Today we are doing an appetizer that will also make a meal.
Today we will be making Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders with a little smoke and a little kick of heat. You ever order this at a restaurant and you think its an appetizer? Folks this is a full meal deal.
More than just hamburger meat.
To get this started we’ve got to blend some flavors together. We’re going to start off with some caramelized onions, and some spicy brown mustard. So for this I’ve diced up a large white onion. I also have two table spoons of butter in this Griswold Skillet here so let’s get them onions in there. We want to let them cook up and brown a little before we ever think of adding that spicy brown mustard. Once we have them a little brown and translucent we will add this brown mustard and it is going to make things better. Now you have to stir these pretty rapidly when you put this mustard in there because mustard when it burns don’t be giving a good taste.
Bring on the Beef!
Look what we’ve got here folks – 2 lbs of 80/20 Certified Angus Beef hamburger meat. Whoo, I’m talking about the goodness. We need to season this up a bit. First stir in about 2 tablespoons of course black pepper. What comes next? Some Red River Ranch Mesquite Seasoning. If ya ain’t got any, you know where to find it. www.kentrollins.com.
It’s all about the Slider Special Sauce
It don’t get no better than this folks. We’ve got a special blend of adobo peppers, Worcestershire, A-1, plus a few extra ingredients. the adobo peppers really give this sauce a kick and a special smoky flavor. It’s one of my favorite ingredients to use.
But now it’s time to roll our sleeves up ’cause we need to get all this incorporated into the mix. Mix that sauce in with the hamburger meat, I find the best way is to just get your hands in it!
One Big Patty
For this we are going to spread the meat out evenly on the bottom of your cooking dish (12-inch cast iron skillet or Dutch oven work great) so it looks like a giant hamburger patty. Remember those caramelized onions? We’re going to spread them over the top of that patty. Then go ahead and press the top down slightly so those onions stick to the meat a bit and they don’t turn loose during this cooking process.
Open Fire Or In The Oven
So, if you are doing this in the oven you will want to give this about 20 min to cook up at 375 degrees. For me cooking on this fire (check out our video below to see how to do this in a Dutch oven with coals), I’m going to check it at about 10-12 minutes.
When that patty stays together and firms up, you’ll know it’s about done. Go ahead and spoon this grease out and let her cool on down and rest for about 5-10 min so that thing will come out of there a little easier.
For these sliders we are going to use a Hawaiian bread. Go ahead and slice those rolls in half and take the bottom rolls and place them in your Dutch oven or skillet.
I like to be sure to leave a little of that meat grease in the bottom for a little flavor when they cook.
It’s time to put this all together! After you get the bottom rolls in the dish you’re going to put down a layer of sliced cheddar cheese. Then go ahead and top with that big ol’ hamburger patty.
Next layer up: sliced pickles, crumbled bacon, sliced jalapenos and sliced Swiss cheese.
Top These Little Fellers
Go ahead and place those rolls on top and brush with a little melted butter. Hey we ain’t cutting any corners, we going all out…that’s right sesame seeds! Generously sprinkle on there… and if you happen to have a four-legged taste tester supervising, that’s even better.
Now if you’re doing this in the house you can go ahead and put them right back in the oven for about 10 min to melt the cheese and brown the tops a little.
WHOOOO WEEE, that is some fine dining and it will make you do the slider dance. We think the hula would be appropriate here! Folks the flavors you get are like a classic cheeseburger, but that sauce we mixed in the hamburger meat sure gives this a unique flavor. Feel free to layer on any of your favorite toppings on these fellers, but any way you do it- it’s going to be good!
Thank y’all for dropping by camp and remember,
“Don’t judge people, just feed em.”
Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders - Cowboy Kent Rollins
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons A1 sauce
- 2 teaspoons dried minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 2 tablespoons adobo sauce from can
- ½ stick plus 2 tablespoons butter divided
- 1 large white onion chopped
- 3 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
- 2 lbs. ground beef
- 2 tablespoons Red River Ranch Mesquite seasoning or blend of your choice
- 1 tablespoon coarse ground back pepper
- 12-16 King's Hawiian rolls sliced in half
- 6 deli slices cheddar cheese
- Dill pickle chips for topping
- 2 jalapenos thinly sliced into rounds
- 6 slices thick cut bacon cooked and chopped
- 6 deli slices Wwiss cheese
- Sesame seeds for sprinkling
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly butter a 12-inch Dutch oven or 9x13-inch casserole dish.
- In a small mixing bowl combine the Worcestershire sauce, A1 sauce, minced garlic, ketchup, liquid smoke and adobo sauce.
- Heat a medium cast iron skillet over medium-low heat. Add 2 tablespoons of butter and the onions. Cook for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, stirring frequently.
- Stir in the mustard. Set aside.
- In a large bowl add the ground beef, Mesquite seasoning and black pepper. You can also replace the Mesquite and pepper with a seasoning blend of your choice. Stir the Worcestershire mix into the ground beef until combined.
- Press the meat into the bottom of the Dutch oven or casserole dish. Evenly top with the browned onions.
- Bake for 25 minutes. Remove the dish from the oven and let cool for about 5 minutes. Carefully, remove the burger from the dish onto a cutting board. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the meat grease in the pan.
- Place the bottom of the rolls in the dish, with the reserved grease (depending on size, it may take more than 12 rolls). Top with a layer of cheddar cheese. Top with the ground beef loaf, followed by pickles, jalapenos, chopped bacon, and Swiss cheese. Finish with the top roll and press down slightly.
- Melt the remaining ½ stick of butter and brush over the tops of the rolls. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds. Place back in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Serve warm.