Who doesn’t like little hamburgers? Well I am sure there are a couple of people out there but we will not talk about them. Whether it be Krystal or White Castle or somewhere else they all have something in common. They are yummy little bites of joy. Since the only Krystal left in town closed and I did not want to go to a sit down restaurant to get these little burgers I decided to make them myself. They are a bit of work to make and take some time to get them all prepped and ready to eat, but in the end they are well worth it and fun if you are having guests over.
So this is how I did it.
2lbs lean ground beef
2 packs Kings Hawaiian Rolls (butter flavored) cut in half like little buns.
1 medium white onion (diced into small pieces)
a jar of hamburger pickle slices
1/4 stick of butter
salt and black pepper
Condiments (Ketchup, Mustard, Mayo, Etc)
1 pack thin sliced sharp cheddar cheese (optional)
You can do the patties a couple of different ways. I pressed out a thin layers of ground beef onto my cutting board ( about 1/4″ thin) and cut it into 3″x3″ squares. Then take the parts you cut off add it back the rest of the beef and repeat until all of the beef is used. Or you can just press out each patty about the same size and not worry about them being square. I just happened to be feeling a little nostalgic for the little square Krystal burgers.
Cut all of the rolls in half to look like little buns and place on a plate. I will get into how to steam those easily in a minute.
If you want cheese on your sliders just cut several cheese slices into quarters. This should make small cheese slices that fit perfectly on your little burgers.
First heat a large frying pan to medium high heat and add the butter and let it melt. Now add the diced onion and cook until they start to turn clear then transfer them to a bowl. In the same pan cook your patties to a nice dark brown. I would normally never tell you to press the patties with a spatula because it just pushes all the yummy juices out of them but these are small thin patties and you want them to stay thin. The patties do not take long to cook, about 3 to 4 minutes per side then transfer them to a plate. While the last few patties are cooking take the plate of buns and cover them with a damp paper towel (damp not wet). Place them into the microwave for about 45 seconds. This will warm them and steam them a little making them nice and soft.
Now comes the fun part.
One by one take a bun separate the halves. Spoon a nice spoonful of onion onto the bottom half then place a burger on top, add a slice of cheese (if you want) and then a small squirt of mustard or whatever condiment you like. I went with mustard to more closely mimic the Krystal burgers. Now place two to three pickle slices on top and add the other half of the bun to finish it off. Repeat this until you have no more patties. If you have an odd number of buns to patties you can always double up and make double sliders. But only if you are feeling daring.
Put a couple on a plate and add some fries and you are ready to go. This is fun for a get together of friends or a special treat if you are home alone and have some time to kill. Enjoy.
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