Nowadays you can find dill pickle everywhere – chips, ice cream, beer, pork rinds – literally everything! And I am totally here for it. I love pickles, in general, and dill pickles are at the top of that list. Dill pickles that delicious tang of vinegar with the divine flavor of dill and salt. If you love pickles like we do – you are going to love these Dill Pickle Sliders!
Whenever I plan to bake my patties I like to go half and half on the meat mixture – half ground pork and half ground beef. The extra fat from the ground pork helps the patties not to dry out while in the oven. If you prefer to use all beef for them, you can add in one or two tablespoons of oil or softened butter. You will get a slightly different flavor but the same effect.
If at all possible use dill pickle relish and pickle chips from the same brand – so that your flavors are consistent throughout the burger. If you cannot find both in the same brand you can make your own relish pretty simply. The easiest, quickest route is to chop up half a cup of the dill pickle chips, a tablespoon of chopped pickled pimentos, a teaspoon of dried minced onion and one or two teaspoons of pickle juice. Put this all together at the start of preparations and let sit as long as possible before mixing into the mayo. This will allow the onions to rehydrate enough, as well as the ingredients to mingle enough.
I like to do sliders every once in a while to change things up. It’s basically just another reason to have burgers but also great for those hungry teens that could probably use a little extra food so they eat three sliders (much like a burger and a half). As I mentioned in the recipe, you can secure these with a long toothpick or wrap them up in food paper. I cut my papers in half since these are smaller.
Now Let’s Get Cookin’!
Dill Pickle Sliders
- 18 Slider Buns
- 18 Dill Pickle Chips
- ½ Medium White Onion thin sliced
- 1 cup Iceberg Lettuce shredded
- 1 cup Mayonnaise
- ½ cup Dill Pickle Relish
- 5 slices Cheddar Cheese quartered
For the Patties
- 1 lb Ground Beef
- 1 lb Ground Pork
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Pepper
- 1 tsp Paprika
- 1 tsp Dill
- Preheat oven to 375degF.
- Combine the patty ingredients and portion into 18 balls. Press them down slightly between your palms to be slightly bigger in diameter than your buns. Place a cooking rack on a parchment paper covered baking sheet. Line out patties and place in oven. Bake for 15 minutes.
- In a small bowl, combine mayo and relish.
- Remove patties from oven and top each with a quarter slice of cheese. Return to oven for 5 minutes more. Remove from oven.
- Build the slider – Smear bottom bun with relish mayo. Add shredded lettuce and onion slices, then add patty. Next a pickle chip and the top bun. Secure with long toothpick or wrap in food paper.
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