Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders Recipe
These mini burgers get a burst of sweet and salty flavor from fresh apples and thick-cut bacon.
  • Makes: 4 servings
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8-12 minutes
  • Difficulty Rating: Easy

  • Nutrition Highlights: The apples in these burgers contain cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber.

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2/3 cup sweet-tart red apple, unpeeled and coarsely shredded
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 3 thick slices applewood-smoked bacon, cooked and very finely chopped 
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely-ground black pepper
  • 3 ounces Swiss cheese, thinly sliced and cut into 12 pieces
  • apple aioli (see recipe below)
  • 12 cocktail buns, split
  • 12 small lettuce leaves or fresh baby spinach
  • sweet-tart red apple, unpeeled and very thinly sliced (optional)

Apple Aioli

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 5 teaspoons frozen apple juice concentrate
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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven broiler.
  2. For burgers, mix ground beef, shredded apple, onion, bacon, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, salt and pepper in a large bowl until just combined. Do not overmix. 
  3. With damp hands, form mixture into twelve 2½-inch-round patties. 
  4. Broil patties, on rack in broiling pan, 4 inches away from heat for 8-12 minutes or until meat thermometer reads 160 degrees. Turn patties halfway through broiling. You can also grill patties if desired.
  5. Place 1 cheese piece on top of each patty. Continue broiling for 30-60 seconds or until cheese is melted.
  6. To serve, spread aioli on bottoms of buns. Top with patties. If desired, apple slices and lettuce. 

Apple Aioli

  1. Stir together mayonnaise and frozen apple juice concentrate until combined. (Makes about 1/3 cup.)

Tips & Notes

If desired, hold sandwiches closed with wooden sandwich picks or bamboo skewers.

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