Alton Brown Makes Mini Man Burgers with Grilled Onions | Worst Cooks in America

Alton Brown shows how to make his messy, gooey, perfectly steamed sliders.

Have you downloaded the new Food Network Kitchen app yet? With up to 25 interactive LIVE classes every week and over 80,000 recipes from your favorite chefs, it’s a kitchen game-changer. Download it today:!

Watch an all-new #WorstCooks Sunday at 9|8c!

Subscribe to Food Network:

Get the recipe:

Mini Man Burgers with Grilled Onions
Level: Easy
Total: 40 min (includes chilling time)
Active: 25 min
Yield: 8 sliders


1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
2 onions, finely chopped
1 pound ground beef chuck
2 tablespoons yellow mustard, plus more for serving
Eight 3-inch buns or rolls, split in half
8 dill pickle chips, ice cold, finely chopped
8 slices American cheese


Combine the garlic powder, black pepper and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt in a small bowl and set aside.

Combine the onions and 2 teaspoons kosher salt in a bowl and set aside for 10 minutes. Strain and reserve the juices.

Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper and place the ground chuck in the middle of the pan.

Cover the meat with a large sheet of plastic wrap and roll out the meat with a small rolling pin into a large rectangle that covers the surface of the pan; it will be very thin. Remove the plastic wrap. Add a thin layer of yellow mustard and season the meat with the spice mixture.

Pick up the edge of the parchment and fold the meat in half, widthwise. Roll a couple of times just to seal the two layers. Refrigerate for 10 minutes then cut into 8 even squares with a pizza cutter.

Preheat a griddle pan over medium heat.

Spread the onions out on the griddle in an even layer in a rectangular shape. Put the patties on top of the onions. Resist the urge to press them with your spatula. Squeezing burger patties is the culinary equivalent of picking at a scab, and you remember what your mom told you about that. Pour over some of the remaining onion juice to create steam. Top each patty with a slice of cheese and the bottom half of a bun. Cover the griddle with foil (but do not seal) and reduce the heat to low. Steam the burgers until cooked, 3 to 5 minutes.

Construct burgers thusly: Add pickles and mustard to each bun top. Using a large spatula, pick up a burger-bottom bun stack and place it on the top half of a bun. Repeat with the remaining burger stacks and bun tops until there’s nothing left to build.

Consume mass quantities.

Subscribe to our channel to fill up on the latest must-eat recipes, brilliant kitchen hacks and content from your favorite Food Network shows.

Stream full episodes and more :
Like Food Network on Facebook:
Follow Food Network on Instagram:
Follow Food Network on Twitter:
Visit Food Network online:


20 Replies to “Alton Brown Makes Mini Man Burgers with Grilled Onions | Worst Cooks in America”

  1. Does this guy cook ironically, or is the title of the show meant to be ironic? I mean, seriously, I’ve seen better cooks at Denny’s than Alton Brown

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *