To be perfectly honest, I can’t even remember the last time I watched the Super Bowl. I don’t like football. (I know. I know. It’s an “All American Sport” and blah, blah, blah!) Oh, and my birthday is on January 31st and for most of the last decade I’ve spent it in LAS VEGAS! So, the weekend of the Super Bowl (AKA, my birthday weekend), we make the 3 hour drive to Vegas with a handful of friends to enjoy some time away from reality. I’m not an alcoholic and I don’t gamble much; so, for me, Vegas means nice hotels, hanging out with friends, a TON of great food, and Cirque du Soleil! (Have you seen a Cirque du Soleil show!? They are INCREDIBLE!!!) Anyways, on to the Sliders…
One of our favorite bars (I said I wasn’t an alcoholic, not that I didn’t drink!) is in Las Vegas. It’s a flair bar and a ton of fun! While my buddies and I play Black Jack, (I said that I didn’t gamble much, not that I didn’t gamble!) my wife and her friends usually end up at that bar, watching the mixologists juggle bottles of booze while simultaneously balancing martinis on their foreheads. Why am I even talking about this place? Oh, yeah…their SLIDERS! They’re DELICIOUS!!! A generously seasoned meat patty topped with melted cheddar cheese and sandwiched between a sliced King’s Sweet Hawaiian Roll that’s been smothered with Knorr’s Spinach Dip…or, at least, I think that’s how they make them. Either way, I’ve recreated these SUPER SIMPLE SLIDERS and think that they’d be PERFECT for any Game Day Party! Let’s get started.
The first thing we are going to do is make the “spread”. I kept it simple and literally just followed the recipe for Knorr’s Spinach Dip. I love this stuff. You’ll have a ton of leftovers and I suggest serving them with a loaf of Shepherds Bread. YUM!Quarter 4 slices of real cheddar cheese. I used mild, but sharp would be tasty as well.It’s almost time to make the patties, but first, build your charcoal fire or start your gas grill. Whatever you do, don’t cook these on the stove top. You’re not that lazy! Now, place the meat, Kosher Salt, and black pepper in a bowl and mix with a fork. DO NOT overwork the meat. I’m using ground chuck here, with an 80/20 lean to fat ratio. Why? Because that’s what my mother-in-law told me to do and she’s a butcher. Listen to her!
Divide the meat into 8 equal portions. To form the patties, gently flatten the divided portions into a 2 1/2-inch circular cookie cutter or mold. This makes for perfectly shaped patties and is super simple.Alright, our patties are ready for the grill! Lightly season them with Kosher Salt and black pepper (Yes, again!). With the lid open, grill over medium-high heat for 3 minutes, flip, and grill for another 2 minutes. DO NOT press down on the patties with a spatula as they cook. This is an all-too-common mistake made by men who get bored standing in front of the grill. I too, have succumbed to this boredom before. Don’t do it! PUT THE SPATULA DOWN. You are literally pressing all of the delicious meat juice out of the burger and into the fire. Stop it.
If you’re worried about your patties puffing up, make an gentle indent in the middle of each patty with your finger.
FUN FACT: It started raining yesterday when I was in the middle of grilling these. I was so mad.Once your patties are cooked, top them with 2 slices of the quartered cheddar cheese, close the lid, and count to 30! Immediately remove them from the heat.
Now, all that’s left to do is assemble the sliders!
Slice the King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls in half before generously spreading Knorr Spinach Dip on the cut side of BOTH halves of each roll. Top each bottom half of the rolls with a cheese covered patty and finish with a few slices of red onion (optional). Cover with the top of the roll and serve. Voilà! Easy-peasy, right!?
1 cup Knorr Spinach Dip
8 King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
1 pound ground chuck (80 percent lean and 20 percent fat)
3/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt, plus more for on the grill seasoning
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, plus more for on the grill seasoning
4 slices REAL cheddar cheese, quartered
Thin slices of red onion (optional)
I’d love to know what you think of this recipe! Leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to get back to you. Oh, and if you share this recipe, we’ll be friends forever.