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Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Robyn Valarik   Photo by: Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Robyn Valarik  

Thanksgiving Turkey Sliders

To keep these hot, set out the buns assembly line-style and have a friend add toppings after you place the patties.

Sunset NOVEMBER 2011

  • Yield: Serves 8 (makes 16)
  • Total: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes


  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 pound large assorted mushrooms such as cremini and shiitake, tough stems removed, sliced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, sliced into rings
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise, divided
  • 16 slider rolls or soft dinner rolls, split
  • Cranberry Mustard
  • 2 cups lightly packed baby arugula leaves


1. Cook garlic in butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat until fragrant. Stir in mushrooms and yellow onion and sauté until mushrooms are nicely browned, about 8 minutes. Season with 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. pepper. Set aside.

2. Mix together remaining salt and pepper, turkey, red onion, herbs, and 1/4 cup mayonnaise in a bowl. Shape into 16 patties about 3 in. wide, pressing a dimple into middle of each (this helps them cook evenly).

3. Heat grill to high (450° to 550°). Brown rolls on cut sides until toasted, about 1 minute. Oil cooking grates, using a wad of oiled paper towels and tongs. Cook patties until grill marks appear on both sides, turning once, 5 to 6 minutes total.

4. Reheat mushroom mixture over high heat and assemble burgers: about 1 tbsp. cranberry mustard on bottom of each roll, then arugula, patties, and mushroom mixture. Spread tops of rolls with a little mayonnaise and set on burgers.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per 2-slider serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 539
  • Calories from fat: 43%
  • Protein: 29g
  • Fat: 26g
  • Saturated fat: 7.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 48g
  • Fiber: 4.6g
  • Sodium: 793mg
  • Cholesterol: 99mg

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Thanksgiving Turkey Sliders Recipe