Spicy Cheeseburger Sliders


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 9 small whole wheat hamburger buns (split, divided)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • ½ teaspoon ground chipotle chili powder
  • 2 slices pepper Jack cheese (cut in quarters)
  • Toppings
    • Barbecue sauce, lettuce, tomato slices, pickles (optional)


Tear one hamburger bun into pieces. Place in food processor or blender container. Cover; pulse on and off, to form fine crumbs.

Combine bread crumbs, beef, garlic and chili powder in medium bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Lightly shape into eight ½ inch thick mini patties.

Place patties on grill over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 8-9 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 9-10 minutes) until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160° F, turning occasionally. Evenly top with cheese during last minute of grilling.

Place burgers on bottoms of remaining eight buns. Top with desired Toppings. Close sandwiches.

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