There is something about this time of year that always leaves me craving burgers and sliders. Anyone else? Maybe it’s the outdoor tailgates? Maybe it’s me just wanting to hold onto tastes of summer? Maybe it’s the fact that
I haven’t traveled anywhere in 2020 and I’m craving flavors outside of the Midwest. Whatever the reason, I’m not complaining.
These homemade slider patties are mouthwatering. Add a couple of Southern toppings such as pimento cheese and friend green tomatoes, and you’ve got all the best flavors in one bite!
I had this slider recipe in my head for weeks, but kept running out of time on the weekends to test out the recipe. Then one of my favorite Instagram accounts Sweet Cayenne shared this Fried Green Tomato recipe and I instantly knew these needed to go on the Pimento Cheese Sliders that I had been planning. Sometimes procrastination pays off! 😉
Now let’s break down each part of these sliders before making…
This step doesn’t take much extra time so why not? Plus, it adds a nice little crunch as you bite into the juicy burger.
You can toast buns on the grill, in a skillet, or in the oven. Just give them a little smear of butter or quick spray with non-stick spray before. They don’t take long, just until they are golden brown. Watch them carefully though because they brown easily!
Making homemade burgers, gives you the ability to pick your own quality meat and add your own ingredients. I like to use 90% lean 10% fat for homemade burgers to ensure they’re not too dry and then add some BBQ sauce in to help them bind together.
Another trick is to add chopped raw onions to your burger mixture. This will take your sliders to the next level. The onions partially caramelize while the meat is cooking and they are ohhhh so good!
My last burger trick is to make a small divot on the top of each patty. This will help your burgers remain flat during the cooking process and not form a dome on top. We don’t have room for a dome because we have good toppings to add …
In case you’re not familiar with the Southern flavors I mentioned, let me share a little more about each of them!
What is pimento cheese?
Pimento Cheese is a Southern style cheese spread that is typically made up of sharp cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and pimentos. Actual pimentos are made from small sweet peppers called “Cherry Peppers”. These are the same things found in olives!
Pimento cheese is often served as a dip with crackers, on a sandwich, or in this case on a burger. While pimento cheese is not hard to make, my favorite store bought Pimento Cheese Dip is from Trader Joe’s – SHOCKER! 😉
What are fried green tomatoes?
Green tomatoes are exactly what you think they are… unripe tomatoes. They are usually a bit more tangy in flavor compared to a usual red tomato.
They are often fried and served with a Cajun or aioli dipping sauce. Other popular dishes are soups, chutneys, salsas, relishes, pies, and BLTs. They are a seasonal and can usually be found in grocery stores at the end of summer, early fall.
Other Topping Suggestions:
- Bacon slice
- Ketchup / Mustard
- Some sort of homemade aioli
This recipe is beyond delicious! I hope you give these slides a try soon while green tomatoes are in season! You’ll love them, and your friends/family will love you for making them!
Pimento Cheese Sliders with Fried Green Tomatoes
- 1 lb ground beef
- ¼ cup BBQ Sauce
- ¼ cup onion chopped
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Lawry’s Season Salt
- 1 pckg slider buns
- fried green tomatoes recipe from Sweet Cayenne Blog
- bacon slice
- pimento cheese Trader Joe's
- ketchup and mustard optional
- Mix ground beef, BBQ sauce, and chopped onion together. Gently form 7-8 slider patties (I generally try to match the size of a slider bun). Set aside and refrigerate until ready to grill/cook.
- Prepare fried green tomatoes. I used Whitney's recipe from Sweet Cayenne, which takes takes a total of 45 minutes between prep and bake time. https://sweetcayenne.com/oven-fried-green-tomatoes/
- In a nonstick skillet, cook bacon until desired crispiness. Set aside until slider assembly.
- While tomatoes are halfway through baking, light your grill or heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet over med-high heat. Add a splash of Worcestershire and a sprinkle of Lawry’s seasoning to each slider patty. Cook for 3 minutes on each side until beef is golden brown on the outside. For a more rare slider, cook less time on each side.
- Scoop a heaping tbsp of pimento cheese on each slider. Place burgers on a plate to rest for 1-2 minutes and allow for cheese to melt.
- Toast slider buns in skillet or grill.
- Assemble burgers! Lay a leaf of lettuce on the bottom slider bun. Top with fried green tomato slice. Add burger and slice of bacon. Attach the top bun with a skewer. Serve with pickle spears, ketchup and mustard!
I’d love to hear from you once you get the chance to make this recipe. Leave a comment below with your review or any modifications you made! And don’t forget to tag @rightbackspatula on Instagram if you take any pictures!