Gourmet Cowboy Hamburger Sliders + Giveaway

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Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins

A mouthwatering burger – made mini slider style – with creamy avocado, lean ground beef, balsamic caramelized onions, and salty pancetta! Its the ultimate slider!

I have been on a little bit of a sandwich kick lately, I guess my husband is starting to wear off on me. 🙂 But let me tell you.. its for the better.

Last week I shared with you my Grilled Portobello Burger with Balsamic Reduction, which is ridiculously delicious and a great vegetarian option for Meatless Monday!

Close-up of a  Gourmet "Cowboy" Slider burger on a wooden board

Today I’m bringing it back to the meat lover! Woot Woot!! 🙂

Have you ever had a Cowboy Burger before?

Top view of 6 raw slider burgers on parchment paper

I was thinking about them the other day, mostly because I was thinking of my waitressing days and the “Cowboy Burger” was one of the most ordered items on the menu. I will say, it is super tasty … just not the healthiest of burgers.

Ok, so, for those of you who don’t know, a Cowboy Burger is a ground beef burger with cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, tangy BBQ Sauce, and those yummy fried crispy onion straws. Sounds good… just SUPER heavy!

Three Gourmet "Cowboy" Slider burgers on a wooden board next to a pint of beer

I decided to lighten this burger up a bit and make it for my man on Fathers Day! {awesome wife alert!}

HE LOVED IT! {and to be honest, I did too}

Three Gourmet "Cowboy" Slider burgers on a wooden board

This lighter version is in mini form… aka “the slider” and fancied up a bit… hence the name “Gourmet Cowboy Hamburger Sliders”. 🙂

This burger is made with 93/7 lean ground beef, crispy pancetta {instead of bacon}, balsamic caramelized onions {instead of BBQ sauce and crispy fried onion straws}, and mashed avocado {because everything is better with avocado}.

Gourmet "Cowboy" Slider burgers on a wooden board with a few bites out of one

Seriously, if words could describe how good these Gourmet Cowboy Sliders are then I would use them … but they don’t! You honestly just need to try them to find out for yourself. They will be one of the best burgers you have ever eaten.. hands down!

On a side note, not only am I giving you the worlds best slider recipe today but I am also giving out $300 amazon cash, so be sure to enter this awesome giveaway below!

Close-up of Gourmet "Cowboy" Slider burgers on a wooden board

Gourmet Cowboy Hamburger Sliders with guacamole and a bun

Gourmet Cowboy Hamburger Sliders

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 5 mins
  • cook_time Cook Time: 25 mins
  • total_time Total Time: 30 mins
  • yield Yield: 8 sliders 1x
  • category Category: Burgers, Sandwiches, Grilling Recipes, Beef
  • method Method: Stovetop
  • cuisine Cuisine: American


A mouthwatering burger – made mini slider style – with creamy avocado, lean ground beef, balsamic caramelized onions, and salty pancetta!



  • 1 lb. of lean ground beef {93/7}
  • salt & pepper
  • 8 whole wheat slider buns
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 large onion, halved and then sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 large avocado, mashed
  • 4 oz. of pancetta, diced


  1. Form ground beef into 8 small patties.
  2. Season with salt & pepper on both sides. Set aside.
  3. Heat a medium saute pan to medium high heat, add olive oil to pan and then sliced onions.
  4. Saute for 7-10 minutes, until onions start to caramelize {turn a caramel color}.
  5. Add balsamic vinegar to caramelized onions. Saute for another 2-3 minutes. Remove onions from the pan.
  6. In the same saute pan, add diced pancetta.
  7. Saute for 5 minutes, until pancetta is slightly browned. Set aside.
  8. Heat grill to medium high heat.
  9. Grill burgers for 2-3 minutes per side.
  10. Grill buns for 1-2 minutes per side.
  11. Assemble burgers with toasted bun, burger, pancetta, caramelized onions, and mashed avocado.
  12. {Optional} Serve with stone ground mustard.

Keywords: mini burgers, burger sliders, beef sliders


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20 Responses
  1. Melanie @ Carmel Moments

    They look amazing Krista! What a wonderful wife (and mommy) you are.
    Love these. Pinning!
    Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  2. Sherri@The Well Floured Kitchen

    Burgers are the fan favorite at our house, my husband actually asks for burgers as his birthday dinner. These look amazing and I love the balsamic onion topping.

  3. Laura O|Petite Allergy Treats

    Ah-mazing! Gosh, you really are an awesome wife! Any man would love this recipe (and wife since you made it healthy!) I love the extra amount of avocado too.

  4. Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

    OMG. I’m starving and these sliders would totally hit the spot right now!! I need to make these ASAP! Thanks for the recipe, friend! Pinned!

    1. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      haha.. I know right! I had them again last night. So good everytime. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and the pin sweet friend. Hope you are doing well!

    1. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      Thanks Olivia, that part was for me and the meat part was for my husband.. all parties were happy in the eating of this burger. hehe. 🙂

  5. Zainab

    Krista!! This is a serious burger!! Love love the layers and the avocados is just the perfect closing touch.

  6. Chris @ Shared Appetite

    Love how you lightened up these cowboy burgers! They look legit awesome! I wish I was at your father’s day feast so I could of had one! And I agree… avocado makes everything better 🙂

    1. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      We did have company over to enjoy the feast on fathers day… if you guys were close you could have totally come. 🙂 Granted off course you bring one of your delicious sides! 🙂 Thanks Chris!

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