This mini turkey burgers sliders with cheese recipe is one of our go-to grilling dinnertime favorites. A few spices and some lean turkey, and kids and adults will be excited about their mini-sized turkey burgers that are the perfect size for small hands. My favorite way to make these turkey burger sliders with cheese is to grill them, but they can be cooked in a pan on top of the stove also for a quick and simple dinner.
Mini Turkey Burger Sliders With Cheese Recipe
We grill for about three out of four seasons of the year in our house. It always makes for quick and easy dinner, and keeps the heat outside, along with some of the cooking mess. While I don’t consider myself an expert at the BBQ, being comfortable with your grill is a great way to put a super delicious meal on the table that the kids will love too.
We used to always make regular sized burgers, but I quickly found they were too big for little hands and really too big of a portion. While we sometimes still make full-sized burgers, we often mix up dinner with a slider size. Often my husband and I will eat two, and the kiddo will eat one.
This size is pretty friendly for a party also, especially when you have a lot of kids or a lot of sides. We served these at several backyard bbq’s we’ve had. I think the most notable was in honor of the summer 2017 solar eclipse. We had a big backyard party and cut the cheese to look like suns to make eclipse burgers.
More BBQ party food: Fruit Salsa
But for every day, unless you plan on teaching about astronomy around the table a regular slider will be a big hit all on its own. Top with your favorite toppings, and serve hot off the grill or griddle.
How To Make Mini Turkey Burger Sliders All The Same Size
To keep my burgers consistent, I like to use a ring. I found mine in a cookie cutter set, it’s 2.5 inches across. You can use this to press your sliders into for more consistent burgers, like this!
What Temperature Do You Cook Turkey Burgers On The Grill
The safest way to know if your turkey burgers are done is to use a meat thermometer. The inside of a turkey burger should be 165 degrees. I know I was concerned as a parent that meat was cooked safely, and I looked this up more than once to ensure I was cooking the burger properly all the way through without over-cooking. Turkey is a lean meat and can quickly dry out, so pull the turkey burgers off the grill as soon as they are done.
Is It Ok For Turkey Burgers To Be Pink?
One thing that is important is that you cook the meat all the way through without over-cooking. Turkey burgers should not have any pink on the inside like beef often does.
Psst! Make this King of the Grill Apron as a gift!
How Long Do You Cook a Turkey Burgers?
The amount of time you need to cook a turkey burger can vary depending on the thickness you make your patty. Most turkey burgers need between three to five minutes on each side to cook all the way through. If you’re unsure, start by cooking your burgers for three minutes on each side.
Can Turkey Burgers Be A Little Pink?
The only way to make sure a turkey burger is done is to check with a meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature is 165. Turkey burgers will occasionally still be just a little pink and register at 165 degrees. If still undercooked after checking, cook for an additional one to two minutes on each side.
How Do You Keep Turkey Burgers From Falling Apart?
One secret to keep turkey burgers from falling apart is to use an egg.
People usually think about putting an egg in ground meat with meatloaf or even meatballs, so why would you add it to burgers?
I’ve found that by adding that egg, your meat stays extra juicy on the grill or on the pan. The burgers can say together just fine without the egg, but the egg tends to help a lot.
Can I Omit The Egg Or Breadcrumbs In This Turkey Burger Sliders Recipe?
If your family is egg free, gluten free, or just trying to avoid breadcrumbs or egg for some reason if you omit one you would need to omit both the breadcrumbs and the egg. This helps keep the burger at the right consistency. Alternatively, you can grind oats in your food processor into oat flour (check the oats carefully, oats are naturally gluten-free but some are not due to sharing facilities). You can also easily substitute a flax egg. If you choose to omit the egg and breadcrumbs without replacing watch carefully how long you cook the burgers as it is much easier for them to dry out.
Need another delicious recipe alongside your sliders? My friend Krysten over at Really Are You Serious has a super yummy southwest BLT lettuce wrap that is seriously amazing and is also gluten and dairy free. It works great for a summer BBQ (she uses this awesome GMO free corn in it too) but also works for lunch or dinner too. I love how she was cooking with her kid in the kitchen when making it!
Mini Turkey Burger Sliders With Cheese
Turkey burger sliders have just the right amount of juicy flavor packed into a mini size perfect for kids and adults both! Cook these easy and delicious burgers on the grill, or make them on the stove for a quick and easy dinner.
- 1 egg Beaten with a fork
- 1 pound Ground Turkey
- .5 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
- 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
- .5 teaspoon Paprika
- 2 teaspoons Parsley
- .5 teaspoon Salt
- .5 teaspoon Black Pepper
In a small bowl, beat egg with a fork until yolk is broken and scrambled.
In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, egg, spices and panko. Mix until combined.
Oil hands to keep the meat juicy. Form patties into eight small round balls, then flatten into patties as flat as you can.
Either on the grill or in a frying pan, cook on medium heat for three minutes on each side. Check inside, burgers should be cooked and not pink.
Top with cheese and slide them on to your favorite slider sized buns or rolls!
When mixing meat, oiling your hands can help keep the turkey juicy. Mix until combined but try to avoid overmixing as it can cause burger texture to become crumbly.
When forming burgers, patties should be as flat as possible. Burgers will shrink as they cook, so don't be surprised if when raw they seem larger then the bun. When they cook and shrink they will be just right!
Add your favorite slider rolls and a little bit of cheese, we prefer sharp cheddar for extra flavor.
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Have you ever made turkey burger sliders for your family? What’s your favorite toppings? I’d love to hear about what you think, or if you made the recipe down in the comments.