Planning a patriotic-themed cookout and want a parade-worthy burger recipe to flip on your grill? Delight your family and friends with a platter piled high with these juicy 4th of July sliders, inspired by a recipe from Jenny Steffens!
The best sliders start with the best ground beef. Our preference is ground chuck with 15 to 20 percent fat; it’s cut from the shoulder and is renowned for its moistness and rich flavor. Avoid ground round, which can be tough, and steer clear of packages labeled “ground beef” — they’re typically any cut or combination of cuts that may or may not lead to quality burgers. Ground chuck is always your best bet for juicy burgers.
Sliders — those little mini-burgers — are a simple summer party food. Standard-sized burgers are great, but sliders give every cookout a more festive flair. Once you have the best ground beef, all you need to do is season it, shape it, and get it on the grill.
Place your ground beef in a bowl and add salt, pepper, mustard, steak sauce, and egg. The mustard and steak sauce give these sliders a double punch of extra flavor, while the egg helps your sliders keep their shapes without falling apart on the grill.
Shaping your sliders: No more bubble burgers!
Have you ever gotten a backyard burger that looked like a burger bubble while the bun rocked back and forth on it, spilling your condiments in your lap? Don’t turn your sliders into little bubble burgers! To make uniformly flat slider patties, simply shape your patties, then use your thumb to make a shallow divot on the top of each pattie.
Why the divot? As the beef cooks, the connective tissue shrinks, which makes the outside of the patties tighten up around the middle of the patties. This forces the surface of the patties to expand upward, creating a rounded shape … and the dreaded bubble burger. Pressing a round, shallow indentation allows the middle to expand the surface of the patty into a flat shape — and a perfectly-cooked platform for your condiments and bun.
Start with a hot, well-oiled grill. This will keep your patties from sticking. Place your slider patties on the grill and cook for three to four minutes. Flip and grill for another two to three minutes or until beef is cooked to the desired doneness. Don’t press your slider patties with a spatula! This squeezes out the precious juices and leaves you with a dry burger.
While the patties are sizzling hot, nestle them in slider buns and serve with your favorite condiments. Venture beyond the usual ketchup and mustard: Surprise your guests with quality add-ons like red onion and avocado slices, Thousand Island dressing, lettuce leaves, extra cheese and bacon. Yum!