Foodie Friday: Epic Sliders

foodiefridaylogo2Welcome back to Foodie Friday!  Today we go with Epic Sliders.

What makes these sliders Epic?  That’s easy – Bacon and Onion Straws!  Let’s get started.  This will take a little work to get through but when you are done you will have a great dish to serve at an outdoor dinner party or small get together.  Of course you can always make these burgers full-sized and they will be just as good.  Bring On The Food!!

Let’s work on the onion straws first.

What you will need:slider12

  • 1 whole Large Onion (White or Vidalia are my onions of choice for this)
  • 2 cups Buttermilk
  • 2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon  Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 quart  Canola Oil (or however you typically deep fry something in your kitchen my deep fryer uses 2 quarts)
  •  1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper

slider11Step 1: Slice the onion really thin.  Use a very sharp knife.  You should be able to see the knife through the onion, if you can’t you are cutting them too thick.

Step 2: Put the onion slices in a glass container (bowl or pan) and cover with buttermilk.  Use a spoon to push them down if needed.  Put the onions in the fridge and leave them to soak for at least 60 minutes.

Step 3: Prep your dry ingredients and set aside.

Step 4: When you are ready to fry the onions make sure your oil is nice and hot.  If your oil is not hot enough you will end up with a clump of soggy dough… yuck.  375 degrees is perfect.

Step 5: Put a handful of onions into the dry mixture and coat, next knock off any extra by tapping them on the side of the bowl or each other.  Put them into the hot oil.

Step 6 Fry onions for a few minutes, they are thin it will not take very long.

Step 7: Continue until all of the onions are cooked, place on a paper towel.


Now For The Sliders:slider9

What you will need:

Pkg of Bacon – Fry the bacon and set to the side, maybe make 2 packages because well it’s bacon.

2 lbs of ground beef. I prefer the 80/20 mixture for a good flavor.  If you go much leaner you run the risk of having dry burgers.

1 bottle of BBQ sauce. I prefer to make my own but in this case we are going with a commercial brand.  I could write 5 pages on this subject but just pick the one you like.

slider516 slider buns– you can typically find these in the bakery section of your grocery store.  An alternative is dinner rolls.

1 pkg of your favorite shredded cheese – you can go slices as well, whatever you prefer.

Step 1: Fry up the bacon and put to the side

Step 2: Patty up about 16 sliders.  The sliders should be about 2-3 oz a piece.  When putting them together press your thumb into the middle so they do not ball up when cooking, we are making slideburgers, not meatballs.

Step 3: Grill the sliders on a nice hot grill.  They do not take too long to cook so do not walk away.

Step 4: Top with cheese and let it melt or just wait to top them when you are building the slider.

Step 5: Build the slider by stacking the burger onto the bun and then stacking a couple of onion straws onto the burger and then some bacon and then add a little BBQ sauce followed by the top part of the bun.

Step 6: Marvel at the wonder that is your burger…. NOW EAT IT!

 

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