Stuffed Cheddar Popper Sliders
The perfect bite of beef, cheese, bacon, and jalapeños. Makes four sliders. Can be easily doubled or tripled to feed a crowd.
  • 1 pound Ground Chuck
  • 4 slices of thick-cut, hickory smoked Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • ¾ cup of grated Medium Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 medium Jalapeño, minced
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Cracked Black Pepper
  • Slider Buns*
  • Green Leaf Lettuce
  • Tomato
  1. In a small bowl, mix the crumbled bacon and the shredded cheddar cheese. Set aside.
  2. In a second bowl, season the ground chuck with salt and pepper, mixing well.
  3. Divide the meat into 8 small balls (roughly 2 ounces each). Flatten each ball using the palm of your hand or a burger press. Set four of the slider patties aside.
  4. With the remaining four patties, carefully flatten out just the center of each patty, creating a slight "well". Into that well, put 1-2 tablespoons of the cheese/bacon mixture and then top with 1-2 teaspoons of the minced jalapeño, depending on preference.
  5. Top each filled patty with one of the remaining "unstuffed" patties and gently press the edges to seal.
  6. Prepare your heated grill (medium heat) by oiling the grate. Place the patties on the grate, gently, and do NOT flatten them with a spatula (you will lose internal juices).
  7. Cook the burgers 3-5 minutes on each side till you reach your desired level of “doneness.”
  8. Serve on slider buns with lettuce, tomato and any other desired condiments.
* I used Kings Hawaiian Rolls (the normal dinner roll variety) for our burgers. The sweet bread was perfect against the smokey bacon, cheese and jalapeño. Seriously ... perfect.
Recipe by Following In My Shoes at