Pickle Sliders Are Just What You Need For Summer BBQs

There’s nothing like a delicious pickle! I’m always interested to find a new way to add more pickles into my diet. I’ll eat them fried, have them on the side or as a soup—why not?

But, this recipe for pickle sliders is definitely the one I’ve been searching for my whole life.

There’s nothing quite like a burger fresh off the grill, topped with cheese, mustard, ketchup and pickle slices, of course.

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But, this bun-less recipe puts the focus of the meal on the salty, juicy pickles—where it rightfully belongs, if you ask me!

Plus, these make great snack options for the Fourth of July or any backyard shindig this summer. Also, they’re really simple to make.

Delish fills you in on how to create the world’s tiniest patties, so that the pickle slices are the perfect size to replace a traditional bun.

And, you don’t have to mess with condiments in this recipe. They’ve incorporated the mustard and ketchup right into the meat mixture.

How To Make Pickle Sliders

According to the recipe, you’ll combine ground beef, bread crumbs, an egg, mustard, ketchup and garlic powder together to create the patties. Then season with salt and pepper and stir to combine.

Once the meat is properly seasoned, form the mixture into small patties.

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Add the beef patties and cook for about 3 minutes until they’re properly seared. Then flip and cook the other for another couple of minutes.

Once you cook them to your liking, top with cheese, a small tomato slice and a bit of lettuce.

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Then, wedge all of that in between two pickle slices, and there you have it—the most delightful pickle treat.

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If you’re like me, you may wonder where these have been all of your life. But you’re also probably relishing (pun intended!) the fact that there are so many possibilities out there!

For example, you could also re-create a bunless Chick-Fil-A sandwich by wedging fried chicken between two pickles.

This video from HealthyJunkFood’s YouTube Channel breaks exactly how to make that delicious Chick-Fil-A-style chicken that so many love.

After you’re done making it, simply swap the buns for some pickles, and that’s it! You’ll have a delicious pickle-inspired sandwich.

You can also create a Cuban-style pickle slider using pork. However, this recipe from HEB calls for the pork to cook in a slow-cooker, so you’ll need to set aside a good amount of time to make this dish.

The pork will need to cook on low in a slow cooker for about eight hours. Still, the end result will be well worth it. Just check out how delicious these look:

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Mmm. I’m excited just thinking about it.

Reaching for a jar of pickles right about now? I can’t say I blame you.

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Interested in testing out other unique slider recipes this summer? Instead of pickles, you can also swap the typical small burger buns with waffle fries.

Just bake waffle fries, according to the package instructions. Then pick out a dozen or large, round waffles to act as the buns.

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Check out the full instructions for waffle fry sliders in the video below from Delish:

Fire up that grill because you’ve got some small patties to cook!

A ‘Cowboy Butter’ Recipe You’ll Want To Put On Everything You Eat

Born and bred in the South, I pride myself on being well-versed in fried foods, making the best darn grits and frequently implementing the age-old adage “when in doubt, add more butter.” So, imagine my shock when I learned of cowboy butter—a never-before-heard-of but absolutely decadent buttery concoction that will change the way you and I eat for the better.

Delish is responsible for opening my eyes to the cowboy lifestyle—a beautiful way of life that includes flavored butter. Doesn’t sound too bad, now, does it?

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What’s In Cowboy Butter?

According to the recipe, you’ll need several ingredients to amp up the flavor of this buttery dipping sauce. Shallots, lemon juice, garlic, dijon mustard and hot sauce are just a few of the items that you’ll use to make the best-tasting butter you’ve ever had.

While this may call for quite a few ingredients, it really isn’t difficult to whip together—and just in time for summer barbecues, too!




This video details step-by-step instructions, but basically, what you’re going to do is: Melt butter, add and whisk in the various spices and other ingredients and serve warm. It’s as simple as that, y’all.

Delish recommends eating this with steak, chicken and even cornbread (yum!). But that’s only the beginning of what you can do with cowboy butter.

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You can also use it on baked potatoes and slather it on top of corn before wrapping the cobs in tin foil and throwing them on the grill. I’m telling you—the possibilities are endless.

And if you’d like to have some cowboy butter on reserve, it’s easy to make some in advance, let harden in the fridge and then eat whenever you’re ready.

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According to the Juggling Act Mama blog, all you have to do is mix the softened butter and other ingredients together, spread onto parchment paper, roll into a log shape and refrigerate for at least four hours.

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Cowboy Butter Vs. Gold Rush Sauce

If you’ve never heard of cowboy butter but the ingredients sound familiar, perhaps you’ve heard it called Gold Rush Sauce. Gold Rush calls for butter, mustard, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup (in some cases), salt, garlic and cayenne pepper.

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A recipe for Gold Rush from an old French’s mustard recipe booklet has made its way around the internet, with people sharing memories of it from childhood.

