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
- 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.
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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