No, I’m not talking about sliding to a base — ‘though it is baseball season!
Nor am I talking about a specific baseball pitch:
I’m not even talking about the TV show “Sliders” — ‘though extra credit to you if you remember that show!
Nope, I’m talking about those little hamburger bites of heaven called Sliders.
Every so often, I get a hankering for us to have these little burgers. They’re a fun and different take on hamburgers and they remind me of healthier versions of White Castle burgers. They are equally yummy made from either lean (93/7) ground beef or ground turkey. You can purchase some good-quality dinner rolls from the store (WhiteWheat rolls are my favorite for this purpose) or you can make your own rolls, which is what I did the last time we had Sliders –I had some roll dough already made up, so I used homemade rolls for the slider rolls. I also had some leftover pasta salad, to which I added a tin of kidney beans, rinsed and drained. Et voilà — an easy, fun, and tasty appetizer or supper! Leftovers are terrific for snacking.
You want to figure 2 ounces of meat for every Slider, so 1 pound of meat will yield 8 sliders; 1.25 pounds will yield 10 sliders; 1 1/2 pounds, a dozen sliders; and 2 pounds will yield 16 sliders.
I usually grill them on the stove-top in our grill pan; you could also fry them up in a non-stick skillet, bake or broil them in the oven, or cook them on the grill. Unlike a full-size burger, we usually dress them quite simply — a bit of cheese and a condiment of choice (ketchup, mustard, RF mayo, RF salad dressing, steak sauce — whatever floats your boat).
These are so yummy — and so fun! — that you’ll find yourself dancing the Electric Slide 😉
Sliders (Easy to adjust up or down; every quarter pound of meat yields 2 sliders)
- Lean (93/7) ground beef or ground turkey
- Finely minced onion to taste (approximately 2 or 3 tablespoons per pound of meat)
- Finely minced carrot to taste (approximately 1/3 to 1/2 of a small carrot per pound of meat) (NOTE: You could also use a couple of mushrooms or some celery instead of the carrot)
- Splash of Worcestershire sauce
- Seasonings to taste: coarse ground black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder or onion flakes
- Desired number of rolls
- Desired dressings for sliders: cheese and condiments
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix together ground meat with minced onion and carrot, Worcestershire, and seasonings to taste.
- Shape into small burgers.
- Grill in grill pan or skillet (or grill), or bake/broil, until cooked through.
- Serve on buns and dress as desired.
- Refrigerate leftovers.