Bacon and Ranch Cajun Baby Cheeseburgers

These Bacon and Ranch Cajun Baby Cheeseburgers are adorable! They pack a ton of flavor for such tiny bacon cheeseburgers, and they’re super fun to make!Image of Bacon and Ranch Cajun Baby Cheeseburgers

Mini Bacon and Ranch Cajun Cheeseburgers

There is nothing I like better than juicy burgers, especially baby burgers. I developed a simple Cajun seasoning mix that is mixed right into the burgers. Pepperjack cheese, tomatoes and bacon are piled on top with Ranch dressing spread on warm toasted buns.

Wait until you try this one, it’s delicious!

I am on my way probably as you are reading this to Atlanta for the BlogHer Food Conference. I am looking forward to speaking on a panel about Picky Eaters. Should be fun. I’ll be sure to snap lots of pictures to share soon!

Hope you enjoy 🙂

How to Make These Mini Cajun Cheeseburgers

Image of Adding Burger Beef to a Bowl

Start with your ground beef.

Image of Homemade Cajun Seasoning Ingredients

Here is my simple Cajun seasoning mix that consists of Smoked paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano.

Image of Adding Seasoning to the Bowl with the Beef

Take 1 teaspoon of the mix and add it to the beef.

Image of Adding Hot Sauce to the Bowl

Add 1 teaspoon of hot sauce such as Siracha or Tabasco.

Image of Adding Minced Garlic to the Bowl

1 teaspoon minced garlic

Image of Seasoned Meat

Give it a good mix, I prefer using my hands.

Image of Burger Meat on Tin Foil

Form into 8 equal size patties.

Image of Burgers Cooking

Cook until browned, about 2 minutes per side and top with cheese.

Image of Burger Buns Toasting

Toast the buns in the same skillet until browned.

Image of Mini Hamburger Buns

I love these mini hamburger buns from Trader Joes, however any dinner roll of choice will do.

Image of Burger Buns and Toppings on a Plate

Set out all of your toppings so you can quickly assemble your burgers.

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Spread buns with Ranch dressing. Can’t wait to share my Homemade Ranch in my upcoming cookbook!

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Layer buns with arugula, burger, tomato, bacon, and top roll.

Image of Three Bacon and Ranch Cajun Baby Cheeseburgers

Here you have my Bacon and Ranch Cajun Baby Cheeseburgers.

Picture of a Bacon and Ranch Cajun Baby Cheeseburger

It’s more than helpful to use a pick to hold these together 🙂

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Image of Two Bacon and Ranch Cajun Baby Cheeseburgers, Stacked

Image of a Bacon and Ranch Cajun Baby Cheeseburger

Bacon and Ranch Cajun Baby Cheeseburgers

These Bacon and Ranch Cajun Baby Cheeseburgers are adorable! They pack a ton of flavor for such tiny bacon cheeseburgers, and they're super fun to make!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 311kcal
Author: Jenny
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Equipment

  • Stove

Ingredients

Cajun Seasoning

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika or regular paprika
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano

Burgers

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp hot sauce such as Sriracha or Tobasco
  • 2 slices pepperjack cheese quartered
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 mini hamburger buns, split or dinner rolls
  • 1/4 cup prepared ranch dressing
  • 16 arugula leaves or lettuce of choice
  • 8 Roma tomato slices
  • 4 cooked bacon slices crisp

Instructions

  • Place all Cajun seasonings into a bowl, mix to combine.
  • Place beef, seasoning, hot sauce, and garlic into a large bowl and mix until just combined. I prefer to combine the beef with my hands. Form the mixture into 8 equal size patties.
  • Place oil into a large skillet over medium heat. In batches, place patties into hot skillet and cook until browned, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Place a quarter of cheese on top of each burger to melt.
  • Place rolls, split side down into same skillet until toasted, about 1 minute.
  • Spread dressing onto insides of warm toasted rolls. Layer bottom roll with arugula leaves, a burger, a tomato slice and a bacon slice cut in half. Close with top roll. I placed a pick inside each burger to hold them together. These babies are tall.

