Curried Bulgur Sliders

To avoid any confusion on the spelling of the weirdotron word “bulgur”, I’m going to refer to these sliders as Sylvia.


Because honestly, why is it such a pain to spell? Bulgur, bulgar, bulghur, burghul, bullhonkylonky. This is why Sylvia clearly makes sense.

What I’m trying to say is, I made something vegan! And I didn’t even really plan on it. Not that I’m against veganism and was protesting, “no no no, must have dairy and meat in it!” and then accidentally didn’t have the dairy and meat in it. It was nothing like that.

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It was just me and bag of Sylvia, some spinach and curry paste sitting around staring at each other one lonely afternoon, when Sylvia goes, “Hey, lady. I have an idea. Why don’t you cook me in some water with some onions, garlic and that pretty spinach over there all chopped up.”

And then the spinach goes, “HEY. WAIT A MINUTE. Okay fine you can chop me. But be gentle because I bruise easily.”

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And then the curry paste chimes in, “Listen, Spin Spin, don’t get lippy on us. All we’re trying to do here is create something yummy for Bev’s mouth. And Aaron’s too.”

And then the spinach was all, “I SAID IT WAS FINE. DID YOU NOT HEAR ME JUST SAY IT WAS FINE?”

And then we all looked at each other like, whoooooooa. Sylvia almost got up and left the room, you guys. It was tense.

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And oh! Get a load of this. The panko tried to hide in the pantry, but I was grabbing it, “Ohhhhh no you don’t, panko! You’re the binder. Ya gotta help us out. Spin Spin is just irritated because she’s not caught up on Downton Abby yet everyone feels the need to tell her what happened. Just be patient.”

Panko obliged. Sylvia pat him on the shoulder.

That sweet Sylvia. She has such a heart.


What I’m trying to say is, I need friends.


Also, these sliders are seriously incredible you’re going to lose your miiiieeeennnndddaaaaa.

Curried Bulgur Sliders:

What it took for around 20 sliders:

* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil (plus a little more for searing the sliders)
* 1/2 yellow onion, finely diced
* 4 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 cup uncooked bulgur
* 2 cups water (you might need more)
* 2 cups chopped spinach
* 1/3 cup chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
* 1 – 2 Tbs. green curry paste (to your liking)
* a pinch of coarse salt
* 1 cup panko
* 20 slider buns, lightly oiled (or buttered!) and toasted
* your favorite hummus, for serving
* 1/2 cup sliced red pepper, for garnish (sweet or hot, your call)

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add the onion and sauté 3 minutes, or until it starts to soften. Add the garlic and sauté another minute.

Add the spinach and cilantro and give it another toss for a minute or so. Add the bulgur and toss to coat. Stir in the water, throw the lid on and let it simmer on medium for 10 to 12 minutes. Taste to make sure it’s cooked through. Should be soft, but toothy.

Add the curry paste and a pinch of salt. Taste it and see how spicy you want it. Want to add more curry? By all means, bay-bay.

Now, transfer the mix to a big bowl. Let it sit about 10 minutes so it can cool a bit. After 10, add the panko to the bowl. Combine it with your hands. Now, form little golfball sized balls. You might need to press them together to stay, but it will work!

Heat a little more oil in a pan and arrange the sliders in a single layer. Carefully sear all over until browned, maybe 5 minutes total. You’ll probably need to do this in batches.

Serve on toasted slider buns with your favorite hummus, more cilantro and some sliced red pepper! Or whatever garnish makes you do the Electric Slide.


Team Sylvia!

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30 Responses to Curried Bulgur Sliders

  1. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl April 1, 2013 at 6:56 am #
    My family is Syrian and we use bulgur all the time. Whenever I say it my aunts correct me and add about 2,000 syllables to the word.
  2. dessertfortwo April 1, 2013 at 7:09 am #
    Ohhh how I love Sylvia! TJ's sells these little quick-cook bags, but isn't all bulgur quick-cook? I'm confused by that. Oh well, I have some bags I need to use. And this looks great! PS made your super easy Pad Thai and I super easy love it.
  3. Tieghan April 1, 2013 at 7:28 am #
    Oh yeah!! This looks like an awesome burger!! Loving all thing curry lately!
  4. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche April 1, 2013 at 7:30 am #
    I love Sylvia and Spin Spin so I think these would definitely work for me. And the names, I like the names too.
  5. Sheila April 1, 2013 at 7:35 am #
    Sylvia looks phenomenal!!!
  6. Cookin Canuck April 1, 2013 at 7:56 am #
    I'm glad Sylvia decided to stay at the party, because she looks fabulous.
  7. Brian @ A Thought For Food April 1, 2013 at 8:54 am #
    Ok... I think you're officially cray cray! But I still love you. And your Sylvia sliders.
  8. Jess April 1, 2013 at 9:14 am #
    These are so fun and bite-sized! I've got veggie burgers on the brain this week as well, but everything's better in slider form!
  9. Cookbook Queen April 1, 2013 at 9:24 am #
    I think Sylvia and I should be friends.
  10. carrian April 1, 2013 at 9:37 am #
    These are tiny and gorgeous! Every girl's dream ;)
  11. Marie @ Little Kitchie April 1, 2013 at 10:00 am #
    I want to be besties with Sylvia!
  12. Jackie @ Domestic Fits April 1, 2013 at 10:02 am #
    I'm with Spin Spin. I'm only half way through the first season of Downton Abbey and everyone can just shut their mouths about who dies (but really, who dies??) and I'm going to shove these in my mouth by the handfuls.
  13. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health April 1, 2013 at 12:38 pm #
    When I first saw these, I thought it said Burger Sliders and almost left because I am vegetarian! Haha! No, they're Sylvia sliders. Honestly, Sylvia isn't the easiest name to spell either but whatever makes you happy. :) These are so freakin' adorable and sound delicious!
  14. Carly @ Snack Therapy April 1, 2013 at 12:54 pm #
    Sylvia needs to crawl into my face, stat.
  15. Erin L April 1, 2013 at 1:10 pm #
    Hmmmm. I understand Spin Spin's side of things. People who are all caught up on Downton Abbey can be SO superior, can't they?? I'm going to start a support group right after I check to make sure I have some bulgur left in the pantry...
  16. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar April 1, 2013 at 1:38 pm #
    These look so, so, delicious!!
  17. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 1, 2013 at 1:52 pm #
    Sylvia sure makes a sexy little slider!
  18. Lisa | With Style and Grace April 1, 2013 at 4:43 pm #
    damn girl, you make vegan eating look good.
  19. Ali | Gimme Some Oven April 1, 2013 at 6:14 pm #
    However you spell it...these sliders look crazy GOOD!
  20. Nutmeg Nanny April 2, 2013 at 9:25 pm #
    Oh wow, these look fantastic! I'd love to have one right now :)
  21. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence April 4, 2013 at 5:59 pm #
    I could probably eat 5 of those. Maybe 6.
  22. Bonnie May 28, 2013 at 8:00 pm #
    I love this idea! Thanks and I'm definitely making these.
  23. Anisah May 2, 2014 at 6:54 am #
    Thank you for the recipe. They were delicious. A definite keeper


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