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Cheesy Ground Beef Sliders

Total Time: 35 mins

These cheesy Ground Beef Sliders with a sriracha aioli are juicy, beefy, flavorful and filled with gooey deliciousness! They are baked in the oven, quick, easy, perfect for all types of get togethers and even meal prepping. I guarantee your family will be asking you to make them over and over again!

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A plate of ground beef cheesy sliders with french fries and sriracha aioli.

Easy Cheesy Ground Beef Sliders with a Sriracha Aioli

There is nothing better than these Ground Beef Sliders. They are easy to make, require the simplest ingredients, and can be on the table in about 30 minutes. They are perfect for football games, BBQs, birthday parties, and meal prepping. Did I mention the taste?! They are juicy, gooey, soft, and full of delicious flavor! I guarantee you will be making these sliders over and over again.

And I have to tell you, this recipe is so special because…

  • DOUBLE THE GROUND BEEF- It uses 2 pounds of ground beef because 1 pound just isn’t enough in my opinion. They are even meatier than ever!
  • A HOMEMADE SRIRACHA AIOLI SAUCE IS INCLUDED- Every good slider and burger needs a great sauce! This Sriracha Aioli is perfect because it is rich, slightly spicy, and full of flavor. Without it the sliders are onenote and drier in my opinion.
  • BAKED IN THE OVEN- Other than cooking the ground beef on the stove (which is super simple by the way), these sliders and assembled and then baked in the oven.
Cheesy Ground Beef Slider with gooey cheese and sriracha aioli sauce squeezing out.

Watch Me Make Them In Under A Minute:

Ground Beef Sliders Ingredients

  • Ground Beef: The leaner the ground beef, the better- I recommend 93/7 (7% fat content). Either way you will want to strain off the grease once the ground beef is cooked.
  • Onion: Finely diced or grated. You want it to be super fine so it is evenly distributed in the meat.
  • Salt: For flavor.
  • Pepper: Again for flavor.
  • Garlic Powder: Garlic is great in everything right? You can also use 2 freshly diced or grated garlic cloves.
  • Mayonnaise: This adds creamy lusciousness to the burger. I used avocado oil mayo but use your favorite brand is. Just make sure it is mayonnaise and not sweet spreads like Miracle Whip.
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese: Cheddar is tastes great on these sliders and is super melty. I also feel it pairs well with the mayo and tangy spice of the sriracha aioli.
  • Slider Buns: I use white Brioche buns because they are light, fluffy, and toast up beautifully.
  • Cheddar Cheese Slices: Again, it tastes great on these sliders. And I know what you are thinking, more cheese?! Don’t skip the slices of cheese, it creates a barrier between the meat and the buns.
  • Sriracha Aioli: This amps up the flavor of these sliders and makes them super gooey and moist. All you need is mayonnaise, sriracha, lime juice, and a garlic clove to make it.
  • Melted Butter: Feel free to use salted or unsalted. We use it to slather on the top of the buns and keep them from drying out as they bake.
  • Sesame Seeds: No burger slider is complete without a sesame bun! Feel free to use everything bagel seasoning in it’s place.
Ingredients needed to make cheesy ground beef sliders with a sriracha aioli.

How to Make Ground Beef Sliders in the Oven

This is a quick overview of how to make these sliders, the recipe card below will have more details.

  1. MAKE THE BURGER MIXTURE: Brown the ground beef with salt, pepper, and garlic powder until completely cooked (strain off any excess grease). Mix the browned ground beef with mayonnaise and shredded cheddar cheese.
  2. MIX UP THE SRIRACHA AIOLI: In a small bowl mix together mayonnaise, sriracha, lime juice, and minced or grated garlic clove.
  3. CONSTRUCT THE SLIDERS: Slider bottoms on the bottom, half the cheddar cheese slices, burger mixture, sriracha aioli, the remaining half of the cheddar cheese slices, and slider tops.
  4. BUTTER AND SEASON THE TOP BUNS: Slather melted butter on the slider bun tops and immediately sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  5. BAKE uncovered until warmed and the cheese has melted. If the buns begin to look a little too brown you can cover them with aluminum foil to keep them from burning.

Storing and Reheating Information:

Ground Beef Sliders are best stored in the refrigerator, and covered in an airtight container, for up to three days. To reheat them just pop them in the oven for 10 minutes at 375° F. Alternatively, you can heat them in the microwave for 30 seconds or until warmed.

Toasty sliders in a baking pan with a hand lifting one from the pan.

Make Ahead Information:

I recommend making the burger mixture and sriracha aioli up to three days in advance. Then all you have to do is construct the sliders and pop them in the oven! Try not to construct these anymore than a few hours ahead of time. The slider buns will get soggy from the excess moisture.

