Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to say I was selected as one of Canada's top online influencers to participate in this years Hidden Valley RanchTM Ranchify Recipe Challenge. This is the second year running for me. Last year's entry for the Hidden Valley RanchTM Recipe Challenge was Grilled Zucchini Boats. Although it was not a winning entry, it is still a very good recipe perfect for summer time grilling. This year only one recipe can be submitted so I've been busy working on a few to narrow down my choice. The deadline is July 1st at 12 AM. The recipes will be judged by Chef Ned Bell.
Note: This is a recipe in the creation stages with the goal of a possible entry into a contest. No creation stage recipe will be posted here however, the final recipe may appear here after the entry deadline closes so please check back.
Mini burgers aka sliders have become rather popular so I decided to create slider recipe, more specifically a bacon ranch slider recipe. I started with hormone free, grass fed lean ground beef to ensure a high quality burger pattie. While I won't disclose all the ingredients that went into the patties, I will tell you that I used no fillers (eg. bread crumbs) so they are all beef patties and I used Hidden Valley RanchTM Spicy Creamy Dressing & Dip as an ingredient. Additional ingredients and a spin on the patties remain a secret for now but don't worry as I will tell you what I did in the final version after the contest closes.
I shaped the prepared meat mixture into large meatballs then flattened to fit into the mini burger grilling rack. This helped me keep the burger patties uniform shaped while making it easier to grill. The grill rack is made by Cuisinart but other brands are available. These can be found in the grilling section wherever outdoor grills are sold.
Buns plan an important role in any burger. I chose this bun because it was cute and perfectly shaped so each slider would look the same for presentation. Each bun measures about 2½ - inches in diameter and about 1½ - inches combined thickness. A package of 12 cost $2.79 so they are a bit pricer than regular burger buns. I was after a particular look for this contest creation stage recipe with the full intentions of substituting a homemade bun for the final recipe.
I sprayed the inside of the rings with cooking oil in a health mister help prevent the patties from sticking. I grilled the patties on medium high direct heat turning once. I liked the hash marks the grill rack gave the patties!
Regardless of the initial success that my husband declared a winner, I knew I would have to get a bit more creative if I wanted a winning recipe. So it was back to the drawing board, armed with a few tweaks to test. Ketchup was ok but common. I had something else in mind! The buns were good and while I liked the texture from toasting, I had plans to kick them up a notch. I was off on a culinary adventure. Stay tuned...