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Last night’s dinner: Turkey sliders

turkey sliders

I like to think of them as the chicken fingers of the burger world…

To begin, let me take a moment to thank Jenny Rosenstrach of Dinner: A Love Story for providing me with this and so many other great ideas for how to cook real food for my family meals. Of which there are thousands a day. Or at least, that’s how it feels to me.

And now for the food… These delicious turkey burgers flavored with hoisin and ginger are now on regular rotation in our house because they are really quick and can be easily adjusted to fit everybody’s particular eating issues. First off, who doesn’t love the cuteness of a slider? And perhaps even more importantly, I can hold the pepper (and Cayenne pepper and ginger) in a couple of patties for my daughter, and my husband can skip the buns and we’re all good to go. WIth these, we take the humble turkey burger to the next level and are all the better for it, let me tell you.

Recipe is below and comes from the book Dinner, The Playbook, in which Ms Rosenstrach (and her husband, it is important to note) cooks 30 different dinners for her family in 30 consecutive nights. That will never happen on my watch, but a girl can dream…

Hoisin Turkey Burgers

1 1/4 lb ground turkey
2 scallions (white and light green parts only) minced
1 Tbsp peeled minced fresh ginger
1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro
2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
juice of 1/2 lime
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 1/2 tsp Chinese five spice powder
salt and pepper to taste
hamburger buns

Pre heat grill or cast iron pan to medium high

In a large bowl, combine the turkey, scallions, ginger, cilantro, hoisin, lime juice, cayenne, five-spice powder and salt and pepper. Shape the turkey mixture into 12 patties and grill over hot coals or in a pan, flipping frequently for a total of 10 – 12 minutes, until the burgers are firm but not rock hard. (you can also broil the burgers for 10 – 12 minutes on high.) Serve on buns with extra hoisin sauce or your favorite condiment.

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