Easy Hamburger Sliders

Happy Kids Eat Right Month!

Yes, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics dedicates the month of August (right before school starts up again!) to all the kiddos and focuses on the nutrition needs and palates of the littlest people in our lives. And I have a great summertime dinner that not only pleases kids, but the adults too.

 

Hamburger Sliders.

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Oh so cute and oh so delicious.

And super easy to whip together, which makes them a great option for summer BBQs with a lot of people.

 

Since these are really simple, grab yourself some really good ground beef.

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I really like these vacuumed-sealed pounds of beef. They freeze really well and I always have ground beef on hand for whatever I’m cooking. And I know that the amount is exactly one pound, which makes portioning a lot easier.

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Throw the ground beef into a bowl. Add some salt.

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And some pepper. Look how groovy this pepper mill is? It’s from Greece and is super fun to use. Oh the joys of being in your home kitchen.

Mix the mixture together gently with your (CLEAN!) hands. See – simple! No muss, no fuss, no additional ingredients. Just perfect, simple hamburger meat.

Grab a bit of the mixture and roll into a ball.

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About a golf ball-sized ball.

And then flatten the ball into a patty.

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Using your thumb, make a divot in the center of the patty. This will allow the patty to cook evenly and not have a domed middle.

One pound of ground beef should yield 8 slider patties!

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Place in the fridge for about an hour (or longer if you want!).

Then on a wicked hot grill, cook the patties for approximately 4-5 minutes per side or until they are cooked to your preference (I eat my sliders around medium, medium-well).

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Serve on tiny hamburger rolls and add all your favorite hamburger fixins’… miniature sized!

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I like hot sauce on my sliders.

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And some caramelized onions.

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Yum!

Since they are so small (I usually serve two per person, or one per kid), everyone can customize each slider to their liking. I did one with hot sauce and caramelized onions and my second with ketchup and pickles. It’s perfect for people who like different toppings that they might not want to mix (Pepperonici and cheddar cheese together? No thanks!).

 

Happy Thursday, everyone!

C

Hamburger Sliders

  • Servings: four people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

1 pound of good ground beef, 85-15

2 teaspoons of Kosher salt

1 teaspoon of ground black pepper

 

Steps:

1. Combine ground beef, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.

2. Form 8 golf ball-sized balls. Flatten each ball into a patty, using your thumb to make an imprint in the middle.

3. Cook on your grill for 4-5 minutes per side.

4. Serve on mini-hamburger buns with all your favorite burger fixins’!

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