Classic Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders

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Classic Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders
Photo: Johnny Miller; Styling: Sarah Smart
Though we usually shy away from processed foods, we do love American cheese here for that old-school burger joint flavor; you can certainly substitute cheddar, if you prefer. Rinsing the onion removes some of its harsh bite; use a fine sieve.
Serves 4 (serving size: 2 sliders)

Ingredients

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4 center-cut bacon slices, cut in half crosswise
1 pound 93% lean ground beef
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
Cooking spray
2 slices 2% reduced-fat American cheese, quartered
8 teaspoons ketchup
8 slider buns, split and toasted
4 teaspoons minced fresh onion, rinsed and drained
8 green leaf lettuce leaves

Preparation

Hands-on: 22 Minutes
Total: 22 Minutes

1. Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp; drain.

2. Place beef in a medium bowl. Drizzle with oil, and sprinkle with garlic powder, pepper, and salt; mix well to combine. Divide mixture into 8 equal portions, shaping each into a 3-inch patty.

3. Heat a grill pan or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties; cook 3 minutes or until seared. Turn patties over; top each with 1 piece of cheese. Cover and cook 2 additional minutes or until beef is done and cheese melts.

4. Spread 1 teaspoon ketchup on top half of each bun; top each with 1/2 teaspoon onion. Layer bottom half of bun with 1 lettuce leaf, 1 patty, 1 bacon piece, and top half of bun.

Created date

May 2014

Nutritional Information

Calories 406
Fat 15 g
Satfat 5.4 g
Monofat 4.4 g
Polyfat 3.4 g
Protein 32 g
Carbohydrate 38 g
Fiber 2 g
Cholesterol 66 mg
Iron 4 mg
Sodium 803 mg
Calcium 215 mg