Bite-Size Bugers

Lately, mini-burgers have become my favorite party appetizer to make. Seriously, people love these things! They’re easy to make and eat, cheap (1 lb of meat goes a long way), and can be customized any way you like. And best of all? They’re pretty healthy, as far as bit-size-party-appetizers go, so you can feel good about going back for another… and another. You better move quickly though, because they won’t last long!

Instead of a bun, I use cocktail-sized pita, which I get at Trader Joe’s. It even comes in whole wheat! You can, of course, use any burger recipe you like. I really like cilantro turkey burgers, so that’s what I used here. I originally found this recipe from Cooking Light, but have made several modifications over time to make them even tastier.

Cilantro Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
1/2 cup shredded Mexican-blend cheese
1/4 cup minced red onion
zest of one small lime
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound ground turkey

1-2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce object
1 cup ketchup object

1 package cocktail pita (The package I get has 24. I yield more burgers than that – probably between 35 and 40. I just serve the extra sans-bread on the side, there’s always someone who wants them.)

Combine chipotle peppers and ketchup in mini-prep food processor or blender and process to combine. Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Pre-heat a nonstick griddle over medium heat. Drop rounded portions of turkey mixture, 1 tablespoon each (I use my smallest cookie scoop) onto griddle. Cook for about 3 minutes, or until bottoms are starting to brown. Flatten slightly with the back of a rubber spatula, cook a minute more, then flip, and continue cooking until no longer pink inside. Serve burgers in cocktail pita with ketchup.

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6 Responses to “Bite-Size Bugers”

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    ashley — February 5, 2008 @ 2:15 am Reply

    these look great!! i wish we had a TJs near us… or a store that sold cocktail pitas! i guess the next task is to learn to make pitas so i can make myself some minis!

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    Cara — February 5, 2008 @ 2:19 am Reply

    hmmm… I bet there are other places you can get them, I just happen to know they are at TJ’s :)

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    Ally — February 5, 2008 @ 2:57 am Reply

    What a great idea! I love anything that is bite sized!

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    MrsPresley — February 6, 2008 @ 4:59 am Reply

    those are so cute!

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    Bridget — February 13, 2008 @ 5:43 pm Reply

    Mmmm…these looks really good. What a great idea. Going to have to be on the lookout for mini pitas in Texas. :)

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    ~Amber~ — February 15, 2008 @ 4:06 pm Reply

    How cute! What a great idea.

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