Feb 5, 2016

Beef Sliders with Chipotle Mayo and Crispy Onion Strings

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
I love the combination of smoky roasted corn with the spicy jalapeño and crispy onion strings on this burger.

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I love the combination of smoky roasted corn with the spicy jalapeño and crispy onion strings on this beef slider recipe. Sliders are perfect for feeding a crowd, especially when it comes to Superbowl parties – full-size burgers are just such a commitment. With sliders you get the perfect juicy taste without the commitment to a full burger.

Beef Sliders with Chipotle Mayo and Crispy Onion Strings

Key Ingredients in This Recipe

  • Slider buns – Look for slider buns at your grocery store. I like using buns with sesame seeds or potato buns if you can find them.
  • Ground Beef –   I use a blend of 80% lean/ 20% fat ground beef. The fat adds flavor to the blended meat burger.
  • Onions – Use thinly sliced yellow onions for this recipe. Dredging them in the flour mixture before frying them gives them a crispy, crunchy coating.
  • Chipotle powder – Chilies are given different names once the peppers are dried and the flavor profile changes; chipotles are jalapeño peppers picked when they are fully ripe and red, then dried and smoked. Ground chipotle powder adds a smokey, sweet and slightly spicy chili flavor to the mayonnaise.
ground beef sliders with cheddar cheese melted

How to Make Beef Sliders with Chipotle Mayo and Crispy Onion Strings

For the crispy onion strings:

  1. Heat oil. In a large sauté pan over medium heat, heat enough vegetable oil to fill about an inch up the pan. Heat the oil to 350°F (180ºC).
  2. Make dredge. Add the milk to a medium mixing bowl and whisk together the flour, salt and pepper in another medium bowl.
  3. Fry shallots. Dip a handful of the onions into the milk then toss them in the flour mixture to coat. Add to the hot oil and fry until golden brown all over. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

To make the chipotle mayo:

  1. Mix the dressing. In a small bowl whisk together the mayonnaise and chipotle powder. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Refrigerate. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

For the burger:

  1. Shape patties. Divide the meat into 12 equal portions and gently form them into patties. Season with salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. Add a few to a pan. Heat a medium cast iron pan over medium-high heat and add several patties to the pan. Be careful not to over-crowd the pan.
  3. Cook the patties. Cook until browned on the outside on both sides and cooked until just pink on the inside, about 4 minutes each side. Remove to a plate and continue to cook the remaining patties.
  4. Assemble and serve. Spread some of the chipotle mayo on the lower half of each slider bun then add a patty and top with roasted corn, jalapeño slices and crispy onion strings. Serve immediately.
Beef Sliders with chipotle mayo and crispy onion strings

Tips and Tricks for This Recipe

  • If you are pressed for time you can prep the patties ahead of time and refrigerate them for up to 8 hours.
  • These sliders can also be made on the grill, however, I prefer to make them in a cast iron skillet to get a crisp exterior.
Beef Sliders with Chipotle Mayo and Crispy Onion Strings recipe

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Beef Sliders with Chipotle Mayo and Crispy Onion Strings

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Serves 12 sliders

Ingredients:

For the crispy onion strings:

  • vegetable oil, as needed, for frying
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced

For the chipotle mayo:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle powder
  • Kosher salt, as needed
  • Freshly ground black pepper, as needed

For the burger:

  • 2 pounds ground beef (80/20)
  • Kosher salt, as needed
  • Freshly ground black pepper, as needed
  • 2 ears of corn roasted, kernels cut off the cob
  • 2 jalapeños, thinly sliced
  • 12 slider buns

Instructions:

For the crispy onion strings:

  • In a large sauté pan over medium heat, heat enough vegetable oil to fill about an inch up the pan. Heat the oil to 350°F (180ºC).
  • Add the milk to a medium mixing bowl and whisk together the flour, salt and pepper in another medium bowl.
  • Dip a handful of the onions into the milk then toss them in the flour mixture to coat. Add to the hot oil and fry until golden brown all over. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

For the chipotle mayo:

  • In a small bowl whisk together the mayonnaise and chipotle powder. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

For the burger:

  • Divide the meat into 12 equal portions and gently form them into patties. Season with salt and pepper on both sides.
  • Heat a medium cast iron pan over medium-high heat and add several patties to the pan. Be careful not to over-crowd the pan.
  • Cook until browned on the outside on both sides and cooked until just pink on the inside, about 4 minutes each side. Remove to a plate and continue to cook the remaining patties.
  • Spread some of the chipotle mayo on the lower half of each slider bun then add a patty and top with roasted corn, jalapeño slices and crispy onion strings. Serve immediately.

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