Sliders are the new fad of the fast food business, but you don't have to have mini burgers from the grease haven, you can create your own miniature hamburgers at home, with a less toxic flavor. Sliders, simply put, are a little bit of heaven in a bun. Will Gilson from Garden at the Cellar demonstrates his technique for turning out the perfect Slider with 3 simple rules: don't over-work the mix; get the grill nice and hot; and whatever you do, don't press them with a spatula. Treat them right and they'll return the favor.
Makes about 20-25 sliders, 3-4 oz each, 2½" in diameter
* 5 lbs ground beef
* 1 large shallot, finely chopped
* ¼ bunch fresh marjoram leaves (about ¼ cup), diced fine (can substitute oregano)
* 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
* 1 tbsp salt
* pepper to taste
* 1 tbsp honey
* olive oil or vegetable oil
* small hamburger or dinner rolls
* 1 cup mayonnaise
* 1 clove garlic
* 1 tbsp chopped rosemary
* 1 tsp whole grain mustard
1. Add ground beef, shallots, marjoram, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to a bowl and mix gently, pushing the ingredients into the beef. This keeps the meat tender
2. Add honey and gently push into the mix with your fingers
3. Make 3-4 oz patties, about 2½" or so in diameter
4. Wipe grill with olive oil or vegetable oil to prevent sticking and place patties on hot grill for about 3-5 minutes on the first side, flip over and cook another 1-2 minutes. Don't press down with the spatula!
5. Let rest for a few minutes, add toppings and enjoy!
Make Aioli Dressing
1. Combine 1 cup mayonnaise,1 clove garlic,1 tbsp chopped rosemary,1 tsp whole grain mustard
* Use rolls slightly smaller than burger size
* Spread Aioili Dressing on rolls
* Add other toppings as desired
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