Bratwurst Sliders

I like this photo in all its grainy glory. Kind of 1960-ish looking. That is my hand making the second slider in my Trio of Sliders. The first slider was the Teriyaki Turkey Sliders that were a huge hit with my family. It seems they like the mini version of burgers. This week I made Bratwurst Sliders. My son asked me if I chopped up bratwursts and squished it into patties. Nope. I made them from scratch from a recipe I developed to mimic wiesswurst.

I like weißwurst (wiesswurst- white sausage) they are my favorite form of bratwurst, not only for their nutmeg taste but because while in Germany they were fantastic to munch while shopping at the Christkindl Markets during Advent. You can smell the brats grilling and the Glühwein (German mulled red wine) for blocks away. And that glühwein. The first year I downed 2 mugs just to get warm, all the while my German friends were telling me to slow down. “Pish posh!” I said. “The alcohol cooks off!” After another block, I had my coat off and could not walk a straight line. I never lived it down. This was a memory provoking second in my Trio of Sliders. It was a great meal served with German mustard- senf, sauerkraut and dill pickles. I also served a big bowl of delicious grapes; the grapes have been great this year, sweet and crispy.

I have found the best way to make a slider into the perfect size is to use an ice cream scoop to form them. Scoop out your meat and place in a hot skillet.

Using the bottom of a flat-bottomed glass, press the meat balls flat. The meat will stick to the glass but nothing a little shimmy from a knife can’t fix. Cook patties at least 3 minutes on each side. Serve in tiny rolls. I used brotchen, German rolls with that chewy interior and crispy crust exterior they were perfect. Whole Foods has a delicious organic German Mustard in their 365 brand.

Bratwurst Sliders
20 ounces lean ground turkey
1 1/2 t. ground nutmeg
1 t. Kosher salt
1/8 t. onion powder
1/4 t. mustard powder
1/4 t. black pepper
1 T. German Mustard, or a nice brown mustard
1 T. olive oil

In a large bowl blend all ingredients well. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out individual sized portions of the meat and place in hot skillet. Flatten with the bottom of a glass. The patties should be about 2 1/2 inches across. Cook at least 3 minutes on each side over medium-high heat. Serve in small rolls with sauerkraut and mustard. Must have pickles! Makes about 14 sliders.

Note- If you ever want to taste your ground meat mixture to test for seasoning, pinch off a small amount of the raw mix, enough to make a one inch ball and cook that small amount in a skillet until it is cooked through. Taste your sample and re-adjust seasonings if needed. Always start low with you seasonings, you can always add more!

I am thinking about my third slider to complete my Trio. I have visited the flavors of Japan and Germany with the last two, so where should I go next? Greece? Hmmm.

Tomorrow in BRK: The Thanksgiving Leftovers Solution. Come on by and see what I do with leftover ham. It will be delectable!


  1. EAT!
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 8:23 AM | Permalink

    Oh how I do love a good brat. When we lived in So. CA, people looked at you like you had 4 heads when you asked for brats at the grocery store. And forget about anything involving Velveeta. They were calling their cardiologist after one bite of that delicious cheesy Velveeta and sausage dip with tortilla chips.

  2. FOODalogue: Meandering Meals and Travels
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 8:34 AM | Permalink

    Not much experience with bratwurst but your sliders looked good. Looking forward to the third in the trio. P.S. Love the little travelogue of the Christmas Markets.

  3. Veronica
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 9:45 AM | Permalink

    Great idea to use the ice cream scoop to make them all uniform. Those sound like they would be right up my husband’s alley.

  4. Lisa
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 9:50 AM | Permalink

    I love all things mini.

  5. Sara
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 10:26 AM | Permalink

    These are so cute! I love sliders.

  6. HoneyB
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 11:20 AM | Permalink

    Love, Love, Love this! Mini food is so up my alley. I will definitely be making this as it will make both Grumpy and myself happy! 🙂

  7. Robin Sue
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 12:55 PM | Permalink

    Eat!- That is so funny about living in CA. I guess it is a bit healthier there. Love Love Love brats! The Best!

    Joan- Thanks I have many stories of my travels. Will have to share more someday!

    Veronica- I like the scoop too so I don’t have to touch the gooey meat!

    Lisa- But I don’t like mini chocolate. I want the whole thing!

    Sara- Thanks for stopping by. I thought that picture of you and Michael is very stunning!

    HoneyB- I hope you like them. The weisswurst are an acquired taste since most don’t like nutmeg in their meat! I love it!

  8. Mom2three
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 1:45 PM | Permalink

    I love this! I’ll need to try this the next gathering we have at our house. We make our own burger buns, so I could make them just for the sliders! Thank you so much!

  9. Rindy R
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 5:33 PM | Permalink

    My taste buds are twanging from the sight of these! Yum – This sounds like the perfect lunch for Saturday!
    thanks for sharing!

  10. biz319
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 6:13 PM | Permalink

    Oh, that looks good! I love sauerkraut but no one else in my family does.

    I would do a spicy slider next – I love buffalo sauce!

  11. Amy
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 10:42 PM | Permalink

    Great idea of using the ice cream scoop! Those took good!

  12. That Girl
    Posted November 14, 2008 at 12:48 AM | Permalink

    I love your taste test suggestion

  13. MrOrph
    Posted November 14, 2008 at 6:05 AM | Permalink

    Very clever!

    We love brats around here and the wife has been bugging me to make them fresh.

    This looks like a good start.

  14. Grace
    Posted November 14, 2008 at 10:53 AM | Permalink

    that is a cool picture, but i like the money shot. mustard makes me happy. 🙂

  15. Robin Sue
    Posted November 14, 2008 at 12:52 PM | Permalink

    mom2three- Thanks for stopping by, I hope you like these sliders.

    rindy- For Saturday or anyday!

    biz319- a spicy slider always sounds good!

    amy- thanks, I hate touching the raw meat so this helps!!

    that girl- learned it from the best- Julia Child!

    mrorph- I can’t wait to see your spin on these!

    grace- money, did you say money, where’s the money, i like money! Thanks, mustard makes everything groovy!

  16. Dawn
    Posted November 14, 2008 at 5:29 PM | Permalink

    Oh how clever. I love sliders, but sometimes want to kick them up a few notches. Love this.

  17. Robin Sue
    Posted November 14, 2008 at 5:37 PM | Permalink

    dawn- Kick away! I love what you did to the Baked Corn Dogs. I can’t kick too much, that little ones would fuss. You should have seen them with the Pepper Jelly Ham. Breathing fire they were.

  18. [eatingclub] vancouver || js
    Posted November 14, 2008 at 6:07 PM | Permalink

    Like the teriyaki turkey sliders, these ones look like winners! What a fabulous idea.

  19. Nicole
    Posted November 18, 2008 at 7:42 PM | Permalink

    Anything in the way of a slider is up my ally. How much time did you spend in Germany? Sounds fun. I love to travel.

  20. Robin Sue
    Posted November 18, 2008 at 7:58 PM | Permalink

    I lived there for 3 years. Loved it and now I get home sick! Can’t wait to go back, just can’t decide what time of year is my favorite, loved it all!

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