Smoky Beef Sliders With Dill Yogurt Sauce

Sliders go Greek for an easy, satisfying supper.

Smoky Beef Sliders
Photo: Greg DuPree
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins

Spiced patties served on warm flatbread with tzatziki? Yes, please. The patties include smoked paprika, cumin, and garlic, in addition to the standard salt and pepper. Each bite is deeply flavorful and can stand up to the tangy dill yogurt sauce, which takes inspiration from classic Greek tzatziki.

To perfect the dip, you'll squeeze the water out of the grated cucumber, which keeps the yogurt from splitting. For an easy cocktail to sip alongside your meal, squeeze the cucumbers over a cup and stir the liquid together with vodka, sparkling water, and simple syrup.


  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef

  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika

  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 large clove garlic, grated (preferably on a Microplane)

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided

  • 1 English cucumber

  • ¾ cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, divided

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • Warm flatbread and lemon wedges, for serving


  1. Mix beef, paprika, cumin, garlic, 1 ¼ teaspoons salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper in a large bowl until well combined. Shape into 12 (1 inch thick) patties. Place on a plate and refrigerate for 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, grate a third of the cucumber on large holes of a box grater to equal ½ cup. Place grated cucumber on a paper towel and squeeze to remove water. Transfer cucumber to a medium bowl. Stir in yogurt, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon dill, and remaining ¼ teaspoon pepper.

  3. Thinly slice remaining cucumber and place in a large bowl. Add 1 tablespoon oil and remaining ½ teaspoon salt and 2 tablespoons dill; toss to coat.

  4. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium high. Working in 2 batches, cook patties in hot oil until browned and cooked to desired doneness, 2 to 3 minutes per side for medium. Serve with flatbread, lemon wedges, yogurt sauce, and cucumber salad.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

550 Calories
42g Fat
6g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 550
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 54%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 124mg 41%
Sodium 1099mg 48%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 35g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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