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Our sliders recipe is perfect for any cookout

Planning any type of cookout and want a summery burger recipe to flip on your grill? Delight your family and friends with a platter piled high with these juicy baby burgers, inspired by a recipe from Jenny Steffens!

The best sliders start with the best ground beef. Our preference is ground chuck with 15 to 20 percent fat; it’s cut from the shoulder and is renowned for its moistness and rich flavor. Avoid ground round, which can be tough, and steer clear of packages labeled “ground beef” — they’re typically any cut or combination of cuts that may or may not lead to quality burgers. Ground chuck is always your best bet for juicy burgers.

Sliders — those little mini-burgers — are a simple summer party food. Standard-sized burgers are great, but sliders give every cookout a more festive flair. Once you have the best ground beef, all you need to do is season it, shape it, and get it on the grill.

Place your ground beef in a bowl and add salt, pepper, mustard, steak sauce, and egg. The mustard and steak sauce give these sliders a double punch of extra flavor, while the egg helps your sliders keep their shapes without falling apart on the grill.

Makes an impressive party platter!

Shaping your sliders: No more bubble burgers!

Have you ever gotten a backyard burger that looked like a burger bubble while the bun rocked back and forth on it, spilling your condiments in your lap? Don’t turn your sliders into little bubble burgers! To make uniformly flat slider patties, simply shape your patties, then use your thumb to make a shallow divot on the top of each patty.

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Why the divot? As the beef cooks, the connective tissue shrinks, which makes the outside of the patties tighten up around the middle of the patties. This forces the surface of the patties to expand upward, creating a rounded shape … and the dreaded bubble burger. Pressing a round, shallow indentation allows the middle to expand the surface of the patty into a flat shape — and a perfectly-cooked platform for your condiments and bun.

4th of July sliders: The best baby burgers

Grilling tricks

Start with a hot, well-oiled grill. This will keep your patties from sticking. Place your slider patties on the grill and cook for three to four minutes. Flip and grill for another two to three minutes or until beef is cooked to the desired doneness. Don’t press your slider patties with a spatula! This squeezes out the precious juices and leaves you with a dry burger.

While the patties are sizzling hot, nestle them in slider buns and serve with your favorite condiments. Venture beyond the usual ketchup and mustard: Surprise your guests with quality add-ons like red onion and avocado slices, Thousand Island dressing, lettuce leaves, extra cheese and bacon. Yum!

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Combine ground chuck with salt & pepper to start sliders

Combine ground chuck with salt and pepper to begin 4th of July sliders

Add steak sauce and mustard to burger mixture

Add steak sauce and mustard to meat mixture

Mix the slider meat mixture gently

Mix meat mixture gently

Form meat into equal size burger patties

Form meat into equal size patties

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Place the slider burger patties on a sheet pan

Place patties on a sheet pan

Transfer patties to preheated grill

Transfer patties to preheated grill

Flip your sliders to cook other side

Flip 4th of July Sliders to cook other side

Grill to desired doneness

Grill to desired doneness

Transfer to clean sheet pan

Transfer to clean sheet pan

Prepare mini bun on plate

Prepare mini bun on plate

Add Thousand Island dressing and slider to mini bun

Add Thousand Island dressing and 4th of July slider to mini bun

Add bacon and cheese

Add bacon and cheese

Top your patriotic sliders with tomato and onion

Top with tomato and onion

Finish with lettuce and the top mini bun

Finish with lettuce and the top mini bun

Delicious deluxe sliders! Hungry yet?

Juicy and flavorful 4th of July sliders

Summer sliders

Yield 18 sliders

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds ground chuck beef
  • 1 tablespoon of sea salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon steak sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 18 mini buns

Condiments:

  • Butter lettuce
  • Tomato slices
  • Red onion slices
  • Avocado
  • Thousand Island dressing
  • Bacon

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill to 350F.
  2. In large bowl, combine ground beef, salt, pepper, mustard, steak sauce and egg.  Mix gently until just combined.
  3. Form beef mixture into 18 same-size patties and place on baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  4. Use thumb to press shallow divot in top center of each burger patty.
  5. Place beef patties on grill and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and grill for 2 to 3 minutes more or until desired doneness.  
  6. Place patties on slider buns and arrange on platter.
  7. Serve beef sliders immediately with your favorite condiments.

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