With juicy turkey patties, crisp buns, and all your favorite toppings, this easy turkey burger slider recipe takes your favorite turkey burgers and makes them bite-sized! They're perfect for an easy dinner, great for your next BBQ, or are an amazing dish for a party.
- Why You'll Love This Recipe
- What You'll Need for Mini Turkey Burger Sliders
- How to Make Turkey Burger Sliders
- Recommended Equipment
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Variations and Substitutions
- How to Store Ground Turkey Sliders
- Expert Tips
- What to Serve with Turkey Burger Sliders
- More Turkey Recipes to Try
- 📖 Recipe
- 💬 Comments
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Alright friends, you asked for it! I've taken the reader favorite turkey patties from my popular turkey smash burgers and made them mini. Get ready to serve up the best turkey sliders your guests have ever had!
These mini turkey burgers are one of the best appetizers to serve at a party or a fun twist on burger night. These delicious burgers are easy to make, customizable, and quick, too!
You can build the burgers yourself or you can have your guests build their own.
Bottom line: They're juicy. They're portable. Not a crumb will remain when you serve these mouthwatering little sliders.
What You'll Need for Mini Turkey Burger Sliders
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- Ground Turkey I have tested this recipe with blends as high as 92% lean and as low as 85% lean. All have worked well!
- Onion Yellow, sweet, red, or white onion will work here. You'll be grating half of the onion for the ground turkey blend.
- Worcestershire Sauce This is key to the browning on the exterior of the burger. It also lends a wonderful sweetness to the dish.
- Kosher Salt My preferred brand is always Diamond Crystal. Kosher salt is less salty per teaspoon than sea salt or table salt, making it easier to taste as you got and harder to oversalt (...but please don't taste raw turkey! Check the expert tips below for ways to check your turkey mixture for seasoning)
- Black Pepper Fresh black pepper is always a nice addition.
- Neutral Oil Like grapeseed oil or avocado oil.
- Slider buns Feel free to use whatever type of mini burger buns you'd like here. Hawaiian rolls are what I used, but you can also use small soft dinner rolls.
Turkey Slider Toppings
- Lettuce My favorite lettuce to use for burgers is green or red leaf lettuce. It's fairly sturdy and looks nice, too. If you want shredded lettuce, I'd recommend iceberg.
- Tomato Beefsteak tomatoes and globe tomatoes are great here.
- Onion Again, any type of onion would work well in this recipe.
- Mustard I usually go with traditional yellow, but grab your favorite Dijon, stoneground, etc. Personalize the burger to your tastes!
- Ketchup I also really enjoy this sugar-free ketchup. It's really savory and deeply flavored.
- Mayo Whatever brand is your favorite!
- Cheese - Any good melting cheese would be great. I like to use American, but cheddar, Monterey jack, Swiss, gruyère, or provolone are all amazing.
You can also add whatever other toppings you may like - pickles, avocado, and kimchi are some of our favorites. Feel free to experiment with different sauces and toppings to see what you like best.
How to Make Turkey Burger Sliders
Step One Preheat a skillet over medium-high heat. Grate half of an onion using the smallest or second-smallest holes of a box grater.
Step Two Measure two tablespoons of the grated onion, leaving behind any liquid.
Step Three Combine ground turkey, Worcestershire sauce, grated onion, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
Step Four Combine the ingredients of the meat mixture well, trying not to overwork the turkey meat.
Step Five Divide the turkey into eight equal portions.
Step Six Add the burgers to the skillet and cook for about 4 minutes on each side.
Step Seven Toast the buns.
Step Eight If adding cheese, add it in the last two minutes of cooking.
Step Nine Remove the finished sliders from the pan, measuring with a meat thermometer to ensure they have reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step Ten Build the burgers using your favorite toppings and serve right away!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
If you're having trouble determining if your turkey burger patties are equal in size, there are a few methods you can use to confirm. You can use an ice cream scoop to ensure you are collecting the same amount of turkey mixture for each patty, or you can use a small kitchen scale to see if the patties weigh the same amount.
