Wednesday, January 26, 2011

BBQ and Onion Straw Sliders



After posting my potato skins and seeing how popular they were with everyone, I decided I had to change my game plan for the week and dedicate my remaining posts to amazing Superbowl snack options! Apparently a little creativity can go a long way- so I wanted to test what ideas I could come up with for a great Superbowl party!  

I got to thinking what traditional items you normally see at a Superbowl party.  Although I love them all, I think it's important to have a main dish item among the many dips, chips, and finger foods.  Something with a bit of substance, while remaining a crowd pleasing option that people will swoon over.  So I decided on sliders.  It's an item many people enjoy at sports bars and can be made in so many different ways that I decided I could get creative.

My husband and I have a favorite burger we look for on every menu when we go out- a BBQ burger with cheddar cheese, bacon, and cheese straws.  It's a man's burger, but I'm a sucker for flavor and this one is fully loaded. So I decided to tackle a homemade version of this "out of this world burger"- in miniature form as the best slider burger you'll ever have!

I've always been intimidated by frying- never considered a recipe that required it.  However, after having this sudden craving and feeling of sheer excitement, I decided to tackle it head on and I'm so happy I did because it's SO EASY!!  Please don't be afraid of this technique- of course you have to be careful when working with hot oil, but it's as easy as my pictures demonstrate.  These onion straws are restaurant quality- a perfect crisp exterior, wonderfully flavored, with a soft, sweet onion in the center.  They are a must try!

Recipe Tips
  • I couldn't find mini hamburger buns anywhere!  So I attempted to use large buns by cutting them into a smaller shape to fit the burger patties.  I'm not happy with the results because I know there are better options out there.  They worked well enough, but could have looked better. If anyone has suggestions, please leave a comment below!



To prepare your onion straws, begin with slicing a large onion into thin rings:


Scatter your onions in a rectangular pan and pour about 4 cups of buttermilk over the top:


Make sure your onions are covered and let them soak in the buttermilk for at least one hour:


Meanwhile, very finely chop 1/2 cup of onion:


Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a medium sized saute pan and add your onions and minced garlic.  Saute until translucent, about 5 minutes:


Then in a large mixing bowl, combine your ground beef, onion and garlic mixture, salt, pepper, and Worcester sauce. Using your hands, mix until well incorporated!


To form your patties, scoop about 1/4 cup of your beef mixture:


Shape it into a flat patty:


My husband, the grill master in our home, recommended making a 1 inch wide, 1/4 inch deep hole in the center of each patty, which prevents your patty from puffing up while cooking and ensures a nice flat surface.  Once your patties are prepared, cook either over the grill or under the broiler for about 5 minutes on each side. Cooking time will vary depending on how you like your burgers.  Just before your burgers are finished cooking, add one piece of cheddar cheese on top of each and cook until melted: 


While your patties are cooking, combine your flour, salt, and paprika in a mixing bowl.  Dredge your buttermilk soaked onions into the flour mixture until coated:


Then fill a large saute pan with vegetable oil, about 1 inch deep.  Place your pan over the stove top on high/medium heat.  Make sure your oil is heated through before you add your onions.  You can test this by dropping a clump of flour- if it begins to sizzle, your oil is ready for frying.  Carefully drop your onions, one at a time and allow them to cook.  Drop enough onions in the pan so they are scattered and not overcrowded:


Cook for a few minutes at a time until they are browned.  Carefully remove your onions and transfer them to a plate lined with paper towel.  Repeat these steps until all of your onions have been fried.:



Meanwhile, cook your bacon over your stove top in a large pan over medium heat for about 7 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer your bacon to a plate lined with paper towels to catch any excess fat:
 

Once your ingredients are ready, it's time to assemble your burgers! Start with spreading the BBQ sauce over your top and bottom bun, add your burger patty on top of the bottom bun, then bacon, onion straws, finish with your top bun and you're ready to dig in!:


 Look at those layers of flavors!





BBQ and Onion Straw Sliders
Makes: 20 sliders
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 30 minutes
(Printable Recipe)

Ingredients
Onion Straws
1 large onion
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
vegetable oil

Hamburger Patties
2 lbs ground beef, ground chuck 80/20 is best, but you can use whatever is on sale too!
1/2 cup finely minced onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon worcester sauce

3/4 cup Homemade BBQ Sauce
20 slices of Cheddar cheese
20 mini hamburger buns or small dinner rolls
20 slices of bacon, cooked


Directions
To prepare your onion straws, begin with slicing a large onion into very thin rings.  Scatter your onions in a rectangular pan and pour about 4 cups of buttermilk over the top. Make sure your onions are covered and let them soak in the buttermilk for at least one hour. Once your hour has passed, combine your flour, salt, and paprika in a mixing bowl and set aside.  Then fill a large saute pan with vegetable oil, about 1 inch deep and place your pan over the stove top on high/medium heat.  Make sure your oil is heated through by dropping a clump of flour- if it begins to sizzle, your oil is ready for frying.  Dredge your buttermilk soaked onions in the flour mixture until coated and carefully drop your onions, one at a time into the oil and allow them to cook.  Drop enough onions in the pan so they are scattered and not overcrowded. Cook for a few minutes until they are browned.  Carefully remove your onions and transfer them to a plate lined with paper towel. Repeat these steps until you've fried all of your onions.

