I added cheese to my sliders because cheese is always the answer. (Photo: Shawanda Mason)
No-mayo chipotle coleslaw

Coleslaw mix

1 tsp honey

1 tsp cider vinegar

3 tbsp olive oil

Dashes of chipotle chili powder

Kosher salt (to taste)

Pepper (to taste)

Mix all ingredients together.

September has arrived, and I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to the summer sun or my summer recipes. Summer has always been my favorite season. Sure, it’s been unbearably hot over the past few weeks, but I can easily overlook that. Soon, we’ll be sipping on pumpkin-flavored everything and watching football, and the thoughts of summer will be a distant memory. Well, that’s probably a bit dramatic, but you get the point.

I’ve decided to have my first column of September be something simple but tasty to slowly get you ready for fall. It’s easy, flavorful and won’t take a lot of your time to make. And if you’re not quite ready to put away the grill, you can certainly grill these little sliders for an even better outcome.

The base of this recipe if relatively simple—like you’re making your favorite burger recipes. You can use the recipe that I used as a guide (see Recipe Runner), or you can use your own recipe. As you’ll see in Recipe Runner, a chipotle coleslaw was used as an addition to the burger. To most, that probably sounds yummy, but if you’re freaked out by coleslaw (bashfully raises my hand), you’ll probably be very turned off by this recipe. This is why I always preach that recipes are there to give you a guide or blueprint of how to do things; it’s not necessarily the one and only way of cooking something. Be creative. I’m not a huge fan of mayonnaise, so traditional coleslaw is not something I’m a fan of, but I wanted to still experience that extra bit of flavor that coleslaw offers on my burgers. So I made a no-mayo coleslaw. It still boasts the flavor and crunch of a traditional slaw but without the weird mayo flavor.

Start out by seasoning your burgers, and make small patties for sliders. You can either grill them or cook them on the stovetop. 

When you season your burgers, use your hands to really mix up all the flavors. (Photo: Shawanda Mason)

While the burgers are cooking, make your coleslaw by combining all the ingredients in one bowl; stir and let it sit for until you’re ready to serve.

The slaw is as simple as mixing all ingredients together and letting the flavors do all the work. (Photo: Shawanda Mason)

When you assemble the burgers, add a spoonful of coleslaw on top of the patty. Then, drizzle a bit of barbecue sauce over the coleslaw. This makes for an extra-flavorful burger. 

Topping the burgers off with a dollop of barbecue sauce gives the burgers an extra boost of flavor. (Photo: Shawanda Mason)

The coleslaw would make an excellent addition to tacos.

The perfect meal for the end of summer. (Photo: Shawanda Mason)

Shawanda Mason is the creator and blogger of Eat.Drink.Frolic. For recipe questions or to chat about eating, drinking or frolicking, she can be reached at eatdrinkfrolic@gmail.com or by following her on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.