Island Style Teriyaki Beef Sliders

We’re getting in a Hawaii state of mind today!

Island Style Teriyaki Beef Sliders are the perfect dish to serve at a summer BBQ.
This post was created in partnership with True Aussie Beef & Lamb and Big Green Egg in exchange for free product. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for continuing to support the brands that make CaliGirl Cooking possible!

And for ohhhh so many good reasons.

Reason #1: We’re going to Kauai!! The hubs and I take off tomorrow morning for our babymoon/make-up honeymoon and we are soooo excited for a little one-on-one time in the sun just relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. It can’t come soon enough!


Reason #2: If you can’t come to Kauai with us, grilling up some of these Island Style Teriyaki Beef Sliders will be the next best thing. You’ll feel like you’re right there with us as soon as you take your first bite of these juicy, teriyaki-glazed burgers.

Reason #3: I’ve partnered with two amazing companies, True Aussie Beef & Lamb and Big Green Egg, to help you #ownyourparty this summer with some amazing beef and lamb recipes and….wait for it….a Big Green Egg giveaway!!! Pardon the pun, but it’s pretty #aussome and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

But first, before I get to the giveaway, I feel it’s absolutely necessary to tell you about these mouthwatering Island Style Teriyaki Beef Sliders.

When I got my shipment from True Aussie Beef & Lamb, I saw the grass-fed ground beef and, naturally, I immediately started thinking burgers. Then, my friend with the most amazing Hawaiiana-inspired home (yes, complete with naturally heated pool and waterslide) suggested we have our first pool party of the summer, dubbing it “Aloha Sunday.” I immediately knew I had to turn these burgers into an island-inspired treat, and these Island Style Teriyaki Beef Sliders were born!

The patties for Island Style Teriyaki Beef Sliders are brushed with a delicious sweet and salty teriyaki glaze before serving.

So, what, you may be wondering, makes an “Island Style” beef slider? Well, let me fill you in! Think a normal slider, but with a few fun, tropical twists. The first important distinction between island style and just your average burger is a sweet-salty teriyaki glaze, brushed on to the burgers the moment they come off the grill. Brushing the sauce on while the sliders are still piping hot allows it to caramelize slightly and therefore stick nicely to the patties so you don’t have a huge mess on your hands. Have no fear, there will be extra sauce for adding to your sliders once you build them!

The other fairly consistent (at least in my book) difference between the two styles is the bun. Rather than typical slider buns, I served my Island Style Teriyaki Beef Sliders on Hawaiian sweet rolls. THE best! If you haven’t ever had Hawaiian sweet bread, do yourself a favor and go buy some right this minute. They sell it in almost all big box grocery stores nowadays. I’m a big fan of King’s Hawaiian brand, and while we’re in Hawaii you can bet I’ll be stocking up on my favorite local brand there, Ani’s.

The beauty of serving Island Style Teriyaki Beef Sliders is that you can cook them on your Big Green Egg all in one batch!

Okay, now we get to the somewhat controversial part: the condiments and toppings. Some argue that a “true” teri burger needs nothing more than a swipe of mayo and some lettuce, while others insist on including some fresh pineapple in the mix. There’s also that extra teriyaki sauce I mentioned earlier that to me is a non-negotiable. Of course, you’ll always have your traditionalists who MUST have their ketchup and mustard. I recommend just serving the sliders in a “build-your-own” manner, setting them out with all of the condiments imaginable and letting your guests opt for whichever direction they want to take.

Island Style Teriyaki Beef Sliders will keep everyone happy at your next outdoor BBQ or pool party.

Whichever way you choose to eat your Island Style Teriyaki Beef Sliders, I can tell you that you will NOT be disappointed. I added a secret ingredient or two to the patties just because, but with the quality of #TrueAussieBeef, you honestly don’t even need to. As soon as we tasted the finished product, I commented to my husband that you could really TASTE the fact that the beef was grass-fed. It’s melt-in-your-mouth tender, with a fresh, herbaceous quality that you really don’t taste every day. The ground beef is so flavorful, you could easily leave out any seasoning save for a little salt and pepper, but hey, I’m a food always blogger and like to put a little spin on things 😉

Island Style Teriyaki Beef Slider patties prepped and ready for the grill!

