I hope this “mini” food thing sticks around for awhile….cause it is a “thing” right? Food tastes better when all it’s goodness is limited to a few square inches.
And as I’m a sucker for a good burger, I MUST order the sliders that have popped up on appetizer menus all over the place. The bonus? Portion control is now a
cinch slightly easier undertaking.
I came across my inspiration for these on Pinterest. Another blogger had adapted her recipe from a pre-made Sabatino’s chicken patty available at Costco. I changed a few things and ultimately decided on a slider format. Slider buns are increasingly easy to find in grocery stores, but these will also work as a larger patty on a standard size bun if need be. I’d also recommend making up a batch of carmelized onions for use in this recipe. Carmelizing onions is easy but not a process that can be hurried. It’s best to have made them ahead of time. If this doesn’t fit into your schedule feel free to substitute about 1/2 a small, raw onion, finely chopped.
- 1¼ lb ground chicken breast
- 3 oz fresh baby spinach
- ¼ c carmelized onions
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 oz aged white cheddar, shredded
- 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp lemon zest, finely grated
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- ½ tsp salt, or to taste
- ¼ c panko bread crumbs
- 8 slider buns
- desired burger toppings
- Wilt spinach in a skillet with a few teaspoons of olive oil over medium heat. Stir them around constantly and remove from pan when softened and reduced in volume.
- In food processor, pulse wilted spinach, onions, and garlic a few times until finely chopped, but not so much as to puree.
- In a large bowl whisk together balsamic vinegar, lemon zest, soy sauce, cayenne pepper, and salt.
- Add ground chicken, spinach mixture, white cheddar, and panko to same large bowl and gently mix together (with your hands preferably!)
- Shape mixture into 8 small patties and cook in skillet over medium high heat until cooked through, turning once. Approximately 4-5 minutes per side.
- Assemble burgers, garnishing as desired. Serve.