This recipe for Lamb Bacon Sliders packs a ton of flavor into a little bit. Just because the burgers are smaller doesn't mean the flavor has to be.
Mike's Recipe Rundown
- Taste: We're combining two of the most flavorful meats there are in this one, lamb and bacon! Lamb delivers it's unique, soft flavor while bacon brings juiciness and smokiness to the bite. Some creamy tzatziki sauce and feta creates the perfect balance in this finger-food dynamo.
- Texture: We build our flavor in a few layers. First, we develop a nice crust on our burgers to give just a hint of juiciness to the outside. We toast the inside of the buns only to keep the bread from getting soggy. That comes in handy to help everything hold up to the thick tzatziki sauce wiped over.
- Difficulty - Medium: The toughest part to this is throwing your frozen bacon into the food processor so that it's easily blended into your meat.
- Pros: This is the definition of a flavor-bomb. Bright, deep, smokey, hearty, it has it all. Plus, as it's just a slider it's easy to put out at a party and still allow people to fill up their plates with other snacks.
- Cons: A few extra steps compared to a super simple party slider. But the difference in flavor is way worth it!
- Would I make it again? Absolutely! In fact, this lamb-bacon mixture is one the short list of my wife's must-have meals.
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Lamb Sliders Tips and Tricks
- I like to grind my lamb fresh, for a couple of reasons. First, the freshness really does make a difference. Secondly, it's cheaper. Way cheaper. I can get a lamb shoulder from Costco for about $5.99 a pound, while pre-ground lamb typically runs about $9.99 at my local grocer. With my electric meat grinder , that's not too tough a task. But obviously, if grinding your own isn't an option, store bought lamb is just fine.
- When I make my lamb bacon burgers, I add a few extra toppings to really round things out. In slider form though, we keep things simple. Too much on a slider and falls apart quick.
- To help your sliders hold their shape, form them and place them on a baking sheet. Then, put the baking sheet into the fridge for at least 30 minutes. This will keep them from falling apart while cooking.
- Because of that, this is an awesome and easy meal to put out when having people over. You can easily make the patties ahead of time, then fire them in batches just before it's time to eat.
- Making a dimple in the center of your patty helps to keep it from shrinking when cooking. Burgers plump a little when you cook them, so press a small dimple in the center of each one with your hand. This way, when they expand they'll just come up normal instead of raising up high and pulling the edges back.
What you need to make bacon lamb sliders
Pro tip, I always keep some food service gloves stocked in my kitchen. It's great when you have to mix meat like this by hand and makes cleanup a breeze.
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How to make Lamb Bacon Sliders
Using the same microplane grater, grate in your fresh garlic. Add a splash of olive oil and chopped fresh dill. Of course, you'll want to add your whole milk greek yogurt next, and stir everything together. Cover and place in the fridge while moving on.
Place bacon flat on a baking sheet and into freer for 30 minutes. Remove and place strips into food processor . Pulse for about 10-15 seconds, until you're left with small bits of raw bacon.
Place ground lamb in mixing bowl and add in chopped bacon and dried oregano. Mix by hand just until well combined. Form patties about 2 inches in diameter and season outside with salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and place into the fridge for 30 minutes to hold form.
When the patties are about ready, heat a frying pan or cast iron pan to medium temp. Add a splash of grapeseed oil. I use grapeseed instead of olive oil as it has a higher smoke point. Thus, you'll be less likely to smoke out your house.
Place the burgers in the pan. I typically lay my first one at the 12 o'clock position and lay the next ones around clockwise. This makes it easy on me to remember when and in what order to flip them.
Cook each one for about 4 minutes, then flip over. Cook for 4 minutes more, until outside is seared and inside is just a touch pink. Remove to a baking sheet. Continue cooking sliders in batches if needed until all patties are cooked.
When sliders are all cooked, place buns inside down on the pan and cook until toasted. It won't take long, about 30 seconds per bun. Repeat until all buns are toasted.
Broil and Top
Turn your oven onto the high broil setting and top each patty with a small slice of feta cheese. Place the cheese topped patties under the broiler. Cook for about 2 minutes, until feta just begins to brown. Watch it closely, as it can go from undercooked to burnt in under a minute.
Pull the patties and place each one on a slider bun. Top with tzatziki sauce and serve immediately.
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- ½ english cucumber
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 clove fresh garlic
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- ½ Tbsp fresh chopped dill
- 2 cups whole milk greek yogurt
- ½ lb bacon
- 1 lb ground lamb
- ½ Tbsp dried oregano
- Salt and Pepper
- 1 Tbsp grapeseed oil
- 8 oz feta cheese
- 24 slider buns
- CUCUMBER: Grate english cucumber with a microplane grater . Place in mesh strainer and press to get excess water out. Place in mixing bowl .
- EVERYTHING ELSE: Grate in fresh garlic with microplane grater . Add olive oil, salt, fresh lemon juice, fresh chopped dill and greek yogurt. Stir everything together. Cover and place in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
- BACON PREP: Place bacon on a baking sheet and into the freezer for 30 minutes. Transfer to a food processor and pulse for 10-15 seconds to create small bits of raw bacon.
- MIX BURGERS: Add bacon, ground lamb and dried oregano to mixing bowl . Mix by hand until well combined. Form patties two inches in diameter. Make a dimple in the center of the patty using your thumb. Season outside with salt and pepper.
- COOK: Place patties in frying pan and cook for 4 minutes on each side. Cook in batches if necessary and remove to a baking sheet when done. When sliders are all cooked, place buns inside down on the pan and cook until toasted. Meanwhile, place a small slice of feta cheese on each patty.
- BROIL & SERVE: Turn oven broiler on high and place patties under heat until cheese begins to brown. Remove and place on bun with a generous portion of tzatziki spooned on top.
- Prep Time: 45 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Main Course
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Greek
Keywords: Slider recipe, party food, lamb recipes