So the topic of today’s discussion is burgers. Do you still consider it a “burger” if the beef patty is stuffed with other items like cheese and spinach?
I recently had a conversation with… he who shall not be named. He informed me that my burger was in fact NOT a burger, but more like a grilled meatball. That a REAL burger is a grilled beef patty perfectly seasoned with salt, pepper and worcestershire sauce. Uh, that may be the way HE makes a burger, but I like to push the limits. I’ll put whatever I want in my burger.
Now these little sliders were yum yum yummy! Top with some caramelized onions and served on a little King’s Hawaiian roll and you have yourself a grilling success.
Ingredients, makes about 12 sliders
1 lb 93% lean ground beef
1 tbsp olive oil
10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained of all liquid
1/8 cup panko bread crumb
1 large egg
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp fresh parsley
1/2 cup Pecorino Romano cheese (or your favorite Parmesan Cheese)
1 medium yellow onion, sliced
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
12 King’s Hawaiian rolls
lettuce to garnish
tomato to garnish
Salt and Pepper
In a large sauté pan over medium heat add the butter. Once melted lower the heat to low and add the sliced onions. Cook on low for about 30 minutes stirring occasionally.
In the meantime in a mixing bowl add the beef, spinach, panko, egg, cheese, garlic, parsley and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix together well without overworking the beef. Make 12 small burger patties and put a little thumb print in the middle to help keep the patty flat.
On a hot grill add the burger patties and cook 6-8 minutes. Flip and cook an additional 4-6 minutes.
Assemble the burgers on the sweet rolls and top with caramelized onion.
Proceed to devour!