Porcupine Sliders

WINNER: Grand Prize Winner

By Theresa G., Mary L., wanda n. and Todd B. from South Education Center Alternative (S.E.C.A.), Richfield, MN 55423.


Served as an entrée this healthy mouth watering turkey burger is high in protein with just the right amount of spices and a kick of sweet cranberries. All served on whole wheat or whole grain buns.  It is delicious and nutritious in an appetizing new way to get kids to eat healthy.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 2 oz

From Fat30%
From Saturated Fat4%
From Sugar5 g%


Ingredient 6 servings 50 servings
medium grain brown rice1/2 cup4 cups
vegetable oil1 T1/2 cup
yellow onions, minced2 T1 cup
garlic, minced1 sm clove1/4 cup
celery, washed and minced1 small stalk1 head
lean ground turkey16 oz8 lbs.
dried cranberries, rough chopped2 T1 cup
spinach leaf, well washed, drained, stems removed, chopped3/4 cup6 cups
eggs2 large16 large
salt1/2 tsp4 tsp
black pepper1/2 tsp4 tsp
Worschestershire Sauce1 tsp8 tsp
crushed red pepper1 scant pinch1 tsp


For Sandwiches: 12/96 small multigrain or whole grain rolls Tomato, sliced Red Onion, thinly sliced (optional) Condiments – your choice


  1. Wash and sanitize hands, utensils and all equipment to be used.
  2. To cook rice: follow package instructions for cooking brown rice. When cooked, transfer to a plate and cool completely in refrigerator. This can be done up to a full day ahead.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. In a skillet sauté onions, celery and garlic in oil until soft, about 5 minutes. Transfer to refrigerator and cool completely.
  5. In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients including cooked rice and cooked onion mixture and mix well.
  6. Portion into 2.5 oz patties the diameter of buns onto a parchment lined baking pan. Bake at 350F for 12-18 minutes (time will vary depending on oven. Use a thermometer to check starting at 12 minutes) until turkey is at an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Avoid overcooking – the lean turkey will dry out if cooked too long.
  7. Serve on mini whole grain rolls with optional lettuce, tomato, red onion and condiments.