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Sliders with Spicy Berry Sauce

For patriotic food, you can’t beat a burger. My sliders have red tomatoes, white cheddar and blueberry sauce. For extra pop, I mix in ginger beer and chipotle. —Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Grill: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup ginger beer or ginger ale
  • 1/2 cup balsamic ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons steak sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons finely chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • SLIDERS:
  • 2 packages (12 ounces each) Hawaiian sweet rolls
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 slices sharp white cheddar or provolone cheese, quartered
  • 1 medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 3 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced

Directions

  • In a saucepan, combine the first eight ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Cool slightly. Transfer to a food processor; process until pureed. Reserve 1/4 cup sauce for brushing burgers.
  • For sliders, split rolls horizontally in half. Spread bottoms with butter. In a large bowl, combine beef, salt and pepper, mixing lightly, but thoroughly. Shape into twenty-four 1/2-in.-thick patties, pressing an indentation in the center of each.
  • In two batches, grill burgers, covered, over medium heat 3-4 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160°, brushing tops with reserved sauce after turning. Top with cheese; grill, covered, 15-30 seconds longer or until melted. Serve on rolls with onion, tomatoes and remaining sauce.
Nutrition Facts
1 slider with about 2 teaspoons sauce: 272 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 422mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 2g fiber), 16g protein.

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  • justmbeth
    Jun 21, 2018

    I selected this recipe because it contained 2 ingredients I was trying to use from my refrigerator...blueberries and balsamic ketchup. Who knew? While unusual grouping of ingredients, sliders were very tasty and a great hit. I only made 1/2 recipe. The sauce was not spicy at all, just a hint of chipotle flavor.