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Bacon and Cheddar Sliders

Photo: Nigel Cox; Styling: Molly Findlay
Hands-on time 20 mins
Total time 30 mins
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: 2 sliders)
Classic burger toppings are all here on these Bacon and Cheddar Sliders. Toasting buns on the grill gives these little burgers a delightful crunch.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 12 ounces ground sirloin
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 ounces 2% reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1/2 cup)
  • 8 whole-wheat slider buns
  • 3 tablespoons canola mayonnaise
  • 4 cornichon or other small dill pickles, each cut lengthwise into 4 slices
  • 4 small lettuce leaves, each torn in half
  • 1 small ripe tomato, cut into 8 slices
  • 3 slices cooked bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces

Nutrition Information

  • calories 400
  • fat 16.9 g
  • satfat 4.9 g
  • monofat 6.4 g
  • polyfat 4.2 g
  • protein 23.8 g
  • carbohydrate 39.8 g
  • fiber 5.9 g
  • cholesterol 48 mg
  • iron 3.8 mg
  • sodium 783 mg
  • calcium 290 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

  2. Gently combine first 3 ingredients and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl, being careful not to overmix. Divide beef mixture into 8 equal portions; gently shape each portion into a 1/4-inch-thick patty, taking care not to pack mixture down.

  3. Arrange patties on grill rack coated with cooking spray; cook 2 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Top each patty with about 1 tablespoon cheese during last minute of cooking. Lightly coat cut sides of buns with cooking spray. Place buns, cut sides down, on grill rack. Grill for 1 minute or until toasted. Spread about 1 teaspoon mayonnaise on bottom half of each bun; top with 1 patty. Top each slider with 2 pickle slices, 1/2 lettuce leaf, and 1 tomato slice; sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Arrange bacon pieces evenly over tomato. Top with bun tops.