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Spicy Cheeseburger Sliders

Spicy Cheeseburger SlidersLean ground beef sliders are spiced up with chipotle chili powder and topped with pepper Jack cheese slices.

This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, selenium and zinc; and a good source of fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and iron.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef (96% lean)
9 small whole wheat hamburger buns, split - divided use
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chili powder
2 slices pepper Jack cheese, cut in quarters

Toppings: Barbecue sauce, lettuce, tomato slices, pickles (optional)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Tear one hamburger bun into pieces. Place in food processor or blender container. Cover; pulse on and off, to form fine crumbs.
  2. Combine bread crumbs, beef, garlic and chili powder in medium bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Lightly shape into eight 1/2-inch thick mini patties.
  3. Place patties on grill over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 8 to 9 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 9 to 10 minutes) until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160°F (71.1°C), turning occasionally. Evenly top with cheese during last minute of grilling.
  4. Place burgers on bottoms of remaining eight buns. Top with desired Toppings. Close sandwiches.

Makes 8 sliders.

Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/8 of recipe): 201 calories; 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat; 0 g monounsaturated fat); 40 mg cholesterol; 266 mg sodium; 21 g carbohydrate; 3.1 g fiber; 16 g protein; 4.1 mg niacin; 0.2 mg vitamin B6; 1.1 mcg vitamin B12; 2.3 mg iron; 28.8 mcg selenium; 3.4 mg zinc; 50.8 mg choline.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of The Beef Checkoff.