Turkey Burger Sliders

For those of you who have been following along, you know that here at True Food Katie we are highlighting September as Hunger Action Month. See my previous posts on Hunger Action Month, My Top 7 Budget Tips, and my recipe for 15 Bean Soup for more info on hunger awareness and budget friendly recipes.

These turkey burger sliders were adapted from one of my favorite recipes we would make for Cooking Matters classes when I worked at Second Harvest Food Bank. I can’t tell you how many classes were skeptical about eating a burger made out of turkey, but we won them over in the end. This recipe is great because it is budget friendly, tasty, and super fast to get cooking. It’s a great, “oops I forgot to get something ready for dinner and it’s 6pm” option. If you have ground turkey, you can probably make some version of these.


I like to cook the diced onions before hand, because they stay a little crunchy if you don’t. My toddler requested less crunchy onions, but if you’re short on time, I like the less cooked onion version as well.

You can try several variations on this standard turkey burger recipe. We like to do Cajun style with a little more heat from cayenne and white pepper, Italian style with Italian seasoning, and Buffalo Style with added buffalo sauce. Sriracha, BBQ sauce, and Worcestershire are also great additions. Feel free to add any flavors your family likes.

Using ground turkey is an inexpensive way to cut some fat from your diet, if that is a goal you have. It has much less fat than a similarly priced pound of ground beef, and you don’t get the up charge you do with lean ground beef.


I often make these as sliders so that they cook fast, but they work well as full patties too. I find sliders are easier for my toddler to eat as well. Win-win. We typically don’t use buns because of her gluten allergy, but feel free to serve on your favorite slider or hamburger bun.

These freeze well, and I will typically make a double batch and freeze the leftover, cooked patties. Freeze first on a parchment lined baking sheet for 1 hour, then transfer to a freezer bag.

Turkey Burger Sliders


1 onion, diced

2 tsp avocado oil

1 lb ground turkey

1 egg

1/8 c panko breadcrumbs (more if mixture remains soupy)

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 chili powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

Extra oil for cooking.


  1. Cook onion with oil in large skillet until soft and translucent. Allow to cool.
  2. Mix all ingredients together, including cooled onion.
  3. Form into 2 inch flattened patties (1/2-3/4″ thick).
  4. Add another tsp of oil to large skillet. Cook patties on medium high heat for 2-3 minutes, or until browned. Flip and cook for 2-3 minutes until middle of patty reaches 165°.
  5. Serve with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and whatever condiments your family prefers. We also like to have sweet potato fries with these that bake while we are preparing the sliders.



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