Monday, August 15, 2011

Bacon Cheeseburger and Cheesy Jalapeno Sliders

I just love sliders, don't you?  They are all cute and tiny and if done right you can pack a pretty good wallop of flavor into those teeny tiny 2 bite burgers.  A few weeks ago, we had some beautiful weather in which I decided to make these little gems.  They came to me early in the morning as I was getting up, or maybe they were the remnants of a dream, not sure that it really matters.  All I know is that morning when I woke up and saw the gorgeous sunshine, I decided I had to have sliders with jalapenos and shredded cheese mixed in.  My sister-in-law of course mightily agreed (she's got a thing for everything peppers...) since this sounded like the perfect summer meal on such a perfect summer day.

Assemble all of your ingredients and throw them all into a large bowl and mix them together.  Let sit a about half an hour to let the flavors blend.

Grab your slider press if you have one, and place down some foil or parchment paper for easy clean up later.

Place a golf ball size amount of meat into each compartment of the press.

Gently flatten out the meat to make it easier to get uniform squares.  If you don't sometimes you will end up with thick spots or corners missing.  

Press down firmly on the top of the press to ensure that the sliders are compact and hold together nicely on the grill. 

Carefully remove the top, being sure to leave the patties on the foil. 

Remove the base of the press and there you have them! Sliders!

Grill on medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes, or just until about done.  Be sure to still leave them juicy and don't want them to overcook. 
 (Yup, those are some giant zucchini slices...our garden apparently only grows monster ones...)

Top with your favorite toppings and serve on little buns.  
(I made the buns too...I'll post them in a little bit!)

Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders
makes about 12-16 sliders

1 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup bacon bits
1/2 cup shredded cheese
1 Tbsp. Montreal steak seasoning

Mix all of the ingredients together and let sit for about half an hour so that all the flavors can marinade and the bacon can soften up a bit.  Grill for 4-5 minutes or so, depending on the thickness of the sliders, until they are cooked just about through but still juicy and moist.  Top with a good slice of sharp cheddar cheese and whatever condiments and veggies float your boat!

Cheesy Jalapeno Sliders
makes about 12-16 sliders

1 lb. ground beef
2 Tbsp. dried jalapenos, or one fresh jalapeno
1/2 cup shredded cheese
1 Tbsp. Montreal steak seasoning

Mix all of the ingredients together and let sit for about half and hour to let all the flavors mix and the jalapenos soften.  Grill for 4-5 minutes, same as the bacon cheeseburger sliders, just until mostly done so that they are still moist and juicy.  Top with sliced pepperjack cheese for an extra kick and whatever else you desire!

These were so good that all 7 of us home for dinner that night ate almost 50 of them (I used 4 lbs. cause we had such a big group).  I recommend having some sort of slider press for making that many the one I picked up from Williams Sonoma last year near the end of summer on clearance.  They might have some more clearanced out this should check them out!

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