Tasty Harissa Beef Sliders
Spice up your sliders with delicious, irresistible Harissa sauce. If you’re thinking of something easy to grill, to serve as snacks or one course of your meal, stick with your guns and go with mini burgers. Go classic, sure, but with a twist: use Harissa, the spicy paste from North Africa, and bring huge flavors into every bite. And since you’re going to try new ways to spice up your burgers, try different toppings! This recipe combines the signature Harissa taste with arugula and provolone, to make it just right. Oh, and of course, the classic charcoal grilled smoky taste on every bit of your burger patties!
Perfect small patties
First, start by making your patties. It’s a really simple recipe that goes a long way! Use a grater, grate 1/4 an onion and 2-3 cloves of garlic for flavor. Lightly mix this into the ground beef, and be careful not to over mix. Add some salt and pepper, too.
Form the burgers into small, slider-sized patties and press your thumb into the middle to make a small indention. This will help them cook better and not have a bump in the middle. Now you’re ready to grill!
For this recipe, we used grill grates. These are a great tool for cooking burgers because it helps avoid flare-ups and give the burger great grill marks. Light your charcoal and aim for about 450 degrees F. Season one side of the burgers with salt and pepper, then place those patties seasoned side down on the grill. Now you can season the other side with salt and pepper while those are on the grill. Rotate the burgers after a few minutes to get good grill marks. Flip them and finish cooking. Cook the burgers to your desired doneness. I usually do 160 F internal temperature for medium when it comes to ground beef. Remove a few degrees shy of your desired temperature to let the carryover heat reach 160.
Mixed finger-licking flavors
Mix together ½ cup of mayonnaise and 1 tablespoon of Harissa into a small bowl. Taste it for the level of spiciness, then add more Harissa or more mayo to adjust. You can make homemade Harissa sauce, but the store bought jar tastes just as great and is hassle-free.
Assemble the burgers by placing a patty in the bun (toasted if desired), topping it with provolone, arugula, and spread the Harissa mayo sauce. Enjoy the fusion of flavors that spice up any regular burger