Ina Garten Sliders with Gruyere, Arugula, Tomato and Onion

Ina Garten Sliders with Gruyere

Nothing exotic about this recipe. Just well flavored 80/20 blend ground beef, some melted gruyere and simply topped with tomato and onion. Ketchup is the condiment suggested for Ina’s sliders. These Ina Garten sliders with Gruyere is just another good solid recipe from one of my favorite celebrity chefs.

Hummingbird in Denver

Speaking of exotic, we’re starting to get some hummingbird activity in our yard, which always happens this time of year. Many Broad-tailed Hummingbirds nest in the foothills and mountains west of Denver, with just a small population choosing our back yard suburban neighborhoods to raise their young. During mid to late Summer after nesting, the adults and young birds start moving around, looking for our containers of sugar water to fatten up on over the next six weeks before migrating south for the Winter. This photo is either a young or a female Broad-tailed.

small hummingbird in Denver

We’re also enjoying visitors from the Pacific Northwest, like this tiny Calliope Hummingbird. We’ve had the duller colored female Calliope visiting our feeder over the past week, and just last night this beautiful male made an appearance. After feasting on these burgers, we patiently waited on the patio for a photo opportunity. I managed to get a couple of shots of this spectacular male and his magenta gorget.

Hummingbirds are some of the most amazing creatures on this planet. These tiny birds with wingbeats of 80 flaps per second can fly backwards, forwards, sideways and can even stop in mid air. And it’s amazing to think that some migrate from the Pacific Northwest clear down to the Southern tip of Mexico….incredible for a bird that only weighs a few ounces. A great deal of energy is spent flying, and with their high metabolism, they feed almost constantly and can consume up to twice their body weight in nectar every day.

Back to the burgers…I could consume twice my body weight with these sliders. Ground beef flavored with thyme, Dijon mustard makes for a great little burger. Thanks to Ina Garten and The Food Network for this one.

Ina Garten Sliders with Gruyere, Arugula, Tomato and Onion
  • 2 pounds premium ground beef (80 percent lean and 20 percent fat)
  • 1 tablespoon good Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons good olive oil, plus extra for brushing the grill
  • 1 teaspoon chopped thyme leaves
  • 3 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 ounces grated Gruyere
  • 12 small Brioche buns
  • 4 ounces baby arugula
  • 3 medium tomatoes, sliced in ⅛-inch-thick rounds
  • 2 small red onions, sliced in ⅛-inch-thick rounds
  • Ketchup, for serving
  1. Place the ground beef in a large bowl and add the mustard, olive oil, thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix gently with a fork to combine, taking care not to compress the ingredients. Shape the meat into 12 (2-inch) patties of equal size and thickness.
  2. When the grill is medium-hot, brush the grill grate with oil to keep the sliders from sticking. Place the sliders on the grill and cook for 4 minutes. Turn the sliders over with a spatula and cook for another 4 to 6 minutes, until medium-rare, or cook longer if you prefer the sliders more well done. For the last 2 minutes of cooking time, place ½-ounce Gruyere on the top of each burger and close the grill lid. Remove the sliders to a platter and cover with foil.
  3. Slice the buns in half crosswise and toast the halves cut side down on the grill.
  4. Divide the baby arugula among the 12 bottom buns, top each with a slider, and finish with a slice of tomato and red onion. Cover with the top of the bun and serve hot with ketchup.

Ina Garten Sliders with Gruyere, Arugula, Tomato and Onion…It’s What’s for Dinner.

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  1. says

    The burgers look awesome LA and I like the flavors you added to the meat – hard to beat an Ina recipe. Bev has several hummingbird feeders hanging around, but ours are the Ruby Throated ones – good to see another variety. I saw a critter the other day that looked like a bumblebee at first glance but it had a beak like a hummer – turned out to be a hummingbird moth.

    • says

      Thank you Larry! And I’m very proud of you for knowing what type of hummingbird you have! :) I’ll make a full-fledged bird watcher out of you yet.

  2. says

    Forgot to say, I love your beautiful, winged visitors! We normally see hummingbirds in the garden here but I haven’t seen any yet this year :(

  3. says

    I’ve never seen the Calliope hummer before. How pretty is he! We had a lot of hummingbirds visit us in the northern Bahamas when we lived there. From that I knew they flew an incredible long way, but it’s just hard to imagine how such little birds are so brave and strong to take such a long trip.

    Love your slider, especially the gruyere. Sounds like a French burger…

  4. says

    What beautiful little hummers. I guess we need to get with it and get our feeders filled and hung. The sliders look wonderful. I adore Ina’s recipes. I haven’t made a bad one yet.

    • says

      Yes, get those feeders out Karen. We only put them up this time of year. Plus they love some of the flowers I’ve planted. I agree with those Ina recipes, that’s why I had to try these sliders.

  5. says

    We brought our hummingbird feeders with us on the move from SoCal to Montana and we only saw ONE hummer in two summers. Needless to say, the feeder went into the garage sale box! I love Ina, too… these sound really good.

  6. says

    Liked those cute little burgers and fell in love with them when I saw they had thyme in them. Fabulous herb that seems to love cooler climates! The hummers are so cute! We have to put feeders up fairly early because we are at the end of the journey for some of the Rufous and Caliope and the flowers are not so plentiful when they get here. They seriously come to the windows and hover until Dana gets the feeders hung. :)

    • says

      I’ve got two thyme plants that are doing very nicely. One is a lemon thyme that I plant every year. Really nice flavor for my Summer soup recipe. I love that those birds hover until Dana fills the feeders. That’s fabulous.

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