Nutrition

Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 606mg | Potassium: 361mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 625IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 3mg
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56 Responses
  1. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh

    Aww man, I hope those little burger buns are coming to my Trader Joe’s soon! That is ADORABLE!

  2. marla {family fresh cooking}

    Baby burgers, sliders, little gems no matter how you say it! Love those TJ’s mini hamburger buns. Gotta look for them over here 🙂 xo

  3. Amy's Cooking Adventures

    Yummy! I just love grilling season! Once this rain clears up, I am so there!

  4. leslie

    LOL..I just had to laugh at that last photo..how in the world did you get those babies to stay like that? I searched all through the photo for a tiny kids finger holding them up from the back…but no finger in sight!!! LOL they look delish!!!

  5. Mamie

    Do you know if there is any dairy/ milk ingredient in the trader joe’s buns? My son has an allergy and our nearest trader joe’s is an our away.

  6. Kathryn @ London Bakes

    Love the cajun spices in your burger mix, definitely going to be using that next time I make burgers! These look so adorable that they are making me super hungry!

  7. the country cook @ Delightful Country Cookin

    Oh how cute! I am totally craving a bacon and ranch cajun baby cheeseburger kabob now!

  8. Erin A @ A Crafty Cook

    Cajun seasoning seems to be in right now. Maybe I should actually try something Cajun style, get in on the fad.

  9. Barbara | Creative Culinary

    They look perfect for a party but I have a bigger (or should I say smaller?) bun problem. No TJ’s in Colorado! I’ll have to keep my eye out; someone else surely makes slider buns right?

  10. Michelle M

    These are so delicious looking! Unfortunately, I have looked at our TJ’s for these buns and the people who work there have NO idea what I am talking about! Maybe it’s a regional thing for them? Not sure- but we are in Seattle and they are nowhere to be found here!

  11. Cookin' Canuck

    Love those little sliders. I hope you had a fantastic time in Atlanta and that your session went well.

  12. Heather of Kitchen Concoctions

    These are too cute! Love the last pic of them all stacked on top of each other! Wish I had a Trader Joe’s where I live so that I can get some of those mini buns.

  13. Sandy @ Reluctant Entertainer

    Wow. Wish the ones we ate on SAT. night were like this. HA! Beautiful pix and my mouth is watering now, at 730 AM! 🙂

  14. Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga)

    your little burgers are adorable and I saw Amanda post a picture of you on her twitter of you giving your talk at BlogHer..you looked great. Can’t wait to hear all about it! I know there were sooo many tweets and I’m sure posts of things that I’ve missed but I hope you had a blast and you looked like a natural speaking to everyone 🙂

  15. Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook

    I’m sitting at work this morning viewing this wonderful post salivating. I’m going to try these this memorial day weekend I think, though I’ll toss them on the grill. Thanks for another wonderful recipe Jenny! Can’t wait to hear about that home made ranch dressing.

  16. Deborah

    I love how tall those little guys are!! And is it strange that I’m craving a burger for breakfast now?? 🙂

  17. Jessica

    Super cute! I love the idea of making them cajun too. Will have to try something like this! Love trader joes too.

  18. Lori Lange

    So cute & so much better looking than any of the ones that we tried in Atlanta. Good TJ’s find!

    1. Jenny

      Thanks Lori! Yah, wasn’t thrilled with the ones we had in ATL, however we had plenty other good food to compensate, lol!

  19. Rachel @ Rachel's Recipe Reviews

    These look so good! I love making my own seasoning blends–so much better and lower in sodium.

  20. Heather (Heather's Dish)

    i love mini burgers…it just means i can eat more since they’re smaller!

  21. Apron Appeal

    Well, if you’re going to stack a burger like that, it’s probably best to keep it baby size. I still don’t know how I’d get my mouth around the height of that though, I may need a knife and fork.

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