Awesome Little Burgers

These really are awesome little burgers! Find the softest, smallest dinner rolls you can find and then make the patties the same size for bite-sized burgers.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 to 16 burgers
Awesome Little Burgers


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons Baby Bam, or 2 teaspoons Emeril's Original Essence
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup minced yellow onions
  • 12 to 15 small square dinner rolls
  • American cheese slices, optional topping
  • Yellow mustard, optional topping
  • Ketchup, optional topping
  • Pickle relish, optional topping
  • Sliced pickles, optional topping
  • Shredded iceberg lettuce, optional topping
  • Tomato slices, optional topping


  • Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil or waxed paper and set aside.

  • Place the meat in a large mixing bowl. Add the Baby Bam, salt, and pepper, and mix with your hands until all the ingredients are well incorporated. Form the meat into small, thin, square patties, 2 1/2 to 3 inches square, using 3 to 4 tablespoons of meat for each. Place on the baking sheet as they are formed.

  • Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and when hot, add the minced onions, and cook, stirring, until just fragrant. Remove from heat. Preheat flat side of a cast iron griddle. Coat lightly with oil. Place meat patties on hot griddle and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Using a spatula, turn the burgers over and place 1 tablespoon of the cooked onions on top of each patty. Place the top buns on the patties and cook on the second side for 2 to 3 minutes. (If desired, place the cheese on the patties before topping with the buns.

  • Arrange the bottom buns on a large platter. Top with desired condiments. Slide the burgers with their onions onto the bottom buns. Serve hot.