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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Asian Turkey Sliders

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I've been thinking about making sliders for over a year now. Yes, a year. Ever since my mom bought Ryan a Williams Sonoma slider press last year for his birthday (hangs head in shame). The problem is, I have an overabundance of recipes that I want to make: recipes from cookbooks, recipes passed along to me, recipes from magazines, recipes from other blogs...you get the picture. The good news is I will never, ever run out of things to make. The bad news is the list just keeps growing! The important thing is that eventually I'll get around to making them, as I did with these sliders.

When my friend Maggie and I decided to have a "sliders" dinner over Labor Day weekend, Ryan asked if we could make sliders topped with pickled ginger. This request came out of left field, but I love catering to requests and immediately starting googling for ideas. I stumbled upon a recipe that I slightly adapted, and in the end, Ryan got to top his sliders with pickled ginger. He was on to something here...I loved the bite of the ginger and the sriracha that complemented the fluffy Hawaiian buns we ate these on. My sister Julia, on the other hand, decided pickled ginger tastes like potpourri, but still found the sliders fabulous without!

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Asian Turkey Sliders
adapted from Steamy Kitchen
*makes 10-11 sliders or 4 regular sized burgers

-1 lb ground turkey
-1 large garlic clove, smashed in garlic press
-1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger
-1 tsp soy sauce
-1 tsp sesame oil
-1/2 tsp fish sauce
-1/2 tsp brown sauce
-1 tsp sriracha (optional)
-1 egg, beaten
-salt & pepper

-Hawaiian bread buns, for serving
for topping: green onions, tomato, pickled ginger, and sriracha

1. In a large bowl combine all burger ingredients, mixing well. Form into slider sized or regular sized patties (slider press not required!).
2. Grill over medium-high until internal temperature is 160F (be careful with the sliders; they're a bit fragile!).
3. Place burgers on Hawaiian bread buns or other buns and top with desired toppings