Cheeseburger Meatballs with Special Sauce.

Meet my new obsession: cheeseburger meatballs! Seriously, cue all the exclamation points. !!!!!!! Oh my gosh. I cannot even EXPLAIN how delish these are. Like… wow.  I’m actually stumped for words. I have to tell you how this recipe came about! My cousin Lacy who works with me always gives me the best recipe ideas. […]

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Meet my new obsession: cheeseburger meatballs!

cheeseburger meatballs with special sauce

Seriously, cue all the exclamation points.

!!!!!!! (more…)

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How To Build A Slider Bar!

This slider bar is sponsored by St Pierre! I’m so excited to be partnering with them this summer to bring you delicious recipes. Now this is a bar I always want to go to! A slider bar, complete with bacon and cheese, ripe off-the-vine summer tomatoes and tons of my favorite condiments? Sign me up.  […]

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This slider bar is sponsored by St Pierre! I’m so excited to be partnering with them this summer to bring you delicious recipes.

Now this is a bar I always want to go to!

how to build a slider bar

A slider bar, complete with bacon and cheese, ripe off-the-vine summer tomatoes and tons of my favorite condiments? Sign me up. 

st pierre brioche slider rolls

I’m so excited to be partnering with St Pierre again today, featuring more of their Brioche Buns! It’s no secret how much I love their burger buns, and today, I’m showing you how to set up a slider bar with their Brioche Slider Rolls!

st pierre brioche slider buns

We ADORE these rolls. I’ve been buying them for years – in fact, they are Max’s favorite sandwich vehicle. He eats a sandwich almost everyday on the brioche slider roll. The size is perfect! 

how to build a slider bar

The St Pierre Brioche Slider Rolls are the highest quality; they truly taste like they were freshly baked. The rolls can elevate a simple lunch or dinner and make a regular day feel special and extraordinary. The rolls are light and airy, making them perfect for a slider bar. They have a slight hint of sweetness with an almost-buttery taste. 

SO good.

how to build a burger bar

If you have a copy of my book, The Pretty Dish, then you know how much I love a good “bar” or board! I have an entire chapter dedicated to fun bars to set up for entertaining family and friends. You can put your own spin on them and it’s exactly what makes them unique!

This board was also partially inspired by my mom’s summer burger plates. So many times when we make burgers at home, we just have the basics out – cheese, one or two condiments, maybe a slide of lettuce. But my mom NEVER made burgers without serving the works. Multiple condiments and pickles, different kinds of cheese, always lettuce, tomato and onion. She’s plate everything in a pretty way and while it wasn’t on one big board, it was the perfect setup to build your own burger.

And I’m convinced that’s why they always taste so good! 

how to build a slider bar

So here we are with our own little burger bar! A how-to, but really a use-what-you-love method, because you can add in whatever your favorite toppings may be! I made a classic slider bar here, but you can also do a themed one, such as a southwest slider bar or even a loaded slider bar with poached eggs and caramelized onions.

It’s up to you!

cheeseburgers, bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, picked onions

My favorite part of this is not only how quickly it comes together, but how fancy it looks. It just looks so fresh and delicious. It makes regular old burgers for dinner feel super special. You can do a scaled down burger bar for your immediate family at home, or if you have a few friends over outside, a larger slider bar to enjoy! 

how to build a slider bar

It’s a perfect entertaining idea for Labor Day too!

Tell me tell me: what would be on your ideal slider bar board? 

how to build a slider bar

How to Build a Slider Bar

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How to Build a Slider Board

This slider bar is a great way to serve burgers to your family and friends! Load up on toppings, vegetables and condiments. It's so fun!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 to 8 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (I like 93% lean)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 package St Pierre Brioche Slider Rolls
  • lettuce leaves
  • sliced tomato
  • sliced onion
  • cooked bacon strips
  • pickled onions
  • sliced jalapeños
  • assorted cheese slices: cheddar, swiss, colby jack, pepper jack, havarti
  • condiments: ketchup, yellow mustard, mayo dijon

Instructions

  • Preheat your grill to the highest heat.
  • While the grill is preheating, prepare your slider bar ingredients. Slice the tomatoes, jalapeños and onions. Cook a few strips of bacon.
  • To prepare the sliders, season the ground beef with the salt. Form the beef into 12 slider-size burgers. Once the grill is hot, place the sliders directly on the grates. Cook the slides for 3 to 4 minutes, then flip again and cook for another 3 minutes. Place a slice of cheese on top for the last minute if you’d like a cheeseburger! You want the internal temperature of the beef to be 160 degrees F.
  • Assemble your slider bar - there is no right way to do it! Place your St Pierre Brioche Slider Rolls on the board. Arrange your condiments in small bowls with spoons, layer your lettuce, tomatoes and onions. When the burgers are ready, throw them on the board and build your own! This is such a fun idea for family and friends. You can include any ingredients you love - such as guacamole or sautéed mushrooms. Whatever kind of burgers you adore.

how to build a slider bar

Isn’t this a dream?!

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Grilled Smoke Shack Cheeseburger Pizza.

 This grilled cheeseburger pizza almost turned me into a crazy person.  That probably doesn’t surprise you, since I’m the person putting a burger on a pizza. But still. I don’t know why, but I could NOT stop thinking about this combination. Couldn’t stop. Remember a few years ago when I made a copycat smoke shack […]

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 This grilled cheeseburger pizza almost turned me into a crazy person. 

