Friday, January 16, 2009

garlic jalepeno turkey sliders

we love burgers at our house and eat them a lot. usually with fries. you can see the issue here, if we keep this up we will be really fat people!

turkey burgers are the perfect way to get around this, and turkey sliders are even better...because they are tiny! adding in tons of flavor, and serving them with a large salad means that your waistline won't suffer as your taste buds get to have all the fun.

keeping turkey burgers moist isn't difficult, and really only requires the addition of a few ingredients that don't normally make their way into beef burgers. these have the added bonus of finely chopped garlic and jalapeno, making them a little bit rock and roll.

1/2 of a medium onion, grated into bowl
1# ground turkey
1 cup bread crumbs
1 large egg
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
6 to 8 pickled jalapenos, finely chopped (about 1 tablespoon)
king's hawaiian mini rolls, halved

mix the egg, jalapenos, and garlic into the bowl you grated the onion into, breaking up the egg yolk. crumble the turkey in, and then add the bread crumbs. work through gently with your fingers, being careful not to over mix. if you are cooking with kids, this is a great task for them.

divide the mixture into quarters. then further divide, each quarter should yield 4 sliders. form them into patties with your hands and set aside.

meanwhile, heat a large pan or griddle over medium high heat. add the sliders when it is hot enough. cook for about 5 minutes on one side, and then flip. cook through on the other side. if you'd like you can add cheese at the point of flipping, we put sharp cheddar on ours.

serve with the king's hawaiian rolls (they are the perfect size), pickled jalapeno, and lettuce. enjoy!

these burgers are tasty, and you can control the heat by adding or removing jalapeno. kids love these things because they get to squish the meat through their fingers as they mix, and the end result is a kid-sized burger. so if you are looking for a fun recipe to make with your children, i'd suggest this one. they'll love the process and the outcome.

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