Turkey Sliders with bacon, cheese and traditional fixings, everyone will love wrapped in lettuce mini burgers! Easy, juicy, low carb and flavourful.

These make for a perfect game-day treat alongside black bean nachos, cucumber bites, and/or seven-layer dip! In the summer include them as part of your healthy grill recipes!

turkey sliders wrapped in lettuce leaves with sticks and served on a board

Turkey Sliders Recipe

These turkey sliders are American burger meets my grandma’s patties. We call them “kotlety” in Ukraine. She always made the best healthy chicken burgers.

Healthy burger recipes and sliders are always a hit, because who doesn’t like a burger?! We certainly do – healthy turkey burgers, healthy chicken burgers, and healthy salmon burgers are just a few we enjoy.  These turkey sliders are mini juicy and flavorful turkey burgers wrapped in lettuce leaves.

So, low carb. We ditch the heavy bun but keep all the traditional add-ons like bacon, cheese, and traditional fixings. And last thing, my turkey sliders are not dry. And secret ingredient is not a zucchini.

Honestly, I’m still so surprised when I talk to friends who save turkey just for the holidays. In my house, we make use of it year-round with crockpot ground turkey chili, turkey meatballs, turkey tacos, turkey meatloaf, turkey stuffed acorn squash, and even stuffed peppers!

Ingredients for Turkey Sliders

  • Ground turkey: I used lean ground turkey, but extra lean works as well.
  • Eggs: Acts as a binder.
  • Onion and garlic: The trick to juicy turkey patties is the onion. When you puree it in a blender or food processor all that onion juice will make patties moist.
  • Salt and pepper.
  • Butter lettuce: The best lettuce to wrap food in because it’s the softest. I use it for chicken lettuce wraps all the time.

How to Make Turkey Sliders

  • Prep: Make sure toppings are ready before you start cooking patties. Everyone prefers their burgers warm.
  • Bacon: Fry 3-4 bacon slices and shake off the drippings well in the skillet. We will fry patties in this deliciousness.
  • Mix meat mixture: In a medium bowl, add turkey, eggs, onion, garlic, salt and pepper; mix well with your hands.
How to make Turkey Sliders patties
  • Form patties: Scoop 1/4 cup of meat mixture and shape 2.5 – 3 inch in diameter patty. I say staying closer to 2.5 inch is better.
  • Cook: Cook turkey patties on a hot skillet covered for 4 minutes or until sides start to brown. Flip and cook a few more minutes uncovered.
  • Melt cheese: 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.
Turkey Sliders patties cooking on the skillet and condiments on the table
  • To assemble sliders: Grab 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 stick long wooden pick in the middle.

If you like these, you’ll also love my healthy chicken lettuce wraps!

How to assemble Turkey Sliders step by step

Serving Suggestions

  • Double up: If you are hosting at your house potluck style, you can double the recipe and make healthy sliders star of the show. Make some healthy cheese ball with crackers, spinach dip and have others bring salads, soups and desserts.
  • Guacamole: You could also make my super easy salsa guacamole (with jarred salsa, seriously easy!) and put together a veggie platter.
  • Salsa: Like mango salsa would go well on a side.
  • Dinner: Serve with healthy dinner ideas!

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Alternatively, you might also be interested in browsing through my full list of healthy turkey recipes or healthy appetizer recipes!

Turkey sliders with sliced tomato and red onion wrapped in lettuce.

Turkey Sliders

Turkey Sliders with bacon, cheese and traditional fixings, everyone will love wrapped in lettuce mini burgers! Easy, juicy, low carb and flavourful.
5 from 1 vote
Servings 14 sliders
Calories 125
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes

Ingredients 
 

  • 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

Instructions 

  • 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.

Notes

*To make sliders even healthier, you can skip bacon and cheese.

Nutrition

Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 240mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: North American
Author: Olena Osipov
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Welcome! I grew up in Ukraine watching my grandma cook with simple ingredients. I have spent the last 11 years making it my mission to help you cook quick and easy meals for your family!

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  1. 5 stars
    Olena, your grandma must have been an outstanding cook! These sliders were “inhaled” by my family. THANK YOU!

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