Okay, so that’s the delicious scoop on my Island Style Teriyaki Beef Sliders, now let’s get to the important part, the GIVEAWAY!! As part of my partnership with True Aussie Beef & Lamb and Big Green Egg, I was given both the delicious grass-fed ground beef I mentioned above as well as my very own Big Green Egg. I had read about these Big Green Eggs, and always been fascinated by them, but to be honest, didn’t think we needed to invest in one quite yet since we already own both a gas and charcoal grill. Boy, was I wrong! As soon as our Big Green Egg came into our lives (which we’re still thinking of a name for, any suggestions?) we knew it was going to be a game-changer and become a go-to for all our grilling, cooking and smoking needs.

The Big Green Egg is the perfect outdoor cooking accessory to #ownyourparty. And you can win one for yourself!

This thing is amazing, and I’m happy to tell you anything you want to know about it (comment with any questions below!) but the most important thing I need to let you know is that YOU COULD WIN A BIG GREEN EGG FOR YOURSELF! That’s right, Big Green Egg and True Aussie Beef & Lamb will be sending one lucky winner a Big Green Egg through their “Greater Outdoors” campaign, running now through August 2. Click here to enter and cross your fingers that you’ll get to experience this truly #aussome outdoor cooking tool!

I’ll be taking things a little slower here on the blog for the next week and a half or so in order to really soak up our last vacation as a family of two, but you can certainly count on some more delicious #TrueAussieBeef and #TrueAussieLamb recipes during that time, plus more chances to enter to win your Big Green Egg!

Have a great Wednesday and continue to #beAussome!

Island Style Teriyaki Beef Sliders are the perfect dish to serve at a summer BBQ.
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Island Style Teriyaki Beef Sliders
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
28 mins
 

Summer cookouts just got that much better with these sliders with a twist. A sweet-salty teriyaki glaze & Hawaiian sweet rolls are the ultimate game-changers!

Course: Main Course
Servings: 20 sliders
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
For the teriyaki sauce:
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon peeled and minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon peeled and minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
For the burgers:
  • 2 pounds ground beef (preferably grass-fed True Aussie Ground Beef)
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Suggested condiments:
  • Hawaiian sweet roll buns
  • Extra teriyaki sauce
  • Mayonnaise
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Sliced tomato
  • Sliced onion
  • Sliced pineapple
Instructions
  1. Heat your grill to a medium-high temperature. If using the Big Green Egg, you’ll want the temperature to get to about 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. First, make the teriyaki sauce. Combine all ingredients except cornstarch in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Let come to a low simmer, then whisk in cornstarch until sauce begins to thicken. Turn off heat and let sit at room temperature while you make the burgers. 

  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine all burger ingredients. In this situation, it’s probably easiest to just get in there and mix everything together with your hands. 

  4. Once burger ingredients are combined, use your hands to form slider-size patties (make a ball about the size of a lacrosse ball, then flatten it slightly and use your thumb to place an indent in the center to allow the meat to expand while cooking.)

  5. Place sliders on the prepared grill and cook for just a few minutes each side. Since the patties are small, they won’t take much time at all to cook. 

  6. Remove burgers from the grill and immediately brush with some of the prepared teriyaki sauce. Reserve the remaining sauce to serve as a condiment. 

  7. Serve burger patties alongside sliced Hawaiian rolls and the rest of the suggested condiments. Let guests build their sliders as they please!

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BLT Sliders with White Cheddar Brioche Buns

You know you want ‘em…

BLT Sliders with White Cheddar Brioche Buns | CaliGirl Cooking

Today I’m so happy to be bringing you these little bites of deliciousness. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been a snacker. It might be a little bit obvious from some of my past favorite recipes (namely this, this and this), or maybe I just love food too much, but I’d rather sample little tastes of everything than have to stick to one entrée for my meal. In fact, I’m somewhat notorious in my family for stealing bites off of everyone else’s plates before finishing my own dish. My dad used to tell me that the calories don’t count if you didn’t order them, and I’m totally on board with that.


