French Onion Ground Beef Sliders are filled with cheese, caramelized onions, and saucy ground beef filling. Perfect football food for a crowd.
These beef sliders are are wonderful as a stand-alone main entreé or appetizer. This slider recipe makes 1 dozen sliders, easy doubled for maximum deliciousness.
Beef Sliders Recipe
Let me start out by saying that cheese and I have a special relationship. We work well together, we understand each other. Put that on some ground beef sliders with perfectly caramelized onions and well, something magical happens.
What are sliders?
Sliders is an American term referring to small hot hamburger style sandwiches made with buns or in this case, dinner rolls.
How do you make sliders?
Start by slicing onions thinly (about 1/4 inch thick), and cooking in a large cast iron or heavy-bottomed skillet for about 20 minutes over low heat with butter or olive oil, using salt to help draw out the moisture in the onions. The first 10 minutes or so the onions become soft and translucent, then they begin to turn a lovely yellow/light brown as they caramelize. I use two onions because they reduce down quite a bit as they cook.
At this point I add the ground beef and cook it alongside the onions, careful not to let the onions burn. Next I drain the excess grease from the ground beef and add the flour in preparation for the sauce.
Add the worcestershire sauce, some minced garlic, beef bouillon and salt & pepper and you’re almost there. It needs to simmer for a few minutes to thicken up and then it’s ready to spread across the sliced rolls. I prefer to slice 12 rolls in half at once and place them in a 9×13 inch pan.
And by all means, put extra cheese on the rolls before the ground beef filling if that’s what your little heart desires. Otherwise, place cheese on top of the ground beef and replace the top half of the rolls.
Lastly, make the glaze with butter, worcestershire sauce, and everything bagel seasoning (swoon) to brush over the tops of the rolls before popping them in the oven.
What is Everything Bagel Seasoning?
Everything bagel seasoning is a mix of white and black sesame seeds, dried minced garlic and onion, poppy seeds, and flakey sea salt. It can be found at many major grocery stores in the United States or ordered online.
Traditionally, french onion soup has gruyere cheese on top, so that’s what I use for these sliders. HOWEVER. Gouda or havarti also work well and are delicious in place of gruyere, which can be a little pricey.
I will not compromise on the everything bagel seasoning on top though, that is an absolute must. It can be found at many major grocery stores in the United States or online, and I use it all the time.
Aaaaaaand a cheese pull for the road. You’re welcome.
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French Onion Ground Beef Sliders
- Cast iron frying pan
- 9X13 inch baking pan
- ¼ cup butter
- 2 medium yellow onions, sliced thinly
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 lb ground beef
- 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon beef bouillon
- 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
- ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
- 12 dinner rolls
- 12 slices gruyere, gouda or havarti cheese
For the glaze:
- 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 Tablespoons worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tablespoon Everything Bagel Seasoning
- In a large cast iron or heavy bottomed frying pan, heat butter and onions over low/medium heat. Sprinkle salt over onions. Cook onions for 15-18 minutes until they begin to turn dark yellow/light brown, stirring every 2-3 minutes to prevent burning, lowering heat if necessary. Don't walk away from these, stir every 1-2 minutes the last 5 minutes of cooking as they can burn quickly.
- Add ground beef to onions, cook 5-7 minutes until no longer pink and stir to break beef into small pieces. Drain any excess grease (into an old tin can or tin foil, not down the drain).
- Add flour and stir well, then add worcestershire sauce, beef bouillon, minced garlic, and ground pepper. Simmer 2-3 minutes until sauce is thickened and remove from heat.
- Slice 12 dinner rolls in half and place bottoms in a 9x13 inch baking pan. Spoon ground beef filling over rolls, then spread cheese slices over ground beef filling to cover completely. Replace the tops of the rolls over the filling and cheese.
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
For the glaze:
- Combine melted butter, worcestershire sauce, and everything bagel seasoning in a small dish. Brush or spoon over the tops of the rolls to coat evenly.
- Cover with tin foil and place on middle rack in oven for 10-15 minutes, until cheese is melted. Serve warm.
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