Who doesn’t love hamburgers? Why settle for one when you can have multiple? Cant decide whether to go beef, pork chicken or lamb? why not one of each?
Sliders were first made in 1921 by a hamburger chain in the US called White Castle who went on to trademark the name Slyders. White Castle set out to change the public’s opinion of ground beef after some bad publicity by a book about the horrific practices of the meat packing industry.
So whats the difference between sliders and mini hamburgers? Sliders are traditionally cooked on a bed of moist finely chopped onions. The steam from the onions helps cook the patty through without the need to flip it. The bottom bun is also placed over the cooking patty to absorb the steam adding flavor and warming the bun. Traditional sliders were topped with just a single slice of pickle, mustard and/or tomato sauce. A mini hamburger is just that, a smaller version of a traditional grilled burger.
In April 2012 Kitchen Warehouse (a fantastic kitchenware shop in W.A) announced Pete Evens would be holding a cooking demonstration in one of their stores. Along with this announcement they mentioned a slider competition, all you had to do was create a slider take a picture and send it in. Three lucky winners had the chance to have a cook off before Pete’s demonstration and the winner got to assist Pete while he cooked. As it turned out I was one of the three and found myself standing in front of a lot of people trying to cook! Not sure how people manage that its a little scary. You can check out the Kitchen Warehouse album here. Coming up with a slider was the next thing to do, I pretty much just thought of throwing a few of my favourite things into a small burger bun and that’s what i did and this was the result.
Hawaiian Beef Sliders
What you’ll need
- 700g premium beef mince
- 1 1⁄2 cups crushed pineapple, drained
- 2 tbs soy sauce
- 2 tbs tomato sauce
- 1⁄2 tbs white vinegar
- 1 garlic glove, crushed
- 1/4 tsp chilli flakes
- bunch baby spinach leaves
- 4 bacon rashers
- 4 slices of cheese, thinly sliced 1 tomato, thinly sliced
- pickled jalapeno (only for those who like it hot!)
- 4 small buns
- Combine the beef, 1 cup of pineapple, soy sauce, tomato sauce, vinegar, garlic and chilli flakes together in a bowl, mix well.
- Form patties and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes
- Pre heat griddle pan to medium high heat. Cook the patties and bacon for 3-4 minutes on each side until cooked through.
- Remove patties and bacon and allow to rest. Return pan to heat and place buns cut side down and allow to cook for about 1-2 minutes until golden and crispy.
- Assemble burgers starting with the spinach, patties, cheese, bacon, tomato, pineapple and jalapeno.
- Serve and enjoy.
So that was the result, something a little tropical and very tasty! please have a go and let me know what you think. Or better yet let me know what sliders you make 🙂 If you’d like to try something different here is another slider idea.
Tzatziki Lamb Burger
What you need:
- 500g lamb mince
- 1 small onion finely diced
- 2 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp dried chili flakes (more to taste)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp parsley (fresh is best)
- 2 garlic cloves diced finely
- 1 egg
- salt and pepper to taste
- 6 buns of your choice
- 1 red capsicum
- a of bunch lettuce
- 1 tomato sliced
- 6 cheese slices
For the Tzatziki
- 1 cup greek yoghurt
- 1 cucumber grated (liquid squeezed out)
- 2 tbs lemon juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Combine the mince, onion, spices, parsley, garlic, egg, salt and pepper into a bowl and mix until combine.
- Form into 6 patties and chill for 30 minutes.
- For the tzatziki, combine the yoghurt, cucumber, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Mix well and refrigerate until serving.
- Heat a frying pan on medium high heat. Cook patties for about 4 minutes each side until cooked right through.
- Toast buns and assemble burgers.
- Serve and enjoy.
Thanks for reading!