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A slider recipe given a Southern twist by adding fried green tomatoes.

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I had my first fried green tomato just last year.  I know – where have I been?  But after that first bite, I was hooked.  If you’ve never had fried green tomatoes, do yourself a favor and at least make some while you can still get green tomatoes.  But if you want to take it up a level (or three), stack those fried green tomatoes on top of a slider! I remember seeing this episode of the Rachael Ray Show last year.  I wrote the recipe name down in my trusty notebook, and it has been staring at me ever since.  Every time I go into that notebook while menu planning, this recipe – at the top of the list – always begs to be made.  So I promised myself that I would make these as soon as I could get my hands on some green tomatoes!! This recipe is definitely worth making.

I will warn you up front that it takes a lot of multi-tasking, and that is quite difficult with 2 kids begging for attention, but I managed to get through the recipe.  The bacon may have been extra crisp from being in the oven too long, but at least the sliders got finished!!  And let me say, these were worth waiting a year to make.  The burger itself is packed with flavor, but combined with the bacon, the fried green tomato and that sauce – wow.  That sauce, despite being such a simple list of ingredients, was amazing.  I may have dipped a tomato or two in it before the burgers were done.  In fact, I almost didn’t want a burger – I just wanted the fried green tomatoes and the sauce!!  But everything combines and makes for the perfect, filling slider.  They may be sliders, but one was more than enough for me – they are packed full of all kinds of good stuff!!

And hey – since it is Labor Day on Monday – if you don’t already have a menu planned out, these would be perfect for the holiday!

Bacon, Lettuce and Fried Green Tomato Sliders | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Bacon, Lettuce and Fried Green Tomato Sliders
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Serves: 8 sliders
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 2 green or very under-ripe, firm tomatoes
  • salt
  • pepper
  • flour, for dredging
  • 2 eggs or egg whites, beaten
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • ⅓ cup corn meal
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • a handful of flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • canola oil, for shallow frying
  • 1½ pounds ground beef
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons grated onion and it's juice
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce, such as Frank's Red Hot
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cove garlic, grated or pasted
  • a few tablespoons minced fresh chives
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 8 slider rolls
  • 1 head Bibb or butter lettuce
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Lay the bacon on a slotted pan and bake in the oven until crisp - 15 to 18 minutes.
  2. Trim the tops and the bottoms off of the tomatoes. Slice each tomato into 4 rounds, no more than ½-inch thick. Put the tomatoes on doubled paper towels and sprinkle with salt. Allow to sit for a few minutes to let the excess moisture drain. Season with pepper.
  3. Set up 3 shallow bowls. In the first, put the flour. Put the eggs in the second and mix the cornmeal, breadcrumbs, Parmesan and parsley in the third.
  4. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Dredge the tomatoes in the flour, then dip them in the egg, then into the breadcrumb mixture. Cook in the heated oil for a few minutes on each side, until crisp. Cool on a cooling rack.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the meat with the grated onion, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce and season with salt and pepper. Form into 8 equal patties. Heat a large griddle or non-stick skillet and cook the patties a few minutes on each side.
  6. In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, chives and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Add in a dash or 2 two of hot sauce, if desired.
  7. Assemble the burgers: Place the burger on the bun bottom. Top with bacon, lettuce, a slice of fried green tomato and some sour cream sauce. Top with the bun top and serve!


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* You can link any blog post, present or past, as long as it is a Rachael Ray recipe.
* Your blog post must link back to this post, mentioning Saturdays with Rachael Ray.

That’s it!! Simple, simple. Just make sure the recipe is a Rachael Ray recipe – it doesn’t matter if it comes from her talk show, 30-Minute Meals, her magazine, or one of her cookbooks. But it must be from Rachael Ray. Any posts that don’t follow these two rules will be deleted from the linky. I can’t wait to see what you’ve made!

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33 Responses to Saturdays with Rachael Ray – Bacon, Lettuce and Fried Green Tomato Sliders

  1. Susan says:

    Hi Deborah – Thanks for the invite! I have plenty of green tomatoes right now … and even more ripe ones! Phew, canning season is upon us! These sliders DO look killer! And I agree that the sauce has ‘other applications’ too!

  2. Kim says:

    I’m completely crazy about fried green tomatoes right now and I love this idea. Totally pinning it!

  3. Bev Weidner says:

    It’s labor day weekend and I am going to make sure this goodness happens in my life.

  4. Brenda says:

    Hi Deborah! Guess what, I’ve never had a fried green tomato either, but this would be a great way to try them. Rachael makes the best burgers. I’ve linked up a great recipe from her Look + Cook cookbook. Have a great Labour Day weekend!

  5. Rosa says:

    I love burgers and this one looks scrumptious!



  6. This is such a genius idea. So genius that, yes…I may just have to add it to the menu for the weekend. Yummy 😀 Thanks so much for hosting!

  7. Kelley says:

    Mmm, love this! Oh how I love fried green tomatoes. I’ll bet it’s awesome on the burgers! Have a great weekend.

  8. Sorry, I double entered mine, but he first time the pic was not working. Darn you technology! 🙂

  9. Deborah says:

    @Clarkie @ Beloved Green, not a problem – I just fixed it. Thanks for linking!

  10. These look incredible! Oooooh I wan one so bad!

  11. Joanne says:

    I had my first fried green tomato last year also…and fell in love. This sandwich sounds like the perfect use for them!

  12. These look great – might have to make them next time I have a day off!

  13. Ooo what a perfect combination of flavors.

  14. That is one giant burger! I have never tried fried green tomatoes, but I am sure they are delicious on this burger. That sauce sounds amazing!

  15. Abby says:

    You’re going Southern on me! Now just add some pimento cheese to that burger and it’ll be the best thing you’ve ever tasted…

  16. Miranda says:

    Mmmm, I should have made those burgers. So yummy!

  17. Lauren B. says:

    Oh my…this is right up my ally! How yummy!

  18. teresa says:

    i have yet to try a fried green tomato myself, for shame! it looks heavenly though, i just love sliders, they’re so cute!

  19. Betty says:

    I love fried green tomatoes, but have never thought to put them on a burger- what a great combination!

  20. What a goliath burger! I bet that is one sumptuous slider.

  21. bellini says:

    I have a love for sliders ever since those little buns have become widely available. This is a grerat recipe.

  22. briarrose says:

    Mouth watering. There is no way I could pass up one of these.

  23. Jeanette says:

    Now that’s some slider – would never think to put a fried green tomato on top!

  24. newlywed says:

    I love your Rachael Ray recipes. I’ve actually never had a fried green tomato…they are high on my list of things to try!

  25. Love sliders – fried green tomatoes just up the ante.

  26. myFudo says:

    looks delicious. Making me hungry, craving for it 🙂

  27. Marie says:

    Really looks good, need to find myself some king size to bring down this craving. Nice blog.

  28. Candace Karu says:

    A great way to use some of my abundant tomato crop. These sliders looks pretty amazing…thanks for the post.

  29. I think I saw the episode where she made these, but never wrote them down on my “list.” Thanks for the reminder!!!

  30. grace says:

    this is another tasty idea from ms ray, and your execution of it is masterfully done!

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