Summer Grilling // Zucchini Apple Turkey Sliders Recipe


* Recipe by guest contributor Laney Schwartz, creator of Life is But a Dish


I love cute food. Anything small is just more fun to eat. And who doesn’t love a good slider? They’re normally the first food to go at a cocktail party. The food everyone is huddled around the kitchen door waiting for the waiter to bring out on his tray then… ATTACK.

Oh, and “let me just grab one for my friend”. You know that’s just code for “I’m too embarrassed to tell you that I’m gonna stuff two of these sliders in my face right now.”


Also, it’s nearly summer. So you know what that means.


Lots and lots of BBQ’s. Burgers, dogs, and grilling galore.

I’m making these.

Zucchini apple turkey sliders. It’s the perfect combination of flavors, plus you get your fruit and veggies packed in.



Kids also go crazy over these guys.

This recipe was actually inspired by my brother-in-law. He called texted me (who calls anymore), asking for suggestions to make a flavorful turkey burger. All you have to do is mention the word burger and I’m immediately in the mood. So I raided my kitchen for anything yum to throw into my own turkey burger and poof, the zucchini apple turkey slider was born.


Just in time for summer. They’re quick and easy, and perfect for, well, just about anything!

Zucchini Apple Turkey Sliders

* Yields 20 sliders


* 1 pound ground turkey meat
* 1 medium zucchini, grated and liquid squeezed out (about 1 cup)
* 1 small apple, grated (about 1 cup)
* 1 egg, lightly beaten
* 1 heaping tablespoon apricot preserves
* 2 teaspoons kosher salt
* 1/2 teaspoon pepper
* 1 teaspoon garlic powder
* 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
* 3/4 – 1 cup bread crumbs
* Cheddar cheese
* Mini burger buns
* Arugula
* Ketchup


1) In a large bowl add the turkey meat, zucchini, apple, egg, apricot preserves, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Break up the meat mixture using a fork being careful not to over mix. You want the ingredients to be just combined. Using a fork to mix will help keep the mixture light. Add the breadcrumbs starting with 3/4 cup and add more as necessary. If the mixture seems too wet, add a little more breadcrumbs until it’s just dry enough to come together and form patties.

2) Using a spoon or an ice cream scooper, take about 1/4 cup of the mixture and form into small patties. At this point you can put them in the fridge until you’re ready to grill, or use right away.

3) Spray and preheat the grill. Cook patties 6-8 minutes on each side. If you are adding cheese, add the cheese the last 1-2 minutes of cooking until melted. Serve on a bun spread with ketchup and topped with arugula.

zucchini apple sliders recipe

Looking for the perfect sides to go with your sliders? Try my Sweet Grilled Corn, because this is the best corn you will ever taste, and/OR my Fresh Corn Salad/Salsa, because it’s amazing what the right combination of flavors can produce!


You can thank me later.


Hi, I'm Laney! Home cook, mom, wife, workout junkie, and ultra crazy food lover! Creator of Life is but a Dish - a space where you will get a sneak peek into my world which mainly consists of food, family, and friends. Join me on this wonderful journey called life, one dish at a time. Find me on Instagram at lifeisbutadish


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