Tuscan Turkey Sliders


Gorgeous Tuscan Turkey Sliders are packed with Mediterranean flavors that the whole family will love!


Simple and filling, Tuscan Turkey Sliders are a fun and smart alternative to a traditional beef hamburger. Fresh parsley, garlic, tomato and red onion not only bring the classic Italian flavors, but really elevate a lean meat like turkey. These Tuscan Turkey Sliders take minutes to whip together and are studded with a Tzatziki sauce that is monumental.  What you cook up is the perfect Mediterranean inspired slider. Tuscan Turkey Sliders are a heap of flavor stuffed in a tiny bun!



These Tuscan Turkey Sliders are just as delicious as beef and super tasty, as we incorporated the provincial flavors directly into the ground turkey.


Despite our weather still on the chilly side, Charleston is again bustling with tourists. Restaurants are packed, as an attempt at scheduling this past Friday night out with friends proved to be a serious challenge. Eating at home has never looked so good.  Making it handheld is just a bonus, especially if you’ve got game watchers in the house. And who doesn’t like Italian?

Tuscany is a region in central Italy and much of it is along the Mediterranean coastline. The ingredient consistent in much of the cooking in this region is the tomato. Given turkey tends to dry out quickly, and because we are trying to capture that Mediterranean flavor, the addition of a prepared paste is added to elevate the turkey, while adding much needed moisture to the little sliders during their cook. Sometimes things are just better when they are small. Maybe it’s because small things are cuter, or you don’t feel as bad when you eat a bunch of them. The trick is to impart all the flavor directly into the meat, rather than piling a bunch of stuff on top of the patty.




No Mediterranean dish is perfected without Tzatziki Sauce. Made from Greek yogurt, lemon, and cucumber, it is bright and fresh and a perfect compliment.


I can make two dozen of these handhelds for under $12. Paired with crispy sweet potato fries and a heap of Fennel and Parmesan salad, it does not take more than two or three of these to fill me up. Yummy things do come in small packages, kind of like these Tuscan Turkey Sliders. We certainly plan on having these available for grabs during this year’s upcoming Super Bowl. We may not know who will play who yet, but our guests now know (ooops!) one clandestine snack that we plan to showcase on the groaning board.



Ingredients for Tuscan Turkey Sliders


For The Sliders


1 pound lean ground turkey breat, we are using Butterball

1/3 cup chopped red onion

1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill

2 tablespoons basil tomato paste, we are using Amore (can substitute finely chopped sundried tomatoes in oil, about 3 tablespoons to get the same flavor profile)

1 clove garlic, minced, we are using Dorot

1/4 cup chopped parsley

1 tablespoon high quality olive oil

salt & pepper

12 dinner rolls or traditional slider buns

colorful lettuces, red onion, and sliced fresh tomato for garnish



For The Tzatziki

6 ounces Greek yogurt, we are using Fage

1/4 cup grated cucumber, drained

2 tablespoons minced red onion

1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon honey


The Method


In a small bowl combine Greek yogurt, cucumber, red onion, dill, lemon juice and honey. Chill well.

In a medium bowl mix together all slider ingredients until combined. Divide mixture in half, then each half in half again. Form 3 small patties from each of the four handfuls of turkey mixture. Place a non-skillet over medium high heat. Measure 1 tablespoon of high quality olive oil and add to skillet. Once shimmering,  place half of the patties in the pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Repeat with remaining patties.


Arrange the bottoms of the buns on a pretty platter. Using a spoon, spoon and spread one spoonful of the Tzatziki on each bottom. Top with a patty. Add lettuces, sliced red onion, or sliced tomato and replace top of bun. Secure with toothpicks. These can be served as a meal or as an appetizer.




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