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Sliders Are Better Than Burgers: 8 Sliders Recipes to Prove It

Sliders are not just mini burgers. Forget the classic burger and check out these addictive sliders recipes instead - from everyone’s favorite buffalo chicken sliders to sinfully delicious Kentucky hot brown sandwiches.
Sliders Are Better Than Burgers: 8 Sliders Recipes to Prove It
Sliders Are Better Than Burgers: 8 Sliders Recipes to Prove It
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Bitten by curiosity bug. Obsessed with words. Fuelled by coffee. Powered by Google. Love cheese, chocolate, and cherries. Don’t judge your taco by its price.
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Bigger is not always better. Sure, everyone loves a nice juicy burger, but when you are ready to get some rest from a classic beef patty, sliders are the best way to enjoy the most versatile flavors! They are so much more than just mini burgers.

Sliders are one of the staples of American cuisine, and they deserve some recognition! You are about to get eight of our absolute favorite slider recipes that are guaranteed to earn you major points at your next game day or tailgate party.

What Is a “Classic” Slider?

Like many popular foods, there is a never-ending debate about what can and can not be called a slider. The classic slider recipe was very simple: a ball of meat smashed directly onto a griddle with chopped onions, lettuce, tomatoes, white cheddar, and ketchup or mayo for serving. The bottom bun would be placed on the meat patty while still on the grill and left to steam for a minute.

But some slider fans disagree with this and claim that the only classic slider is the one from the White Castle. And also question the origin of the miniature sandwich. But more on who invented the slider a bit later.

Buffalo Chicken Sliders

To say that these are addictive would be a major understatement. These Buffalo chicken sliders are a creation of SideChef’s one and only Lauren Holdcroft. They are everything you have ever wanted in a miniature snack - creamy, spicy, tender, and so incredibly moreish! You won’t find a more perfect appetizer for any party. Just remember to make more than you think you’d need cause they fly off the plate in mere seconds.

Pulled Pork Sliders

If you have a slow cooker or are willing to spend some time slow-roasting a pork shoulder in the oven, you will love these perfectly seasoned pulled pork sliders. Serve it with Sriracha BBQ sauce for extra kick and excellent creamy coleslaw.

Why Are Sliders Called Sliders?

If you have a curious mind, you might have wondered why we call this yummy mini sandwich a slider. And there are several opinions on this as well.


  1. According to one theory, the term “slider” comes from Navy lingo. They got their name because of how the patties would slide around on the grill when the ship moved.

  2. Others claim that their name reflects how easy they slide down one’s throat, being so small and greasy.

  3. And according to a theory popularized by White Castle, they got their name for sliding out of their box so easily.

Turkey Sliders

These teriyaki turkey sliders are incredibly tender and full of flavors. It’s a fantastic combination of savory turkey patty, sweet pineapple, and zesty red onion. What not to love?

Vegetarian Eggplant Sliders

Try these if you’re looking for a meatless option. Even if you’re not a vegetarian, these eggplant parmesan sliders deserve your attention. The flavors and textures here are heavenly - roasted tomatoes, crispy eggplant, creamy cheese, and crispy basil!

Ham and Cheese Sliders

What’s more American than a good old tailgate party before a game or a concert? Do you know what’s perfect for a pre-game party like that? These hot ham and cheese sliders! They are so easy to make, and it’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Who Invented Sliders?

According to Serious Eats first sliders were invented in Wichita, Kansas, by Walter Anderson in 1916. Walter Anderson is also known for developing an assembly line kitchen and later founding the famous White Castle fast-food chain with Billy Ingram.

Crispy Chicken Sliders

Sliders go perfectly with coleslaw, and if you agree, go and make these crispy chicken sliders with extra fiery wasabi coleslaw.

Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders

Kentucky is known for many fine things. Horse racing. Basketball. Bluegrass. Bourbon. The color blue. And, of course, Kentucky hot brown sliders! This legendary turkey sandwich is known throughout the state as one of the best things to ever appear on a plate.

Pork Belly Sliders

Classic Southern flavor with a bit of a modern twist, but nonetheless delicious. If you like a crispy pork belly, you must give these a try!

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