Bacon and Cheddar Sliders

Bacon and Cheddar Sliders Recipe
Photo: Nigel Cox; Styling: Molly Findlay
Classic burger toppings are all here on these Bacon and Cheddar Sliders. Toasting buns on the grill gives these little burgers a delightful crunch.


Serves 4 (serving size: 2 sliders)
Total time: 30 Minutes

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 20 Minutes
Total: 30 Minutes

Nutritional 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


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


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.

Julianna Grimes,

Cooking Light

July 2012
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