You won’t have to stand over the grill. Make these mini burgers ahead and pop them in the oven before serving.

I have always been a wannabe biker chick. Over the past decade, I have worn out a few pairs of black Harley Davidson boots and I swoon over old, small two-wheelers like old 1970’s Hondas. I imagine myself on long trips, hair dirty and tangled from the wind, winding along unknown roads discovering the path less-traveled. In this mirage, I am wearing things made of leather and there are studs, tassels and chains involved.

Jump to my reality. My risk-averse nature has kept me from riding anything with two wheels that has too much oomph. I have, however, enjoyed my little Yamaha Zuma scooter for the past 7 years. Though I love wind in my hair, I love my brain in my skull even better so I don’t ride too fast and I never go without a helmet!

My biker dreams often pull me towards fashion choices and accessories that “feel the part.” For that reason, I was drawn to the Stella & Dot leather wrist cuffs and the awesome chain necklaces woven together with leather.

When I designed the menu for my Stella & Dot jewelry party, I immediately thought about pairing sliders with these tougher  designs and then topping the burgers with slightly more upscale accoutrements – biker bar with a bit of refinement.

I didn’t want to be hovering over a grill since I also wanted to greet my guests and serve them up some tasty drinks. So, I found this recipe for sliders that could be made ahead. Because the meat is cooked in a pan head and then “sealed” together with cheese and mayo, these burgers are a little messy. But, I love the idea of a tray of mini burgers ready to slide into the oven to warm when needed.

If you love this jewelry, you can find it online here.

Make Ahead Sliders
Makes 24 mini burgers.

2 pounds ground beef
1 (1.25 ounce) envelope of onion soup mix
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
24 small slices of cheese (or 12 store bought slices cut in half)
24 mini pretzel rolls or dinner rolls
Dill pickle relish & specialty ketchup (or your favorite toppings)

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Heat a large skillet and add ground beef and onion soup. Stir and cook until beef is cooked through. Drain and discard any excess grease. Remove from heat. Stir the mayonnaise and shredded cheese.

Split buns. Line a cookie sheet with foil and put the bottom of the buns on the sheet. Put a slice of cheese on the bottom (this keeps the bun from getting soggy from the meat before baking. Top the buns with meat and then the top half of the bun. Cover with another sheet of foil. Before serving, bake in the preheated oven until the burgers are heated through and cheese melts, about 30 minutes. Top with your favorite toppings and serve.