Waffle Sliders with Candied Bacon

I constantly dream about food. Honestly, I think some of my favorite recipes were created in the middle of the night. For example, the idea for these waffle sliders came to me at about 3 o’clock in the morning. I woke up in the middle of the night and started thinking about what I could put in between two waffles. I had a few sandwich ideas, but ultimately picked something that didn’t stray too far from typical breakfast flavors.

Waffle Sliders with Candied Bacon

This waffle slider is made by sandwiching candied bacon, a beef patty, and a fried egg between two waffle slices. The maple-candied bacon adds a touch of sweetness, while the runny egg makes the waffle rich and savory.

Waffle Sliders with Candied Bacon

Plus, I think any dish is better when topped with a runny egg.

It’s comfort food at its best.

Waffle Sliders with Candied Bacon

If you don’t want to make every element of this waffle slider from scratch, you can use frozen waffles or store-bought burgers. When I make waffles for my family on weekends, I like to make a few extra to keep in the freezer. They are great to have on hand for breakfasts on the go!

Waffle Sliders with Candied Bacon
 
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Serves: 4 sliders
Ingredients
Burgers:
  • ½ lb ground beef (80/20)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
Buttermilk Waffles:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp cornmeal
  • ⅞ cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
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Instructions
For the Burgers:
  1. Preheat a griddle or indoor grill to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Add the ground beef, salt, and pepper to a medium mixing bowl. Stir until just combined. Using your hands, form the mixture into 4 equal-sized patties.
  3. Place the burgers on the griddle and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side (USDA recommends a safe internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit). Once fully cooked, place the burgers on a plate and tent with foil to keep warm.
For the Buttermilk Waffles:
  1. Preheat a waffle iron.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, and cornmeal. Set aside.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg yolk, and melted butter. Set aside.
  4. Add the egg white to the bowl of a stand mixer. Whip on medium-low speed until foamy, then increase the speed to medium-high until stiff peaks form, about 4 to 5 minutes. Set aside.
  5. Slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the dry ingredients while gently stirring. Once the ingredients have been combined, gently fold in the egg whites.
  6. Spray the preheated waffle iron with cooking spray. Add an appropriate amount of batter to the waffle iron, following the manufacturer's instructions (for my waffle iron, I add half of the batter). Cook the waffle until golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  7. Place the waffles on a rimmed baking sheet and cover with a clean kitchen towel to keep warm.
Assemble the Waffle Sliders:
  1. Cut the waffles into quarters. Top one of the waffle quarters with a slice of candied bacon, beef patty, and a fried egg. Top with a second waffle quarter and secure the slider with a skewer.
  2. Repeat with remaining waffle quarters, bacon, patties, and eggs to make 4 sliders. Serve immediately.