Every so often, for a change of pace, I really like ground turkey. It can be used in place of ground beef in several recipes but I was really wanting to be able to create something that showcased the fact that it wasn’t ground beef and that turned out to be a little more difficult than I had anticipated.
Ground turkey has it’s downfalls. If you aren’t careful it dries out very quickly. This has ruined dinner for us on more than one occasion. Another thing is that you really have to be generous with the seasonings in order to make it flavorful. This recipe takes both of those factors into account.
In a small bowl, combine 1/3 cup mayo, a tablespoon of Dijon mustard and a tablespoon of honey, whisk it together and then set it aside. It adds so much to the flavor of these little sliders it is absolutely worth making.
Into a medium bowl put the ground turkey and add two tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese. It might sound strange but the Kraft grated Parmesan cheese in the green shaker is the best kind to use. I have tried substituting both fresh grated and fresh shredded, and flavor-wise, I have to say that the cheap stuff is the best in this recipe. Also add minced garlic, dried oregano, dried basil, salt and pepper and then mix it really well.
Using a 1/4 cup measure, portion out the turkey. You should get nine patties doing it this way. First form them into meatballs then flatten them down so they are no more than an inch thick.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat cook the patties for about 5 minutes each side, until browned and cooked through. Don’t overcook them as they will dry out.
You can serve these on slider buns with the Honey Dijon Mayo on top or do like my family and skip the buns completely. We like these just on the plate, sauce on top, with potatoes and beans. Whichever way you choose, enjoy!
- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- 2 tbsp green shaker Parmesan cheese
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 9 small dinner rolls optional
Honey Dijon Mayo:
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- In a small bowl combine mayonnaise, honey and Dijon mustard. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl combine ground turkey, Parmesan cheese and all seasonings. Mix together well.
- Using a 1/4 cup measure, portion out each turkey patty. form into meatballs first then flatten down until they are each about an inch thick.
- Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat and fry turkey patties for 5 minutes each side until cooked through.
- Serve with honey Dijon mayo on top, on dinner rolls if desired.