Sliders, Sauces, and Substitions—Oh My!

Spice Up Your Burger Craving With These Unique Twists On An American Classic.

Burgers have become one of the biggest trends in upscale dining over the last five years. The all-American meal has found itself dressed up and made over by some of the top chefs in the industry. With all of the fuss around this classic meal comes a steep menu menu price. Part of the reason is that that sourcing quality meat is not cheap. And there are a lot of exotic protein being pattied—ostrich, alligator, elk, and buffalo, to name a few. And the topping, oh the toppings. The labor alone for the array of gourmet condiments can easily drive up the cost of a superior burger experience.

Treating yourself to a restaurant burger every now and then is totally worth it. But, fortunately for those of us who like to indulge in patty perfection a bit more regularly, it’s really not hard to recreate the fancy burger experience at home— and at a fraction of the restaurant price. Instead of trying to track down exotic ground meats, use ground chicken and some unique toppings to create an unforgettable burger, like a Thai-style chicken burger, with chilis, sauteed peppers and onions, and basil.

If you want to keep the meat traditional and use ground beef to make some sliders—which are just mini burgers known for their bold, flavorful toppings. They’ve become so popular that there are bakeries that are selling slider buns, but really they can be served on any roll. Hawaiian rolls with Teriyaki glazed burgers, grilled pineapple and habanero slaw. Why not? How about a classic beef patty on a potato roll with caramelized onion and horseradish cream? Sounds pretty easy and super delicious.

Add taco seasoning to the ground beef and serve them on mini toasted corn tortillas with salsa and avocado. If you’ve got little sense of adventure left after a long day, just keep it super traditional with ketchup, mustard, pickle and onion. Don’t fear the flavor, though. Invite your friends over for a slider party. Tell them to bring their absolute favorite burger topping. Hopefully, you won’t end up with twelve bottles of ketchup. A proper slider condiment bar will run the gamut of possibilities. Nothing is off limits.  Don’t hold back. Make it fun and delicious.

 

Pad Kra Pow Chicken burger

1 pound ground chicken

2 T soy sauce

1 T fish sauce

1 T oyster sauce, or sorghum syrup

1 T sambal oelek or sriracha sauce

2 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 red bell pepper, julienned

1 medium white onion, julienned

1 ounce basil, thinly sliced

4 bird’s eye chilis, minced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 T Coconut or Canola oil

4 hamburger buns, preferably onion rolls

6 eggs

  1. In a mixing bowl large enough, mix the chicken, soy sauce, fish sauce, oyster or sorghum, sambal or sriracha, salt, and two eggs until fully incorporated.
  2. Divide mixture into four patties.
  3. Heat a skillet on medium heat and cook the patties for about three and a half minutes on each side, or until an internal temperature of 165 degrees is met.
  4. Saute the pepper and onion until translucent and set aside.
  5. Combine the basil, garlic, chilis and oil and top the burgers with the mixture.
  6. Fry the remaining four eggs over easy and place on top of each burger for an elegant egg finish.

 

Slider Party Bar

2 2-oz patties for each guest—i.e., 12 guests equals 48 ounces of beef, or 24 2-ounce patties, or 3 pounds of beef…

Enough various rolls to take care of the crowd. A dozen Hawaiian rolls and a dozen potato rolls is good place to start.

For toppings, consider a quarter ounce for each slider. If we are making 48 sliders, we need 12 ounces of each condiment.

 

Teriyaki Glazed Sliders with Grilled pineapple and Habanero Slaw…

12 2 oz patties

12 oz teriyaki glaze

12 Hawaiian rolls

1/4 head of cabbage, sliced thin

2 habanero, sliced thin

1/2 white onion, sliced thin

1/4 cup of mayonnaise

1/4 cup of cider vinegar

3 cored slices of pineapple, grilled and quartered

Cook the burger patties, and add teriyaki glaze towards the finish. Make the slaw in advance by combining the cabbage, habanero. onion, mayonnaise and vinegar. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Combine the glazed burgers, with the slaw and pineapple on the sweet Hawaiian roll and enjoy.

or you could make

Classic Caramelized Onion with Horseradish Cream on a Potato Roll

Griddle 12 2 ounce patties in a cast iron skillet, then caramelize a whole yellow onion in the beef fat left behind. Mix 4 ounces of mayonnaise, 2 ounces of sour cream, 1 ounce of Worcestershire sauce and one and a half ounce of prepared horseradish. Combine the beef patty, onions, and horseradish cream onto the prepared potato bun and enjoy.