If you missed the announcement, Kate and I will be traveling to Des Moines, IA this month (anyone from there??) to participate in a cook off at the Better Homes and Gardens test kitchens! We came up with this killer recipe which we hope will wow the judges.

Update:  We won the BH&G Cook-Off!  Take a look at our winning recipe!


BBQ Bacon Sliders with Blue Cheese and Crispy Onions.

Anything that begins with bacon is off to a good start, right??

We also combine it with a tangy Blue Cheese Spread (which is simply this dressing without the milk). And if you’re not a fan of blue cheese, the spread is still awesome without it! But give it a shot- it really just adds a tang that goes great with the bbq sauce.

While those mini burgers are on the grill we bathe them in an amazing bbq sauce (and you could totally take a short-cut and use a bottled sauce if you’d rather)

While those little guys are cooking, start assembling. First the bottom halves of the buns are spread with the sauce and topped with a crisp, cold lettuce leaf and a slice of bacon.

then put on a warm burger

and top with a little pile of shoestring onions.

Finally the top bun goes on with more sauce. Are you wondering how something could be both mouthwatering AND adorable?? I know, we’re awesome like that. 😉 Sliders are great because you can eat a whole burger and still have some room for sides to balance out the meal. They’re also great for parties or appetizers too.


  1. 1
    Stephanie says:

    You gals are awesome! I hope you win! And I'm not just saying that because of any nepotism or favoritism. Or because I really want to win those pots and pans. Okay, so those things are all great, but I really DO hope you win! I love your blog and I'm so impressed with how far you've come. Impressed, but not surprised! Holla!

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    Heather and Spencer says:

    I voted! This recipe sounds so yummy (minus some blue cheese)! Thanks for all the recipes I have tried…love them!

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    Christine says:

    Good luck

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    Bert and Benton says:

    I voted! Looks like you girls have a good start! GOOD LUCK! You are gonna rock it! Your recipe really does sound the yummiest. 🙂

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    Malesa says:

    I voted! Looks like you have a good lead so far. I hope you win. Those hamburgers look so good I want one for breakfast right now!

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    Elizabeth says:

    Just so you know, I checked out the competition and you for sure should win. I couldn't even find the contest recipe on one of the other blogs. Your blog is definitely the best! Oh, and obviously, I voted for you!

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    Mrs. Patrick says:

    just voted you have a huge lead, nice way to start off at least!! 🙂

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    Jaime says:

    Just voted for you guys and plan on voting for you everyday until the end of the month!

    Thankfully, you are off to a great start and are currently in the lead! Love you guys and love you recipes, keep it up:)

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    goodeatsbykmuir says:

    Definitely voting! Im actually making pulled pork sliders for a baby shower tomorrow and am inspired by ur ideas to go beyond pork and bbq sauce 🙂

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    I answer to Mom says:

    I live in DSM! Have a great time! The weather is PERFECT here right now..but is expected to be cold soon. Good luck!

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    Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    Thank you thank you thank you everyone! You guys are so awesome!

    Ianswertomom- I actually *hope* the weather cools off because I would love an excuse to go buy a new fall coat just for the trip, haha!

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    ~Amie~ says:

    Done…but I didn't see any results…how can I keep up with how you guys are doing?

  13. 13
    Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    Aime- that's weird, after you click our names it should take you to a window that shows results. It's a little bar graph, did it not go there? Maybe try to vote again?

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    Debi says:

    done…and you guys are kicking a$$

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    kandie_mcd says:

    I don't know what you ladies are talking about, cause you are kicking their TRASH this morning! 53% of the votes so far! Woot! I voted!

    PS: I think you should put a reminder on Facebook EVERYDAY so I ( and everyone) can remember to vote every day! 😉

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    sherrypg says:

    I'm up in northwest Iowa rooting for you!

    You may want to use Maytag Blue Cheese. It is made in Iowa and may earn you some brownie points!

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    Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    kandi- we always worry about annoying people when we ask every day for you to vote for us! So thanks for saying you're okay with it 🙂

    Sherry- good tip on the mayo!

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    ourgrowingfamily says:

    Just voted! I've been a silent reader for some time now..I know…shameful right? Good luck!

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    Tyann and Aaron Boutilier says:

    I just voted and I'm not suprised at all by the HUGE lead you already have. You recipe seriously sounds AMAZING!!! I'll keep voting for you guys till you win. Good Luck!

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    Plain Jame says:

    IT'S IN THE BAG! xoxox

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    amandabomb says:

    It's 9:30 am on Oct 1st and you guys are already kicking some MAJOR food blogger butt in that competition.
    No big deal

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    Mary Kelly says:

    How often can we vote?

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    The Atwoods says:

    I voted! I've loved all the recipes I've tried from you, so I'm sure this one is no different–can't wait to try it! 🙂 Best of luck in the competition!

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    The Mills says:

    I voted 4 times with my 4 different email addresses!! I hope you win!!

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    Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    MaryKelly- you can vote once every day!

