Puff Pastry wrapped Turkey Burger Sliders

If there were ever a day when food was more important than the big event, it’s the Super Bowl. Am I wrong? Families and friends around the country gather in someone’s basement to drink beer, watch the commercials, eat tasty finger foods and maybe catch a little football. I love football as much as the next girl but I feel like the big day ends up being more about the noshing and funny adverts than the actual game.


When I think of game day food it involves lots and lots of napkins. Football noshes are meant to be messy. Totally slightly indulgent and with out a lot of fuss. Like bar food only without the fryer and in my living room.


These turkey burger sliders look like way more work than they are. The beauty of these is that they can be made ahead. In fact, they are better if you make them ahead.


I’ve made variations of these the last three Super Bowls. It’s been my signature app that I bring to wherever we are watching the game. These might be my favorite. I think using turkey in place of the traditional ground chuck for the burger makes them feel slightly less naughty when you’re eating two or three. Which is not totally the case since they’re smothered in sharp white cheddar and wrapped in puff pastry but whatever, right? It’s the Super Bowl, live a little!


This turkey burger recipe is adapted from the Mar-a-Lago Burger made famous by Oprah Winfrey after she had it at Donald Trump’s Florida Resort. It uses lean ground turkey breast and is flavored with sauteed celery, apple, onion, garlic and gets a nice bite from mango chutney and some sriracha hot sauce.


I made a simple avocado aioli by putting 1/4 cup mayo, 1 small avocado, 1 garlic clove, about 1/2 lime, juiced, and a little salt in a blender and pulsing to combine. If that’s not your thing, good ol’ ketchup and mustard will be more than fine to serve alongside.

What are you serving this Super Bowl sunday? Do you have a favorite football snack?