Curtis Stone’s Sliders with Red Onion Marmalade & Blue Cheese

Here’s how to take something as familiar as a burger and make it special. The red onion marmalade has become a staple at my house; I put it on sausages and pork chops as well as on these miniature burgers. Spicy rocket and sharp blue cheese pair perfectly with the rich beef and sweet marmalade.

Sliders with Red Onion Marmalade & Blue Cheese

Sliders with Red Onion Marmalade & Blue Cheese



red onion marmalade

  • 45g unsalted butter
  • 3 medium red onions, halved and cut into 5mm-thick half-moons
  • ½ cup sugar 
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

 quick aoili

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1½ tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • 750g lean beef mine
  • olive oil, for coating
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 8 slider buns or wholemeal dinner rolls, split in half
  • 1 cup (125g)crumbled blue cheese
  • 60g (about 3 cups) baby rocket


  1. To make the marmalade: Heat a large heavy frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the butter and swirl the pan to melt the butter. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, or until they begin to soften. Reduce the heat to low and cook for about 12 minutes, or until the onions are tender.
  2. Sprinkle in the sugar and stir well. Add the wine and vinegar and cook, stirring often, for about 15 minutes, or until the liquid is reduced and syrupy. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to very low and keep warm, stirring occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, make the aioli: In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, and garlic together. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside until ready to serve.
  4. To make the sliders: Prepare an outdoor grill for medium- high cooking over direct heat.
  5. Shape the beef mince into 8 patties slightly wider than the diameter of the buns. Set the patties on a baking tray, coat them with a little olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Brush the cut sides of the buns lightly with olive oil.
  6. Transfer the patties to the grill and cook for about 3 minutes, or until the bottoms are browned. Turn the patties over and top with the cheese. Grill, covered, for about 2 minutes longer, or until an edge of a patty (not covered with cheese), pressed lightly with a forefinger, feels slightly resilient, for medium- rare. Remove the patties from the grill.
  7. Add the buns to the grill, oiled side down, and grill for about 1 minute, or until lightly toasted, with grill marks. Remove from the grill.
  8. Spread the buns with the aioli and mound the rocket on the bottom halves. Top each bottom half with a patty, followed by a generous amount of the marmalade and the upper half of the bun. Serve hot.

What's For Dinner Curtis Stone



This recipe is extracted from What’s For Dinner? by Curtis Stone (Ebury), RRP $39.95.

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