You’ve just read your way into Abishai’s Food Lab. I am Abishai Powers and this is a brand new recipe I created for Mexican Meatloaf Sliders. I was inspired to create this to fulfill a bucket list goal for me and my dad. He talks to us a lot about what he learns from Tim Ferriss, and we want to meet him. I find that some of it goes over my head, but dad helps us understand how to take what we need to learn out of all the jumble of what everyone wants to make you learn.
Tim’s contest is the first time we had heard about ChefSteps, and we have really enjoyed their classes. Mom has made part of our homeschooling program and I couldn’t be happier. I watch shows like Masterchef Jr., and I want to be able to cook like that. ChefSteps helped me change the way we cook. We discovered that we like weighing ingredients instead of measuring them, because I too, hate doing all those dishes!
Mom and I worked together on this recipe and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. My grandparents came over and helped us with the tasting. They gave it a big thumbs up!
The creation of this meal was the only way I could think of to combine the southwestern flavors I liked at Moe’s with the love I have for a good burger. Learning to make the bun was a totally new experience for me. There is a lot more precision required when you’re baking instead of cooking. We used the slider recipe from the ChefSteps kitchen and gave a small twist by sprinkling the buns with taco seasoning. It added a little pizzazz to the buns. Below are the ingredients for the burger patty…
1 lb. Ground Beef
1 lb. Ground Turkey
1 cup Bread Crumbs
½ cup Diced Onion
2/3 cup Diced tomato
½ cup Diced Jalapeño
½ cup Diced Green Bell Pepper
¼ cup Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
2 tsp Chili Powder
2 tsp Onion Powder
1 Tbsp. Sea Salt
1 tsp Seasoning Salt
- Mix the ground meat and egg whites together until well blended. Add Worcestershire Sauce, Bread cumbs, Garlic, Chili, and Onion powders, Pepper and sea salt. Mix with ground meat well and set aside.
- Mix together Onions, tomatoes, Jalapeño, and bell pepper. Add seasoning salt and mix well.
- Fold veggies into meat carefully but thoroughly.
- Make your patties to the size you want.
- Bake the patties on 350° for 15 – 20 min.
- Then drop them onto a preheated grill or pan and cook for 2 min on each side.
You can always top your burger with the things you love. The choices I made were to use crispy turkey bacon and grated cheddar cheese as my bun protector. Keeping the patty juices from making the bun soggy. Top the patty with a slice of American cheese, because it’s my favorite, but my dad preferred the pepper-jack. Then we gave ourselves a nice helping of homemade salsa to give added southwestern Pizzazz.