To prepare your hamburger patties, very finely chop 1/2 cup of onion. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a medium sized saute pan and add your onions and minced garlic.  Saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Then in a large mixing bowl, combine your ground beef, onion and garlic mixture, salt, pepper, and Worcester sauce. Using your clean hands, mix until well incorporated. 

To form your patties, scoop about 1/4 cup of your beef mixture and shape it into a flat patty. My husband, the grill master in our house, recommended making a 1 inch wide, 1/4 inch deep hole in the center of each patty, which prevents your patty from puffing up while cooking and ensures a nice flat surface.  Once your patties are prepared, cook either over the grill or under the broiler for about 5 minutes on each side. Cooking time will vary depending on how you like your burgers.  Just before your burgers are finished cooking, add one piece of cheddar cheese on top of each and cook until melted. 

Meanwhile, cook your bacon over your stove top in a large pan over medium heat for about 7 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer your bacon to a plate lined with paper towels to catch any excess fat. Once your ingredients are ready, it's time to assemble your burgers. Start with spreading the BBQ sauce over your top and bottom bun, add your burger patty on top of the bottom bun, then bacon, onion straws, finish with your top bun and you're ready to dig in! 
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31 comments:

  1. You are unbelievable...these are absolutely scrumptious and sooo very calory concious..LOL

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  2. Oh man does that slider look good! I could probably eat like 10 of them right now :-)

    I am also afraid of frying anything, glad to hear I wasn't the only one and you make this look so easy I think I will have to try it!

    How much veggie oil do you think you used?

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  3. @Debbie It really was as easy as it looks! Don't be afraid- I wish I had tried it a long time ago now! :)

    If I had to guess I'd say about 2 cups. It depends on the pan you're using though. You want to put enough oil to cover the onions- so you can't put too much, but you can put too little. Hope that helps!

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  4. Okay, so I hate sport... can I still make and eat these??! x

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  5. Love these! My mom used to make them for burgers and then we would just end up eating the onion straws haha

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  6. Oh how I love sliders. I'm glad you conquered the fear of frying (lots of us have it) and but those onion straws together. Man, they look good! Perfect party noshin' food.

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  7. Holy crap. Between these and the stuffed potato skins, I'd say you're ready to start a bar food restaurant! Great job!

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  8. loved the onion rings- looks great!

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  9. I love sliders and these look great! I am with you on the frying. I tend to stay away from anything that requires that technique but those onions do look awfully tempting.

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  10. These look fabulous. perfect for game night ....or any other night:-)

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  11. This look so amazing! Yum! Great job.

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  12. I love this flavor combo! While I know that Wegmans sell slider buns, I think you can just use dinner rolls instead. They are the same size!

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  13. Great close-up on that slider... Makes me glad I'm a carnivore!

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  14. Wonderful idea! I completely forgot about the superbowl (yes, I know, I know), but fortunately your post reminded me I should start getting ready for it because I'm sure my hubby is def. not going to forget it and will want some appetizers! Sliders are obviously a great and tasty option, especially when combining his favorites -- onion rings and bacon :D

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  15. I would like to place an order....looks fabulous.

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  16. Another perfect game day recipe! You're rockin' 'em this week!

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  17. This look amazing! I've never fried anything at home, but my bf loves onion rings. I should try these soon!

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  18. I cannot wait to cook/bake with you in 1.5 weeks! I need to learn some of your tricks my little next Food Network star! Let's pitch a show idea for you! ;) I think we need to VLOG some of our adventures.

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  19. Is it wrong to drool over photos? I'm game!!

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  20. those look so yummtastic. maybe you could try some Hawaiian rolls as your buns next time.

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  21. I have never soaked my onions in buttermilk before - does this soften their flavour? I usually use a beer batter for my onion rings.
    Your burgers look outstanding. Not sure of another idea for the buns though.
    :-) Mandy

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  22. I am always for one juicy sandwich! Looks amazing!

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  23. WOW Chels! Those onion rings look amazing. Matt and I have been on the hunt for rings that were better than the Coffee Shop and we've yet to find them. From the looks of these pics these look like they would blow them out of the water. Can't wait to try this recipe!

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  24. Wow these sliders look amazing! My mouth is watering. These are perfect for the Super Bowl!

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  25. These look almost dangerously delicious! We're not into football at my house, but I will totally be making these soon anyway. Who doesn't love a great burger?!?!

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  26. It's just not right how good those look. ;) Fantastic job.

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  27. Please dont take this the wrong way, but at the moment, I love you. These pictures have me so longing for a good burger with onion Im not even sure I could explain it.

    Ok, Im done being the creepy kid now. Thank you.

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  28. I found the perfect slider buns...Martin's dinner rolls are the perfect size and texture!

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  29. Made these for super bowl...and they were a hit! Thanks for the great recipie!

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