This grilled cheeseburger pizza is my take on the smoke shack burger! Cheddar, bacon, cherry peppers and special sauce make this impossible to resist.

That probably doesn’t surprise you, since I’m the person putting a burger on a pizza. But still.

I don’t know why, but I could NOT stop thinking about this combination. Couldn’t stop. Remember a few years ago when I made a copycat smoke shack burger?! For some reason, a few months ago the idea of putting it all on pizza, like, yes, the idea of immensely trashing up TWO recipes, was stuck in my head.

pizza dough

Every time we are near a Shake Shack, we have to stop. I’m team Shake Shack over everything else, even In and Out (which we don’t have) and Five Guys (which we do have). Shake Shack all the way. Eddie agrees and I won’t even begin to tell you his order. It’s basically a sin. 

The crazy thing is that I usually just want a classic cheeseburger when it comes to a place like that. However, every single time I’m there, the smoke shack burger screams my name from the menu. It’s the first burger I ever tasted there and I just can’t pass it up. It’s smoky and slightly spicy and just so.dang.good. Bacon, cherry peppers, cheddar and special sauce… now tell me that doesn’t sound good? 

So I had to pizza it. Yes, a verb. To pizza something. Welcome to my English lesson.

It’s not the most photogenic pizza, but it is heaven off the grill.

pizza on the grill

Let’s get to it! 

It comes as no surprise since this is a cheeseburger pizza that there is beef and cheese. Shocking! The specials twist on here is the delish sauce that you’ll want to eat with a spoon, the crispy crunch bacon and the cherry peppers. 

Oh, and that it’s grilled! The smoky flavor is fantastic. 

This grilled cheeseburger pizza is my take on the smoke shack burger! Cheddar, bacon, cherry peppers and special sauce make this impossible to resist.

When I first made a cheeseburger pizza (in a cast iron skillet!) I was really making it for Eddie. Figured he’d LOVE it. I never expected to love it as much as I did. And sometimes I get these crazy cheeseburger pizza cravings and want to make one – but they do take a little extra time. You have to brown the beef, make the sauce, grate the cheese, all that jazz.

It is so so so worth it though. This is a hearty, heavy pizza and you may only need one slice. Serve it with a big greens salad (spring greens, salt, pepper, lemon, olive oil) and it may just become your new favorite dinner. 

This grilled cheeseburger pizza is my take on the smoke shack burger! Cheddar, bacon, cherry peppers and special sauce make this impossible to resist.

Grilled Cheeseburger Pizza

Smoke Shack Cheeseburger Pizza

This grilled cheeseburger pizza is my take on the smoke shack burger! Cheddar, bacon, cherry peppers and special sauce make this impossible to resist.

crust

  • 1 1/8 cups warm water
  • 3 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Flour and coarse cornmeal for dusting

topping

  • 4 slices bacon, (diced)
  • 1 shallot, (diced)
  • ½ pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 2 teaspoons diced dill pickles
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 2 cups freshly grated white cheddar
  • 1/2 cup hot and sweet cherry peppers, (or pimentos, diced)
  • Fresh chopped chives for topping
  1. In a large bowl, combine water, yeast, honey and olive oil. Mix with a spoon, then let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add in 2 1/2 cups flour and salt, stirring with a spoon until the dough comes together but is still sticky. Using your hands, form the dough into a ball and work in the additional 1/2 cup flour, kneading it on a floured surface for a few minutes. Rub the same bowl with olive oil then place the dough inside, turning to coat. Cover with a towel and place in a warm place to rise for about 1-1 1/2 hours.
  2. After the dough has risen, punch it down and place it back on the floured surface. Using a rolling pin or your hands, form it loosely into your desired shape. Place the towel back over the dough to rest.
  3. While the dough is resting, prepare the ingredients.
  4. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the bacon. Cook until the bacon is crisp and the fat has rendered, about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and place it on a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess grease.
  5. Pour all but 1 teaspoon of the bacon fat from the skillet (save it or discard!) and keep the skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot with a pinch of salt and stir. Cook for 2 minutes so it softens. Add in the ground beef and break it apart with a wooden spoon. Cook until the beef is browned and crumbled. Turn off the heat and transfer the beef to another bowl.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayo, pickles, paprika and mustard until combined.
  7. Preheat your grill to the highest setting.
  8. Once the grill is hot, now is the time to be prepared! You have to move fast. Have all of your ingredients near your pizza peel and dough.
  9. Generously cover the pizza peel with flour and coarse grind cornmeal. This will help prevent the dough from sticking.
  10. Moving quickly, transfer your pizza dough to the pizza peel, quickly rolling it a bit more if needed but making sure the entire bottom is floured/cornmeal very well. Brush or spray the dough with olive oil. Spoon the sauce onto the dough and spread it around. Sprinkle on half of the cheese then add on the ground beef mixture and the cherry peppers. Top with with the remaining cheese and the cooked bacon.
  11. Quickly and gently use a spatula or additional pizza peel to slice your pizza directly on to the grill grates. Close the lid and cook until the pizza dough is bubbly and golden, anywhere from 5 to 8 minutes – but this will depend on the thickness of your crust. Just be sure to continue to check it. It will be finished when the edges are golden and puffed up!
  12. Once the pizza is finished, slide the peel under it and transfer it to a cutting board. Cover it with chives and slice it to serve. Enjoy!

This grilled cheeseburger pizza is my take on the smoke shack burger! Cheddar, bacon, cherry peppers and special sauce make this impossible to resist.

Definitely all the heart eyes.

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