Elevate Your Game Day Eats with these Flavor-Packed Sliders
Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 1 hour
Sliders are a beloved American classic that never fails to impress on any game day. But why settle for ordinary when you can take it up a notch with the exquisite flavor of Wagyu ground beef and a zesty aioli sauce reminiscent of your favorite fast food burger mystery sauce?
When it comes to Wagyu beef, simplicity is key. You want to let the rich and hearty taste shine through. That’s why this recipe keeps it minimal, adding just a hint of Worcestershire sauce to enhance the depth of flavor. The true heroes of these sliders are the tangy aioli and lusciously caramelized onions.
Caramelizing onions may seem daunting, but it’s a simple process that only requires patience. Cook them low and slow, stirring occasionally, until you have a glorious pile of golden goodness. A sprinkle of sugar at the beginning adds a touch of sweetness, but feel free to omit it if you prefer.
To complete the flavor symphony, serve these sliders on soft and slightly sweet Hawaiian slider buns. They perfectly complement the Wagyu beef, bringing out the sweetness of the caramelized onions and the tanginess of the aioli. Get ready to see everyone flocking to your table for a taste of these delectable sliders.
Makes 10 sliders.
For the Sliders:
- 1 pound of Wagyu ground beef
- 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
- 10 Hawaiian slider buns or Hawaiian dinner rolls, sliced in half
For the Caramelized Onions:
- 2 medium yellow or sweet onions, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
- A sprinkle of white sugar
- A sprinkle of kosher salt
For the Aioli:
- 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon of yellow or Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon of ketchup or tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of dill pickle relish
- Salt and pepper to taste
Start by caramelizing the onions since this step takes the longest. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat and add the oil. Toss in the sliced onions and sprinkle them with salt and sugar if desired. Stir and reduce the heat to low. Place a lid on the pan, tilted slightly to allow steam to escape. Cook for approximately 35 minutes, stirring occasionally. The onions will gradually transform into a luscious, deep tan color, releasing their natural sweetness and developing a rich flavor.
While the onions caramelize, mix all the ingredients for the aioli in a small container or bowl. Stir until well combined, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover the container and refrigerate the aioli until you’re ready to use it.
Bring the Wagyu ground beef to room temperature for at least 30 minutes before cooking. You can start this process while the onions are caramelizing. Place the beef in a bowl and season it with salt and pepper. Add the Worcestershire sauce and gently mix everything together using your hands. Avoid overmixing, as it can result in tough burgers. Divide the beef mixture into 10 evenly sized balls, and gently press them down to form patties.
Heat a cast iron skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat until hot. Place the patties on the pan, and use a spatula to gently flatten them into a circular shape. They will cook quickly, so pay attention. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes per side for medium-rare, or 2 to 3 minutes for medium. Once cooked, turn off the heat and allow the Wagyu patties to rest. This is the perfect moment to add cheese if desired.
To assemble the sliders, generously spread the special aioli sauce on both sides of the bun. Place a patty on the bottom half of the bun, and top it with a generous amount of caramelized onions. Feel free to add any additional burger toppings you desire. Put the top half of the bun on, and get ready to cheer for your favorite team while savoring these mouthwatering sliders!
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