Mini sliders with caramelized balsamic onions and bacon

Hey everyone!

So tonight I have some ground beef in my fridge and I decided I wanted burgers! But I only had dinner rolls, so I decided I should make some sliders! These little burgers are great for parties, or if you just want a quick and easy dinner that everybody will enjoy.

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Caramelized balsamic onions

Ingredients:

  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp good balsamic vinegar

Instructions:

  1. Place a medium pan on burner and turn onto medium heat. Add olive oil and allow to heat until oil moves freely about pan. 
  2. Add the onions to the pan and fry for 3-5 minutes, or until soft and browned, reduce heat to low.
  3. Add balsamic to the onions and stir, cook mixture for an additional 10 minutes on low, stirring often so they do not burn.
  4. Remove mixture from pan and place in a bowl until ready to serve

Crunchy bacon bits

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices thick cut bacon, sliced crosswise
  • 1 tbsp grape seed oil

Instructions:

  1. Place a medium pan on burner and turn onto medium heat. Add oil and allow to heat until oil moves freely about pan.
  2. Add the bacon, render all the fat from the bacon until it becomes crisp.
  3. Drain fat from pan and place bacon bits on a piece of paper towel to absorb the remaining fat

Mini sliders

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 large yellow onion, minced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp good olive oil
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp grainy mustard
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • white cheddar cheese sliced (enough to top 4-5 burgers)
  • unripened goats cheese (enough to top 4-5 burgers)
  • 3 tbsp grape seed oil
  • 8-10 small dinner rolls

Instructions:

  1. Mix the beef, garlic, onion, olive oil, mustard, salt and pepper together until thoroughly combined. add the panko breadcrumbs to the mixture, mix until the beef comes together and is not to wet.
  2. Form beef mixture into 2″ patties (approximately 10). I use a cookie cutter to get a consistent shape and height. Place the finished patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper so they do not stick.

Cooking:

  1. Place a large pan on medium high heat, add 2 tbsp grape seed oil to the pan and allow to heat. Add in 4-5 patties to the pan at a time. Cook 4 minutes and then flip.
  2. Add the cheddar cheese to the top of the patties and cook for an additional 4 minutes or until patties reach 160 degrees F. Remove from pan and place on a plate.
  3. Drain off any excess fat from the pan and add 1 tbsp grape seed oil. Allow for the oil to heat and then add the remaining 4-5 patties. Cook 4 minutes and then flip.
  4. Add the goats cheese to the top of the patties and cook for an additional 4 minutes or until patties reach 160 degrees F. Remove from pan and place on a plate.

Plating:

  1. Cut buns in half and spread a bit of ketchup on the bottom of the bun. Place the patties on the buns and top with balsamic onions and bacon.
  2. Serve as soon as ready

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Hope everyone enjoys this recipe! Let me know what you think, and leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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