Who doesn’t love a classic slider? Whether it’s game day or any other occasion, sliders always hit the spot. We’ve taken this beloved American favorite and given it a delicious twist with rich Wagyu ground beef and a tangy aioli that will remind you of your favorite fast food burger sauce.
The Art of Flavor
When it comes to Wagyu ground beef, we believe in letting the beef speak for itself. That’s why we keep it simple in this recipe, adding just a touch of Worcestershire sauce to enhance its natural flavor. But what really takes these sliders to the next level is the combination of the tangy aioli and the caramelized onions.
The Art of Caramelizing Onions
Caramelizing onions is a patient process that requires a bit of time, but it’s so worth it. The slow cooking process brings out the natural sweetness of the onions, creating a glistening, golden mound of deliciousness. To amplify the sweetness, a sprinkle of sugar at the beginning of cooking does wonders, although it’s completely optional.
The Perfect Pairing
To complement the Wagyu beef, we’ve chosen soft Hawaiian slider buns that bring out the flavors of the caramelized onions and tangy aioli. The combination is simply irresistible. Each bite is a symphony of taste, a harmonious blend of savory and sweet that will have everyone clamoring for more.
Crafting the Perfect Slider
Now that we’ve whet your appetite, let’s dive into the ingredients and instructions to make these mouthwatering Wagyu beef sliders.
For the Sliders:
- 1 pound of Wagyu ground beef
- 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
- 10 Hawaiian slider buns or Hawaiian dinner rolls sliced in half
For the Caramelized Onions:
- 2 medium yellow or sweet onions, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
- Sprinkle of white sugar (optional)
- Sprinkle of kosher salt
For the Aioli:
- 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon of yellow or Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon of ketchup or tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of dill pickle relish
- Salt and pepper to taste
Begin by caramelizing the onions. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat and pour in the olive oil. Add the sliced onions and sprinkle with salt and sugar (if desired). Stir and reduce the heat to low. Cover the pan with a slightly tilted lid to allow some ventilation. Cook the onions for about 35 minutes, stirring occasionally. You’ll notice the onions gradually develop a deep caramel color, their natural sugars intensifying as they cook.
While the onions are caramelizing, prepare the aioli by mixing all the aioli ingredients in a small container or bowl until well combined. Taste and adjust for salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
Bring the Wagyu ground beef to room temperature for at least 30 minutes before cooking. As the onions continue to caramelize, place the beef in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add Worcestershire sauce and gently mix with your hands, being careful not to overmix as it can make the burgers tough. Divide the beef mixture into 10 equal balls and gently press them down to form patties.
Heat a cast iron skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat until hot. Place the patties on the pan and press them slightly with a spatula to achieve a more circular shape. They will cook quickly, so be attentive. Cook the patties for 1 to 2 minutes per side for medium-rare, or 2 to 3 minutes for medium. Once cooked, turn off the heat and allow the Wagyu patties to rest. You can also add cheese at this point if desired.
Now comes the fun part — assembling the sliders! Spread a generous spoonful of the special aioli sauce on each side of the slider bun. Place a patty on the bun and top it with the caramelized onions. Feel free to add your favorite burger toppings as well. And voila! Your mouthwatering Wagyu beef sliders are ready to be devoured.
These sliders are a game day treat that will have everyone cheering. The combination of the rich Wagyu beef, tangy aioli, and sweet caramelized onions is a match made in heaven. So gather your friends, fire up the grill, and let the flavors of these sliders take center stage. Your taste buds will thank you!
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