Wolfgang Puck's Cheeseburger Sliders

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In 2019, celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck marked his 25th year cooking for Hollywood's biggest names at the Governors Ball following the Academy Awards. His mantra for how to throw a great party: 'You have to be fast, and the recipes have to be simple.' Puck's cheeseburger sliders are just one of his many winners.

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Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 sliders

Ingredients

  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion

  • 1 tablespoon ketchup

  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon capers, drained and chopped

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • ½ teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

  • teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 pound 85% lean ground beef

  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 small slices (0.5 oz) Cheddar cheese, quartered

  • 12 mini brioche buns, split

  • 1 small head iceberg lettuce, shredded

  • 6 cherry tomatoes, sliced

  • 3 cornichons (tart pickled gherkin cucumbers), sliced

Directions

  1. Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high (400 to 450 degrees F (200 to 230 degrees C)).

  2. Stir together mayonnaise, red onion, ketchup, vinegar, capers, parsley, thyme, and sugar in a small bowl until combined.

  3. Place beef in a large bowl. Add 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Mix by hand until just combined. Make 12 meatballs by rolling beef mixture between your palms; transfer to a baking sheet. Flatten tops slightly. Drizzle with oil and season both sides with remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

  4. Arrange patties on oiled grates; grill, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Flip, then top each with 1 piece cheese. Grill, uncovered, until cheese is melted and beef is cooked through, about 2 minutes. Meanwhile, put buns, cut-sides down, on grate; grill until toasted, about 1 minute.

  5. Top bun bottoms with a small spoonful of sauce. Add a patty, shredded lettuce, tomato slices, cornichon slices, and bun tops.

Four pro tips from celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck to make your party a success:

1. Keep servings small-like these sliders-so people can move around freely and snack on different foods during the show.

2. Take something simple-like popcorn, a great canvas for flavor-and make it a little fancy.

3. To me, a celebration calls for Champagne. Put a few easy sparkling cocktail recipes on the bar with garnishes and mixers.

4. Everyone loves pizza! Use one dough for all your pizzas, and top each with different ingredients-making at least one vegetarian option.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

282 Calories
19g Fat
160g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 282
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 375mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 160g 58%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 33mg 3%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 72mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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