Posted by on Jul 5, 2012 in Recipe | 3 comments

Ahh, summer. What does that word mean to you? Is it simply the hot season, or is it the time of year for sunblock and mosquito repellent? For me, it’s all of the above plus a nice cool glass to fend off the heat  before sitting back to watch my little garden grow. You don’t fully appreciate the difference between fresh produce at the grocery and truly fresh stuff straight from your backyard until you’ve tasted it for yourself. Just chopping up our herbs is a treat now, the smell alone is phenomenal.

Besides the benefit of having fresh herbs at my disposal, I’ve found that there’s the occasional little surprise that might stumble along. Just look at this adorable baby painter turtle that crawled in for a visit! The little cutie was just strolling along when my dad nearly stepped on him. No worries, its happily back in our pond and leisurely swimming and feasting as it goes.

Besides baking in the sun and running screaming from the creepy crawlies, nothing quite says summer like bar-b-que. Summer. BBQ. Summer. BBQ…the two words practically go hand in hand with each other but no bbq is complete without a deliciously juicy burger. 

While a big and yummy burger is always satisfying, there’s always the cuter and smaller alternative as well. If you’re simply entertaining for a lot of guests, or want to eat smaller portions, then sliders are the way to go. They’re much more finger-food-friendly and they actually fit perfectly on the hamburger buns sold in stores. Or am I the only person who’s bought hamburger buns only to find that the patties were too big?

These surprise sliders are easy to make and quick to cook, plus they have a ooey gooey cheesy surprise waiting in the middle!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb fatty ground pork
  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1/2 bulb garlic
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1/8 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp basil
  • 1/8 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp parsley
  • 1/8 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • salt & pepper
  • your favorite cheese (optional)

Fatty pork? Fatty pork?! AJ, are you crazy? I don’t want fattening, greasy burgers! 

Don’t worry! Without any fat in your burgers, you’ll end up with a dry burger and dry burgers are far from tasty. The secret to juicy burgers is…well, fat! With just the right amount of fatty meat, you’ll have deliciously juicy burgers that’ll have people coming back for seconds. 

Making burgers is a no-brainer. Simply mix everything together and you’re done!…Okay, halfway done. 

Now for the most time consuming step in the process — shaping the patties. Since we wanted equal portions for everyone, as well as making it easier to stuff cheese in the middle, we used little saucers to help us out. Simply press the meat into the saucer (or whatever you decide to use), place your cheese of choice in the center, and then press more meat on top. 

For the cheese that we used, we chose Spanish frying cheese (Queso Para Freir). There was no particular reason why, besides the fact that we were curious as to how it tasted and wanted to experiment. What better time to experiment than during a big bbq while using your guests as guinea pigs?…Ahem, you didn’t read any of that…

Anyhow, the queso para freir tasted like a saltier mozzarella. The texture was firmer as well, which is probably how it can be fried without turning into a gooey mess. While it is most definitely delicious fried (Simply slice or dice and then toss into some hot oil, fish it out once it’s turned a golden brown — yum!), I wouldn’t recommend it for your sliders. Since the queso para freir is so firm, it didn’t melt when the sliders were grilled as we had hoped. If you want to stuff your sliders, choose a cheese that melts easily.

Now, just shape the patties in your hands. The quickest way would be to roll it into a ball and then patting it down. Of course, make sure to press it together firmly though! You wouldn’t want your sliders falling apart on the grill later on.

Once you’ve finished with your little patties of meaty perfection, just toss them on the grill and enjoy!

See what I mean about them fitting perfectly on store bought hamburger buns now?

Completely off topic but, does anyone else think these mugs are utterly adorable?

~ AJ ~

Photographs taken and provided by AnnMarie Hwang

3 Comments

  1. Jul-8-2012

    cute mugs <3 and I'm still sad I only got to have one tiny slider last time cause of all the guests…and other yummy food :D— droool

    • Jul-8-2012

      We made another batch (with gouda cheese this time) just for ourselves. It’s in the freezer and we just defrost it when we want to eat some. SO yummy! =D!!!

  2. Aug-19-2012

    This is a nice recipe for a twist in sliders. I’ll be happy to try these!

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