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Bacon and Smoked Cheddar Stuffed Cheeseburger Sliders with Jalapeño Relish

Author - Serena Wolf
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Yields: 14 sliders


  • 3 slices cooked bacon crumbled
  • ½ cup grated smoked cheddar cheese Yes, you can use regular shredded cheddar or any other cheese of your choice. Duh.
  • 1 pound ground beef Use beef with at least 10% fat to make sure you get juicy sliders.
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • 14 slider buns If you can’t find slider buns, you can always cut hot dog buns into thirds.
  • Ketchup optional

For the Jalapeño Relish:

  • 1/3 cup pickled jalapeños finely chopped
  • ¾ cup bread and butter pickles finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons pickle juice from the bread and butter pickle jar
  • 3 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Coarse black pepper to taste


  • In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the jalapeño relish. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • In a small bowl, combine the crumbled bacon and grated cheese. Use your hands to form the bacon and cheese mixture into 14 small balls. They’ll be very coarse balls, but the heat from your hands will help them stick together.
  • Place the ground beef salt and black pepper in a medium bowl. Mix until just combined. (Just use your hands, people.)
  • Now it’s time to make your slider patties. Divide the beef into 14 balls (each should be about a heaping tablespoon.) Flatten each ball into a pancake about a ¼-inch thick. Place one of the bacon-cheese balls in the center of the beef. Gently fold the beef around the cheese, making sure it’s completely sealed within the beef, and flatten the patty slightly. (Each patty should be 1¾-inches in diameter.)
  • Heat a tablespoon of oil in large skillet or pan over medium-high heat. Add the sliders and cook for about 1½-2 minutes on each side until the beef is cooked through and the hidden cheese has had time to melt. Depending on the size of your pan, you may find it easier to do this in two batches.
  • If you like toasted buns (who doesn’t?), now is the time to throw them on the grill/under the broiler for 30 seconds.
  • Place each slider on a bun and add a dollop of ketchup, if you’re into that. Top with jalapeño relish and serve immediately.