What’s For Dinner: Sliders
Sliders are brilliant. If you’re not familiar with the term you can start by lifting the rock you live under… just kidding. Sliders are mini burgers. They are perfect for adult parties – we all love food you can eat in one or two bites and they are perfect for kids and their little hands and mouths. My kids love them!
They are easy to make and they freeze well. They’re quick to cook because of their smaller size and I love them as leftovers for lunch the next day. Here is my favourite recipe for full sized burgers or for sliders…
1 lb ground pork*
1 lb ground beef*
1/2 cup breadcrumbs or panko
Splash of soya sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tbsp mustard
2 tbsp bbq sauce
2 slices raw bacon, chopped
1/2 onion grated into the mixture
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp garlic powder (or fresh garlic, crushed if you like)
salt & pepper to taste
*Use whatever meat you like. We like this combination because we find that pork is a little juicier.
Step 1: Mix the meat with the spices by hand. Note: Try to not over mix. The longer you mix, the more fat will start to melt and will make a tougher burger.
Step 2: Form combined meat into small hamburgers.
Tip: Putting a thumb-sized hole in the middle will prevent it from doming and help it cook more evenly.
Tip: If you have your buns on hand, make your burger a quarter of an inch bigger than the bun so after it’s cooked it fits perfectly.
Step 3: Grill until cooked to your preference. I prefer medium-rare, pink and warm in the middle or 130°F. (I grilled the sliders but you can also cook in a pan inside.)
Step 4: Add your favourite condiments to your bun and enjoy!