German Bratwurst sausage inspired sliders with crunchy asparagus bits and gooey melted cheese are colourful, delicious and sure to be a hit at your next barbecue.
Remove top 2-inches (10 cm) of each asparagus spear, place asparagus tips in grill basket; set aside.
Finely chop half of the remaining asparagus stalks (reserve the remaining for another use). In medium skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat, add onion and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add chopped asparagus and cook until asparagus is bright green and softened, about 2 minutes. Let cool slightly.
In large bowl, combine pork, beef, egg, breadcrumbs, salt, nutmeg, paprika, dry mustard, pepper, celery seeds, coriander, and cooled asparagus mixture. Form 1/3 cup (75 mL) mixture into small burger; repeat with remaining meat mixture.
Place grill basket on grill over medium heat. Grill asparagus 2 to 3 minutes, tossing frequently. Remove and set aside.
Place burgers on greased grill over medium heat. Grill until internal temperature reaches 160°F (71°C), about 5 minutes per side. Top each burger with half slice of cheese. Close lid to melt cheese slightly.
To serve, place two asparagus tips on each cheese covered burger. Serve on buns with a variety of mustards and sauerkraut.
Recipe & photo by Foodland Ontario.