What is a courgette slider?
Isn’t everything just so much cuter when it’s made in a tiny version? Burgers are no exception to that rule, and if its much smaller it’s much healthier…right? Wrong! Because we all know very well that we’re not just going to have one of those tiny bite size burgers are we? No, especially in the theme of a party or a BBQ, we’re all going to end up having several! But here I have the solution, mini courgette sliders. A burger that is actually healthier and lower calorie even if you do eat several. They’re just as tasty as the original, if not more so! Don’t forget to subscribe and follow me on socials so that you never miss any of my healthy recipes for weight loss.
These Courgette Sliders offer a healthier twist on traditional burgers, introducing a creative and nutritious alternative to bread buns. By replacing the classic bun with courgette slices, this recipe significantly reduces the overall carbohydrate content while incorporating the numerous health benefits of this versatile vegetable. Courgettes are low in calories, high in water content, and rich in vitamins such as A and C, promoting skin health and boosting the immune system. The lean beef mince provides a source of protein, essential for muscle health and satiety. Additionally, the absence of traditional bread buns makes these sliders suitable for various dietary restrictions, including gluten-free, low GI, and keto-friendly diets. Packed with flavour and creativity, these Courgette Sliders offer a guilt-free option for burger lovers seeking a lighter and more nutrient-dense alternative.
Do you have a diet restriction?
This courgette sliders recipe is a great option for those with diet restrictions such as:
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free (without cheese)
- Nut Free
- Low GI
- Low FODMAP
- Keto Friendly
As you’ve probably already noticed, we’ve ditched the bread bun on this burger for courgette, one of my favourite vegetables. This isn’t a new idea, I’ve seen it done with tomatoes, avocado and cucumber in the past so why not get creative and try this idea with your favourite veg?
Step 1: Make the burger patties
Firstly, preheat your grill (for your courgette) to a medium heat. Prepare your low fat mince, mine is typically less than 5% fat. I like to keep burger seasonings simple and I just massage a pinch of salt and pepper into the meat but you could always experiment with many different types of herbs or spices such as oregano and paprika. Section out into 6 evenly sized balls that you then flatten to form burger patties. Make sure your burger patties match the girth of your courgette so that you don’t get any overhang. Move your burger patties to one side whilst you prepare your courgette.
Step 2: Make your courgette buns
Grab your courgette and slice 12 slices that are around 5mm thick, I’ve experimented with thicker and thinner slices and found that thicker slices get a bit too mushy even under a grill whilst thinner slices go a bit too crispy to be used for a burger bun. That being said, you don’t need to get out a tape measure, a guestimate will be fine.. Put them on a grill rack under a medium heat for 3-5 minutes per side. As you do this, turn on your hob to heat up a frying pan. If you’d like a recipe for any extra courgette you have left over after these courgette sliders, check out my Mediterranean stew recipe!
Step 3: Cook the burger patties
Place your 6 burger patties in the frying pan (no oil necessary) and cook for 3 minutes before turning. If you like cheese on your burger, place your cheese on top of the burger patties that you’ve just flipped and allow it to melt for the remaining 3 minutes. I’ve noticed in other countries such as America, burgers can be cooked to your liking just like steak, however in England where I live, burgers only come one way, very well done. Anything less would be sent back to the chef. If you however are comfortable with a less well done burger then adjust cooking times to suit.
Once your courgette slices are cooked and browning slightly you can remove them from the grill and start forming your burgers using 1 slice of courgette for the bottom bun and another for the top bun. Add any other fillings you would usually add to your burgers such as tomato, lettuce, pickles and relish. I personally go for as many salad items as I can fit on whilst my son prefers to keep it simple with just a bit of cheese and my homemade sugar free ketchup, check out the recipe here!
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1. Veggie Delight
Increase the vegetable content by adding grilled mushroom slices, roasted bell peppers, or avocado as additional toppings to enhance the nutritional profile and add vibrant flavors.
2. Plant-Based Alternative
Opt for a plant-based mince alternative, such as lentil or black bean patties, for a vegetarian or vegan version of Courgette Sliders. Ensure the patties are well-seasoned for a satisfying meatless option.
3. Spicy Kick
Infuse some heat by adding a pinch of cayenne pepper or a dash of hot sauce to the beef mince before shaping the patties. This variation adds a spicy element to the sliders for those who enjoy a bit of kick.
4. Cheese Lover’s Paradise
For a cheesy indulgence, melt your favorite low-fat cheese on top of the burger patties during the last minute of cooking. This addition brings a creamy texture and savory depth to the sliders.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can I use ground turkey instead of beef?
Absolutely! Ground turkey is a suitable and lean alternative to beef. Season the turkey mince with your preferred herbs and spices for a delicious twist.
Can I prepare the sliders in advance?
Certainly! The mini burger patties and grilled courgette slices can be prepared in advance and assembled just before serving. This makes them a convenient option for parties or gatherings.
How do I prevent the courgette slices from becoming too mushy?
To avoid mushiness, grill the courgette slices for 3-5 minutes per side, ensuring they are cooked but still maintain a slight firmness. Thicker slices work best for retaining texture.
Can I customize the toppings?
Absolutely! Customize your Courgette Sliders with a variety of toppings such as lettuce, tomato, pickles, and any other favorite burger toppings for a personalized touch.
Are these sliders suitable for meal prep?
Yes, these sliders are ideal for meal prep. Prepare the burger patties and grilled courgette slices ahead of time, store them separately, and assemble just before serving to maintain freshness and texture.
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