I have been craving burgers and BBQ sauce lately. I think it has to do with the fact that I am very much looking forward to summer. Going to the park, having barbecues and actually feeling the sun on my skin! And right now the weather feels more like we are entering winter instead of spring.
To satisfy my burger cravings, I made these sliders. I went for minced pork instead of beef. The patties are seasoned with cooked shallots, garlic, oregano, thyme and smoky BBQ sauce. So they are full of flavor just by themselves. And because pork and pineapple are a marriage made in heaven, I added it too. Top it with some Emmental cheese and some mini pretzel buns and you’ve got some food porn right there. I was in a make everything from scratch mood that day so I also made the mini pretzel buns. They are super easy to make. It is the same recipe as my Soft pretzel twists, just shaped differently. I have added the different instructions below. This recipe makes about 13 sliders.
For the patties:
500gr minced pork
2 tablespoons of smoky BBQ sauce
3 shallots, chopped
1 teaspoon of dried thyme
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 egg yolk
1/3 cup of panko
1/3 cup of breadcrumbs
For the caramelized pineapple:
½ fresh pineapple, thinly sliced
4 tablespoons of sugar
For the toppings:
150gr of Emmental cheese, thinly sliced
Lettuce of your choice
First start making the mini pretzel buns, for the whole recipe check out my Soft Pretzel Twists Post. The ingredients are the same; there are just a few different steps. Once the dough has risen, divide it into 16 equal pieces. Then form each piece into a ball. Place the balls in the baking soda/water bath for 30 seconds. Then place them on a prepared baking tray (lined with parchment paper and lightly greased with vegetable oil). Cut a cross in the middle of each bun, brush the tops with an egg wash and sprinkle with some sea salt. Bake for 8 minutes at 230C/450F.
To make the caramelized pineapple, place the sugar and sliced pineapple in a large pan. Sprinkle some pepper and let it cook over medium-high heat until it has caramelized. This will take about 6 minutes, turning the pineapples half way through. Place the caramelized pineapple slices on a lightly greased plate and set aside.
To make the patties, over medium heat add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a small pan. Add the shallots, dried thyme, dried oregano and garlic. Cook for a few minutes until the shallots are translucent.
Place the minced pork in a large bowl. Add the shallot mixture, BBQ sauce, egg yolk, panko, breadcrumbs and some salt and pepper. Mix it all until well combined. Grab about 1/4 of a cup of the mixture and make a ball, repeat until all the mixture is done. This will give you about 13 meatballs.
Pour some olive oil into a large pan, over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, place the meatballs in the pan and press a bit with a spatula so they become mini burgers. Cook them for about 4 minutes on each side until they are all cooked through. Take the pan off the heat. Place a slice of cheese on top of each patty. The heat of the patties will melt it.
To serve the sliders, slice the mini pretzel buns in half and place some lettuce on the bottom. Then place a patty and some slices of the caramelized pineapple. Cover with the top parts of the bun. Serve right away.