Bacon Cheeseburger Slider Bake- don't halve the recipe!

I'd intended on making this recipe during football season, but kept forgetting to buy the mini rolls.   Burnt out on all our other ground beef favorites, I made a trip specifically to the store for them.  A few substitutions- I used minced dried onion in place of the fresh, thin sliced cheddar instead of the shredded.    I also pureed my tomatoes because my husband isn't a fan of them in chunks.

I only made one pan, and that was a mistake- we both loved them, and it would have been great to have another one stashed in the freezer for a quick dinner.    Next time I will definitely make both pans.   Thanks for sharing your recipe Nick!


                     
* Exported from MasterCook *

                      Bacon Cheeseburger Slider Bake

  2           packages  Hawaiian sweet rolls -- (18 ounces each)
  4               cups  shredded cheddar cheese, divided- I used thin cheddar slices
  2             pounds  ground beef
  1                cup  chopped onion- used 2 T minced dried onion
14 1/2oz  can  diced tomatoes with garlic and onion, drained- I ran mine through the blender
  1         tablespoon  Dijon mustard
  1         tablespoon  Worcestershire sauce
     3/4      teaspoon  salt
     3/4      teaspoon  pepper
  24                    bacon strips -- cooked and crumbled
                        GLAZE:
  1                cup  butter -- cubed
     1/4           cup  packed brown sugar
  4          teaspoons  Worcestershire sauce
  2        tablespoons  Dijon mustard
  2        tablespoons  sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 350°. Without separating rolls, cut each package of rolls horizontally in half; arrange bottom halves in two greased 13x9-in. baking pans. Sprinkle each pan of rolls with 1 cup cheese. Bake 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until beef is no longer pink and onion is tender, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain. Stir in tomatoes, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until combined.

Spoon beef mixture evenly over rolls; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Top with bacon. Replace tops. For glaze, in a microwave-safe bowl combine butter, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and mustard. Microwave, covered, on high until butter is melted, stirring occasionally. Pour over rolls; sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake, uncovered, 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and heated through.

Freeze option: Cover and freeze unbaked sandwiches; prepare and freeze glaze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Pour glaze over buns and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake sandwiches as directed, increasing time by 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and a thermometer inserted in center reads 165°. Yield: 2 dozen.

Source:
  "http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/bacon-cheeseburger-slider-bake"

Shared at The Weekend Potluck #262

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