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

      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

      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

      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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