BBQ Bacon Sliders with Blue Cheese and Crispy Onions

Burgers

11/2 lbs high-quality 85/15 ground Angus

1/2 C BBQ sauce (or your favorite bottled BBQ sauce)

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

8-10 small white dinner rolls, or Hawaiian sweet rolls, sliced in half and toasted if desired

8-10 crisp lettuce leaves

8-10 slices bacon, cooked crisp

Crispy Shoe String Onions- (I used the ones in the can, Frenches)

Garlicky Blue Cheese Spread

1/2 c. mayonnaise

1/4 tsp. Kosher salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar

1 clove garlic, pressed or finely minced

1/4 c. crumbled blue cheese (not a blue cheese fan? Leave it out!)

Garlicky Blue Cheese Spread: Combine mayonnaise, salt, pepper, red wine vinegar and garlic. Mix well and stir

in crumbled blue cheese. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.

Burgers: Heat a grill pan on the stove top, or an outdoor grill to medium-high heat. Combine beef, 2 tablespoons

barbecue sauce, salt and pepper. Divide and shape mixture into 8-10 3/4″-thick patties (keep the size of your

buns in mind as wells the fact that the burgers will shrink quite a bit while cooking when shaping the patties).

Grill for 2-3 minutes and then flip. Brush the top side of each burger with remaining sauce. Continue grilling for

another 2 minutes and flip burgers again, brushing the other side with additional sauce. Continue to cook and

baste until the internal temperature of the burgers reach 160-165 degrees.

To assemble: Lightly spread the bottom half of each bun with Garlicky Blue Cheese Spread and top with a

lettuce leaf. Break each bacon piece in half and place on top of lettuce leaves. Place burger on top and drizzle

with additional barbecue sauce if desired. Top with a small handful of Crispy Shoestring Onions. Spread

remaining Garlicky Blue Cheese Spread on top halves of buns.

You can make regular size burgers

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