Beef Sliders with Chipotle Special Sauce

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min
  • Active: 45 min
  • Yield: 10 sliders
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Ingredients

For the Special Sauce:

6 tablespoons mayonnaise

3 tablespoons ketchup 

1 tablespoon adobo sauce (from a can of chipotle chiles in adobo) 

2 teaspoons diced pickled jalapenos 

2 teaspoons prepared horseradish 

1 shallot, minced 

2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley 

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

For the Sliders:

1 pound ground beef

1 teaspoon garlic powder 

1 teaspoon onion powder 

1 tablespoon kosher salt 

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Canola oil, for frying 

10 2-inch slices sharp cheddar cheese 

2 tablespoons unsalted butter 

10 mini brioche buns 

10 bun-size pieces Bibb lettuce 

10 pickled jalapeno strips and 10 pickled carrot slices (from a can of pickled jalapeños and carrots) 

Directions

  1. Make the special sauce: Stir all the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. Make the sliders: Mix the ground beef, garlic and onion powders, salt, Worcestershire sauce and pepper in a large bowl. Form the meat mixture into ten 2-inch patties. 
  3. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add enough canola oil to coat the pan and heat until the oil is smoking. Add the patties and cook, flipping once, until heavily caramelized on both sides, 4 to 6 minutes for medium rare. Top each patty with a slice of cheese. Transfer the patties to a plate. Wipe out the pan, add the butter and melt over low heat. Add the buns cut-side down and toast them in the butter. 
  4. Spread the chipotle special sauce on both cut sides of each bun. Place a patty and a piece of lettuce on each bun. Top each slider with a pickled jalapeno strip and a pickled carrot slice, securing them with a bamboo pick.