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Ingredients

2 tbsp mayonnaise (this recipe used the Follow Your Heart Veganaise brand)

1 tsp chopped garlic

4 slider rolls (this recipe used the ones from Trader Joe’s)

8 ounces grass-fed ground beef

½ tsp sea salt

¼ tsp pepper

2 pieces of cooked bacon (crumbled)

2 ounces of blue cheese (crumbled)

2 leaves of lettuce or baby spinach (torn or shredded if needed to fit onto the slider roll)

1 medium tomato (thinly sliced)

4 pickle slices

From The Author

Nothing screams summer more than perfectly than burgers topped with bacon and blue cheese. You can take these burgers to the next level by spreading the rolls with garlic mayonnaise and adding lettuce, sun-kissed tomatoes and pickles. Why is grass-fed beef better for you? Cattle traditionally graze on grasses for their source of food. This combined with the fact that the animal is moving around for most of the day means grass-fed beef is much leaner than its conventional, corn pellet-fed counterpart. It's also higher in key nutrients including antioxidants, vitamins, and a beneficial fat called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). This fat has been tied to improved immunity and anti-inflammation benefits. Grass-fed beef also packs about 50% more Omega-3 fatty acids than standard beef.

Why Add This Recipe to Your Healthy Eating Collection?

By making these petite sliders, you are scaling back the size of the burgers. You can also add to this summer dinner with a serving or two of grilled vegetables or a summer salad! Smaller burgers also mean less cooking time, which makes this dish quick and easy.

Chef Tip: Make these even healthier by skipping the bun and serving the sliders in butter lettuce leaves. Some don’t consider bacon and blue cheese “healthy” ingredients but any time you are cooking your own food and adding some garden goodies such as lettuce, tomato and onions, you are likely eating healthier than most of the population. Eating healthy means being able to enjoy the ingredients you love in moderation.

An easy way to see how this recipe fits into your overall day is by logging your daily food consumption into the MyFitnessPal app on your smartphone or computer. You can find this recipe by searching for “Home Care Assistance’s Bacon and Blue Cheese Sliders.”

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise and the chopped garlic together.
  3. Divide the beef evenly into four burger rounds about ¼ of an inch thick. Season both sides of each round with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat an oven-safe 8-inch sauté pan to medium high heat.
  5. Place each slider into the sauté pan and cook for one minute.
  6. Flip the sliders over and turn off the heat. Top each of the sliders with the bacon and blue cheese.
  7. Cover and cook for three more minutes.
  8. While the sliders are cooking, spread the garlic mayonnaise on the bottom half of each roll. Sprinkle the lettuce or spinach over the mayonnaise.
  9. Remove the sliders from the oven. Transfer each of the sliders on top of the lettuce.
  10. Top the sliders with a tomato slice and a pickle.
  11. Top with the other half of the roll and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 2 sliders

Serving Per Container 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories 586 Calories from Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g
Saturated Fat 12g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 104mg
Sodium 1338mg
Total Carbohydrate 34g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 7g
Protein 38g
Vitamin A 118% Vitamin C 23%
Calcium 33% Iron 27%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300 mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber 25g 30g

Calories per gram:

Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4

About the Author(s)

Leslie Myers is a culinary professional with over thirty years of experience including healthy eating and cooking specialist, culinary instructor, restaurant owner and operator, caterer, operations manager, pastry chef, raw foods chef and culinary instructor. She is the owner of Foodsense, Now, a Solana Beach-based company which focuses on healthy eating for athletes. She is also the Professional Chef for Home Care Assistance, where she creates delicious recipes that promote brain health and healthy longevity and are appropriate for the changing dietary needs of seniors.

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