Like cowboy butter, Gold Rush Sauce can be added to meat, potatoes, corn and even veggies. One Food.com reviewer said she loves it best on a bone-in chicken breast on an outdoor grill, adding “If I’m using it inside, I cut the butter in half. I always reduce the salt and bump up the cayenne.”

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Another reviewer suggested using the buttery concoction as a sauce to bake meatballs in, though she notes that she reduces the amount of butter used. While this bacon bourbon meatballs recipe is a Simplemost favorite—and may be hard to deviate from—the idea of a meatball in a tangy, sweet mustard-based sauce does sound quite delicious!

Now, no amount of sauce is going to save poorly cooked meat. The next time you throw a steak on the grill, be sure you bring the meat to room temperature first and don’t forget to let it rest before cutting it.

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On the other hand, there’s pretty much no wrong way to enjoy cowboy butter—or Gold Rush Sauce, whatever you want to call it. So, go ahead and mix up a batch of this golden goodness ASAP. I’m hungry just thinking about it, aren’t you?

5 Ways To Prepare Corn On The Cob For All Of Those Summertime BBQs

If you’re not already prepping for your upcoming Fourth of July backyard BBQ, you’re late to the game. July 4th festivities are no joke, so you’re going to need to be prepared.

Assign who’s bringing the pies and get some corn ready to throw on the grill. Because it just doesn’t get more American than that, now does it?

Corn on the cob is a great summertime vegetable, especially since it’s so easy to cook while you’re outside enjoying your company. Nobody likes to be cooped up in the kitchen come party time.

Classic corn on the cob with a little bit of butter is great, but there are equally tasty alternatives out there, if you’re looking to mix it up a bit this year.

Check out these five recipes, and cook one (or all) of these recipes this holiday weekend.

1. Classic Corn On The Cob

All you need is eight minutes on the grill and a little butter and salt to complete this version. Get the recipe.

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2. Mexican Street Corn or Elote

Chili powder and cotija cheese give this corn on the cob, called elote in Mexico, just the right amount of spice and creaminess. Get the recipe.

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3. Bacon-Wrapped Corn On The Cob

OK, wrapping corn in bacon? Does it get any better than this? Get the recipe.

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4. Parmesan Corn On The Cob

You can never go wrong when adding cheese to a recipe. Especially when it’s freshly grated parmesan. Get the recipe.

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5. Corn Kabob

Walking around while eating corn on the cob just got even easier. Why not make a corn kabob so you can enjoy mingling with friends and eating your veggies all at once? Get the recipe.

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That’s one more thing checked off of your July 4th prep to-do list!

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These 6 Watermelon-Cutting Tricks Will Make It The Best Summer Yet

Now that it’s officially summer, there’s only one fruit that you’ll need to have at all of those barbecues. That’s right—watermelon.

Is there anything more delicious than a cold bowl of fresh watermelon on a hot summer day?

Not only are watermelons completely delicious, they’re also one of the hardest fruits to serve.

Come on, you know the thought of cutting that thing open is daunting! They’re so round, so slippery and so unwieldy.

But don’t fret because these genius ways of cutting and serving watermelon will help you step your summertime game up. Thought those grilling skills were impressive? Just wait until your guests see this.

From watermelon jello to watermelon margaritas, you’ll be the queen (or king) of your next barbecue. You can thank us later.

1. Watermelon Sticks

This makes enjoying a watermelon slice so much easier. You can have this in one hand and your hot dog in the other, and it just doesn’t get better than that!

2. The Perfect Slice

If you want to know how to make the most perfect slices, well, your wish is my command. Because there’s no way it’s truly summer without a watermelon slice in your hand and juice dripping down your elbow, now is it? Follow this tutorial.

The trick to getting the perfect slice? A towel to soak up all the juices and cutting off the rounded edges to create a flat cutting surface. Why didn’t we think of that sooner?

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3. Watermelon Glasses

Want a more adult way to enjoy your fruit? Make it into a glass for a margarita, then, why don’t you? Follow this recipe from Shari’s Berries.

These adult beverages use adorable mini watermelons—your friends are going to be so impressed!

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4. Skin A Watermelon

Just in case you’re hoping to do something super cool with your watermelon skin (like, you know, carry your beverage around in it), well, here’s how you can.

5. Watermelon Drink Dispenser

How cute is your summertime set-up going to be when you turn your watermelon into a drink dispenser? Follow this tutorial.

Pro tip: Pick a seedless watermelon for a shorter prep time.

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6. Watermelon Jello

Watermelon jello is such a fun treat for the kids or the adults (if you add some alcohol). Plus, it’s easier to pull off than you might imagine. Follow this tutorial from the blog A Beautiful Mess.

Also, can we all agree that watermelon jello makes for some totally gorgeous eye candy.

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Bring on the summertime shindigs!

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