red onion. Fold lettuce on top and doing your best stick long wooden pick in the middle holding all ingredients together. It helps to pull lettuce together and “shoot” a few times.
*To make sliders even healthier, you can skip bacon and cheese.