Recipe: BBQ Turkey Sliders

BBQ Turkey Slider, Courtesy:
BBQ Turkey Slider, Courtesy:

A healthier alternative to beef sliders are turkey sliders. Try this BBQ version to add some tang to your turkey.

2 pounds ground turkey
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
1 large Vidalia onion, chopped
1/2 cup BBQ sauce
16 potato rolls, split in 1/2


  1. Add the turkey to a large bowl along with 1/4 cup water.
  2. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and mix to combine.
  3. Mold the turkey into 16 even-size slider patties.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large griddle pan over medium heat.
  5. Add the patties and cook for 4 to 5 minutes per side. Be sure to not move them until they are ready to flip when brown on the first side.
  6. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a large sauté pan.
  7. Add the onions and caramelize over medium heat, adding water as needed, to deglaze the pan.
  8. Add the BBQ sauce to the onions when they are mostly caramelized and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes.
  9. Top each potato roll bottom with a turkey patty and spoon some of the BBQ caramelized onions over the top.
  10. Cover with the roll tops and enjoy!

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:

  • The ground turkey mixture should be sticky, but not watery. Use the water sparingly, only adding more if needed.  Instead of most of the water, I have used one whole egg as a binding agent and to add texture and moisture (and then add only a bit of water if still needed).
  • Use your favorite flavor of BBQ sauce.

Yield: 16 sliders

Source:, Courtesy: Claire Robinson, 2010



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