These amazing gourmet burgers will have your mouth watering with delicious toppings, including applewood bacon. It’s so juicy and flavorful that we published the recipe in The Old Farmer’s Almanac Reader’s Best Recipes.
Warning: These aren’t everyday burgers. See our Basic Burgers recipe. Rather, these super summer burgers are for a time when the grillmaster wants to invest time cooking a meal and create a “gourmet” feast.
Add more toppings if you wish—onions, pickles, your choice.
Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Preheat grill to medium-high.
Arrange bacon in single layer on baking sheet. Cook in oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until brown and crispy.
Relish & Mayonnaise
For relish: In a skillet over medium heat, melt butter.
Add apples and onions and cook for 5 to 10 minutes, or until tender. Add chili paste and salt. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm.
For mayonnaise: Remove zest from lemon and set aside. Juice half of lemon. In a bowl, combine zest and lemon juice. Add mayonnaise and scallions and
stir to combine.
For sliders: Break beef into clumps by hand and put into a bowl. Add parsley and salt.
In another bowl, whisk together Worcestershire sauce, Balsamic Glaze, melted butter, brown sugar, and chili paste.
Add to beef and gently mix to combine. Form into 12 patties.
Cook on grill for 3 minutes. Turn over, top each with slice of cheddar, and cook for 3 minutes more. Transfer patties to a plate.
Place rolls split side down on grill for 1 minute, or until lightly toasted.
To assemble: Spread mayonnaise on bottom half of each roll. Arrange lettuce on top. Add patty, cheese side up. Halve each bacon slice. Put one half on each patty. Top with relish and remaining roll halves.