It’s been a while since I shared a burger or slider recipe, and I decided it’s time to fix that. Sliders are always a hit in my house – mostly because my daughter and I can’t eat a whole burger each so these are perfect for us, and the boys all want 2 or 3 burgers. These Baked Bacon Cheddar Sliders are super quick to make and so full of all the flavors you want from a bacon cheeseburger. They are also so cute – perfect for a potluck or backyard party.
I always like to get thick-cut bacon for my burgers (well for everything really), because it makes the bacon a full participant as apposed to just an side note. For the cheddar, I like to go with a sharp cheddar variety. These sliders are about big bold flavors packed into a small slider – so don’t skimp on anything. I use regular mayo, but you could do miracle whip if you prefer it. And for ketchup, I like a good old Heinz for my burgers, but use whatever you have on hand.
If you cannot find actual slider buns, you can always use a pack of the dinner rolls or Hawaiian rolls in place of the slider buns. If you go with the rolls, I do suggest you split them and toast for a few minutes in the oven. They tend to be a bit softer so they can get soggy too quickly. I go back and forth between using dill pickles and bread & butter pickles for these sliders. Both are tasty, so up to you!
Since this is such a classic flavor profile, I just served it up with some tater tots. You could do any kind of French fry really. They would also be super good with some onion rings! My son also suggested making some hot dogs to go on the side – which is a great idea when you can’t decide which you prefer.
Now Let’s Get Cookin’!
Baked Bacon Cheddar Sliders
- 12 Long Toothpicks
- 1 lb Ground Beef
- 1 lb Ground Pork
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
- 1 cup French Fried Onions crushed
- 6 slices Cheddar Cheese
- 12 slices Bacon cut in half
- ½ cup Mayo
- ½ cup Ketchup
- 24 Dill Pickle Chips
- 12 Slider Buns
- Preheat oven to 425degF.
- In a bowl, combine beef, pork, salt, red pepper flakes, garlic powder and crushed onions. Transfer to a parchment paper covered baking sheet. Press out into a flat even layer about a half inch thick. Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes. Add cheese in a single layer over the top and bake another 5 minutes.
- Frying bacon in a frying pan over medium high heat. Once crispy, remove to paper towel covered plate.
- When meat mixture is done, remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Then use a pizza wheel to cut into 12 equal squares.
- Separate buns. Drizzle mayo and ketchup on bottom bun and then place top bun back on and twist, then separate again. Next add patty and 2 pieces of bacon. Add top bun, then two pickle chips and secure with long toothpick.
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