Bobby Deen’s Cajun Sliders

These sliders bring me right back down South every time I make them. Just jumping with that famous Cajun flavor mix of garlic, bell peppers, oregano and thyme and spiced with good Louisiana hot sauce, these sliders are not for the faint of heart. If spice is not your thing, though, feel free to skip or reduce the hot sauce in the spread. These mini sandwiches will still make you feel like you took a detour to the Bayou on your lunch break.

Cajun Sliders

6 ounces 93-percent lean ground turkey
6 ounces 95-percent lean ground beef
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning, plus extra for the vegetables
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 red bell pepper, cut lengthwise into 8 strips
4 round onion slices (from 1 small onion)
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fat-free mayonnaise (or use low-fat; optional)
2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
4 small sandwich buns

1. Preheat the broiler. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the turkey, beef, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, Cajun seasoning and hot sauce. Form the mixture into four fat patties (a little wider than the buns).

3. Spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat. Cook the patties, covered, turning once, until the internal temperature reaches 165 F on an instant-read thermometer, 8 to 10 minutes total.

4. Meanwhile, place the bell pepper strips and onion slices on the prepared baking sheet. Season with a pinch of the extra Cajun seasoning and lightly spray with cooking spray. Broil, without turning, until browned along the edges, 3 to 5 minutes.

5. In a small bowl, stir together the mayonnaise and mustard and spread on the inside of each bun. Put a patty on the bottom of each bun, top with an onion slice and two strips of bell pepper crossed over each other, and cover with the top bun.

The Spice of Life

While the Cajun seasoning in these sliders does add a bit of sodium to your dish, it is also a sensational diet aid. I’m not kidding, folks! When you add bold flavors like this to your dishes, you’ll feel more satisfied after eating. A concentrated hit of flavor is a great way to make sure that you don’t keep going back for more.

Nutrition facts before/after Bobby's transformation:
Fat 15 grams/4 grams
Calories 310/272

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