Red, White and Blue Cheese Sliders

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Red, White and Blue Cheese Sliders

Red, White and Blue Cheese Sliders
Number of Servings: 8 Total Preparation Time: 1 1/2 hours
Actual Cooking Time: 15 to 30 minutes Source: Watermelon Board at
Food Groups: Dairy, Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Protein
Holiday: July 4th
Meal Type: Dinner Entrée, Appetizers, Snack
Nutrition Content: Good Source of Calcium
Origin: American
Special Features: Kids Love It, Kids Can Help Make It

You cut the saturated fat and cholesterol to a fraction by switching from regular hamburger to ground turkey breast in these sliders, which are tasty all year around. The watermelon gives a nice cool, juiciness to the burger, while adding a hefty dose of antioxidants like vitamin C and lycopene.


1/2 cup low-fat crumbled Blue cheese
1/4 cup fat-free Mayonnaise
2 to 4 drops Tabasco
1 bottle Cooking spray
2 Celery stalks, diced (approximately 1 /2 cup)
1/2 medium yellow Onion, diced (approximately 1 /2 cup)
2 tablespoons fresh Thyme leaves
1/4 cup chopped Parsley
1 pound ground Turkey breast
2 tablespoons Bread crumbs
Dash Salt & Pepper to taste
8 whole wheat slider Buns
8 leaves of bibb Lettuce
8 slices of Watermelon, 4" X 4" X 1 /2"


1. In a small bowl, blend blue cheese, mayo, and Tabasco. Cover and refrigerate to let flavors blend.
2. Spray a medium, nonstick skillet and heat over medium-high. Add celery and onion and cook until onion is almost transparent, approximately 10 minutes. Add thyme and parsley. Toss and continue to cook for 4 minutes, or until parsley begins to wilt. Cool slightly.
3. In a medium bowl, blend turkey, bread crumbs, and celery mixture, as well as salt and pepper to taste, until thoroughly mixed. Divide into 8 small, flat patties.
4. Spray a nonstick skillet or griddle and heat on medium-high. Add patties and cook then turn and cook the other side until burger is cooked through, approximately 5 minutes per side.
5. While patties are cooking, add buns to griddle or pan to toast on one side.
6. Assemble sliders: Place ½ Tablespoon blue cheese mayo on the bottom of each bun. (In photo, slice of blue cheese instead of crumble/mayo). Top with burger, a slice of watermelon, bibb lettuce leaf, and other half of bun.

Nutrient Information
Calories: 265
Total Fat: 10 g
Saturated Fat: 3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat:
Monounsaturated Fat:
Sodium: 227 mg
Carbohydrates: 26 g
Protein: 20 g
Fiber: 2 g
Vitamin A:
Vitamin C:
Calcium: 100 mg

Cook's Notes: