Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Easy Slider-Style Mini Burgers

My daughter likes for me to make "normal" foods when her friends come over for dinner.

Pizza.  Corn dogs.  Maybe tacos.
She's reaching that stage where the smallest thing embarrasses her and God-forbid I make a casserole or something for her friends.

I get it.  Totally.  I remember being terribly embarrassed by the most benign things my mom did when I was a kid, and I can absolutely suck it up and make something kid-friendly and less-than-healthy when she occasionally has company over for dinner :-)

Anyway, she had a friend over recently and I was out of ideas.  I wanted something cheap and easy and I came up blank trying to think of some basic kid-friendly food for them- so of course I turned to the internet.

Now, one of my favorite indulgences on a road trip is the meal from Krystal that includes a SACK of their burgers.

Yes, a sack of burgers.  Not that I eat it by myself or anything, but they're nice to nibble on in the car on a road trip and yummy too.  Little burgers on soft buns, steamed with onions, and topped with mustard and a pickle.  I'm seriously drooling just thinking about them, they're most definitely a guilty pleasure of mine.

Also?  They're most definitely kid-size.

You can see why this recipe for Easy Slider-Style Mini Burgers jumped out at me.  :-)

These really couldn't be easier and they make a bunch- we had leftovers and I have to say they were even better the next day!

I used little rolls from the bakery at the grocery store, but next time I'll definitely use Hawaiian rolls and slice the whole tray of them in half at once to top them like I do with my Road Trip Sandwiches!

If you like Krystal (or White Castle?  I hear they're similar...) these are for you!

2 pounds ground beef
1 (1.25 ounce) envelope onion soup mix
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
24 dinner rolls, split
1/2 cup sliced pickles

1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.

2. Mix together the ground beef and onion soup mix in a large skillet; cook and stir over medium-high heat until the beef is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink. Drain and discard any excess grease. Remove from heat. Stir the mayonnaise and Cheddar cheese into the ground beef mixture.

3. Lay the bottoms of the dinner rolls on the prepared baking sheet. Spread the cheese and beef mixture on the bottom half of each roll. Replace the tops. Cover with another sheet of aluminum foil sprayed with cooking spray.

4. Bake in the preheated oven until the burgers are heated through and cheese melts, about 30 minutes. Serve with sliced pickles.

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