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Danielle Rose

Bacon Mac & Cheese Sliders

Posted by Danielle Rose on May 18, 2015
Bacon Mac & Cheese Sliders

Lately I’ve been getting more and more requests for food hack solutions for picky eaters. As someone who grew up with the queen of picky eating, (hello to my sister!) I completely understand the frustration of battling with a stubborn eater.  Although my sister’s picky habits are long behind her, my young cousins and friends’ children are currently in this stage, so I’ve been able to learn a lot about how to break those habits, or at the very least start cracking into them!

The first thing I learned is that most parents don’t want to make two separate meals, one for themselves, and one for their children. It simply isn’t practical or budget friendly. Secondly, kids will be more encouraged to eat foods that are familiar to them. There must be something in a dish that they can recognize and say to themselves: “I know that! I like that!” Lastly, and most importantly, the best way to get kids to try new foods is to get them involved! Give them a task that they can have responsibility of, so they can take pride in the finished product and get excited about diving into that last bite just as much as the first.

With picky eaters in mind, I tackled my collection of food hacks to come up with my Bacon Mac & Cheese Sliders, using not one but two awesome food hacks! Using a muffin tin, it’s never been easier to form uniform sliders in only a few minutes. I like to season my burgers very simply and handle them as little as possible, which will keep them incredibly moist and tender. A muffin tin will allow you to do just that! In order to get perfect-sized slider buns, I used the rim of a glass to cut circles into slices of bread (a great task for little hands!). Leftover Kraft Dinner takes this dish to a whole new level, making it fun for kids and all the more delicious!

Get These

  • cooking spray
  • 1lb (450g) extra lean ground beef
  • pepper, to season
  • 12 slices white sandwich bread
  • ½ cup iceberg lettuce, thinly sliced
  • 6 slices cooked bacon
  • ½ cup Kraft Dinner Extra Creamy Macaroni and Cheese (fresh or leftover), reheated

Do This

  1. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray and evenly divide the ground beef amongst six of the cups. Press the meat into the bottom to form the patties. Carefully remove and season generously on both sides with pepper.
  2. Using the rim of a glass, cut 12 circles into the sandwich bread and lightly toast.
  3. Preheat nonstick skillet to medium heat.  Add patties and cook for 4 minutes per side, or until cooked through.  
  4. Assemble sliders with lettuce on the bottom, then patty, bacon, and mac & cheese.


Bacon Mac & Cheese Sliders
  • This recipe serves 4.