The Best Ground Turkey Sliders

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Ultimate Turkey Burger Sliders

Ground turkey sliders are great for any occasion. These sliders taste amazing and are so much fun! Turkey sliders are healthy, and there are so many different twists you can put on them to make them even more delicious. 

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The Easiest Turkey Burger Sliders

Making your own turkey burger sliders at home are so easy and they surprisingly taste amazing. I personally did not have a lot of exposure to ground turkey until recently, when we tried making turkey sliders. I was very surprised to find that they are super easy to make and they tasted delightful. The great thing about sliders is that they are small, so you can enjoy multiples and everyone loves them because they are so fun. 

Juicy And Flavorful Turkey Burger Sliders

Turkey burgers are full of delicious flavors and you experience the wonderful, juicy flavors with every bite. The great thing is that ground turkey does not require a lot of added seasonings to make the flavors explode on your taste buds. With only a few added seasonings, the natural flavors of your sliders will be dancing through your mouth. 

Sliders For Any Occasion

No matter what your occasion, you cannot go wrong with sliders. Sliders are perfect for a main dish, or as an appetizer. Your family and guests are going to love them, no matter the reason for your gathering. I mean, what’s not to love about the adorable mini burgers?! 

Mini Turkey Burgers

You can make mini turkey burgers using ground turkey. Ground turkey is a great substitute for ground beef, and tastes amazing on a roll bun. You of course, can also make regular burgers out of ground turkey, but let’s be honest, mini turkey burgers are much more fun. 

Ground Turkey

Ground turkey is similar to ground beef in its appearance and packaging. However, it is made from turkey instead of cows. You can often find ground turkey at your local grocery store in the meat section, in a cooler or in frozen form. Ground turkey is made from a mixture of dark and light meat that has been ground together with a percentage of fat. Ground turkey, along with many other dishes, can make the best ground turkey burger sliders. Let’s look at a simple yet, wonderful tasting way to make ground turkey sliders. 

Ingredients for Turkey Sliders

To make easy and delicious ground turkey sliders, you will need the following ingredients. 

  • Your favorite salt, pepper and garlic seasoning blend
  • One pound ground beef

How To Make The Easiest Turkey Burger Sliders 

One word of caution as you begin making these sliders. Keep in mind that you are handling poultry, which means the internal temperature of your sliders must reach 165°F, and you should be careful to wash your hands often, just like when you are handling raw chicken. 

Begin by adding your ground turkey to a mixing bowl and add in your seasonings. Mix them together, then remove portions of the meat and create your patties. 

Once your turkey slider patties are made, it is time to cook them. My family enjoys cooking the sliders on a griddle. However, you can also cook them in a skillet or even bake them in the oven. The concept is similar for each. 

Place your slider patties on your warm griddle and allow to cook until one side is brown. This will take about 5 minutes. Sprinkle the top of your patties with a bit more of your garlic, salt, and pepper seasoning. 

Flip the patties, and cook on the other side for an additional five minutes. Once the remaining side is cooked, check the internal temperature of your patties. If they are not yet at 165°F, keep cooking them. Once your patties are finished cooking, top with cheese and allow it to melt over low heat. Remove the patties from the heat, serve and enjoy! 

Mini Turkey Burger Sliders With Cheese Recipe

Level: Easy
Yield: 8 mini burgers

Prep: 10 min
Cook: 13 min
Total: 23 min

Ingredients

1 lb ground turkey, thawed
2 tsp salt, pepper, and garlic blend seasoning
8 dinner rolls, cut in half
8 slices of cheese

Toppings

Lettice
Tomato
Onions
Pickles
Bacon 

Condiment Suggestions

Ketchup
Mustard
Mayonnaise 
Ranch
BBQ sauce
Chick-fil-A sauce

Directions

Step-By-Step

STEP 1: Combine Turkey Patty Ingredients

In a small mixing bowl, combine your thawed ground turkey with your seasoning blend. Mix thoroughly. 

STEP 2: Heat Pan With Oil 

Warm your griddle, add canola oil to season the pan, as it heats. Please note: if you use olive oil, it has a lower smoke point, so your temperature will need to be kept lower. 

STEP 3: Form And Cook Turkey Patties 

Remove small portions of your seasoned ground turkey mixture and roll into balls. Pat into patties and then place them on the griddle. Allow the patties to brown on one side for 3-5 minutes, before flipping to the other side. Once both sides are browned, check the internal temperature to be sure it has reached 165°F. If they are not fully cooked, flip and allow them to continue cooking. Once cooked, add your cheese, if desired, and allow it to melt. Remove the patties from the heat. 

