Monday, November 7, 2011

Burger Luck Winning Slider!

Kickin’ Espresso Sliders
By Ted Slee

Serves 4
Prep Time: up to 6 hours (letting meat marinade)
Cook Time: 30-45 mins

1 1/3lb 80/20 ground beef
½ tbsp espresso fine ground
½ tbsp garlic powder
½ tbsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tbsp black pepper
½ tbsp sea salt
1 pinch mambosa (cayenne pepper) or to taste
3 tbsp bacon grease

Caramelized Onions
3 oz Chipotle peppers in adobo
1 tbsp cilantro (fresh chopped)
1 lime (zest and juice)
2 tbsp white tequila
½ Vidalia onion (sliced thin)
½ stick butter
1 tbsp brown sugar

½ lb extra sharp cheddar (sliced)
8 dinner rolls (French bread style) sliced open
3 tbsp bacon grease

Cast Iron Skillet
Non Stick Skillet
Cutting Board

Mix the espresso, garlic powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper, sea salt and mambosa in a bowl.  Break the ground beef up gently using a fork or your hands in to small pieces in a baking dish or on a cookie sheet and coat evenly with espresso spice mixture.  Mix beef thoroughly and portion the ground beef into 8 patties a ½” thick.   Set aside until onions are cooked. 

Melt butter in non-stick skillet.  Add onions and brown sugar and cook on med-hi until onions are translucent and soften.  Add the 2 tbsp tequila and continue cooking 5 more minutes.  While these are cooking mince chipotles and mix with cilantro, lime juice and zest.  Turn off onions mixture and add chipotle paste thoroughly. 
Melt 2 tbsp bacon grease in cast iron skillet and toast dinner rolls (2-3 mins on high).  Once removed add remaining bacon grease and add burgers and cook 2-3 mins a side.
Put a good helping of cheddar on bottom half of bun then add the burger and top with caramelized onions.  Enjoy this tasty, burger!!!!