Bacon & Goat Cheese Sliders
Sometimes you might want a regular burger that’s regular sized with regular toppings, but sometimes you might crave something a little different. A burger that delivers on the same feel-good feelings that a regular burger choice stirs up, but without all the “regularness”. Sometimes you just want something a little different.
And so these bacon & goat cheese sliders might just be the answer to your “different” burger craving. First, they’re miniaturized and what normally would be four regular burgers transform into eight little sliders. Sliders, when lined up on a plate or platter, are the perfect bite for game-day, or game-night, or just a run-of-the-mill weekday night. They’re topped with crispy bacon, a dollop of creamy goat cheese, a little pile of arugula, and just a smear of a simple garlic herb mayo. Just enough toppings to make them delicious without the risk of them falling apart in the first bite.
Some Ingredients You’ll Need
- It starts with bacon, which you want to cook until it’s crispy. Leave the bacon fat in the pan so you can cook the burgers in it.
- Ground beef and preferably beef with a higher fat content (80% lean is a good choice) so you don’t end up with a dry burger. My favorite way to cook burgers is on the stove top in a heavy cast iron skillet, but a regular non-stick pan will work, too.
- Look for a creamy goat cheese at the store and top each slider with a generous dollop.
- Baby arugula adds a fresh bite.
- Each slider roll gets a little smear of an herb mayonnaise. I used dried herbes de Provence, a mix of herbs that includes lavender, but any dried herb that you like will work. So use what you have on hand like dried Italian seasoning.
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All-beef sliders topped with goat cheese, bacon, and a herbed mayo. Make the herb mayo first and keep it in the fridge to give the flavors a chance to mingle. After the bacon and burgers are cooked it’s just a simple assembly operation and the sliders are ready to serve.
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon herbes de Provence
- Pinch of salt
- 4 slices bacon
- 16 ounces ground beef
- 1/4 cup creamy goat cheese
- 2 cups baby arugula
- 8 slider buns
- Combine the mayonnaise, garlic powder, herbes de Provence, and salt in a small bowl. Place the bowl in the refrigerator until you are ready to assemble the sliders.
- Make the slider patties by first portioning two ounces of beef for each patty. Make the patties a little bigger than the bun because they will shrink when the cook. Also, I like to make a small dent in the middle of each patty as they have a tendency to puff up with they cook and this will help them stay flat. Season each patty with salt and pepper on both sides (a couple pinches of each per patty).
- Heat a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Cook the bacon until it’s crispy and has rendered its fat. Transfer the bacon to a plate lined with a paper towel reserving the fat in the pan.
- Place the slider patties in the hot pan with the bacon fat. You may need to cook the patties in two batches. Cook the sliders for four minutes or so on the first side. Flip the burger over and cook it another few minutes on the other side. Because they’re small they will cook fairly quickly.
- Place each patty on one half of the slider roll. Top each burger with one tablespoon of goat cheese. Slice each piece of cooked bacon in half and top the goat cheese with a piece of bacon. Add some arugula and smear a 1/2 tablespoon of the herb mayo on the top bun. Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition estimates do not include the slider buns as the info will vary depending on the brand you use.
- Serving Size: 2 burgers
- Calories: 575
- Sugar: 0.6g
- Sodium: 1061.8mg
- Fat: 50.1g
- Carbohydrates: 0.9g
- Fiber: 0.2g
- Protein: 28.6g
Keywords: sliders, hamburgers
Republished from the archives. First published in May 2009.