Perhaps we're a little bit behind the times, but no one in the family has ever had a slider before. For those of you that live under the proverbial rock with me, a slider is basically a mini-hamburger. There are lots of variations on the slider, but they all have the same tiny size in common. Some folks say they're called sliders because they're "so small, they slide right down" and still others claim they're called sliders because "they're so greasy they slide all over the place." I'm going to go with option #1 because I really don't want to think about the grease.
For our sliders, I utilized a Griddler. I purchased it about a year ago, and I'm so happy with it. This fabulous machine is both a griddle and a panini press. In a house that was dependent on Fast Food, it's helped us avoid the drive-thru many times! You can create a quick meal in a jiffy, and it's usually pretty impressive, too!
The trick to our moist sliders was to use our Griddler to grill the onions while the burger cooked by "steaming" them underneath the patty. Also, we did not season our meat because we wanted the flavor of the pancetta to come out.
- Ground Beef (80/20) shaped into tiny patties
- Buns, soft & dinner roll sized
- White Onion, sliced into thin rings
- Pancetta, sliced "thick" if possible
- Cheddar Cheese, sliced
- Tomato, sliced
- Condiments, if desired
Place your unseasoned beef patties on a heated griddle (or frying pan) turned up to medium heat. On top of the patties, place a generous amount of white onion, sliced into thin rings. After a minute or two (enough for some grease to render), carefully flip the patty over so that the onions are underneath the burger. If you're using a griddle that can press/heat the top of the patties, close the griddle and heat until done. If you're using a frying pan, you'll need to flip the patties over halfway during cooking.
While the meat is cooking, heat the pancetta in a frying pan on medium heat until the edges are getting crispy. (similar to cooking regular bacon) Flip the pancetta occasionally and be careful not to overcook it. When done, place the cooked pancetta on a paper towel-lined plate so that the grease absorbs.
When both the meat and pancetta are done, assemble your sliders to your liking using the buns, cheese, tomato, lettuce and any condiments. Serve with fries or another side of your choice. After having these, you may never have a regular hamburger again.