One-Third Cup Sliders for Tailgating
Early on in the Tailgate season Mark, one of our resident Team Chef Dad’s prepared a version of Bobby Flay Sliders topping the burgers with a specialty cheese and a southwest style sauce, they were delicious and a huge hit with the day’s crowd.
Mark’s Sliders also helped us to assess the fact that even among the player-athletes, the One-Third Cup Slider is really the perfect size for serving our fresh burgers at the twice-weekly tailgates given the broad selection of other buffet dishes weekly offered on the Tailgate Table.
The Sliders also got me thinking about home Barbecues and Picnics too for while many folks enjoy going out to a restaurant and getting a huge burger now and again still when folks are offering a buffet table variety, a smaller burger as the One-Third Cup Slider is a good size for the average person. Folks can always eat more sliders, too, if they want.
Once I began experimenting with the amount and decided on the one-third cup size, Chef -Dad Mark enthusiastically approved it at the next Tailgate and we have been going with it since. The key on preparing these evenly sized appetizingly shaped Sliders is by using a one-third plastic measuring cup whose sides angle out- slant slightly making it easy to tap out and right onto a serving container.
You can also fit more Burgers into a serving container for travel by preparing this size burger, you only need to find a smaller size roll. We have been using Martin’s Potato Rolls the best fit so far though a local bread bakery might also prepare fresh Slider rolls.
Especially on the heavy travel consecutive weeks of Tailgating or even if you have more than enough to do preparing a Barbecue for a group of friends, instead of specialty cheese and sauces simply top the Burgers with the Kraft Singles, quartered on site also makes things really easy.
With fall days still providing plenty of sun and warmth for sharing outdoor barbecues with family and friends, or bi-weekly feeding lots of folks at the Team Family Tailgate Sliders are a terrific way to enjoy a grilled burger while still leaving some room for all of the other tasty dishes spread across a Tailgate or Buffet Barbecue Table. And besides, they do meet the approval of a team resident Chef, Dad Mark. Enjoy. And as always, Go Team.
- 2.5 pounds fresh Ground Beef lean
- season salt, sprinkled on the tops of sliders before grilling burger
- 4-8 slices Kraft Singles yellow cheese
- 16 Martin's Potato/ Slider Rolls
- Evenly fill one-third measuring cup with fresh ground beef, invert cup firmly and transfer onto a parchment or freezer paper lined tray.
- Preheat grill. Set one-third Slider Burgers onto a well oiled grill, sprinkle each burger with season- salt. Cook on one side for about five minutes before turning over and cooking approximately five more minutes for medium rare. Top each slider with a quarter or half piece of cheese in the final two minutes of cooking cover grill lid for cheese to melt. Place grilled cheese burgers onto buns served with accompanied ingredients.
Fresh uncooked Sliders may be shaped and frozen in long plastic containers lined with freezer paper until needed. Defrost in refrigerator one full day in advance of grilling. Great Size for a Tailgate or outdoor grill events served alongside other side dishes