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    Mel says:

    So, I made sliders a few weeks ago with your homemade dinner rolls (mini size) and they were THE BOMB!! So, I think you should attach that recipe within your new killer slider reciper as a link to your diner rolls, … just sayin, might be the "push-over" you need for the contest winning vote!!
    And you can bet I'm gonna be making this kicked-up version real soon!! I voted and made myself a note to vote daily and taped it to the top of my laptop!! Go Sarah and Kate!!

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    Kira says:

    Good luck! Those look delicious and I hope you win. I'm voting for you.

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    Patti (aka Mint) says:

    Good luck! I voted for ya 🙂 And when I voted you had 56% of the votes!! Woot!!

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    Lisa says:

    Those look really good, and when I voted you had 56% of the votes so far! Way to go!!!

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    Lchiv says:

    Hi I voted, looked like you are in the lead, yeah ! Also I live near Des Moines. Hope you enjoy your time here.

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    Brooke says:

    I voted! I'll try to remember to vote everyday…but you gal's should remind us, at least on facebook 🙂 Good Luck!!!

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    Aunt LoLo says:

    You're at 56%!

    (And yes, PLEASE remember to remind us every day!!)

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    Nessa says:

    LOOOOOVVEEEEE anything with blue cheese 🙂 I'm an addict, what can I say?

    Not in any way biased, but I honestly think your guys' recipe is the most creative, lots of different aspects going into it. Good Luck!


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    kristin says:

    I live in Des Moines – holla! Here are a few restaurant suggestions while you're in town: Flying Mango (Cajun/BBQ); Django (French yumminess); Court Avenue Brewing Company (Microbrews & All-American classics) and THai Flavors (unassuming but DELISH Thai food). Enjoy your trip!

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    Darci says:

    Wahoo! This is pretty exciting. My first vote is cast and I'll return many times this month. You two deserve to win this for sure.

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    Tea says:

    Wow, those look tempting! Voted! I think I put you way out ahead. 😉 lol

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    Veronica Miller says:

    I voted for you because you deserve it, not because you tried to bribe us! 🙂

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    Laura says:

    Yummy…I may have to give these a try this weekend! I voted and you have quite a lead in the contest!!

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    Heidi says:

    I voted again today. I love your blog and have tried a ton of the recipes. They are a huge hit here. I need to make the Natchitoches Meat Pies again soon. They are so good. I make it in one big pie plate with a double crust, still as delish with a little less work.

    Please do remind us on FB every day! I would hate to forget to vote one day.

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    atperez says:

    Voted for you!

    Burgers look delish and love your site and all your recipes!

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    A says:

    WOW have you seen the amount of votes you have! You've got it in the bag girls!

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    thestampinglady says:

    Just placed my vote, bookmarked the site, so that I can vote every day. Your recipe looks delish! Good luck with the contest. Happy to be a subscriber to your blog.

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    Erin says:

    I voted. Can't wait to see you guys in the magazine! 🙂

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    Katie Mast says:

    i voted. and looks like you have the most votes. yeaaaa. i hope you win.

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    Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind says:

    Voted! Best of luck, last I check y'all had an astounding lead!

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    annienew says:

    Good luck! Hope you two win. I think people can vote once a day, by the way.

    Oh and this recipe sounds AMAZING. Shoe-string onions are amazing and the blue cheese and bacon are two of my all time favorite burger toppings. Can't wait to try it!

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    tmcc4 says:

    WOW!!! you guys are in the lead..awesome! I hope everyone who leaves comments when there's blog candy available on here will take the time to vote for you! you both deserve it! Love all of your food! thank you so much 🙂 …I'll keep voting..

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    Susan Neal says:

    Just voted and you deserve. Best food blog out there. Will be blogging about your awesome frosting recipe this weekend and will make sure my readers know about your BH&G contest. But hey, so far you're leading! Awesome!

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    Preppy in Pink says:

    They look divine! How do you get the bacon so beautiful? 🙂

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    Wendy Moreno says:

    I voted AND we made this last night for dinner. My husband was in heaven. The blue cheese I was going to use was a little suspect, so I used Feta and I liked it a lot. Hamburgers and shoestring onions are so right together.

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    Courtney says:

    You had my vote at bacon and crispy onions. Good luck!!

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    AbbaZabba82 says:

    Looks delish!! You girls are WAY ahead on the voting charts! way to go!!!! 🙂

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    McKenzie says:

    Good luck! Your blog has been a lifesaver for me — you guys totally deserve to win in my humble opinion!

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    HWFA says:

    LOVE You Girls!! Actually borderline obsessed with your blog … thanks for keeping your recipes and site real and do-able to those of us still learning the ropes of the kitchen!! Thanks You, Thank YOu!! Don't know where dinner would be today without you. YUM!! So happy for the success of your blog 🙂 VoTing!!!

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    Michelle says:

    I love Bleu cheese on burgers (and anything else!) I voted and I will be making these yummy burgers this week! Hope y'all win!

