Get in the spirit of the holidays and make these adorable mini Christmas burgers in the likeness of tiny Rudolphs! These Christmas burgers are very popular with kids, and also super tasty.
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What is a Christmas Burger?
While doing some research, I was struck by how many festive burger recipes are out there! There are burgers featuring traditional Christmas ingredients, like cranberry sauce and stuffing (see Slow the Cook Down's awesome Christmas Burger as well as the Ace Christmas Burger, featured on the Food Network). And there are colorful burgers with red and green fixings, as seen in the incredible Rachel Ray Christmas Burger.
What we really wanted to do was turn our favorite homemade turkey burger recipe into something that would bring Christmas cheer and fun to our kids. Turning the bun into a character would allow us to keep our recipe intact. And who doesn't love Rudolph! Hence, this adorable and edible reindeer Christmas burger! The inspiration came from One Crazy House.
These miniature burgers make for a fabulous appetizer OR entree for your holiday meal. You can pair the Christmas burgers with our sweet Strawberry Santa Hats for dessert, and you'll have the most festive Christmas spread for your table!
Juicy and Flavorful Turkey Burger Recipe
If you already have a special turkey burger recipe, that will certainly work. Yet, we highly recommend using our homemade Easiest Turkey Burger Sliders recipe, as it's been a huge hit with our families!
What we love most about our turkey burgers are the patties' juicy flavor and texture. We use breadcrumbs to in our mixture, which traps in the moisture and holds the patties together as they cook. We also use a variety of seasonings, including lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce, which we think gives the patties a sweet and savory pop in flavor!
Sides with Christmas Burgers
We served our Christmas burgers with our Shake & Bake Parmesan Sweet Potato Fries, but there are tons of options. Baked potatoes or potato chips would be great, or a pasta side like our Shell Mac and Cheese would pair nicely with the festive sliders.
How to Make Christmas Burgers
For turkey burger sliders ...
To decorate sliders like Rudolph...
STEP 1: Make and Assemble Sliders
Follow our turkey burger recipe to make delicious miniature turkey burgers.
🥄 Kids Step: Assemble sliders! Kids can place sliders on their buns, add cheese or any other desired toppings.
STEP 2: Style your buns to look like Rudolphs!
Turning these miniature burgers into reindeer is simple! After putting the sliders together, add Rudolph's face. We used pretzels (broken in half) for the antlers, sliced black olives for the eyes, and half a grape tomato for Rudolph's nose! However, you can use whatever kind of food you'd like to for the reindeer's features!
🥄 Kids Step: Decorate the bun like Rudolph! This is where kids can get creative!
Modify This Dish for Picky Eaters
- Kids choose their toppings. Lettuce, tomato, mayo, ketchup...kids candress their Christmas food however they'd like!
- Change up the meat! While we like ground turkey, ground beef, sausage or a vegetarian substitute would work great for this recipe.
- Let kids choose the side dish. Fries, mac & cheese, or a simple salad all go great with burgers!
CRAFT FOR THIS RECIPE:
Strawberry Santa Hats! Here's a healthy, edible craft for your kids during the Holidays! These Santa Hats couldn't be easier. And your kids can make them all on their own.
Other Recommended Recipes
Miniature Reindeer Christmas Burgers
- Large pan or griddle
- 1 Recipe for Easiest Turkey Burger Sliders
- 2.25 ounce can sliced black olives
- 4-5 grape tomatoes
- .5 cup pretzels
- cheese slices
- sliced tomato
- Follow instructions to make our Easiest Turkey Burger Sliders.
- Decorate the sliders' bun like Rudolph! Place pretzels (broken in half) in the bun for antlers, sliced black olives for the eyes, and a halved grape tomato for Rudolph's nose!
- Consider using a potato masher to blend the turkey patty mixture.
- Don't overwork the meat mixture. Otherwise it may fall apart while cooking.
- Remember to coat your pan with olive oil or cooking spray so patties don't stick to the pan
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. While we are not certified nutritionists, we work with a WordPress-integrated nutrition API to calculate our recipes' ingredient values.
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