Umami Sliders with Caramelized Onions

The food world went super savory this year with the discovery of a new taste for your buds. We had sweet, sour, bitter and salty. Now comes Umami…which is Japanese for savory…and has been officially added to the group even though it has been talked about since the early 1900s.    

Some of these ingredients may require a trip to a well-stocked grocery store or the Asian grocery store. A group of foodies calling themselves the Starchefs came up with the recipe. I need to find some more recipes that use these ingredients so they don’t go to waste in your cupboard.  Also ask your butcher to grind the short rib meat for you if you don’t have a grinder.

Serves 4


* 1 onion, sliced

* 1 lb well-marbled short ribs

* 1/2 tsp marmite

* 1 tsp tamari soy sauce

* 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

* 1/4 tsp truffle salt

* 1 tbsp anchovies (not anchovy paste)

* 1/2 tsp bonito flakes

* 1 pinch of Harissa

* 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

* 4 slider buns

* 1/2 tbsp butter

* Tomatoes and lettuce, for toppings


1.Cook onions in oil over low heat until caramelized, about 15-20 minutes.

2.Grind the short ribs in a meat grinder and set aside.

3.Combine marmite, tamari soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, truffle salt, anchovies, bonito flakes, and Harissa in a mortar and grind together using a pestle to form a paste.

4.Add the seasoning paste to the grounded short rib meat and mix gently until evenly distributed (don’t overmix). Fold in the grated Parmesan cheese to the meat.

5.Form 4 oz. patties and cook in a pan, or on a grill, about 3-4 minutes each side so it’s medium or preference of doneness.

6. In a small pan, add butter and toast buns.

7. Assemble umami sliders with the buns, patties, caramelized onions, tomatoes, and lettuce.


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