These messy smash burger sliders are reminiscent of my Game Day Sliders with their sauce and cheese but differ by what else is between the buns. And with the sweet buttery glaze on top of Hawaiian bread, you might need a napkin or two!
This recipe has a lot of moving parts that come together to make these sliders. But don’t be alarmed – the recipe gives you the steps to put it all together and on the table in about 30 minutes.
These sliders have sauteed sweet onions that are caramelized. The secret to achieving a nice brown color without burning the onions is to use water to help cook them. You will let them cook while you prepare the other ingredients so everything finishes at the same time.
These sliders have a sauce created with chopped dill pickles. I use a small electric chopper to chop them very fine but you can mince them by hand if you like.
I leave the choice of cheese up to you for these smash burgers. I usually use American, cheddar, or pepper jack, or all three as shown above.
I cook the bacon in the microwave between paper towels. Usually, if the bacon is thin, I cook it for one minute for each slice of bacon. This recipe uses three slices of bacon, so I let it cook for three minutes in the microwave while I work on the rest of the recipe. Always check the bacon after the cooking time to make sure it is cooked the way you like it. For crispy bacon, you might need to cook it for a little longer, and for chewy bacon, cook it a little less time. If the bacon needs more cook time, microwave it for 30-second intervals until done.
By the time you finish the other steps of this recipe, the onions should be done. I add water (1/2 cup at a time) and stir after the water boils off to see if I need to cook them any longer. You can tell when they are done when most of the onions have a brown color and they taste sweet and caramelized.
Finally, the sweet glaze is brushed on the roll tops and sides and on everything sticking out of the rolls. Then I heat them in a 350-degree F oven just until the bread is warm and the cheese melted.
These smashed burger sliders are best when they are piping hot and the burgers are not overcooked. Also, they are juiciest if you use a hamburger with a high fat to lean ratio. Enjoy!