Beef Sliders Stuffed with Walnuts and Gorgonzola

Beef Sliders Stuffed with Walnuts and Gorgonzola

Walnuts and gorgonzola are a classic flavor pairing; here, this dynamic duo shines in irresistible mini-burgers!

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 slices bacon, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 cups button mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 lb ground beef, 10% fat
  • 4 ounces gorgonzola (or blue cheese), divided into 16 portions
  • 32 California walnut halves
  • 16 dinner rolls, small (or 2, 24-inch baguettes, each sliced into 8 equal portions, then sliced horizontally)

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a heavy saucepan over medium heat and sauté bacon until just cooked but not crisp.
  2. Add shallots and cook until translucent. Add mushrooms and continue cooking until water evaporates, about 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl and let cool. Add salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and egg to mixture. Add beef and gently mix by hand until all ingredients are incorporated, without over mixing.
  4. Divide mixture into 16 equal portions. Form into thick patties, about 1 1/2 inches thick and 2 1/2 inches in diameter, tucking a piece of cheese and 2 walnut halves into the center of each patty.
  5. Grill patties on medium-high heat until cooked to preferred doneness. Serve in small dinner rolls or between baguette slices with desired condiments.