Happy Labor Day!!  I went to the store to make some nice green chili sliders but when I was walking through to the deli, I spotted what I thought was a mirage.  Could it be?  Why yes, it was slider buns.  Pepperidge Farm makes slider buns, 12 per pack.  Right then and there, I knew I was making green chili sliders.

Green Chili Sliders
Green Chili Sliders

Green chili sliders with grilled tomatoes and pepper jack cheese.

Green Chili Sliders

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 12 slider buns
  • 4 poblano or passilla peppers
  • 4 roma tomatoes or small vine ripened tomatoes
  • 6 slices pepperjack cheese
  • 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • dash cayenne pepper

Roasting the peppers

Place the peppers directly on the hot grill.

Ready to roast
Ready to roast

Rotate them every couple of minutes until all of the sides are blackened.

Blackened
Blackened

When the peppers are blackened, remove them from the grill and place directly into a ziptop bag or in a bowl covered with plastic wrap.  Let sit for 10-15 minutes.  This will allow the steam to get to the skins and make it easy to remove.

Steam the peppers in a plastic bag
Steam the peppers in a plastic bag

After they have had a little time to rest, you can easily peel the peppers.  Use your fingers and remove the blackened skin.  Then remove the ends and dice up the peppers.  If you want you can remove the skins.

Peel the skin off the peppers revealing the bright green inside
Peel the skin off the peppers revealing the bright green inside

Making the Sliders

In a large bowl combine the meat, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder and cayenne pepper.  Mix all of the ingredients together.  Quick tip – since it was a holiday weekend, they had freshly prepared burger patties for $2.49 a pound while the same meat not shaped was selling for $3.99 a pound.  So I purchased the fresh patties and just seasoned the meat and made new patties.  Saved $1.50 a pound.

Freshly made preformed patties are ususally cheaper than buying the meat any other way.
Freshly made preformed patties are ususally cheaper than buying the meat any other way.

Next Place the sliders directly over medium/high heat.  These are a lot thinner than normal burgers so they will cook quickly.  About 2 mins in flip the burgers.

Grill the sliders
Grill the sliders

At this time also throw slices of tomato onto the grill.  These will take only about 30 seconds on each side.

Grilled tomatoes add great flavor
Grilled tomatoes add great flavor

Grill for another minute then add the diced green peppers onto the burger patties.  Then cover with the pepperjack cheese.  Close the lid and grill for another minute or until the cheese is melted.

Cover with chilies and then top with cheese
Cover with chilies and then top with cheese

Remove the sliders from the grill and place on the buns.  Add a slice of grilled tomato and then enjoy.

Place on the buns
Place on the buns

The green chilies add a nice roasted pepper flavor that is awesome.  That along with the pepperjack and the cayenne in the patties makes these burgers little firecrackers.

Only one left, who wants it?
Only one left, who wants it?

Ok, here is a group hug.

Huddling together to keep warm
Huddling together to keep warm

Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.

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