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Bacon Western Cheeseburger Sliders

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 12 sliders

Ingredients

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

Sliders:

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.