Turkey Bacon & Bleu Cheese Sliders

I received a lovely little email yesterday from a fan. You know you’re a big time food blogger when you get fan mail. This, in my industry, is the equivalent of getting your photo on the cover of People mag and wearing shiny dresses to the Academy Awards. Food blogging is a very luxurious job, you know.

So, it’s always a treat when you hear from your peeps. Especially people who are honest, open, and well-versed in L.M. Montgomery books. Those are my favorite kind.

I almost deleted this fan mail, but then thought there are probably more of you out there who ought to know that you’re not alone in your desire to tell me to Calm Down. And yes, that’s a capital “C” and “D”, which is apparently a very proper noun. Who knew?

From: Benji023

Subject: A Couple of Things.

Message Body:

First, you are not The Pioneer Woman. Stop copying her.

Second, you are way obsessed with yourself. I am sure you have heard this before, but Calm Down.

Third, you are such a sell-out. You are like the old, mean, ugly man in Anne of Avonlea. He wanted to paint ads on his barn to make money. Anne and her society stopped him. Because he is an idiotic sell-out. Just. Like. You.

That is all.

And for the rest of you, a recipe for sliders. Because, you aren’t Benji023. So there.

Off to tidy my leather chaps while tending to my Basset Hounds.


Turkey Bacon & Bleu Cheese Sliders


1 pound ground turkey
1 cup cooked quinoa or brown rice
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
Fresh Ground pepper
1/2 cup bleu cheese
2 tablespoons bacon bits
1 cup baby arugula
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
4 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise
12 mini slider rolls


In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, quinoa, garlic salt, and ground pepper. Mix together until well combined. Press a golf-ball sized ball of turkey meat into your hands, use your finger to press a well into the center of the burger, and fill with bleu cheese crumbles and bacon. Pat the turkey to hide the cheese. Gently press into a thick patty. Repeat until all the turkey has been stuffed and pressed into patties.

Cook patties on a hot griddle over medium heat until the center of each burger is cooked through. (Sometimes I find it works well to cover the griddle with a lid to ensure complete and even cooking).

In a small bowl, mix together the honey, mustard, barbecue sauce, and mayonnaise. Serve cooked patties on a bun with the honey-mustard sauce and arugula.