These small but mighty turkey sliders are bursting with flavor and are so easy to make. They're topped with melted mozzarella cheese and sandwiched between slightly toasted Hawaiian rolls drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with Italian seasoning.
Try these turkey sliders for a fun hassle-free weeknight dinner or at your next gathering. They're easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd. The beauty of serving these sliders is that they're versatile and can be adapted to suite everyone's taste buds by mix-and-matching various toppings.
How to Make Turkey Sliders
Ground Turkey: Season generously with salt and pepper. Add garlic powder, onion powder, and cooking oil form into a small thick patty and grill or either fry until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. If overcooked, your turkey patties will turn out dry.
TIP: Because ground turkey is a lean meat it needs a little added fat to create a moist texture. I always add either extra virgin olive oil or grapeseed oil to the ground turkey before forming it into a patty. This added fat makes for a tastier and much juicy burger.
TIP: Opt for ground turkey with the highest fat content. I always buy ground turkey that's 85% lean. If this option isn't available, I go for ground turkey that's 93% lean.
The higher the fat, the more flavorful. I never buy extra lean or 99% fat free.
Toppings: Cheese (for melting), lettuce, sliced red cabbage. Your choices are endless... other ideas are sauteed mushrooms, grilled onions.
Condiments: Special sauces, mustard, mayo, BBQ sauce, relish, pickled red cabbage, or plain old ketchup are great options
Slider Buns: Hawaiian slider buns, Hawaiian dinner rolls, or regular slider buns. Hawaiian slider buns are not always easy to find, so if I happen to go to the grocery store and see them I just buy a pack and freeze them.
What Cheese Goes with Turkey
There are many different cheeses that go great with turkey sliders. I prefer hard cheeses as they hold their shape, melt really well, and has a gooey texture unlike feta or blue cheese which tends to crumble. My favorite hard cheeses are mozzarella (shown in image), provolone, swiss, white cheddar, yellow cheddar, and havarti.
How do you keep sliders warm
Sliders are best when served immediately while the cheese is melted and gooey.
However, if serving a crowd, turkey sliders can be kept warm in one of 3 ways:
- Keep them in the baking dish as I do and cover them with foil paper until ready to serve
- Keep them in the baking dish and lower the oven to 275 to 300 degrees
- Place in a chafing dish and cover
How Far Ahead Can I Make Sandwiches for A Party
You can make sandwiches or these turkey sliders a day or two in advance for the perfect make-ahead meal.
Follow these simple steps to make your life that much easier:
- Season the ground turkey and form into small thick patties. Make sure you have the perfect meat to bun ratio and that your patty isn't small than the diameter of your bun and place in an air tight container or on a plate tightly wrapped with plastic wrap
- Wash and pat dry your veggies, store in a zip loc bag, and place in the fridge
- On the day of, remove the patties from the fridge and bring to room temperature (place on counter top for approximately 15 to 20 minutes) and cook accordingly
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- 2 lbs ground turkey (85% or 93% fat content)
- kosher salt (to taste)
- ground pepper (to taste)
- garlic powder (to taste)
- onion powder (to taste)
- 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (plus 2 teaspoon (reserved))
- pack Hawaiian dinner rolls or slider buns (I used hawaiian slider buns)
- cheese (sliced) (optional)
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- In a mixing bowl, add ground turkey, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cooking oil and mix gently using your fingers. Form ground turkey into mini patties. Set aside.
- Wash and cut veggies (lettuce, etc). Set aside.
- Place rolls/slider buns on a baking sheet. Set aside.
- Place saute pan over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil. When hot, sear patties on both sides until patty reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Paying careful attention to not overcook. Cook in batches. Top each patty with a slice of cheese (optional). Cover pan and allow cheese to melt.
- Place patties inside slider buns. Brush the top of each slider bun with olive oil and sprinkle the top with Italian seasoning. Place in preheated oven for 3-4 minutes. Remove sliders from oven. Add additional toppings (lettuce, etc).