For the Burgers
1 pound of ground beef 20/80 ratio
1 tablespoon of freshly grated onion (use the zester)
Zest of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoon freshly, finely chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon sundried tomatoes in olive oil, finely chopped
1 organic egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
For the Cheese Sauce
1/4 cup creamy Havarti cheese (grated)
1/4 cup of pepper jack cheese (grated)
1/4 cup of sharp cheddar (grated)
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon flour
1/2 cup of sake wine
1/2 cup of half and half
1 tablespoon chopped chives
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon of very finely grated fresh garlic
1/4 teaspoon paprika
For the toppings
small cooked Onion rings
In a large mixing bowl add all the ingredients under For the Burger.
Using you hands mix ever thing together. Form into small golf size balls. Very lightly pat down to form a patty. Not too much.
Set aside and allow the meat to sit.
Heat your charcoal or gas grill.
While the grill is heating mix together the Cheese Sauce.
Start by placing a sauce pan on the stove on medium heat. Add the butter.
Once the butter has melted, add the flour and whisk to remove any lumps.
Continue to mix/whisk the flour and butter mixture for about 2 minutes. This will help cook the flour. Add in the crushed garlic. Allow to sauté for 30 seconds.
Add the sake wine and the half and half. Stir.
Once it has started to thicken, add the paprika and black pepper. Stir.
Start adding in the cheese a little at a time, constantly stirring until the cheese has melted.
Once all the cheese has melted, add in the chives and turn off the heat. Set aside until ready to use.
Place your burgers on the grill. If you are using a charcoal grill place the burgers on the outside ring of the heat as it will flame up when the fat melts off the meat.
Cook until the burgers are done to your liking. Do not press the meet down. You will only squeeze the juice out of the meat.
Lightly toast your slider buns on the grill with a dab of butter. The butter on the bus will keep it soft.
Place the lettuce down on one side of the bun first, then the sliced tomato, beef burger followed by a spoonful of the cheese sauce, then top with onion ring and the top of the bun.
Trying taking a huge bite out of that yummy goodness!
Use a spatula to flip the burgers on the grill instead of tongs.
I used the small arugula as my lettuce, the bitterness gives it an even balance with the rich cheese sauce.
I bought store bough onion rings and popped it into the oven as I cooked my burgers. This is optional. You can use fries or nothing at all.
Next go around I am going to slather on yellow mustard on one side of my buns. Give it a try