You can make burgers so many different ways…
Yes, this is a recipe site for Slavic Heritage cooking but it is also about Slavic-Americans. Besides baseball there is nothing more American than Football. OK, maybe Apple Pie, Basketball, 4th of July Picnic, etc. But it is almost February and the Super Bowl is coming quickly so let’s deal with the period of time at hand – Super Bowl Sunday.
Bacon, Onion and Cheddar Cheese Sliders
for Super Bowl Snacking
You can make burgers so many different ways; grilling, broiling, griddle on stove tops and even oven baking. For this recipe I usually use a variation of the one skillet Bacon Cheddar Onion Hamburger Recipe and using Hawaiian Sweet Dinner rolls... But this year I am using a new recipe version specifically for making large enough of a supply of tasty burgers quickly.
I also used my recipe located under breads for the rolls and I even used a recipe to make homemade ketchup which turned out really good. Below I have a quick recipe and another variation of my sliders.
Start with about 3 pounds of ground 83%/17% beef or leaner, 2 lbs of cooked crispy bacon, 3 medium white onions, Grated or sliced cheddar cheese, lettuce, pickles and sliced tomatoes. Sides could include your favorite chips or homemade potato fries.
Fry up the bacon on a cooking rack in the oven or in a deep frying pan. Cook until the bacon is crispy enough to easily crumble when cooled; set aside. Thinly dice and saute the onions, cool and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, crumble and add the bacon and sauteed onions to the ground beef. Use a minimum 3/4″ lipped full side baking sheet and either lightly grease or line with parchment paper. Put the ground beef mixture into the baking tray and cover with plastic wrap. Using a rolling pin, spread out the ground beef until it covers the entire sheet and the same thickness. If you have a pizza slicer or a knife, portion the meat and make 3″ x 3″ rows into the meat. Place in a 410°F oven for about 12-15 +/- mins or done.
While the burgers are cooking prepare your rolls and place out bowls of condiments for your guests. If you are making fries, now is the time to get them going as well.
When the burgers are ready, remove from them the oven, push the now-cooked burgers closer together (they will shrink) and top with your favorite cheese. Put back in the oven for only a few moments until cheese melted.
Put the burgers on the buns and serve. You and your sliders will be a hit! The bacon and sauteed onions in the burgers will be easier for you and your guests and the taste will send everyone over the goal! Good-luck!
Here is another variation of my sliders. Both similar and both loaded with flavor.
- 2 lbs of ground beef 80/20
- 1 large onion - coarsely chopped
- (optional 1 egg per pound of meat - See Notes)
- 1 lb bacon - cut in 3rds
- 1 tbsp cooking oil for sauteing onion
- 2 tbsp butter for sauteing onion
- 2 Large cooking sheets with 1" high minimum edges
- salt and pepper to flavor (verses taste)
- 1 16 oz block of sharp cheddar cheese
- Coarsely chop one large onion by hand or food processor
- On med-med/high heat saute the chopped onion in cooking oil and butter until translucent - put aside when done
- In the same frying pan add the bacon that was cut in 3rds.
- Cook bacon until it is fully cooked and crispy - set aside on paper towels to drain
- In a large mixing bowl combine the onion, crumbled bacon to the mixture with salt and pepper to flavor.
- Form the meat by firmly pressing and packing the mixed meat to about 1/2" thickness on a lightly oiled baking tray
- Cover with plastic and store in the fridge until you are ready to cook and serve.
- Thinly slice the cheddar cheese and place in plastic baggies or warp in plastic wrap
- Turn the TV on for the pre-game show
- Place the tray with the meat into a 400 degree F oven until fully cooked (about 20 mins)
- Be sure to cook burgers until they are fully cooked (inside temperature around 165 degrees F)
- Remove from the oven, top with a layer of the sliced cheddar cheese and allow to cool slightly
- Slice the burgers the size of the mini buns with a wheeled pizza cutter
- Put on the Sweet Mini Rolls; add your condiments with lettuce
- Serve and Eat!
- Root for your team and enjoy!
- If you have a small rolling pin, place a sheet of wax paper on top of the meat and roll the meat firmly packing the meat so as it remains intact after cutting.
- You can add an egg per 1 lb of meat to the original mixture to help bind the meat together. Normally since the meat isn't grilled or cooked directly over high heat the meat might not bind and need a little help.