The Dirty Birdy

So after a long week of take out and more take out. We decided lets make our own sliders. Yes, I know they are the same as burgers but in small form. A few months ago we gave up using ground beef and now using ground turkey (attempting to diet and blog at the same time is really hard). I know some of you will judge me for our use of bread crumbs in the sliders but just keep an open mind. Also note we are cooking for a larger family. 

Ingredients:

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  • 2 Pounds of Ground Turkey
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Cup of bread crumbs
  • 2 Cups of teriyaki sauce
  • 1 cup of finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 cups of mushrooms sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of EVOO
  • Salt and pepper
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Cheese slices of your choice
  • Pickles are optional
  • Chips were our choice of side
  • 1 bag of Hawaiian sweet bread dinner rolls

Directions:

Place ground turkey, onions, garlic, bread crumbs, eggs, and 1 cup of teriyaki sauce into a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle salt and pepper to your taste. We used Hawaiian Seasoning, which included chili pepper flakes, Hawaiian rock salt, clover, and ground peppercorns. I went with something with a little kick to it because I chose a spicy teriyaki sauce. 

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Then proceed to combine with hands, making sure to mix thoroughly. If the mixture seems too moist, add 1/4 cup of bread crumbs till you reach your desired texture.

We had to go pick up family members from work so placed ours in the fridge covered with plastic wrap so the sauce marinated nicely into the meat. If you let the meat marinate make sure to bring the meat back up to a room temperature before cooking.

Form sliders to make a patty with a 3 inch diameter. Now we fried our first batch and I decided to bake the rest. I've noticed that turkey burgers don't shrink as much as beef and take a little longer to cook. If you want to fry do it at med high heat with 2 tablespoons of EVOO. If baking, which I suggest, set oven to 375 degrees.

While baking sliders, place sliced mushrooms and the rest of the teriyaki sauce in a sauté pan and place on med high heat. Cook the mushrooms until tender and the sauce will slightly thicken due to the sugar in teriyaki sauce, you want this to happen. Getting the sauce to a slight bubble is suggested.

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When the sliders are about done 10-15 minutes, place the sweet bread rolls in a pan and spray with pam. Place in oven for no longer than 4 minutes this will soften the rolls and warm them nicely.

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Now start to stack and smother. Place your desired cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayo on top of sliders, along with mushrooms, and sauce. Finally enjoy. 

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