best burger sliders ever!

this past week we had the privilege of having our friend Josh Chen over for a dinner/study party! i figured the least i could do was make the dudes some good food.

back in the fall when kevin and i were making burgers about every other week, i discovered an interesting technique for making AMAZINGLY juicy and delicious burgers. (big thanks to The Kitchn!) i didn’t have a chance to write a post about it then because i was busy, but here it is now! it’s ALL in how to make the patties.

slidersIngredients for umami patties:

  • 2 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 Tbs fish sauce
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 pinch of sugar
  • freshly ground pepper

1) While the grill is warming, prepare the burgers. Gently pat the ground beef into a log roughly 2 feet long (or two longs, each 1 ft long) on a clean baking sheet. Use your thumb to make a deep trough in the center. Sprinkle the onions evenly down the trough.

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2) Whisk together the garlic, fish sauce, soy sauce, garlic powder, and sugar, and sprinkle over the onions. Finish with a few grinds of fresh black pepper over everything.

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3) Pinch ground beef closed around the onions.

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4) Divide the meat into 18-20 portions for sliders (or 8-10 for regular burgers) using a chef knife, a bench scraper, or your fingers. Use your hands to gently shape each portion into a burger patty about 1-inch thick. Try not to compact or overwork the meat.

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now, onto the grilling! make sure the patties are at room temperature before grilling. for medium rare sliders, only cook for about 1 min on each side.

we made 3 kinds of burgers:

1) aloha burger: w/ swiss cheese, grilled pineapple, terriyaki sauce, sesame coleslaw

2) goat cheese lover’s burger: w/ garlic & chive goat cheese, caramelized onions, arugula

3) wasabi burger: w/ swiss cheese, wasabi mayo, tomatoes

we also made 2 kinds of french fries, sweet potato fries with powdered sugar (inspired by Gordon Ramsey’s Burgr) and garlic parmesan fries.

let’s just say that our tummies were verry happy

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