Beef sliders with bacon, gruyere and pickles with tomato jam

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Whether at a party, a picnic or simply snacking at home, this delicious finger food will have you coming back for more. Tomato sauce can of course be used if you don't want to go to the effort of making tomato jam.

Beef sliders with bacon, gruyere and pickles.
Beef sliders with bacon, gruyere and pickles. Photo: William Meppem

Ingredients

 2 small rashers streaky bacon or speck

8 mini brioche slider buns

400g good-quality coarsely minced beef (we use Blackmore wagyu)

2 slices gruyère, cut into quarters

80g your favourite burger pickles

Tomato jam

4 large vine-ripened tomatoes,

halved lengthways

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

sea salt and freshly ground pepper

1/2 small onion, chopped

1 small clove garlic, chopped

1 tbsp caster sugar

1 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar

 

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Place the tomatoes in a roasting tray with half the oil and some salt and pepper. Roast for about 30 minutes, until softened and lightly browned. Cool slightly then peel.

Heat the remaining oil in a pan on a low heat and add the onion, garlic and a pinch of salt. Cook for about 10 minutes then add the roasted tomatoes and their juices. Add the sugar and vinegar, then cook down until you get a jam-like consistency, up to an hour. Check seasoning.

Preheat the oven grill. Place the bacon on a foil-lined tray and grill it until crispy, then break into eight pieces and set aside. Halve and toast the brioche buns under the oven grill.

Season the mince and knead with your hands until it becomes sticky and the meat binds together. Form into 8 patties. Heat the barbecue to high and cook to your liking (6 minutes for medium-rare), turning once. As each patty finishes cooking, top it with a piece of cheese and grilled bacon, allowing the cheese to soften.

Place each patty on a bun base, top with tomato jam and pickles, then sandwich with the bun tops.

 

 

Photography by William Meppem. Food styling by Hannah Meppem. Food preparation by Nick Banbury

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  • Main Ingredients - Beef, Tomato, Bread
  • Cuisine - American (US)
  • Course - Finger-food, Starter/Entree
  • Occasion - Cocktail Party, Picnic, New Years

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4 comments so far

  • Could someone please explain to me what a 'slider' is??? These look to me like a HAMBURGER!
    Is it just another dumb name we have copies from the US?

    Commenter
    L.C.
    Location
    Date and time
    November 03, 2014, 8:39AM
    • LC you are spot on. It is another American import. Why? Because the hipster foodies out there think it is cool.

      And pulled pork??? The word "shredded" was given its use by date.. and now the cool word is pulled.

      Pathetic!

      Commenter
      grant taylor
      Location
      malmsbury victoria
      Date and time
      November 08, 2014, 10:22PM
  • Sliders = small burgers. I don't get it either

    Commenter
    Stff
    Date and time
    November 07, 2014, 11:37PM
  • A slider is a mini hamburger. Not sure why the US hate - we have them to thank for the glorious hamburger!

    Commenter
    LeanneG
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    Date and time
    November 10, 2014, 3:30PM

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