Main Dishes

Beef Sliders

What are sliders? Mini burgers served on a platter, often shared. For a hearty meal, serve two sliders to each person with a cabbage slaw. Or, for a light lunch, serve one slider with cut-up fresh fruit.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Grilling Time: 11-13 minutes (beef); 8-10 minutes (turkey)
Yield: 2 or 4 servings

8 ounces 90% lean ground beef or 85% lean fresh ground turkey breast
2 tablespoons finely chopped sweet onion
1½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 small clove garlic, minced (about ¼ teaspoon)
1⁄8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (½-ounce) slice fat-free sharp cheddar cheese product or medium cheddar cheese, quartered (optional)
3 tablespoons fat-free or light mayonnaise or bottled light blue cheese salad dressing
1 teaspoon bottled barbecue sauce
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4 slices plum tomato
1 slice large sweet onion, quartered
4 cocktail buns or Parker House rolls, split**
4 small lettuce leaves (to fit size of buns)


  1. Preheat gas grill to medium for direct grilling. Mix together beef, chopped onion, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and pepper (do not overwork meat mixture). With damp hands, form mixture into four ½-inch-thick patties.
  2. Grill patties on grill cooking screen or in grill basket*, uncovered, for 11 to 13 minutes (for beef), 8 to 10 minutes (for turkey), or until instant-read thermometer inserted near centers reads 160° F (for beef) or 165° F (for turkey). Turn patties over halfway through grilling. If desired, place 1 cheese piece on the top of each patty. Close cover and grill about 30 seconds or just until cheese begins to melt.
  3. To serve, stir together mayonnaise and barbecue sauce; spread mixture on bottom of buns. Top with a meat patty, tomato, sliced onion and lettuce. Place tops on each bun to close sandwiches. If desired, hold sandwiches closed with wooden sandwich picks or 6-inch bamboo skewers.

* If using turkey, lightly coat grill cooking screen or basket with nonstick spray.
** If buns are too thick, cut off a thin slice from the inside of each bun half.

Per Serving (2 servings made w/ beef):
calories: 330; 80 calories from fat
total fat: 9 g; 2.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat
cholesterol: 75 mg
sodium: 570 mg
total carbohydrates: 35 g
fiber: 3 g
sugars: 9 g
protein: 27 g
vitamins: vitamin A (10% DV), vitamin C (10% DV)
minerals: calcium (2% DV), iron (20% DV)
exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch


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