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    Emily says:

    Mmmm, this looks so good! I can't wait for an excuse to make them. I love bleu cheese!

    And I voted for you guys! A couple times now. I hope you win – I'm sure you will!

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    The Meadows Life says:

    My sister in law Katie and I made these for our guys Sunday. We both don't like blue cheese but decided to use the spread anyways. Can I just say YUMMMY! It was a huge hit! My husband mentioned he couldn't wait for the next time around. Hope you all win.

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    Ginny and Ben says:

    I voted! I agree with other readers – remind us on FB each day.

    I discovered your site about two weeks ago, and I think I'm on recipe #10 or so. I've even made some of them twice (like the apple streusel bars…Oh.My.Gosh!). I end up just reading your recipes for the entertainment value (I especially like the comment about eating the no-bake Reeses peanut butter filling while watching the Biggest Loser – that's exactly where I was headed after tasting that stuff!).

    LOVE your site – you girls are fantastic!!

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    Tyann and Aaron Boutilier says:

    Still voting!!! You guys are so awesome and doing awesome in the competition. Good luck!

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    [email protected] says:

    Made these tonight…the rolls, the onions, the sauce….everything!!!

    It was amazing!!!

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    Donya says:

    Soooo tasty! Made these tonight and received rave reviews. I'm still voting for you ladies to win, you definitely deserve to!

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    Tina says:

    Made these this weekend! OMG!! They are wonderful!!! Even my husband, who only likes a basic hamburger (nothing fancy on it)haha, absolutely loved these! He ate 5! Thanks for such an awesome recipe!!!

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    Brenda says:

    I think you are gonna be the brides this time. woo hoo! Good luck.

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    Sara says:

    We made these for dinner the other night and oh my… they were so delicious!

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    Shel says:

    You Gals Rock! Been voting for the best and looks like everyone else agrees too…you got this!

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    Jewel says:

    I've been voting, too! Not like you guys need the extra votes from me though…you guys are waaaay far ahead! Thanks for your recipes!

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    AbbaZabba82 says:

    OK, so I have made this 2 times this week and had it for about 4 days in a row (it makes so many!) but OMG, what a treat! The garlicky bleu cheese taste is heaven! YUM!!

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    Lisa says:

    Just wanted to let you know…I ran out of slider patties so I made buffalo chicken sliders (I cut buffalo chicken fingers in half) with your Blue Cheese Spread. YUM-MY!!!!!! The BBQ bacon sliders and buffalo chicken sliders are definitely my new favorite football food!!!! Thank you!

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    DOEHLER DAYS says:

    These are the most delicious burgers I've ever made. I feel like I am at a restaurant in my own home when I eat these. Especially paired with the sweet potato fries!! YUM!

    I talked about it on my blog today!

    Thanks so much. Love your blog.

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    Facts on birds says:

    Hey, I made these for my family tonight they where so good. 🙂 I do a lot of recipes from your blog. I haven't found one that was a failure!! You are soo cool.


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    Stefani says:

    Is there anything I could substitute for the mayo in the blue cheese spread?

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    Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    Stefani- nothing that will make it taste the same, but you could use sour cream.

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    Tifani says:

    Unbelievable burgers!! My entire family loved these.

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    oldrockhouse says:

    We emailed out sis Juliin Des Moines who was in the test kitchen with you at Better Homes and Gardens. I needed something new and fresh and she gave me your blog. She said wonderful things about you both and that is saying a lot! I tried these little beauties out on the fam tonight and they were such a hit! Best burger in a LONG time! Thanks for your great site…
    Tomorrow the key lime tarts and chicken tostada roll ups.
    Thanks for a great resource!

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    Anissa says:

    DO you think you could sub in gorgonzola cheese for the blue cheese in that sauce? Can’t wait to give them a try this weekend!

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    Bridget says:

    Hi ladies! I’m finally going to make these this weekend! Where might I find cute, little buns? 😉

    • 76.1

      Look for the King’s Hawaiian Rolls. They should have them in just about every grocery store (usually by the deli). Or you can use dinner rolls from the bakery as well, (that’s what I used) they make great buns!

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    Stephanie says:

    These were SO DELICIOUS!!! Thank you for the recipe!!!!!!

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    Rose Dion says:

    I received my July 2011 issue of Better Homes & Gardens directing me to the following website to get your recipe for the BBQ Bacon Sliders at BHG.com/sliders.
    Sorry, ladies the website says “No such item to be found”! I guess I should have been smart enough to go on your website in the first place where I found it.! Now, toooooooooooo bad I cannot print it out!
    Oh well, it was a good thought on my part; I think I can remember most all of the ingredients to come closer enough!



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    Becky Creason says:

    I just got my copy of BHG! Congratulations on the big win! You looked fabulous and I’m sure this isn’t the last time you will grace the pages of BHG.

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    Erin says:

    I just made these last night… blue cheese and all… ABSOLUTELY AWESOME

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