Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Grilled Kickin' Turkey Sliders

Who doesn't like a big, thick, juicy burger covered in melted cheese dripping with your favorite sauce and/or condiments?  We toil away to fashion our burger into our ultimate burger fantasy.  The thing is, when I'm almost halfway through that big, thick, juicy burger, covered in cheese and sauce is dripping down to my elbows, a dark cloud moves in over me and sheer bliss turns into sheer misery.

Sliders have turned my sheer bliss into, well, actually kept sheer bliss alive and well.  I can eat one and no cloud, no misery, no guilt.  Sometimes if I dare, I can start on a second slider and still no cloud.  It's amazing.

I've also learned another trick.  I sometimes use half lean ground beef and half ground turkey.  Sometimes it's all ground turkey.  As long as no one sees the package, my family doesn't know the difference.

I didn't know the first time I made sliders that there was no such thing as "slider buns".  Check out the bakery department  in your grocery and pick out a dinner roll that you like or if you're really ambitious, make your own.

Kickin' Slider Sauce

1/3 cup low-fat sour cream (don't use fat-free)
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon horseradish
1/2 teaspoon Louisiana Hot Sauce
2 tablespoons buttermilk
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce of choice
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Whisk all of the ingredients together in a medium bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.


2-1/2 pounds ground turkey or lean ground beef
2 small shallots, finely chopped
2 tablespoons goat cheese
2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
2 teaspoons grill seasoning (McCormick's Montreal Steak)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Low fat margarine spread or butter
Garlic powder
8 slider sized dinner rolls or buns
4 slices pepper jack cheese, cut in half
4 slices hickory smoked bacon, cut in half and fried crisp
Kickin' Slider Sauce

In a large mixing bowl, break up the meat with your hands. Add the chopped shallot, garlic, goat cheese (this give the burger a little sumpin', sumpin'), grill seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper, to taste. Thoroughly combine with your hands.

Divide the meat into 8 equal portions and form them into small patties.  Press an indent in the center of each patty with your thumb.  I've heard this indent will prevent the burgers from puffing up while cooking.   It works.

Heat your grill to medium-high heat and spray grated with non-stick cooking spray. If using ground turkey, you shouldn't have "flame-ups" since the meat won't be expelling any fat.  Grill the burgers uncovered, for 5 minutes on the first side. Flip and continue cooking for another 5 until cooked thoroughly. Top the patties with a one-half slice of pepper jack cheese.  Once the cheese has melted, remove from grill, tent with foil to keep warm.  Spread the margarine or butter the buns, sprinkle with a little garlic powder and place on the grill butter side down. Toast for about 1 minute and remove from grill.

Assemble your burger by placing a cheesy patty on the toasted bun, ladling a generous helping of Kickin' Sauce over the patty and topping it with a half slice of bacon.

Look!  No clouds!


The Japanese Redneck said...

That Kickin sauce sounds good. The burgers look delcious.

vanillasugar said...

girl just give me a CUP of that sauce and i'm done. love it!

David said...

Katherine... Great recipe. The combination of ingredients sounds perfect, giving that turkey some flavors that pop! Going in our recipe files... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Burgers without guilt. Now you're talking.

Lynda said...

I'm loving these sliders already and can't wait to make the sauce too! Thanks!

gigi said...

Guilt free turkey burgers! YUM!

Debbie said...

They look delicious! I usually just use ground chuck for burgers. My husband recently made burgers using ground sirloin....mistake. Dry beyond belief! I've never tried using beef and turkey together. Sounds like a good idea!

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm so glad I have a pound of ground turkey in the fridge. Could I use feta instead of goat?

Joanne said...

Turkey burgers get a bad rep for being dry and tasteless but you've totally changed that. These look so good!

Lynn said...

I am so with you on the slider thing! Pepperidge Farm makes slider buns. Harris Teeter carries them. Sometimes you can even find the whole wheat ones. Your turkey burgers sound great. I made some pretty good south-westy ones a few nights ago but didn't blog about them because I didn't get a decent photo!

Donna-FFW said...

Sounds like a perfect burger with that Fantastic sounding sauce!!

Chris said...

I can't belive that no one has jumped on the opportunity and marketed slider buns.

My favorite "bun" I use are King Sweet Hawaiian dinner rolls. perfect size and great flavor.

Jenny said...

I used this recipe to make turkey burgers for the first time! My husband and I loved them! I have used several of your recipes...thank you for sharing your blog and recipes!

Jen R. said...

Tried these last week and my family loved them. Great recipe!