In need of a last-minute dinner idea? How about a date-night in dinner for two? Don’t want to feel the guilt of eating a cheese burger? Try making these turkey burger sliders with caramelized onions and apples, your taste buds will love you for it.
Aside from a good slice of pizza, Fatima and I could always go for a good burger. When we’re not camping out at Shake Shack, we can whip up a juicy, tasty burger. Fatima introduced me to turkey meat. Ever since, we’ve been using turkey meat exclusively for our burgers, meatballs, chili, and bacon.
The caramelized apples combined with the sweet onions and juices, make a delicious topping to the burgers – no condiments needed here.
Turkey Burger Sliders with Caramelized Onions and Apples
- 1.3 lbs of ground turkey meat
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup steel-cut oats
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp parsley
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 cup spinach leaves
- 1/2 sweet onion, sliced into strips
- 1/2 apple, chopped
- 1.5 tbsp brown sugar.
- 6 mini kaiser rolls, toasted
- Combine the turkey meat, egg, oats, salt, pepper, garlic powder, parsley, and parmesan cheese in a medium bowl.
- Depending on the size of your rolls, form 1/4 inch-1/2 inch patties, making a dimple in the middle of the patty. We were able to squeeze out 6 patties for our mini kaiser rolls.
- Place a skillet over medium heat. Drizzle olive oil over the skillet and heat.
- Once heated, add two patties to the skillet, cover, and cook for about 8-10 minutes. Covering the skillet helps to lock in the juices. If you suspect your patties are cooking too fast, turn down the heat.
- Flip the patties to cook for another 8-10 minutes, remembering to keep the skillet covered. By this point, your patties should look gray, and the side that was just face-planted on the skillet should be golden brown.
- About 5 minutes into cooking the second side, sprinkle some shredded cheese. Cover the skillet back up. This time, covering the skillet will help the cheese to melt faster and become obey-gooey.
- Cut into one of the patties and look for pink meat. If none, remove from the skillet.
- Repeat steps 3-7 for the rest of the patties.
- Plate patties onto spinach covered, toasted kaiser rolls.
- Using the same skillet (wipe it out first), drizzle a little olive oil over the skillet on medium-high heat.
- Add onions and chopped apples to the skillet.
- Once the onions are slightly translucent, add brown sugar and sauté until brown sugar becomes a thin glaze.
- Stir everything around until evenly coated.
- Scoop caramelized onions and apples onto the patties, top with a bun, and serve.