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Turkey Sliders with Roasted Tomatoes are made with a few simple ingredients and are an irresistible snack, appetizer, or light meal! Bill raved about them—I think they were our first ever turkey burgers. 

The only complaints about these mini turkey burgers would be if I didn’t add them to our menu again soon! No worries. We’re going to have these again and again!

Turkey Sliders with Roasted Tomatoes lined up on a white serving tray

How to Make Turkey Sliders

By now, most everyone knows what a slider is. Basically, a mini burger. Served on a cocktail bun, there are loads of varieties as well as toppings. Their origin is tied to White Castle restaurants where they served steam grilled burgers about 2 inches in diameter. There are a few theories on how they got their name, from how they slid across the griddle to how the greasy burgers slid down the throat to how they slid out of their boxes at White Castle. Now almost any mini-sandwich on a bun is referred to as a slider.

In this case, with a few simple ingredients, ground turkey is transformed into an irresistible miniature burger. Adding a flavorful roasted tomato made a delightful alternative to ketchup. Here are some of my tips:

  • The size of your slider buns will determine the size you make your slider patties. I found some nice brioche cocktail buns, and King’s Hawaiian Slider Buns are readily available in most supermarkets.
  • Toast your buns in a skillet if desired.
  • PRO-Tip: Purchase ground dark turkey meat. The extra fat in the dark meat will make moister, more flavorful sliders compared to making them with ground breast meat.
  • Use a light touch as you mix in the cheese and seasonings, as your burgers won’t be as tender if the ground meat is packed tightly.
  • I like using a 2 to 2 1/2-inch biscuit cutter as a template for my sliders. By gently patting the ground meat into the round, you’ll get similar sized patties. But I wouldn’t go out to buy these just for this recipe.
  • Again, do not compress the meat too much as you mix in the cheese and seasonings to keep the burgers tender.
  • You can cook the mini burgers ahead of time, then refrigerate until close to serving time. Gently rewarm in a skillet or in the microwave. Make sure to cook these burgers to 165º to prevent any foodborne illnesses.
  • PRO-Tip: Roasting plum tomato halves intensifies and concentrates their flavor. This is a great trick when tasty, summer tomatoes are out of season. These can also be made ahead and gently warmed before topping the sliders.
  • PRO-Tip: Start by placing lettuce on the bottom bun. This will provide a barrier and prevent the juices from the tomato and burger from soaking into the bread.
  • Serve with your favorite condiments like ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and pickles though they’re delicious with just the lettuce and roasted tomatoes.
A Turkey Slider with Roasted Tomatoes on a square white plate

Mini Burgers for Game Day

Since game day gatherings are taboo in 2020, we gathered on our drive with some neighbors in early November. Sitting around a fire, we ate chili, sipped on beer and wine, and had a lot of laughs. I watched the tray of sliders disappear in no time at all! I seriously needed another dozen, but there was really no shortage of food. The guys were especially enamored, asking about the ingredients and singing their praises!

If you need a man-friendly appetizer, these will do nicely! And they’ll also be a great snack while you’re watching your favorite college or pro team at home! And for light eaters like me, they make a nice lunch!

Line of turkey sliders on a white serving tray

More Tasty Game Day Recipes

Sliders are always wonderful for game day, and here are some more of our favorite game day recipes:

This recipe was first shared in February 2013. Photos and text were updated in 2020.

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The Recipe: Turkey Sliders with Roasted Tomatoes

Flavorful turkey sliders topped with all the fixings! Adapted from Martha Stewart and Ina Garten.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 12 sliders


  • 2 slices white sandwich bread, pulsed in food processor to make bread crumbs
  • 1 pound ground turkey (dark meat)
  • 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 12 party-size rolls

For tomatoes:

  • 6 plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise, cores and seeds removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Mix turkey, bread crumbs cheese,onion, salt and pepper. Mix just till combined. Form about 12 patties, about 2-inches in diameter.
  2. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook patties until browned and cooked through. Serve on rolls with lettuce, roasted tomatoes and condiments of your choice.

To make tomatoes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450º.
  2. Arrange the tomatoes on a sheet pan, cut sides up.. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle tomatoes with the garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes, until the tomatoes soften and start to caramelize. Serve warm or at room temperature on your sliders


If desired, make 4 regular sized burgers. Grill or cook in a skillet until done.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slider

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 276Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 593mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 15g occasionally offers nutritional information for recipes contained on this site. This information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased can change the nutritional information in any given recipe. Also, many recipes on recommend toppings, which may or may not be listed as optional and nutritional information for these added toppings is not listed. Other factors may change the nutritional information such as when the salt amount is listed “to taste,” it is not calculated into the recipe as the amount will vary. Also, different online calculators can provide different results. To obtain the most accurate representation of the nutritional information in any given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe. You are solely responsible for ensuring that any nutritional information obtained is accurate.


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59 comments on “Turkey Sliders with Roasted Tomatoes”

  1. Liz these look wonderful! I love roasted tomatoes on a sandwich, so perfect!! Fabulous recipe!!

  2. I could pop those tomatoes like potato chips!

  3. The roasted tomatoes look like an awesome addition. These look fantastic. Serious Yum Factor!

  4. So pretty Liz, I love that they are with turkey! Yum!

  5. Thank you for sharing a recipe using ground turkey. The little patties sound so good and then topped with the roasted tomatoes inside a little bun = Super Yummy!!

  6. mhmmm with turkey! I miss turkey meat here in india, but once I am back to europe I ll have to try your slideders Liz. =P

  7. Here in Brazil we have also created several recipes for eating watching the football games. This sandwiches are divine and tempting. We love turkey here at home and of course I will take the recipe however I have adapted to the types of ingredients we found more easily here in Brazil. a good weekend

  8. I need to make some of these asap Liz! They´re the perfect bite with roasted tomatoes, and a good change from beef. Isn´t roasting the best thing to ever happen to vegetables? And I would have them for dinner too!

  9. Thank you, Liz! My husband hails from Southern New Jersey – the Garden State. So, he loves his tomatoes. And when he’s not on a vegetarian streak, he loves his turkey burgers.

    As always, your recipes are keepers =)

  10. Wow Lizzy! I can have at least 5 of those at one go!

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