Spicy Turkey Burger Sliders

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Quick dinners are a fact. But quick doesn’t have to derail health. Delish and nutrish, Spicy Turkey Sliders score on convenience and lean protein!

  • Author: Judy Barbe
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Barbecue
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 pound ground turkey, 95% lean
  • ¼ cup oatmeal, pulsed a few seconds in food processor or blender to reduce to a coarse flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 small slider buns
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce
  • cooking spray


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine turkey, ground oats, egg and spices. Mix gently just to combine. Shape 8 meatballs into 2-ounce balls, about the size of a small plum. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour. They may be refrigerated overnight, covered.
  2. When ready to grill, heat grill to 350°F or medium heat. Cooking works best with indirect heat or a griddle. Spray griddle or grill surface lightly with cooking spray. Place meatballs on griddle or grill. Close lid. Cook 8-10 minutes (don’t turn too early or meatball may stick and fall apart). If cooking directly over flame, watch for flare-ups. Using tongs, flip the meatballs over. Cook 5-6 minutes more until the inside of the meatball is 165°F. If cooking over direct heat without a griddle cooking time could be shorter.
  3. Spread sliced buns lightly with mayonnaise or butter. Place on grill for a couple of minutes to toast. Place one meatball per bun. Serve with BBQ sauce as a dipping sauce.


Make these a day ahead by refrigerating uncooked meatballs. Lay on baking sheet and cover. Cook as usual.


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