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Sliders

Make 12 sliders Time:20 minutes
Author The Food Nanny

Ingredients

  • 1 pound hamburger 80/15 mix, to make 12 slider-size 2-inch round hamburger patties
  • Course salt
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 2 Tablespoons real maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 heaping Tablespoon chili sauce
  • 4 teaspoons sweet BBQ sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sweet pickle juice
  • 12 Slider Buns 2 1/2 inches round. (Hamburger bun recipe Half/Wheat, Half/White page 253)
  • 1/2 cup Colby or Jack Cheese grated
  • 1/4 cup arugula optional

Instructions

  1. From the sliders into 2 inch patties. Season both sides generously with coarse salt and fresh ground black pepper.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place the bacon on a small baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes more. Remove the bacon to paper towels to soak up the extra grease.
  3. Make the sauce: In a small bowl put the mayonnaise, chili sauce, sweet BBQ sauce, Worcestershire and sweet pickle juice. Mix. Set aside.
  4. When the bacon is cool, stack them and cut into 4 equal pieces. You will have 12 small pieces of bacon. Set aside.
  5. Turn the oven to broil. Place patties on a broiler pan or in a black iron skillet. Broil the sliders on the middle oven rack for 5 minutes, turn and place a piece of bacon on top, a teaspoon of grated cheese on top of the bacon. Broil until cooked through about another 4 minutes. Remove.
  6. Cut the slider buns almost all the way through. Lay out on a baking sheet. Quickly run the buns under the broiler and toast until light brown.
  7. Put a dab of sauce on the bottom bun and then a hamburger patty. Top with a piece of arugula and serve immediately.
  8. Serve with: Potato chips; Warm Orzo Salad with Chicken page 259, Spinach Salad page 265.