I purchased the World Market Deluxe Mini-Hamburger Slider Set and had already decided on making grilled Caprese Pesto Sliders when I realized that it would be fun to have two different slider options for my guests. I was already going to be working with some ground beef, so I decided to pick up a little extra for my guests to enjoy, but I could have also use ground chicken or turkey.
Sliders Recipe: Easy Grilled Mezzetta Roasted Bell Pepper and Chipotle Slider
For my second slider option, I picked up Mezzetta Roasted Bell Pepper and Chipotle Sandwich Spread and Bamboo Skewers. I knew that my oldest son would appreciate something with a little more kick, but the rest of us would like it toned down a bit. To accomplish this, I took the roasted bell pepper and chipotle and mixed it with a little mayo. That gave me the lighter version for the rest of us.
I opted to use a baguette for the bread on this one because my local store has several to choose from. I chose one plain and the other an asiago and Parmesan cheese mix. It was almost like having a 3rd slider to choose from – the cheeses blended well with the flavors of the beef patties.
This Mini-Hamburger Slider press from World Market worked great and made easy work of shaping so many mini burgers. I found that rinsing it in hot water between uses (about ever 4-5 times) kept the fat from the beef from filling in the ridges and making it stick to the form. By rinsing it, I got perfectly shaped mini beef patties which easily retained their shape even after manhandling them a bit.
I formed the slider patties early in the day of the party and separated them by squares I’d cut from waxed paper and then I refrigerator them until it was time to grill them. That was such a smart time saver, it made grilling so much faster and easier.
- 1 cup Mezzetta Roasted Bell Pepper and Chipotle Sandwich Spread, divided
- 2-1/2 lbs ground beef chuck or sirloin (10-12% fat)
- Salt and Pepper
- olive oil
- 8 ounces Pepper Jack Cheese, cut into thin slices
- 2 long thin baguettes (about 2-3" round and 12" long, each) or mini buns of your choice
- 1 bunch lettuce leaves
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- bamboo picks
- Add 1/2 cup of roasted bell pepper & chipotle sandwich spread to the ground beef and mix until incorporated. Add salt and pepper.
- Using a slider maker, form the mixture into 24 patties (use a ⅛ cup measure for consistent sized patties). Make them ahead of time and use squares of waxed paper to separate them. Keep them refrigerated until ready to grill.
- Cut the baguettes into ½" slices.
- Brush both sides of each bread slice lightly with olive oil.
- Grill until lightly toasted, about 4-5 minutes; set aside
- Mix the reserved roasted bell pepper and chipotle sandwich spread with mayo.
- Removed the browned buns and spread with chipotle mayo sauce, then place cheese and lettuce.
- Grill the sliders 2-4 minutes on each side or until you reach your desired doneness (ground meat should reach an internal temperature of 160 F)
- Remove the sliders and place them on the prepared slider buns.
- Put the tops and bottoms together adding a pick and serve immediately.
Sliders Recipe: Roasted Bell Pepper & Chipotle Slider – Delicious Appetizer or Main Dish
These mini grilled sliders were served with their caprese pesto sliders counterparts and both were a hit! I served on an amazing pale blue glass serving tray (Small Lagoon Platter) along side an easy shrimp dip for our appetizers. Each guest enjoyed 3-4 sliders, though that didn’t leave them much room for dinner. These could easily be served as a main dish or at a cocktail and appetizer party. Be sure you use 12% beef or your sliders will shrink too much and be the size of quarters. These were the perfect size and super juicy and delicious.
Do you have a favorite sliders recipe? I’d love to hear it!
Products Used in this Sliders Recipe
- Bamboo Skewers
- Deluxe Mini-Hamburger Slider Set
- Large Bright Edge Cutting Board
- Mezzetta Roasted Bell Pepper and Chipotle Sandwich Spread
- Small Lagoon Platter (Crafted of glass with alabaster finish, handwash only)