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Grilled Beef Sliders

Grilled Beef Sliders

By Amanda Haas

Don’t let the size of these sliders fool you, they are packed with wood fired flavor. High quality 80/20 ground chuck and caramelized onions make this simple recipe the perfect changeup to your burger routine.

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cook Time

30 Minutes




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Caramelized Onions
3 Tablespoon Canola or olive oil, divided
2 Large yellow onion, halved, thinly sliced into half-moons
Pinch kosher salt
Beef Sliders
2 Pound ground chuck, preferably at least 20% fat
To Taste kosher salt
To Taste Freshly ground pepper
As Needed Slices of cheddar, Jack, or Muenster cheese
16 slider rolls
As Needed Lettuce, shredded, for serving
As Needed Mayonnaise, optional, for serving
As Needed Ketchup, optional, for serving
As Needed Yellow mustard, optional, for serving


  • 1

    Make the caramelized onions. In a large sauté or frying pan over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the onions and a generous pinch of salt. Cook, stirring often until the onions start to caramelize and break down.

    • 3 Tablespoon Canola or olive oil, divided

    • 2 Large yellow onion, halved, thinly sliced into half-moons

    • Pinch kosher salt

  • 2

    Reduce the heat to low and continue to cook, stirring frequently until the onions are very brown and sweet, 25-30 minutes. Taste, adding more salt if necessary. Use immediately, or allow to cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

  • 3

    When ready to cook, set the Traeger temperature to 400°F and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes.

    400 ˚F / 204 ˚C

  • 4

    Make the burgers. In a large bowl, add the ground beef and season with 2-4 teaspoons of kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon of ground pepper. Using your hands, gently mix the ground beef to incorporate the salt, making sure not to overwork it.

    • 2 Pound ground chuck, preferably at least 20% fat

    • To Taste kosher salt

    • To Taste Freshly ground pepper

  • 5

    Shape the beef into 2-3 oz burger patties. Brush both sides of the patties with a small amount of oil.

  • 6

    Place the burgers directly on the grill grates. Close the lid and cook for 2-3 minutes, then flipping and cooking an additional 2-3 minutes until you reach desired doneness. If using cheese, add the cheese when the burgers are flipped.

    400 ˚F / 204 ˚C

    • As Needed Slices of cheddar, Jack, or Muenster cheese

  • 7

    Remove the burgers from the grill. Allow the sliders to rest for a few minutes to ensure the juices are evenly distributed.

  • 8

    While burgers rest, add the buns, cut-side down, directly to the grill grates. Close the lid, and cook for 1-2 minutes to toast them.

    400 ˚F / 204 ˚C

    • 16  slider rolls

  • 9

    Remove the buns from the grill. Assemble the burgers and top with the caramelized onions, shredded lettuce, and other condiments as desired. Enjoy!

    • As Needed Lettuce, shredded, for serving

    • As Needed Mayonnaise, optional, for serving

    • As Needed Ketchup, optional, for serving

    • As Needed Yellow mustard, optional, for serving

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