Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Tasty Tuesday: Mini Burgers to Tempt Any Tummy!

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T finally broke down and built our deck over the weekend. Of course, the first thing he wanted to do was grill some burgers on the new grill!

I don't know about your kids, but my three year old, Natalie, can't eat a grown-up size hamburger, and it looks so silly (and unappetizing!) to put her tiny little patty on a large bun.

We had two buns that were a few days older than the ones I had just purchased, so I decided to make my girls their own Mini Burgers, or "sliders," as they are called on an overpriced appetizer list.

I started with the buns and two biscuit cutters. (Smaller one for Michaela Byrd, my 18 month old)
I just pressed through the bun with the biscuit cutter and peeled away the extra.
You could save the extra bread to feed to the birds (or ducks, if there are any nearby!). I divided mine between the dog and the two ravenous children who were crowding me. (The grill was slow to heat)

When the burgers finally did cook, my girls each had their own mini burger. Natalie ate hers in record time. Michaela Byrd, whose idea of a meal is two grapes and some yogurt, mostly played with hers, but she did like the bread.

I did some searching and found a great recipe for sliders on Allrecipes.com. Now you can make your own and not spend $42 at The Cheesecake Factory!

Slider-Style Mini Burgers
from Allrecipes.com

2 pounds ground beef
1 (1.25 ounce) envelope onion soup mix
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
24 packages dinner rolls, split
1/2 cup sliced pickles (optional)

1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
2. Mix together the ground beef and onion soup mix in a large skillet; cook and stir over medium-high heat until browned. Remove from heat. Stir the mayonnaise and Cheddar cheese into the ground beef mixture.
3. Lay the bottoms of the dinner rolls on the prepared baking sheet. Spread the cheese and beef mixture on the bottom half of each roll. Replace the tops. Cover with another sheet of aluminum foil sprayed with cooking spray.
4. Bake in the preheated oven until the burgers are heated through and cheese melts, about 30 minutes.

As you can see, I served the girls' mini burgers with fresh asparagus (see my recipe here), fries, and fruit. I had at least one happy camper!

{Bon Appetit!}

*Edited: The amazing Lindsay at Living with Lindsay is featuring my Embellished Lampshade Project on her "Teach Me Tuesday" post today. If you want to see what a blog of someone who actually knows how to decorate, go visit Lindsay today! She always has something fabulous going on at her spot.

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  1. You always have somethibg good going on here! Those burgers are just looking guuuud this morning..smiles~ Take sometime for yourself and get your hair done. You deserve it!

  2. How cute! I still do a double-take when I see pictures of my dishes on your blog. :) (I really need to clean off the gray scratches, though; your plate looks much better than mine.)

  3. Great idea! I even like that idea for me. I don't like too much bread with my burger :)


  4. How fun is that?

  5. Yummy! I did a post on mini burgers as well. Mine are a little different but if you'd like another option it's a good way to do them as well. Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    God bless,

  6. What a great idea for kids or adults with smaller appetites!

    Thanks for visiting my blogs. And, wes, we do hang out at the same parties. Just shows we both have good taste. :)


  7. Great Blog, very fun stuff :) I saw on another blog where they cut hotdog buns in half (I think half) to make mini buns it was pretty cute. I like this biscuit cutter plan too :)

  8. Great idea and thanks for stopping by my blog.

  9. You have some wonderful ideas. The mini-burgers are cuties for your cuties!!

  10. I think those sliders are just the cutest little things! Great idea for your girls, too...hope you're enjoying the new deck!

  11. Great idea to make your own sliders for the kids! I'm glad to hear that you finally have your new deck!!

  12. oh you go girl! I am drolling thinking of these right now. And the fries. Oh fries how I love thee!!

  13. Those are adorable! I'm totally doing this next time we grill!

  14. You are just to clever. Making mealtime fun is usually half the battle.

  15. Using a biscuit cutter is brilliant!

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