For years I have avoided making hamburgers at home. Growing up, my mother always made yummy cheeseburgers using Lipton Onion Soup in her meat mixture, but she cooked them on the stovetop, and I remember what a mess all the grease made. A mess that frankly seemed like more work than it was worth. Of course hamburgers can be made on the grill, and occasionally, my husband the grill master in our family, will take them on. But for the most part we leave burger-eating to our nights out. That was until I discovered the hamburger-in-the-oven trick. Cooking burgers in the oven has forever changed dinners at our house.
Recently I needed to make a meal for our family on a particularly busy night, a night when I didn’t have a lot of time to stand over the stove, a night when I didn’t need a huge mess to clean up, and a night when I needed to use what we had on hand. Luckily I had a package of locally-raised ground beef already thawed in the refrigerator, along with some great homespun cheese, homegrown tomatoes and curry rolls from the farmers market. Realizing that I could make my meat patties in the oven, I decided to throw together some easy-to-make, easy-to-eat sliders. This impromptu meal was a huge hit—even with my most finicky eater. And the leftover sliders made for a great brown-bag lunch for my husband the next day.
Garlic Curry Beef Sliders – Oven Style
Preparation time: 45 minutes or less
Serves 4 to 8
- 1 ½ pounds of grass-fed, hormone free ground beef
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 tablespoons quick-cooking grits or ¼ cup of breadcrumbs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 package curry dinner rolls
- ¼ cup of garlic fromage cheese (or an herb cream cheese)
- 1 cup arugula lettuce
- 1 tomato
- Heat oven to 400°.
- Mix beef, eggs, grits (or breadcrumbs,) minced garlic, salt and pepper well.
- Place mixture in a well-greased 9 x 12 oven or casserole pan.
- Flatten mixture out and poke holes in the meat.
- Cook for 30 minutes or until meat is cooked. (NOTE: There will be some shrinkage)
- While your meat is cooking, warm roles in warming drawer or in oven for 10 minutes.
- Remove meat from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
- Wash, dry and chop your lettuce and tomato.
- Once your meat mixture is cooked and cooled, cut into slider-size squares.
- Cut warm dinner rolls in half, and spread fromage cheese on dinner rolls.
- Add meat to the bottom roll and top with lettuce, tomato and top bun.
- Serve with a side of sautéed vegetables and yellow rice.