When I was in high school, I remember my mom reading about the craze behind sliders, and she immediately started making them. Ever since then that is all she ever makes, it is pretty rare for us to have a full sized burger. I have continued making them myself now in my own household. They grill up quicker than a normal sized burger and they are really cute. They are also my go to on a menu for larger parties. I like being able to give my guests the option of having a slider and then leaving room for another entree I have on the menu.
I am glad that my mom introduced us to ground turkey at an early age because it is healthier than ground beef and can allow for me to have other forms of beef on my weeknight menu if I like. The biggest problem behind ground turkey is that you have to add tons of flavor to it. This recipe has a turkey base that is flavored with onions, hot sauce, and seasonings then topped off with a creamy avocado-ranch dressing. The original recipe called for cooking up bacon and crumble the bits into the burger prior to cooking. I wanted to keep things simple. If you want to go that route, do it, but it may be easier just to top the burger with some bacon slices. These were perfectly juicy and the dressing is a new favorite of mine. It would be the perfect compliment to many other types of dishes. Need other ground turkey ideas? Check out the label ground turkey on the sidebar of my blog.
Turkey Burgers with Avocado-Ranch Dressing
For the burger:
1 small onion
1 tablespoon hot sauce
2 tablespoons poultry seasoning
Salt and pepper
For the Avocado-Ranch Dressing:
1 Hass avocado
1 cup sour cream
Juice of 1 lemon
1 clove garlic, grated or finely chopped
A small handful of fresh chives, finely chopped
A small handful of fresh dill, finely chopped
A small handful of flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
Bibb or butter lettuce leaves, for serving
2 plum or vine-ripened tomatoes, thinly sliced
What you’ll do:
Pre-heat an outdoor grill or griddle pan to medium-high. Meanwhile place the turkey in a large bowl. Dice the onion and add to the ground turkey. Add the hot sauce, poultry seasoning, salt and lots of pepper. Mix together and form eight slider patties, about 2 1/2-3 inches in diameter. Cook the sliders on the grill or griddle, turning once, until cooked through, 8-10 minutes.
While the sliders cook, prepare the sauce Place the avocado in a food processor. Add the sour cream, lemon juice, garlic, chives, dill and parsley; season with salt and pepper. Process into a smooth, thick sauce. Toast the buns on the grill or under the broiler. Serve turkey sliders with the lettuce, tomatoes and avocado-ranch sauce between buns.
Source: Adapted from Rachael Ray