STEP 4: Assemble Your Turkey Burger Sliders 

Place your hot sliders on rolls or mini buns, add your toppings and condiments. Serve and enjoy! 

Cook’s Note: Cook ground turkey to 165°F.

Nutrition Facts

For this recipe, we used Kirkwood ground turkey and our nutrition facts are based upon that. On average, it is estimated that one serving of ground turkey, is approximately four ounces. That serving size contains 220 calories, 0 carbs, and 17g of fat. 

Turkey sliders one open

Tips

Fully Cooked. Sometimes it is difficult to tell if the sliders are cooked through all the way. If you are unsure, you can always try taking a knife and slitting the center of one slider open. If they are all about the same size, this should allow you to judge adequately if they are fully cooked or not. Please remember that you should always air on the side of caution with ground turkey burgers. Because they are poultry, these sliders should never be eaten if they are even slightly undercooked. When you remove them from the heat, there must not be any pink remaining. 

Smashing. A technique that often works well when cooking these sliders is to form the raw ground turkey into balls. Then when you place them onto your warmed surface, use a spatula and smash them out into your burger size. Throughout the cooking process, you may need to smash them down a few more times, as they tend to ball up while cooking. 

How To Serve Turkey Burger Sliders

Okay, you have the sliders themselves going, now what should you serve with them to make them the very best? Below we have a few ideas for you that include what kind of bun we enjoy using for these, the best condiments to get the most amazing flavor, and what toppings are good on these sliders. Check out our ideas below. 

Toppings: Lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, caramelized onion, bacon, French fried onions, peppers, avocado, coleslaw, apple slices, onion rings, fried egg, spinach, olives, guacamole, or even mac and cheese!

Condiments: Ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, BBQ sauce, miracle whip, hot sauce, Chick-fil-A sauce, honey mustard, ranch dressing, pico de gallo, salsa, or relish. 

Slider Bun Suggestions: Mini pretzel buns, dinner rolls, Hawaiian dinner rolls, or any fresh bakery rolls. 

What Cheese Goes With Turkey: American, Swiss, Fontina, Monterey Jack, and Havarti, Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Mozzarella, and Provolone. 

How Do You Keep Sliders Warm

The best way to keep sliders warm is to place them in an oven at 170°F, covered in foil. You can also wrap each sandwich securely in foil and place them gently in a crockpot that has ½ inch of water in the bottom, over low heat. If you are looking to keep them warm for a short time, simply covering them in foil on your countertop will keep them warm for a bit. 

How Far Ahead Can I Make Sandwiches For A Party

The patties of turkey sliders can be cooked in advance, and then warmed up right before your party. This will help to alleviate some of the last-minute stress of party planning. On the day of your party, I would recommend warming up the patties, then assembling the sliders, place them in a pan and cover then with foil. Then place your sliders in the oven on your ovens warm setting. I would recommend leaving that you don’t leave them in the oven on warm more than one hour. 

How To Make Mini Turkey Burger Sliders All The Same Size

A great way to make your mini turkey burger sliders all the same size is to use a slider press. If you do not have a slider press, simply roll your ground turkey into balls, all about the same size. Then press them into patties. This will also give you uniform sized sliders. 

Variations

There are many variations for these ground turkey sliders. Below are a few of the more popular ideas on how to put a twist on plain turkey sliders. 

BBQ Turkey Sliders. Try adding a bit of BBQ sauce and spices to your raw meat mixture. Then top with BBQ sauce once your slicers are cooked. 

Turkey Burger Sliders On Hawaiian Rolls. One of the most loved ways to enjoy a turkey slider is to place them on Hawaiian rolls. The rolls are so soft and sweet, they are hard to beat! 

Hawaiian Teriyaki Turkey Burger Sliders. Not only are Hawaiian rolls delicious to use in place of your slider buns, but you can also make your sliders have an overall Hawaiian taste. Try topping them with a ring of pineapple and adding a bit of teriyaki sauce to your ground turkey mixture. 

Basil Turkey Sliders. To make basil turkey sliders, simply add a bit of dried basil to your raw ground turkey. Adding dry or freshly chopped basil to your ground turkey helps to enhance your overall flavors. 

Asian Turkey Sliders. To make Asian turkey sliders, mix into your raw ground turkey, one egg, ¼ cup teriyaki sauce, 2 cloves minced garlic, 1 tsp sesame oil, ½ tsp onion powder, and 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs. Combine all your ingredients, and then roll into balls. Smash your sliders on your warmed griddle and cook as instructed above. 

