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Turkey Sliders

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Olena Osipov
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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!

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 chicken patties.

Burgers and sliders are always a hit, because who doesn’t like a burger?! We certainly do – turkey burgers, salmon burgers, ground chicken burgers, and 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 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. Others can bring dips etc.
  • 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 or pineapple salsa would go well on a side.
  • Dinner: Serve with brown rice or quinoa.

More Turkey Recipes

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

Turkey Sliders

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
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: North American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 14 sliders
Calories: 125kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

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 | Potassium: 278mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 712IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg
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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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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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