8. Porcupine Sliders

The name of this recipe first caught my attention, as you might imagine.

Don't worry;

no porcupines will be harmed in the making of these sliders.

Actually, the wee burgers are made using lean ground turkey, but they get their bulk from additions like brown rice, onions, celery, and even dried cranberries!


1/3 cup brown rice, uncooked

½ teaspoon salt

¾ teaspoon canola oil

1½ tablespoons yellow onion, chopped

1 medium stalk of celery, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 pound ground turkey, extra lean

1 large egg

1½ tablespoons dried cranberries

¾ cup spinach leaves

¾ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

½ teaspoon black pepper

1 pinch ground red pepper

Small wheat rolls


Preheat oven to 350°F.

Cook rice according to package directions and include the ½ teaspoon of salt.

When done, drain well and spread on a sheet pan to cool completely.

Add canola oil to heated skillet.

Add onion, celery, and garlic and sauté until soft (about 5 minutes).2

Transfer to sheet pan with rice and cool completely.

In a large mixing bowl, combine turkey, egg, cranberries, spinach, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, and red pepper.

Mix well.

Add rice and vegetable mixture to turkey mixture.

Form into 6 patties.

Place on sheet pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes until turkey reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

Serve on whole-wheat rolls with optional lettuce, tomato, and red onion.

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