Yield: 8 sliders (2 per serving) Prep time: 8 minutes (not including time to make dressing) Cook time: 6 minutes image

Coconut oil or lard (if pan-frying burgers)

1 pound ground beef or pork

2½ teaspoons fine sea salt

1½ teaspoons ground black pepper

8 slices Swiss cheese (optional; omit for dairy-free)

8 butter lettuce leaves

½ cup sauerkraut, homemade (here) or store-bought, warmed

½ cup Thousand Island Dressing (here)

  1. Heat a grill to medium-high heat. (Alternatively, heat about 1½ teaspoons of coconut oil or lard in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.)
  2. Using your hands, form the meat into 8 small patties that are about ½ inch thick. Season the outsides with the salt and pepper. Grill or pan-fry the burgers on both sides until they are medium done (if using beef, cook to a minimum of 145ºF; if using pork, cook to a minimum of 160ºF). Add slices of Swiss cheese, if using, and continue to heat until melted.
  3. Remove the burgers from the grill or pan and place on butter lettuce leaves for wrapping.
  4. Serve each burger with sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing. These burgers are best served fresh because small burgers like these tend to become dry when reheated.
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