3 Tips to Keep Your Slider Buns from Getting Soggy

There is NOTHING worse than soggy, soaked buns, especially when it comes to sliders. Here are three tips to help avoid that:

  1. Remove as much grease from the ground beef as you can.
  2. Use the sliced cheese as a moisture barrier. Keeps the beef juicy without making the buns soggy.
  3. Bake the sliders uncovered.
Stack of two ground beef sliders surrounded by french fries and sriracha aioli sauce.

What to Serve with Ground Beef Sliders:

Fun Variations or Substitutions

TRY OTHER CHEESES- Not a fan of sharp cheddar cheese? Use cheddar-jack, swiss, pepperjack, american, provolone, or a combination of multiple cheese. Just make sure they are softer cheeses that will melt.

ADD TOPPINGS- You have so many delicious options like pickles, bacon, caramelized onions, sliced red onions, pickled jalapenos, tomatoes, onion rings,

SAUCE IT UP- I am obsessed with Sriracha aioli and it is what we use in this recipe. But, you can substitute it for ketchup, mustard, Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce, fry sauce, Chipotle Southwest Sauce, garlic sauce, or Apple Butter BBQ Sauce.

BUNS- Try this recipe with King’s Hawaiian rolls, mini pretzel buns, or even brioche sliders.

A plate of two cheesy, beefy sliders with fries and sriracha aioli.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ground Beef Sliders

What ground beef is best for burger sliders?

The leaner the ground beef, the better- 93/7 (7% fat content) is the best option. You can use others, but they tend to have a higher fat to beef ration which produces more grease. It is not the end of the world, but you will want to strain off the grease once the ground beef is cooked.

How many sliders do I need to make?

This really depends on the occasion and how many people you are feeding. This recipe feeds 4 people at 3 sliders a piece. If you are making them as a party appetizer that is being served with other appetizers, it will feed 6 people at 2 sliders a piece. This recipe is pretty easy to double and triple to make as many as you need (in the recipe card toggle to 2x or 3x to scale up the recipe).

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A plate of gooey and delicious ground beef cheesy sliders with french fries and sriracha aioli.

Cheesy Ground Beef Sliders

Elizabeth Swoish
Quick, easy, and cheesy Ground Beef Sliders made with a gooey seasoned ground beef mixture topped with a sriracha aioli and melty cheddar cheese.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Servings 12 sliders
Calories 387 kcal

Equipment

  • 9×13 Baking Dish

Ingredients
 
 

  • 12 pack Brioche slider buns
  • 2 pounds ground beef;
  • 1 small onion; diced or grated finely
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 10 slices cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter; melted
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup sriracha aioli

Sriracha Aioli

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic; minced or grated finely
  • teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 °F and prepare a 9×13 pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Heat skillet over medium heat and add the ground beef, onion, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Stirring frequently, continue to cook the ground beef until browned, about 10 minutes.
    NOTE: If there is an excess of grease, strain it off prior to moving on.
  • While the ground beef cooks, prepare the sriracha aioli. In a small bowl mix together the mayonnaise, sriracha sauce, lime juice, garlic, and salt. Set aside.
  • To the browned ground beef, add the mayonnaise and cheddar cheese. Stir until the mixture is well combined and set aside.
  • Place the bottom half of the slider buns in the prepared baking dish.
  • Top the bottom half of the buns with 5 of the cheddar cheese slices, then the ground beef mixture, sriracha aioli, the remaining 5 slices of cheddar cheese, and the top half of the slider buns.
  • Evenly brush the top of the sliders with the melted butter. Sprinkle on the sesame seeds.
  • Bake the sliders uncovered for 15-20 minutes or until heated through and the cheese is melted. The tops of the sliders should be slightly browned as well.
    NOTE: If the top buns become too dark during the baking process, loosely cover them with aluminum foil.
  • Eat hot out of the oven.

Video

Notes

Storing Information: 

  • Store in the refrigerator, covered, for up to three days.

Reheating Information:

  • Reheat in the oven at 375° F for 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can heat them in the microwave for 30 seconds or until warmed.

Make Ahead Information:

  • I recommend making the burger mixture and sriracha aioli up to three days in advance. Then all you have to do is construct the sliders and pop them in the oven! Try not to construct these anymore than a few hours ahead of time. The slider buns will get soggy from the excess moisture.
Keyword BEEF SLIDERS, CHEESY GROUND BEEF SLIDERS, GROUND BEEF SLIDERS, SLIDERS

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By Elizabeth Swoish on January 15th, 2023

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