Saturday, July 6, 2013

Kid Friendly Turkey Spinach Sliders

Turkey Spinach Sliders

Sometimes, all you need is a little bit of burger. Or three. Sliders can be a lot of fun as an appetizer, something for small kids, or if you want to make a few different kinds for people to sample all sorts of flavors at a party. These sliders are, as my 17 year old put it, "a great way to introduce little kids to spinach because they are so good you don't even realize you're eating spinach."

At first when I began making them I was a little concerned that the spinach seemed to completely outweigh the amount of turkey that was in the bowl. Seriously? This thing is all spinach? In reality, it's not so much -- the patties come together beautifully and have a lot of flavor. Just make sure to chop up the spinach well so you don't have any large pieces.

My family loved these things-John ate them cold without the buns, Kevin had three, and to make dinner easy I simply set out a cutting board with various toppings all laid out on it; tomatoes, red onion, a jar of mayo, mustard, the buns, etc. and let everyone top their own. With a really great salad, they turned out to be a fairly easy and mess free dinner.


4 cups fresh spinach, chopped (about 1/2 bunch)
4 green onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb ground turkey
3/4 tsp ground cumin
3 tbsp olive oil
12 slide buns or small dinner rolls

mayonnaise, sliced red onions, pickles,


In a large bowl, combine the spinach, green onion, garlic, turkey, cumin, some fresh cracked pepper, and a bit of salt. Mix well with your hands. This is going to seem like you have a pile of spinach and no turkey, but trust me on this, it will work.  Squish it all together until it’s well mixed.

Shape the spinach and meat mixture into 12 small patties.

Heat the oil in a non stick skillet over medium heat and fry up the patties in batches until they are browned and cooked through. Set them out on the counter with split buns and the toppings, and allow people to create their own sliders.

Adapted from Bon Appetit

Makes 12 sliders, or 4 servings of three each

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