Celebrate Oktoberfest with these easy-to-make mini hamburgers – the term of which originally derived from the town of Hamburg. While the hamburger as a beef patty sandwiched between two slices of bread originated in America in 1890 and gained popularity at the 1904 World Fair in St. Louis, some dispute the claim and grant its invention to the German, Otto Kuase. So, don some lederhosen and create a biergarten in your own home – with these these delicious mini hamburgers, your guests will definitely get into the mood. Extra bonus if you also provide some bratwurst in addition to a beer stein filled with a variety from Hacker-Pschorr (The original brewery of Oktoberfest).
Beef Sliders with Gouda and Grilled Portobello Mushrooms (makes 16)
1 lb/ 455 g ground beef
16 mini hamburger buns
16 mini Portobello mushrooms
8 slices Gouda cheese
2 large shallots, finely chopped
2 tsp thyme, finely chopped
1-2 tbl ground pistachio
salt and pepper
- Mix together the ground beef, pistachio, shallot and thyme together with your hands in a large bowl. Season all over with salt and pepper.
- Form small balls and flatten them into patties. Set aside.
- Rub the Portobello mushrooms with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Grill the hamburger patties for 3-4 min on each side, adding the cheese during the last 2 min of cooking. Grill the Portobello mushrooms at the same time for 2-3 min on each side.
- Place a Portobello mushroom on top each slider and serve with all the fixings – including some delicious German mustard.