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Half-Smoke Sliders with Caramelized Onions Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 lb. half-smoke sausage, casings removed
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 12 slider buns
- 2 large onions, thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 1 tbsp. brown sugar
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- Arugula, for serving

Special equipment needed:
- Large skillet
- Mixing bowl
- Baking sheet
- Grill or grill pan

Step-by-step instructions:
1. Preheat grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine ground beef, half-smoke sausage, breadcrumbs, egg, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, and black pepper. Mix well.
3. Form mixture into 12 small patties and place on a baking sheet.
4. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add sliced onions and brown sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are caramelized, about 15 minutes.
5. Grill patties for 3-4 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
6. In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, honey, and apple cider vinegar.
7. To assemble sliders, spread a dollop of the mayonnaise mixture on the bottom half of each slider bun. Top with a patty, a spoonful of caramelized onions, and a few arugula leaves. Cover with the top half of the bun.
8. Serve immediately.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
5. Temperature:
Grill or grill pan: medium-high heat
Serving size:
12 sliders

Nutritional information:
Calories: 350
Fat: 18g
Carbohydrates: 28g
Protein: 18g
Sodium: 630mg
Sugar: 7g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Ground turkey can be substituted for ground beef.
- Regular smoked sausage can be substituted for half-smoke sausage.
- Baby spinach can be substituted for arugula.

- Add a slice of cheese to each slider.
- Top with pickles or jalapenos for a spicy kick.
- Serve with a side of sweet potato fries.

Tips and tricks:
- Make sure to remove the casings from the half-smoke sausage before mixing with the ground beef.
- Use a meat thermometer to ensure the patties are cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F.
- Toast the slider buns for added flavor and texture.

Storage instructions:
Leftover sliders can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
To reheat, place sliders on a baking sheet and bake in a 350°F oven for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through.

Presentation ideas:
Serve sliders on a wooden board or platter for a rustic look.

Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme or rosemary.

Pair with a cold beer or a glass of red wine.

Suggested side dishes:
Sweet potato fries, coleslaw, or potato salad.

Troubleshooting advice:
If the patties are falling apart on the grill, add more breadcrumbs to the mixture to help bind the ingredients together.

Food safety advice:
Make sure to cook the patties to an internal temperature of 160°F to ensure they are safe to eat.

Food history:
Half-smoke sausage is a type of sausage that is popular in Washington, D.C. It is made with a blend of beef and pork, and is often served grilled or smoked.

Flavor profiles:
The sliders have a smoky, savory flavor from the half-smoke sausage and paprika, and a touch of sweetness from the caramelized onions.

Serving suggestions:
Serve sliders as a main dish for a casual dinner party or backyard barbecue.

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Taste: Savory, Tangy, Spicy, Sweet, Umami