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But enough of my snacking tendencies, and on to these BLT Sliders with White Cheddar Brioche Buns (say that ten times fast.) I know, they’re pretty self-explanatory, but let’s just pause for a minute and think about what we’ve done here. We’ve taken possibly one of the best sandwich creations of all time and turned it into a bite-size (well, maybe a couple of bite-size) version, and we’ve totally upped the ante by making homemade white cheddar brioche slider buns. You digging this yet? Let me spell it out for you: B-L-T S-L-I-D-E-R-S W-I-T-H W-H-I-T-E C-H-E-D-D-A-R B-R-I-O-C-H-E B-U-N-S. Are we all on the same page now? Good. Let’s get on with it.

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Truly, the only semi-challenging part about this recipe is the making of the buns. And if you’re patient and have a couple of hours (maybe three) to let the dough do its thing, you’ll have no trouble at all baking these puppies off and making a lovely, billowy, cheesy throne for your bacon, lettuce and tomatoes.

BLT Sliders with White Cheddar Brioche Buns | CaliGirl Cooking

We’re all (at least barely) familiar with cooking bacon, right? (And if not, please take careful note of my no-fail bacon-baking method below so we can actually be on speaking terms again.) Good. Because that’s literally the ONLY additional cooking skill that this recipe requires. Guys and gals, once we get over the bread-baking hump, it is really that easy. We’ll have our cocktail party snack (or dinner, or children’s birthday party menu, etc. etc.) ready in no time at all. We simply adorn our buns and bacon with the classic tomato, lettuce, mayo, mustard and maybe some avocado (if you’re lucky/an avocado freak like me!) and we are all set! You could also add some scrambled eggs and call them brunch? BLT Sliders with White Cheddar Brioche Buns to the rescue!  My mind is just swimming with possibilities.

BLT Sliders with White Cheddar Brioche Buns | CaliGirl Cooking

But alas, we’re going to start with this simplest of simple version and if you’re lucky we’ll elaborate on the idea in the future 😉 So are you ready to get in the kitchen and start assembling these bad boys? What are your favorite “snacky” foods for nibbling? Anything you want to see me recreate as bite-sized? I always love hearing your ideas!

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BLT Sliders with White Cheddar Brioche Buns

Yield: Makes about 12 sliders

A bite-sized version of the classic sandwich. You can't go wrong with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and of course, avocado!

Ingredients

    For the White Cheddar Brioche Buns:
  • 1 packet rapid rise yeast
  • 1 cup milk, warmed to 110 degrees Fahrenheit (or “bathtub” temperature)
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 eggs + 1 for egg wash
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white cheddar, grated
  • 2 ½ - 3 cups flour
    Remaining BLT Ingredients:
  • 4 pieces applewood smoked bacon
  • ¼ cup (or so) mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup (or so) mustard
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, cut into 4 slices each
  • Approximately one cup of mixed greens
  • 1 avocado, sliced

Instructions

    To make the White Cheddar Brioche Buns:
  1. Mix yeast, milk, butter, sugar, 2 eggs and salt in a stand mixer. Add grated cheddar cheese, mix until combined. Add flour in ½ cup increments until dough comes together as one large ball but is still slightly sticky. Cover in bowl and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, for 1-2 hours (or until doubled in size.)
  2. Remove from mixing bowl onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently. Separate dough into 12-15 portions (slider size!) Place on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper (or a silpat), cover and let rise again for one hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. In a small bowl, use a fork to scramble the remaining egg, then brush it over the slider buns. Place in preheated oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden. Remove from oven and let cool before slicing in half to assemble the rest of the sliders.
    To make the Bacon:
  1. Place bacon slices on a rimmed baking pan covered with aluminum foil. Place in oven and turn oven on to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Set a timer for 20 minutes. The bacon cooks perfectly as the oven preheats, and when the timer goes off it will be perfectly cooked! Remove from pan onto a plate covered in a paper towel. Once cool, cut each slice of bacon into thirds.
    To assemble the BLT Sliders:
  1. With slider buns cut in half, spread about 1 teaspoon mayonnaise and 1 teaspoon mustard on either side of each bun. Carefully stack bacon, tomato, lettuce and avocado on top of bottom half of each slider bun. Top with other half of slider bun. Enjoy!
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