mini macs..

so i have confession to make.. besides my love of anything bacon.. pizza.. bbq.. i have an unhealthy obsession with mcdonald big macs.. i know your thinking what the tarnation.. but it's not my fault.. i don't know whose fault it is but it's not mine.. i haven't had one in probably a year or more.. :( old age sucks fast food does not agree with me.. but when i was kid my goal in life was to work at mcdonalds so i could get big macs free.. i know all about the bad press they've been getting lately and i don't disagree their food is not the best for you, but seriously folks have you had a big mac?? they are so scrumptious.. ok enough about them or i will say screw the tummy ache and go get mickey d's for lunch!! but to avoid getting sick i have devised a plan to satisfy my big mac craving.. sliders are the new "it" burger.. practically every restaurant these days offers some form a mini burger.. and they work out great for me.. i can usually eat 1 or 2 and i've gotten my burger fix but without a huge heavy blah burger..

so shell asks what's for lunch yesterday and i reply.. mini mac's .. and she asked what is that i said my version of a big mac but in a slider.. and she asks are there tomatoes and i said she asks then what's in a big mac?  to which i sing 2 all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.. (if your a child of the 60's or 70's i know you just sang that song with me.. i know it he he ) she looked at me like i was crazy.. umm where did you learn that.. why do you know that.. mom your crazy!!!  it's sad the plethora of useless information that is stored in my brain!!

mini macs

prep time: 15 minutes
cooking time: 10 minutes or so
servings: 4


2 lbs. hamburger, shaped into 16 slider size patties (tip below)
8 dinner rolls cut into thirds
special sauce (recipe below)
4 slices american cheese cut into fourths
shredded ice berg lettuce
16 dill pickle slices
1/2 a small onion, chopped fine
salt and pepper
make your patties.. i didn't season the meat or anything prior to making them. i used a tostones masher i got at walmart for a dollar to make my patties..

what i did is divide my hambuger into 16 equal balls then put a piece of foil in my tostonera and gently pressed (if you don't line it with foil the meat will stick to the wood and if you press to hard it makes the meat to thin and it falls apart on the grill) now salt and pepper on both sides..

and viola perfect little slider patties are made.. salt and pepper and cook on pre lit grill (i had mine on medium/low and cooked them about 6-7 minutes each side but cook to your desired doneness) for more authentic big macs cook in side on a flat griddle.. while your burgers are cooking make your special sauce... equal parts mayo and ketchup (about 1/4 cup each) 1 tsp. liquid smoke and 1 tsp. cayenne pepper.. salt and pepper and whisk to combine.. about 1 to 2 minutes before your patties are done i sprayed my buns with pam and cooked on the grill very quickly to get that toasted effect.. but this can also be done on your griddle if you want... once your patties and buns are done cooking assemble your burgers.. on the bottom bun spread some special sauce.. add a burger then slice of cheese.. then your middle bun and add another burger.. then on the top burger add cheese, lettuce, pickles and onions.. and then add to your top bun more sauce..  then add your top bun to the burger and enjoy!! everyone loved them!!!


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