recipe

These sliders are great to up your burger-night game.

difficulty
  • Intermediate
time
  • 1 hour
yield
  • Makes 12 sliders

Prepare Ingredients

Burger Sauce

¼ cup
mayonnaise
2 tablespoons
ketchup
1 teaspoon
sweet pickle relish
1 teaspoon
sugar
1 teaspoon
distilled white vinegar

Sliders

12
(2½-inch) slider buns or soft dinner rolls, halved horizontally
6 slices
deli American cheese
1½ pounds
85 percent lean ground beef
1½ teaspoons
kosher salt
1 teaspoon
pepper
1 teaspoon plus 1 teaspoon
vegetable oil, measured separately
¼ cup plus ¼ cup
finely chopped onion, measured separately
2 tablespoons plus 2 tablespoons
water, measured separately
1
 
¼ cup
mayonnaise
2 tablespoons
ketchup
1 teaspoon
sweet pickle relish
1 teaspoon
sugar
1 teaspoon
distilled white vinegar

For the burger sauce: In medium bowl, whisk together all burger sauce ingredients.

 
2
 
12
(2½-inch) slider buns or soft dinner rolls, halved horizontally

For the sliders: Separate bun bottoms from bun tops. Place bun bottoms on serving platter. Use 1-teaspoon measuring spoon to spread 1 heaping teaspoon burger sauce onto each bun bottom. Set aside bun bottoms.

 
3
 
6 slices
deli American cheese

Stack slices of cheese on cutting board. Use chef’s knife to cut into quarters (you will have 24 pieces). Separate cheese into 12 stacks with 2 pieces in each stack. Set aside with bun tops.

 
4
 

Use scissors to cut open seams along sides of quart-size zipper-lock plastic bag, but leave bottom seam intact.

 
5
 
1½ pounds
85 percent lean ground beef

Divide beef into 12 equal portions (2 ounces each) and place on rimmed baking sheet. Use your hands to roll each portion into ball. Wash your hands.

 
6
 
1½ teaspoons
kosher salt
1 teaspoon
pepper

Place 1 ball in zipper‑lock bag and fold top of bag over ball. Use clear pie plate on top of plastic to press ball into even 4-inch circle, about ¼ inch thick. Remove patty from zipper-lock bag and return it to baking sheet. Repeat with remaining balls. Sprinkle patties evenly with salt and pepper. Wash your hands.

 
7
 
1 teaspoon
vegetable oil

Heat 1 teaspoon oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until just beginning to smoke, about 3 minutes. (You should start to see wisps of smoke coming up from oil; you may need to get eye level with skillet to see this. Turn on your stove’s vent hood, if you have one.)

 
8
 
¼ cup
finely chopped onion

Use spatula to transfer 6 patties to skillet. Sprinkle patties evenly with ¼ cup chopped onion. Use back of spatula to press onion firmly into patties. Cook patties, without moving them, for 2 minutes.

 
9
 

Reduce heat to medium. Use clean spatula to carefully flip patties. Top each patty with 2 slices of cheese and 1 bun top.

 
10
 
2 tablespoons
water

Carefully pour 2 tablespoons water into empty spot in skillet (do not wet buns) and cover skillet with lid. Cook, covered, until burgers are cooked through and cheese is melted, about 2 minutes. Turn off heat.

 
11
 

Use oven mitts to remove lid. Transfer burgers to bun bottoms. Cover burgers with large piece of aluminum foil to keep warm.

 
12
 
1 teaspoon
vegetable oil
¼ cup
finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons
water

Use spatula to carefully scrape browned bits out of skillet and discard (skillet will be hot!). Repeat steps 7 through 11 to cook second batch of sliders with remaining 1 teaspoon oil, 6 patties, ¼ cup onion, American cheese, bun tops, and 2 tablespoons water. Serve immediately.