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Classic Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders

Photo: Johnny Miller; Styling: Sarah Smart
Hands-on time 22 mins
Total time 22 mins
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: 2 sliders)
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.


  • 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

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  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.