Heat up your Fourth of July cookout

Fri, 07/02/2021 - 11:45am

Make a craft burger this Fourth of July and pump up the heat at your cookout. My Jalapeño Popper Stuffed Sliders are flavor bombs with a spicy jalapeño cheese surprise inside the burger and creamy caramelized onions, salty bacon, and more jalapeño slices on top!
Jalapeno Popper Slider with Caramelized Onions and Bacon
5 tablespoons butter
3 large onions, peeled and sliced into thin rings
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt, divided
6 slices bacon, cooked crisp and chopped
4-ounces cream cheese, softened
1⁄2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 jalapenos, 1 chopped fine, including seeds and 1 cut into thin slices

1 1⁄2-pounds 80/20 ground beef
1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
8 slices American cheese
1 package Hawaiian slider rolls (12 rolls)
1⁄2 cup ranch dressing
Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, sugar and 1⁄2 teaspoon of the salt to the pan. Cook until onions get soft and fragrant, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low and continue to cook until onions are golden brown and caramelized, about
30 to 40 minutes. You do not want the onions to ‘brown.’ They should just be soft and creamy.
Add the bacon to the onions and cook for one more minute. Set aside.

Combine the cream cheese, shredded cheddar, and jalapeno in a small bowl. Place in the freezer to chill for 5 minutes. Divide the hamburger meat into 12 equal pieces. Place a heaping teaspoon of the cheese mixture into the center of each piece of burger and form a patty around the cheese, completely sealing the edges so the cheese won’t leak out. Season the patties with the remaining salt and the black pepper.

Heat your grill to medium high heat, about 375 to 400 degrees. When the grill is very hot, add the burgers and cook about 2 minutes per side. Top each burger with a slice of American cheese and close the lid and let them cook 2 to 3 minutes more allowing the cheese on top and in the center of the burgers to melt. Note - these burgers can also be pan-seared and finished in a 350 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes.
Cut the rolls in half and toast on the grill. Spread one tablespoon of ranch dressing on the bottom part of each roll. Top each with one burger and some of the onions and bacon, followed by the top of the roll... and some extra sliced jalapenos if you like ‘em really spicy!!
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