To keep ground turkey moist, I recommend using a combination of Worcestershire sauce and grated onion. This combination of ingredients will not only keep the meat moist, but it will also work very well to flavor the patty!
You can prevent your turkey burgers from falling apart by making sure you have a very moist mixture. The key here is to actually make the patty more moist, not less, so I don't recommend using bread crumbs to bind the burger.
Variations and Substitutions
- You can also make this recipe on the grill! If grilling, heat the grill to medium-high heat, brush the grates with oil or spray with nonstick spray, then cook the turkey patties for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
- You can make a classic slider by using ground beef instead of ground turkey.
- Try this recipe with ground chicken for to make some chicken sliders.
How to Store Ground Turkey Sliders
Fridge You can refrigerate leftover turkey burger sliders in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days. Store the buns and burgers separately so the buns don't get soggy.
Freezer You can freeze cooked turkey burgers if needed, but they may become overcooked or dry in the process of thawing and reheating. I recommend freezing turkey burger patties raw instead.
Reheat the patties from the fridge in the microwave or in a pan with a bit of oil.
- Make sure your cast iron skillet is super hot before cooking your burgers. I would not recommend using a nonstick pan as they are not intended for high heats and their nonstick coating will degrade. If you don't have cast iron, try using a stainless steel pan.
- Work in two batches if needed to avoid overcrowding the pan. The turkey burgers will achieve a much nicer browning and texture if they have enough room in the pan!
- To taste for seasoning, cook a tiny bit of the uncooked turkey in the skillet. Taste this piece for seasoning and add more salt if needed before cooking all of the burgers.
What to Serve with Turkey Burger Sliders
These turkey burger sliders on Hawaiian rolls are great at any kind of gathering and for burger nights at home.
Try serving them alongside...
More party favorite recipes include pineapple habanero salsa, mango pico de gallo, and serrano salsa, deviled eggs, marinated tomato salad, and these hot honey lemon pepper and soy garlic chicken wings!
More Turkey Recipes to Try
Turkey Burger Slider Recipe
- Cast Iron Skillet or Stainless Steel Skillet, Griddle Pan, or Grill
- Cutting Boards
- Mixing Bowls
Turkey Burger Sliders
- cheese any good melting cheese
- Preheat a skillet over medium-high heat. Grate half of an onion using the smallest or second-smallest holes of a box grater.
- Measure two tablespoons of the grated onion, leaving behind any liquid.
- Combine ground turkey, Worcestershire sauce, grated onion, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
- Combine the ingredients in the meat mixture well, trying not to overwork the turkey meat.
- Divide the turkey into eight equal portions.
- Add the burgers to the skillet and cook for about 4 minutes on each side.
- Toast the buns.
- If adding cheese, add it in the last two minutes of cooking.
- Remove the finished sliders from the pan, measuring with a meat thermometer to ensure they have reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Build the burgers using your favorite toppings and serve right away!
- If cooking the burgers on the grill, preheat to medium-high heat, then follow steps 1-5 above.
- Grill the slider patties for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until they have reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Toast the buns on the grill while cooking your burgers.
- Assemble the burgers, add your favorite toppings, and serve.
- Use any other toppings of your choice. I also enjoy pickles, avocado, or kimchi!
- If using sea salt or table salt, use half of the recommended amount of salt. Table salt and sea salt are much saltier per teaspoon than kosher salt.
- Use a few twists of the pepper mill.
- Fridge You can refrigerate leftover turkey burger sliders in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days. Store the buns and burgers separately so the buns don't get soggy.
- Freezer You can freeze cooked turkey burgers if needed, but they may become overcooked or dry in the process of thawing and reheating. I recommend freezing turkey burger patties raw instead.
- Reheat the patties from the fridge in the microwave or in a pan with a bit of oil.