sliders and chips
Michael and I stopped into a friend’s gallery for a visit, we got onto the topic of my idea for a new blog recipe for sliders. As I listened to a friend, Derek, tell us about a “juicy Lucy”, a burger he saw on the food channel, that involved some type of gooey cheese erupting from the the center. It got me thinking… hm, this could be good! After inviting him over for my spontaneous change of plans to my oh so boring idea of sliders, I ran to the store for some much needed cheese! This is my attempt at the slider or in honor of Derek and his genius idea, the “Dewy Derek”.
For juicy burgers, be sure to salt the meat just before cooking. If this is done well before cooking, the salt will draw out the moisture, leaving the meat dry. I have to tell you, I am with lack of experience in hamburger cooking, as I don’t eat them often or much at all. If and when I do, I believe the quality of meat makes all the difference. For this recipe, I chose to use organic-grass fed beef. I mixed in a bit of minced onion to the meat before forming the mini-patties. I also found it helpful to shape each patty as close to the same size as possible. This helps with even cooking and not drying out or under-cooking some of the sliders.
You will need:
1 lb. ground beef/turkey
2 Tbsp. minced onion ( this does add a bit of moisture)
1 tsp. salt & pepper
Heat grill to 400 degrees. Mix beef/turkey with minced onions. Shape patties a bit larger than the buns you’ll use. The meat will shrink when cooking. I found thinner shaped burgers worked better than round ones. Once patties are shaped, sprinkle with salt and pepper. 1 lb. of meat yields about 8 sliders. Place sliders on grill. Depending on preference of how they’re done, cooking time will vary. While cooking the burgers, start cooking the cheese sauce and caramelized onions.
8 oz. cheddar cheese (other cheeses would be great too! Pepper Jack, Swiss, Blue Cheese…)
1 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. flour
1/2 cup. milk
Melt butter in saucepan, sprinkle with flour and mix until flour in well incorporated. Be careful to not cook the flour too much, it should be a sandy consistency. Whisk in milk until mixed well and add grated cheese. Stir until cheese has melted and is well mixed. I wanted my cheese a bit gooey and not so smooth and creamy, as it would be a bit unmanageable on a slider. If you need to use more or less milk to get the consistency you like, go ahead and eyeball it!
For the caramelized onions, slice 2 onions. Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in saucepan and on medium heat, cook onions until tender and golden brown.
Presenting the “Dewy Derek” slider!!
Along side the sliders are my home made chips. Click here to see how to make these crunchy snacks for yourself!