Well, it’s Friday night and you want to rock something fun, flavorful, but not a ridiculous amount of effort. How about some guac turkey sliders? What I love about guacs and salas is that all your toppings are already in your sauce, so you can get to table with huge flavor, very quickly.
Guacamole Turkey Sliders
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp cup grated onion
- 2 tbsp bread crumbs
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/8 tsp dried parsley (optional)
- Guacamole (recipe below)
- Small hamburger buns or white bread dinner rolls
- Mayo (optional)
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine all your ingredients with your hands.
- Form into a large, patted spread. With a biscuit cutter, cut out your patties. If you have small hands, like me, you can roll out the patties by hand; your choice.
- Using an electric grill or a cast-iron griddle, cook your patties for about 4-5 minutes per side. The goal is to get a nice sear on each side and reach an internal temperature of 155-160 degrees. The meat needs to rest and finish cooking from its internal temp.
Note: Do NOT press the patties while cooking. They lose their juices.
- Place on a plate to rest while you prep your guac and toast your buns buns.
Now, prep your guac…
- 1 very ripe avocado, cubed
- 1 small, ripe tomato, chopped
- 1/2 red or white onion, coarsely chopped
- 1/4 jalapeno, minced
- 1 fresh garlic clove, minced
- Fresh squeezed juice from 1/2 lime
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Ground cayenne, to taste
- With a fork, mash and stir the avocado. You can leave it a little chunky.
- Fold in the tomato, onion, jalapeno, diced garlic and stir.
- Squeeze in the lime juice and stir.
- Add in about 1/4 tsp of salt and 1/8 tsp black pepper. Stir and taste.
- Add in a few shakes of cayenne. Stir and taste.
- If your quac seems bland, you can add in a little more salt or cayenne, but don’t go to crazy. Ground spices are more potent than freshly chopped peppers so the taste changes quickly.
Note: This mixture is more potent than usual, which is needed for the burger. It’s not a ‘dipping guac.”
Let’s bring it home…
- Toast your buns or rolls lightly. Add a little mayo on bottom roll, if using.
- Add the burger patties to each bottom roll.
- Spoon guacamole in heaping spoonfuls to each slider and top with bun.
I didn’t serve these with a side; they are dense and loaded with flavor. If you really want a side, I’d say go simple like a handful of tortilla chips or a small salad of mixed greens. To me, a Friday night meal is quick eating.