Recipe: Stovetop Sliders

Whoever said you need a barbeque to make a good burger is a liar. A great burger, maybe. But a good burger snack is just a few minutes away…

Check this out – so easy and it even tastes like it just came off the barbie. :]

A friend of mine came over to hang out with Brittles and myself on Monday night so we could all watch the new episodes of How I Met Your Mother. So amazing! It’s so depressing to see this show coming to a close, just like Breaking Bad, another one of the classics the three of us watch together. Something about having a tv show end sends you into a state of horrible depression knowing that now you have nothing left to live for.

Just kidding…

But really, it is going to be a sad moment for us all. The last episode of breaking bad is this Sunday :[ If anyone knows where the nearest BB addicts anonymous meetings will be held, please notify us. Gahh so depressing.

Anyways, before the two brand new episodes of HIMYM started, I decided to throw something together that would be appropriate. Bar food!

I thought sliders, and this is what I came up with being that I only had twenty minutes before it started.

Obviously a burger on the bbq is the best situation, but sometimes there’s just not enough time to get it all set up and ready to go. I believe that the key to making a good burger (or a mini one :P) is knowing the correct amount of time to cook it for. If you cook it too long or flip it too many times, it will come out sad and dry.

The great thing about cooking these on the stove is that you have the ability to seal in the juices with this cool trick above and to the right. By using a lid, you can cook each patty for a couple minutes, flip them, then cook for a few more. You never want to flip a patty more than once, so finding that perfect amount of time in between setting the meat on the grill and the flip might take a few tries. I know you’ll get it though, it’s easy, remember?!

Oh, and if I were you, I would definitely pair this with a beer. I mean, sliders are generally a bar food, so it only makes sense to have it this way. I think Ted, Marshall, Lily, Robin and Barney would completely agree. :]

Stovetop Sliders
takes 25-30 minutes total, feeds about 4 people

1 to 1-1/2 pounds of ground beef
2 tablespoons of barbeque sauce
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/2 cup of chopped onions

In a medium sized bowl, mix all ingredients together. (It may be easier by hand than with a spoon!) Form patties that are roughly 3 inches in diameter and flatten them so they are about 1/2 inch thick. Heat up a square griddle on the stove top at medium heat and make sure you have a lid set aside. Place several patties in the center of the griddle and set the lid over them. After two or three minutes, remove the lid and flip the patties. Cover them for two more minutes. If you want cheese, you can add that now as well. Once the patties are ready, just form a slider and enjoy!

I used simple dinner rolls as the buns, but even using hot dog buns and cutting them into thirds will work! You can also use hawaiian rolls for a more flavorful option.

These sliders have ketchup and mustard, tomatoes, lettuce, and pepperjack cheese, my absolute favorite!! 😀

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