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Ground Turkey Sliders

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These ground turkey sliders or burgers with lemon and mint are a healthier riff on your favorite handheld food. That said, these onion, garlic, mint, and lemon-infused ground turkey patties pack every bit as much flavor as their beef cousin.

A stack of four ground turkey sliders plus one resting on its side with lemon wedges on a cutting board.

If ever there was a girlie burger, this is it. Unabashedly, unapologetically girlie. And yet we’ve seen quite a few guys polish off one without complaint. Funny, that.–David Leite

Turkey Sliders FAQs

Are these ground turkey sliders best as sliders or full-size burgers?

We’re not going to tell you whether wee sliders or big burgers are preferable for this recipe. Nope. That’s for you to decide. We will, however, divulge that the diminutive form is pretty lovely as a bite-size hors d’oeuvre and that the more substantial form is quite nice with a little feta crumbled atop.

Can these ground turkey patties be grilled?

You may be tempted to consider grilling, but beware the tendency of turkey burgers to crumble more easily than beef burgers—meaning the likelihood of appeasing the grilling gods with a sacrificial offering that falls through the grates is uncharacteristically high. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Bottom line, your best bet is to keep these beauties in a skillet. Put your skillet on the grill, if that makes you feel better.

What should I serve with turkey sliders?

Fresh salads, like this tomato and labneh one or this incredible tomato and feta salad. Grilled corn (there, you get to grill something!), peppers, portobellos, or eggplant. Or a simple pasta salad full of fresh veggies tossed in an easy vinaigrette.

Ground Turkey Sliders

A stack of four ground turkey sliders plus one resting on its side with lemon wedges on a cutting board.

These ground turkey sliders or burgers with lemon and mint are a healthier riff on your favorite handheld food. They are infused with onion, garlic, mint, and lemon and seared in a skillet.

Love Food

Prep 20 mins

Cook 10 mins

Total 1 hr 30 mins

  • Place all the ingredients except the oil, buns, and lemon wedges in a bowl and mix well with a fork.

  • Divide the mixture into 12 equal portions for sliders or 4 equal portions for burgers. Shape each portion into a patty. Place the patties on a parchment-lined sheet pan or large plate, cover, and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour and up to overnight.

  • Heat the oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches if necessary so as not to crowd the skillet, add the patties and cook for 4 to 5 minutes on each side for sliders, 6 to 8 minutes on each side for burgers, until golden brown and cooked through to an internal temperature of 165°F.

  • Transfer the patties to a warm serving plate and serve immediately with the buns and the lemon wedges for squeezing over the burgers.

Serving: 1slider pattyCalories: 151kcal (8%)Carbohydrates: 18g (6%)Protein: 12g (24%)Fat: 4g (6%)Saturated Fat: 1g (6%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 36mg (12%)Sodium: 220mg (10%)Potassium: 139mg (4%)Fiber: 2g (8%)Sugar: 3g (3%)Vitamin A: 70IU (1%)Vitamin C: 5mg (6%)Calcium: 34mg (3%)Iron: 1mg (6%)

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Originally published April 14, 2013

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