Photo: Johnny Miller; Styling: Sarah Smart
Hands-on Time
22 Mins
Total Time
22 Mins
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.

How to Make It

Step 1

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

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

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Ratings & Reviews


April 14, 2018
My market didn't have slider buns so we just made regular sized burgers.  Added cooking time to the hamburger patties accordingly.  I also didn't dice up the onion and used some left over sweet onion I had on hand in slices instead.  I also used Tillamook extra sharp cheddar.  Just can't do American cheese.  Will make again.  Served with CL's Creamy Slaw which was also very good.

sukeedog's Review

July 12, 2014
Seems silly to rate such a basic recipe, but it WAS good and the meat was perfectly seasoned (that 1/2 tsp of garlic powder is key). It's easy to get bogged down with complicated/exotic/froufrou recipes, and seeing this in the magazine made us crave a simple, classic burger. It totally hit the spot. I did sub white cheddar for the American cheese (I just can't do it!), and we made our own special sauce by mixing the ketchup with some mayo and chopped pickled jalapeno. Yum.