Rachael Ray's Mini Burger Sliders

The Wandering Coyote at ReTorte has a series called Magazine Mondays. The idea I am told is to grab one of the recipes you've copied or torn from a magazine, prepare it and evaluate to see if it's a keeper.

I am choosing to make Rachael Ray's mini sliders. We like our hamburgers and who could resist luscious and rich Gorgonzola cheese.

The ingredients you'll need are:

12 mini dinner rolls, split
1 garlic clove, halved
Extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), for liberal drizzling
1-1/2 pounds ground sirloin
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (eyeball it)
10 fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
1 large shallot, finely chopped
2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped (about a palmful)
Salt and freshly ground pepper
¾ pound Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled


1. Preheat the broiler to high. Place the rolls on a broiler pan and toast until golden. Rub with the garlic and drizzle with EVOO.

We used King's Hawaiian brand rolls.........

Brushing the browned rolls with olive oil and garlic........

2. In a medium bowl, combine the beef with the Worcestershire sauce, sage, shallot and parsley; season with salt and pepper. Divide into 4 equal pieces and form 3 sliders from each piece, 12 mini sliders total.

3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with a drizzle of EVOO. Cook the sliders for 3 minutes on the first side and 1 to 2 minutes on the other side for medium.

4. Top slider with a few cheese crumbles. Place under the broiler to melt the cheese a bit, about 30 seconds, then set the bun tops in place.

We used both Gorgonzola and Fontina slices....

Look at the little buggers all lined up next to fresh green beans........

So, is it a keeper? There have been some magazine recipes that most definately go in the file for future....but I am quite on the fence about this one.

It was easy, it wasn't too expensive, but it would not be on the dinner menu again...maybe a lunch. Doug pointed out that it would be great for when you really want a burger but it's raining, so no charcoal grilling.

If pressed I'd have to say I wouldn't keep it.

Thanks for letting me participate Wandering Coyote!


Wandering Coyote said...

You know...I just don't see the point in sliders. I mean, if I want a burger, just have a burger! Or am I missing something?

Thanks for participating! The post with your link will go up early in the morning.

Janel said...

I love Hawaiian rolls, Rachel's recipes - not that great for me most of the time.

Pierce said...

I agree with you WC. They really were not any more trouble thatn making full sized burgers and I guess the plus is, you can have different cheese toppings, but I won't make these again. Thanks for including me on the Magazine Mondays! I'm at my in-laws now and just borrowed a computer to send you the link.

Janel - The only other Rachael recipe I tried was Tangerine chicken. I cut myself, it was a problem from the start! Oh, Hawaiian rolls are so good!

girlichef said...

But they're so cute! And don't lots of people love cute food? And you can eat 4 without feeling like you ate too much... LOL!! They look good to me...and I , too love any bread that is King's Hawaiian! :D

Cathy said...

Sliders have got to be the best idea ever - I can eat 2 (or 3) and not feel like a pig :)

Anonymous said...

Adorable! I love the gorgonzola cheese with burgers, yum!

The Duo Dishes said...

Hawaiian buns make the best slider buns by the way! Love a slider. Even though RR has some funky recipes, we really like a few of them. This would be worth testing.

A World in a PAN said...

Oh, hamburger "bouchees", how fun!

Donna-FFW said...

I am loving you because you were drinking red wine with the sliders.

Pierce said...

Girlichef and Cathy: OK, I'll give you that...they look cute and you feel like you are eating just a tiny bit cause the rolls are so small.

The Hawaiian bread was great. I highly recommend it. We have some with us today to pair with chili.

5 Star - the gorgonzola was absolutely richly delicious.

Thank you Duo Dishes! Rachael isn't the top of my fav chefs list but she does come up with some goodies here and there. A matter fo taste.

Laura - they are fun and easy ;-)

Donna, now what else would I serve with sliders! Haha...I mentioned beer or iced tea but this really worked. Can't wait to try your grilled shrimp scampi.

Carole said...

Mini is fab. Thanks for linking this in to Food on Friday, Tina Marie!

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