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Asian Beef Sliders with Grilled Asparagus

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We made these Asian Beef Sliders with Grilled Asparagus today. There are fireworks, picnics and warm summer days. It’s the 4th of July and here we are, mid year, on a hot scorching day, celebrating another holiday, and in our family, another birthday.

It’s the all-American holiday to signal that summer in the USA is now in full swing.The Filipino in us cannot help but celebrate in a big way, and often always with food. My oldest son was home for a family birthday. So, we fired up the grill.  My sons like to come home to Asian food. This is what inspired my son, Tim to add sweet, salty and tangy Asian flavors to these hearty beef sliders.

We started with a basic, lean ground beef. While Tim was enroute, I pre-seasoned the beef with hints of worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, onion and garlic flavors, and a spritz of lime. Tim arrived hungry, holding up a big bag of tiny, round bread buns for these sliders.

Tim added his own flavors and here’s the rest of how he worked his magic :

“ I added these:
A pinch of pepper and a handful of parsley flakes, I prefer fresh leaves.

I formed the patties and laid them out onto a tray.

Then I glazed the top half of each patty with some sweet hoisin sauce.

For grilling instructions,and then on the grill, Tim said:

“ I placed the “naked” side of patty on grill first, the hoisin side up. When it felt right, I flipped it ONCE so that the hoisin side was down. Then I took the burger patties off the grill when finished. It’s important to note that there is not much in the way of instruction when grilling burger patties. One must simply know that the grill should be preheated to 400-500 degrees and then cooked according to preference.

 Rare .. ~ 2-3 min per side

Med .. ~ 3-4 min per side

Well .. ~ 7-8 min per side

This will change depending on the grill and the person grilling.”  Tim said on a final note.

And with that, he scooped up the last patty on the grill, with its aromatic zesty Asian flavors, placed it atop the freshly toasted tiny buns, and served it on the table paired with grilled asparagus seasoned with drops of extra virgin olive oil and salt, all served with cold potato salad and some chilled beer.

Simple, homemade, good grilling was all that was needed for a great 4th of July family meal. We had the good beef, some freshly made bread buns, and Asian flavors found right in our pantry. Happy 4th of July, America!

Asian Beef Sliders with Grilled Asparagus

These Asian Beef Sliders with Grilled Asparagus are mini burger sliders with Asian flavors of hoisin sauce and soy sauce then char-grilled with slices of cheese melting on top. They were perfectly paired with fresh asparagus roasted next to them, then seasoned with Asian rice wine and a few drops of sweet, fragrant sesame oil. This recipe made by my our son, Tim  for his dad's 4th of July birthday made 18 pieces of mini burger sliders on tiny pre-toasted bread buns. This is an Asian in America recipe.
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Asian, Filipino
Keyword: Asian Beef Sliders Grilled Asparagus
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 337kcal
Author: Asian in America


  • Outdoor grill: Charcoal or Gas


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper powder
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 10 slices cheddar cheese slices 1/2 a slice for each slider
  • 18 whole mini dinner rolls or small bread buns about 2-inch in diameter
  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus washed and edges trimmed
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Xiao Xing rice wine
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil enough to coat the asparagus lightly
  • 1-2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 Tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh parsley


  • Pre-marinate the thawed ground beef with Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, lime, parsley and seasonings (except the hoisin sauce). Place in a glass or non-reactive bowl and cover with a plastic wrap. Refrigerate a few hours till ready to grill.
  • Brush or spray the outdoor grill's grates with oil to avoid meat sticking.
    Pre heat the grill to a medium-high temperature for 5 to 10 minutes. Shape the ground beef into 2-inch small round, patties.
  • Drizzle hoisin sauce over the top of each slider. Place the beef patty on the grill, with the hoisin sauce side on top. Once the bottom is cooked to your preference, turn over ONCE to cook the other side.
  • Place the cheese slices on the sliders one minute before taking them off.
  • Top on pre-toasted mini burger buns. Serve with grilled asparagus on the side.
    *Note: You can toast the buns on the grill over indirect heat for 1 to 2 minutes or till it becomes slightly brown.
  • Season asparagus with extra virgin olive oil, rice wine, salt and pepper and place on top of the grill. Grill the asparagus for 8 to 10 minutes, and serve warm with the beef sliders.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 1256mg | Potassium: 520mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 3.6mg

Notes on Nutrition: The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the marinade ingredients. The actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary. The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.

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  1. Happy Birthday to your son and I hope you had a great day celebrating both birthdays! Sliders sounds wonderful. Until I had kids, I actually didn’t know what “slider” means. =D I love cute little burgers. I hope my kids will come home for Asian dishes one day… your are a great cook and I want to go to your home too! Haha! =)

    1. Thanks, Nami! You are so kind to take the time to visit my blog and leave the nicest comments. Yes, these sliders were so easy to do and great to eat. Thanks for the birthday wishes — our family likes to celebrate a lot 🙂

  2. I love the Asian twist that you son put on these burgers! Will definitely have to give these a go next time we have burgers =)

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