Figs, Brie, Bacon and Lamb.
I took one bite of the slider and knew I was in serious trouble. There were only two on the plate. It was seriously the best damn burger I had ever eaten.
I wasn't sure what I was in for when I ordered it off the menu. The unique ingredients complemented each other like old friends. For me it was love at first bite.
I knew I could replicate this recipe at home. It was easy. A few gourmet ingredients from the grocery and I was set.
The taste of the Brie is buttery and creamy and melts quickly on the burger. The fig jam is the sweet condiment that binds the salty flavor of the bacon with the mild flavor of the meat.
We used ground lamb for our sliders but I suppose you could use any kind of meat. If you use ground turkey you may want to consider adding fresh sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions and fresh thyme to add more flavor and moisture to the patty and to keep it from drying out during cooking. Those add-ins would complement lamb and beef too.
We kept it simple. An easy dinner for a weeknight in under 30 minutes. The sliders would make a great appetizer as well as a full sized burger as the main meal.
What do you think? Are you willing to give this recipe a try?
Sliders with Bacon, Brie & Fig Jam
- 1 pound ground lamb, beef or turkey
- Kosher salt and pepper
- 1 wedge of soft brie cheese, sliced
- 1 jar fig jam or spread
- 6 slices of bacon, fried
- 6 slider or dinner sized rolls, toasted
Shape the ground meat into slider-sized patties. Season with salt and pepper.
Toast the rolls and spread a sufficient amount of fig jam on the tops and bottoms.
Cook the patties in an electric skillet, frying pan or on the grill until the meat reaches an internal temperature of at least 160°F. Flip the burgers just once or about 2 minutes per side for rare, 3 for medium-rare, 4 for medium, and 5 for well-done.
Add the cheese to the tops of the patties and continue cooking for another minute or until the cheese has melted slightly. You may need to cover your pan if you're cooking indoors.
Top each toasted bun with the cooked slider and finish each with bacon.
Serves 3. Total time: 30 minutes.