Love Sliders? Here Is A Healthy Version

December 14, 2010   8 Comments

In case you are wondering, a slider is a mini-sandwich or burger. I first encountered them at my neighborhood Chili's.

Healthy Sliders

I was thinking, "Wow, how cute! Four mini-burgers." and then I read the nutritional facts.

The "Chili’s Big Mouth Bites with French Fries" has a whopping 2,350 calories, 38 grams saturated fat, and 3,940 milligrams sodium. umm, ouch.

So, in my pursuit of everything snacky, I found this great book - "100 Calorie Snack Cookbook". Sally Sampson has created over 200 recipes for 100 calorie snacks. Take that Nabisco 100 Calorie snack pack!

Her book is filled with great suggestions, but I will warn you, they are on the gourmet side of snacking. For example, she uses smoked trout in one of her snacks (yummy).

Every one of her snacks look delicious and they are all using whole foods and whole grains.

I tried her Turkey Sliders recipe and was delighted by their flavor. The first thing you will notice is that there is no bun. I promise that you will not miss the bun. Secondly, they measure in at 100 calories each and would make a great afternoon snack.

I would serve these at a party, too. I think you may have to give out knives and forks because most people wouldn't want to pick them up with their fingers (no bun). They would taste great hot and room temperature.

I have adapted Sally's recipe to include an entire pound of ground turkey. The recipe in her book only uses 1 1/2 ounces of ground turkey.

I thought it would be easier to make a big bunch of these and then either freeze them or serve them at a party.

Do you have a slider substitute? Please share.

Turkey Sliders Recipe

(Reprinted with permission from "100-Calorie Snack Cookbook" by Sally Sampson)
(makes 11 sliders)
1 pound ground turkey
3/4 cup chopped scallions
3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
2 1/2 teaspoons orange zest
2 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
4 limes cut into quarters

Place all of the ingredients (except the lime) in a small mixing bowl and, using your hands, gently mix until everything is evenly incorporated. Form into a patty and make a small indentation about the size of a dime in the middle of each side; handle as little as possible: do mot work more than necessary.

Place a cast iron skillet over high heat and when it is hot but not smoking, add the burger to the dry pan. Cook until well seared on both sides, about 5 minutes. Garnish with the lime quarter.

For one slider: 104 calories, 5.7 g fat, 21.8 g carbohydrates, 11.8 g protein, 0 g fiber, 400 mg sodium

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Mmm... Those sound and look delicious!!!

I make something similar to this only I use spinach. Take a pound of ground turkey and work in an egg and a box of frozen chopped spinach that's been thawed, squeezed dry and chopped some more. You can also add some breadcrumbs, cracker crumbs or oats if you want to stretch out your pound of turkey. Then I either make regular burgers, sliders, or meatballs. They're best as meatballs. I bake them instead of frying. You can put them on a toothpick and serve with dipping sauces for appetizers.

MMMMM wow, these look amazing!

OMG I have all of these ingredients right now (including a bunch of cilantro I need to use up!) thank you!!!

Now this sounds great! However, do you have any suggestions for a healthy little "slider-sized" bun?

What type of ground turkey 95 percent lean?

UGH! My parents always added celery and onions to burgers when I was growing up. I would beg them to make mine plain. I still hate celery because it was in EVERYTHING growing up! lol (I realize these don't have celery but they look just like my nightmare burgers from childhood!)

These are delicious! Making them for the 4th time.

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