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Turkey Slider with Stuffing

turkey slider with stuffing

This recipe was created by Dr. Joseph McPhee, author of a cookbook specifically designed for bariatric surgery patients.

I sort of just made this one up as I went along, trying to create a healthy alternative to a hamburger. At first it was pretty bland when I was using bread crumbs to make the patty. Then I had this revelation: Instead of using bread crumbs, why not stuffing…like in a Thanksgiving meal?

I’m not a big fan of cranberry sauce, but when I tried the sauce versus regular ketchup the sauce won. It was amazing. The tastes of the turkey and stuffing, with the bite of cranberry sauce, were outstanding.

Try it with or without the bun depending on how you tolerate breads (could also toast the buns for better texture). But don’t forget the cranberry sauce!


  • 1 lb. lean 99 percent ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 package (6 ounce) turkey stuffing mix
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Small whole wheat rolls

Main Protein Source:
Ground Turkey (3 oz.) = 23 grams; eggs (1 large) = 8 grams


  1. Make the stuffing according to its directions.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Make into small patties, not more than 1/4 cup of meat for each one.
  4. Heat 1-2 tablespoons olive oil in skillet and sauté the burgers until golden brown (usually no more than 2 minutes a side).
  5. Have them rest under some tin foil for about five minutes to continue cooking.
  6. Serve with a generous layer of the cranberry sauce, with or without the small buns.

Makes 9 sliders.

author name

Joseph R. McPhee, MD

Joseph R. McPhee, MD, is a physician specializing in bariatric surgery with Healthy Weight Management & Bariatric Surgery.

Education: A graduate of New York University and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. McPhee completed a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School and his residency at North Shore University Hospital.

Call: 717-544-2935

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