Feed a hungry crowd with these delicious Turkey Parmesan Sliders!
Today’s Turkey Parmesan Sliders recipe is a great weeknight dinner idea, as well as a delicious way to feed a hungry crowd at your next game day party.
This recipe makes twelve hearty sliders – so depending on the size of your family – you might even have some leftovers to pack up for lunch the next day!
How do you make Turkey Parmesan Sliders?
A flavorful mixture of ground turkey, onions, garlic, Parmesan and mascarpone cheese, and crushed pine nuts are combined together, with salt and red pepper flakes added for additional seasoning. Form the mixture into patties and chill for at least half an hour. (Yes – you can do this step a day ahead if you prefer.)
When ready to serve these Turkey Parmesan Sliders, you’ll coat the patties in a bread crumb mixture and fry them up until golden brown – just like the method used in cooking Eggplant Parmesan or Chicken Parmesan recipes.
Place the fried turkey patties on a baking sheet, then top with grated Parmesan cheese, a spoonful of warmed Italian Tomato Sauce, and slices of provolone. Bake for a few minutes in the oven until the provolone on top has melted.
Finally, place your turkey patties between slider rolls – and your Italian Turkey Sliders are ready to serve!
Can you make these sliders with ground chicken instead?
Absolutely! Whether you make this Italian sliders recipe with turkey or chicken, try to find ground poultry that is a mix of both white and dark meat for the best flavor.
You can also follow this Turkey Parmesan Sliders recipe but make them full-size burgers instead of slider-sized burgers. (The cooking times will vary if your burger is larger.)
You may like these other delicious Parmesan recipes:
- Baked Meatball Parmesan
- Chicken Parmesan
- Eggplant Parmesan
- Butternut Squash Parmesan with Linguine
- Zucchini Parmesan
2 pounds ground turkey (for the best flavor, try to buy the white/dark mix vs the all-white meat)
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup onions, minced fine
1 tablespoon garlic, minced fine
Pinch red pepper flakes
½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
¼ cup pine nuts ground *see notes below
1 teaspoon kosher salt *see notes below
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ cup mascarpone cheese
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 whole eggs
2 tablespoons milk
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
Vegetable oil for frying
½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 ½ to 2 cups any tomato sauce heated, or see here
12 slices provolone cheese
12 slider rolls
Place the ground turkey in a large bowl.
In a medium sauté pan, heat oil over medium heat.
Add onion, garlic and red pepper flakes and cook over medium heat until the onions are tender, 4-5 minutes. Cool.
Add the ½ cup of Parmesan cheese, parsley, ground pine nuts, salt, pepper and mascarpone cheese to the turkey.
Add the cooled onion mixture and stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
Form 12 equal patties, about 3 ½ ounces each and lay out on a plastic or parchment covered sheet tray and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. I used an ice cream scoop.
Lay out three bowls. In the first place the flour, in the second beat the eggs with the milk and in the third place the bread crumbs.
Dip each patty in the flour, then egg mixture then bread crumbs, shaking off excess during each breading.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place a cast iron skillet or other pan that can withstand a high heat and fill half full with vegetable oil.
Bring the temperature of the oil to 350 degrees F (use a deep fry thermometer) and maintain that temperature).
Once the oil is hot, fry four patties at a time, and cook until each side is golden brown. You are not cooking them though, just getting a nice brown crust, about 4-5 minutes total per batch. As each are browned, move to a sheet tray.
Once all are fried, place the sheet tray into the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes or until a probe inserted into the center of one patty reads 150 degrees F.
Remove pan and sprinkle each with Parmesan cheese, a spoonful of tomato sauce and a slice of provolone cheese. (I had to fold the slices to fit evenly over the patty with a little overhang).
Bake for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese melts.
Place one patty onto each slider roll and serve.
We found that using a mortar and pestle to grind the pine nuts worked very well. Use the teaspoon of kosher salt to help grind the nuts then add to the mixture.
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