Can I just tell you that I had SO much fun making these with Billy. I haven’t made sliders in way too long and was kindly reminded that they’re are so fun and cute to make and eat.
And Jon’s book is no different. There are a ton of slider recipes that will get you all the way through summer, one teeny little bite at a time. The photos are beautiful and bright and colorful and thumbing through it all I wanted to do was stop everything and make all of the sliders.
4th of July is this weekend (for all you Americans) and these need to be on your to-make list.
The best part about this recipe are the onion rings. You will make the onion rings and then want to eat all the onion rings but you can’t because you need to save them for the actual recipe. It’s hard.
Bacon Western Cheeseburger Sliders
Crispy Onion Rings:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour divided
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more for seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika or cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup milk or water
- 1 large egg lightly beaten
- 1 medium sized Vidalia onion thinly sliced into rings
- Canola or vegetable oil for frying
- 2 pounds ground beef 80 percent fat and 20 percent lean
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon coarsley ground black pepper
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
- 6 4x4-inch slices sharp cheddar cheese, cut in half crosswise
- 12 slices bacon cut in half and cooked until crispy
- 12 Pretzel buns I bought mine at Whole Foods!
- Barbecue Sauce
- 6 green lettuce leaves cut in half
- To make the onion rings: heat about 2 inches of oil in a large, heavy-duty pot until a deep-fry thermometer reaches 360 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup of the flour, 1 teaspoon of the salt, the black pepper, garlic, paprika, baking powder, milk, and egg until smooth. Pour the remaining 1/2 cup flour into a shallow dish. Separate the onion slices into rings. Working with a handful of onion rings at a time, dredge in the flour, shaking off any excess and then dip into the batter.
- Set a wire rack over a baking sheet. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
- Carefully place the battered onions in the hot oil, being careful not to over-crowd the pot, and fry until golden brown and crispy, about 3 minutes total. Flip over halfway through frying, drain and transfer to a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Season with a bit of salt to taste. Transfer to the wire rack and keep warm in the oven while you prepare everything else.
- To make the sliders, preheat an outdoor grill or stovetop grill pan to medium heat. In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, salt, pepper, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce. Shape into 12 even 2-inch wide patties and place on a plate or tray. Brush each side with oil, and place patties on the hot grill. Cook for about 4 minutes, turn over, and continue to cook for another 4 to 6 minutes, for medium rare, or 2 to 4 minutes longer if you want them well done. Place 2 pieces of cheese on each, along with 2 half pieces of bacon, and cook for a minute or two so the cheese melts. Close the grill or turn off the heat and transfer the sliders to a platter or tray.
- To assemble the sliders, split the buns in half and spread each half with barbecue sauce. Place a bacon cheese slider on each bottom half, and top with a handful of of crispy onion rings, and a piece of lettuce. Replace the top half of the buns and skewer with a long toothpick. Serve immediately.