Southwestern Turkey Sliders. If you like a little spice, you will like your turkey sliders in the southwestern style. Try using pepper jack cheese to top your sliders and in the meat mixture add a hit of red pepper flakes. Top with a mayonnaise mixture with cayenne pepper, salt, curry powder, and paprika. 

Cheese Stuffed Turkey Sliders. Cheese stuffed sliders are very hard to go wrong with! To make cheese-stuffed sliders, simply cut some small pieces of cheese and roll them in the center of your ground turkey balls before cooking them. Top with more cheese before you serve and enjoy! 

Baked Turkey Burger Sliders. Not only are turkey burger sliders good when cooked on a griddle, but they are also great when baked. To bake, simply place your slider patties on a baking sheet and bake at 375°F for about 10 minutes. Check to be sure they have reached 165°F internally before removing from the oven. 

Turkey Spinach Sliders. If you like spinach, you might enjoy these. Try adding freshly chopped spinach to your ground turkey mixture before you cook your sliders. 

Turkey Parmesan Sliders. Turkey parmesan sliders are simply yet delicious. Simply add some parmesan cheese to your ground turkey mixture before cooking. 

Turkey Sliders top view

Serving Suggestions

Sliders are great because you can serve them in many ways. You can serve them plain and allow your guests to add all of their toppings and condiments. This way everyone is happy. 

Pair Turkey Sliders With A Side Dish

Turkey sliders make a great main dish, but this means that you probably want to serve something else with them. But what else should you serve? A few great side dishes for turkey sliders include fresh fruits, or vegetables. You could also try serving potato salad with your sliders, or a classic like potato chips. Get creative and have fun! 

FAQ

How can I keep turkey burgers from falling apart?

If you are struggling with your turkey burgers falling apart, two things that you could try would be to roll your turkey into balls, then smash it onto your cooking surface. Another thing that helps your ground turkey to stay together is to add eggs to your raw meat. Typically, one egg to one pound of ground turkey will do the trick. 

What cheese goes best on turkey burgers?

Pepper Jack, Provolone, Mozzarella, American, Swiss, Fontina, Monterey Jack, Cheddar, and Havarti, just to name a few. 

Are turkey burgers healthy?

Yes, if you are comparing ground turkey to ground beef, ground turkey is healthier. On average four ounces of ground turkey contains 220 calories, 0 carbs, and 17g of fat. While 80/20 ground beef contains 284 calories, 0 carbs, and 22.4g fat, for every four ounces. 

How Do You Tell If A Turkey Burger Is Done Without A Thermometer?

The easiest way to tell if a turkey burger is done, without using a meat thermometer is to take a knife and cut a slit into the center of the patty. If there is any pink remaining, the burger is not done and must cook longer. 

What Should Turkey Burgers Be Cooked To?

Turkey burgers must be cooked to 165°F internal temperature, as must all poultry. 

What Temperature Do You Cook Turkey Burgers On The Grill?

A good temperature range to cook turkey burgers on the grill is between 350-375°F. 

Is It Okay For Turkey Burgers To Be Pink?

No, if a turkey burger is pink, it is still raw. Turkey, like chicken may not be eaten raw, but must be cooked all the way through, and reach an internal temperature of 165°F. 

How Long Do You Cook A Turkey Burger?

The amount of time you cook a turkey burger depends on how thick your burger is. If you are cooking a smaller, thinner burger, it will probably take around 10 minutes total to cook through. However, if your burger is larger it will take more like 15-20 minutes to cook all the way through. 

Can Turkey Burgers Ba A Little Pink?

No, if there is any sign of pink in your turkey burger, it is raw and must be cooked longer. Turkey cannot be eaten while it is still undercooked. 

Can I Omit The Egg Or Breadcrumbs In A Turkey Burger Slider Recipe?

Yes, egg and breadcrumbs are not needed to make a turkey slider. They are simply add ins if you want them to be included. 

How to make the best spicy turkey sliders, an easy recipe for busy days

Making turkey sliders is a quick and easy dinner. The great thing is that you can season your sliders to add a little spice to your like or to keep it simple, and delicious. No matter your preference, the results will taste amazing. One of the best parts about turkey sliders is that the entire process takes less than thirty minutes from start to finish to prepare this tasty and fun meal. 

Ground Turkey Sliders

Ground turkey sliders are a super easy and quick meal to prepare. They are also a healthier and tastier version of ground beef. Give this simple and tasty recipe a try and let us know what you think! 

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