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.
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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.
  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.

For 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.
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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.
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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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