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Mini Sliders Recipe

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Mini sliders are the perfect solution for any gathering, offering bite-sized deliciousness that’s easy to share. From classic cheeseburger sliders to creative takes with unique ingredients, there’s a mini slider for every taste.

You’re sure to impress your guests with these easy-to-make and fun-to-eat treats. With just a few simple ingredients and steps, you can whip up a batch of sliders that everyone will love. Whether it’s a casual weeknight dinner or a special occasion, mini sliders are a hit.

Explore a variety of recipes that will make your mouth water. There’s something for everyone, whether you prefer beef, chicken, or vegetarian options. Get ready to dive into a world of tasty mini sliders that are both convenient and delightful.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

Slider Buns: Use mini brioche buns for a soft and slightly sweet taste. Substitute: Regular dinner rolls or small hamburger buns.

Ground Beef: Opt for 80% lean ground beef for juicy sliders. Substitute: Ground turkey or chicken for a leaner option.

Cheese: American cheese melts perfectly. Substitute: Cheddar, Swiss, or pepper jack for different flavors.

Butter: Melted butter is brushed on the buns. Substitute: Olive oil for a healthier choice.

Onions: Finely chopped onions add flavor. Substitute: Shallots or green onions for a milder taste.

Seasonings: Salt and pepper are essential. Substitute: Add garlic powder, onion powder, or paprika for extra flavor.

Lettuce and Tomatoes: These add freshness. Substitute: Spinach leaves or roasted red peppers for variety.

Pickles: Dill pickles are traditional. Substitute: Bread and butter pickles or pickled jalapeños for a twist.

Condiments: Ketchup, mustard, and mayo are classic. Substitute: BBQ sauce, ranch dressing, or sriracha for different tastes.

Bacon: Adds a smoky flavor. Substitute: Turkey bacon or omit for a vegetarian option.

Sample Recipe Format

Slider Buns12 mini bunsDinner rolls
Ground Beef1 lbGround turkey or chicken
Cheese6 slicesCheddar, Swiss, or pepper jack
Butter2 tbsp meltedOlive oil
Onions1 cup dicedShallots or green onions
SeasoningsTo tasteGarlic powder, onion powder
Lettuce & TomatoesAs neededSpinach leaves, roasted peppers
PicklesAs neededBread and butter pickles
CondimentsAs neededBBQ sauce, ranch dressing
Bacon (optional)6 stripsTurkey bacon or omit

Enjoy your tasty mini sliders with these flexible ingredient options!



  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 12 slider buns
  • 8 slices of cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • Pickles (optional)
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

  2. Cook the beef: Heat a large skillet over medium/high heat. Add 1/2 tbsp of olive oil and diced onion. Add ground beef, breaking it up with a spatula. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook until it is no longer pink.

  3. Assemble the sliders:

    • Split the buns in half.
    • Mix mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard.
    • Spread this mixture on the cut sides of the buns.
    • Place the bottom halves on the baking sheet.
  4. Layering:

    • Sprinkle half of the cheese on the buns.
    • Add the cooked beef on top.
    • Cover with the remaining cheese and pickles.
  5. Top buns and bake:

    • Place the top half of the buns over the sliders.
    • Brush with melted butter.
    • Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  6. Bake and serve:

    • Cover with foil and bake for 10 minutes, or until the cheese melts.
    • Remove the foil and bake for an extra 3-5 minutes to crisp up the buns. Enjoy your mini sliders!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Forming Perfect Patties:
Shape your sliders into small, round patties. Aim for about 1-inch thick and 2-inches in diameter.

Cooking Time:
Cook your sliders over medium-high heat. They should take about 5 minutes per side. Look for a nice sear to ensure they are fully cooked through.

Buns Matter:
Use any type of bun you like, from slider buns to hamburger buns. Hawaiian rolls are a great soft and sweet option.

Keeping Sliders Warm:
If you’re hosting an event, keep your sliders warm on warming trays. This helps retain their moisture and flavor.

Reheating Leftovers:
To reheat, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the sliders on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover them lightly with aluminum foil. Warm them for about 10-15 minutes for deliciously crispy buns and heated patties.

Layering Ingredients:
Place cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion on your patties. This adds flavor and keeps the sliders juicy.

Storing Sliders:
Store leftover sliders in an airtight container in the fridge. They stay good for up to three days.

Freezing Tips:
Wrap each slider individually in plastic wrap and then place them in a freezer bag. They can be stored for up to three months. When you’re ready to eat them, thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat as above.

Keep condiments like ketchup, mustard, and pickles on the side. This way, each guest can customize their slider.

These tips and tricks will help you create tasty and memorable mini sliders every time!

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Mini sliders offer endless possibilities. Here are some fun and tasty ways to make them special.

Recipe Variations

  1. Classic Cheeseburger Sliders:

    • Ground beef patties
    • American cheese
    • Pickles and ketchup
  2. Buffalo Chicken Sliders:

    • Shredded chicken
    • Buffalo sauce
    • Blue cheese dressing
  3. BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders:

    • Pulled pork
    • BBQ sauce
    • Coleslaw
  4. Ham and Cheese Sliders:

    • Sliced ham
    • Swiss cheese
    • Dijon mustard
  5. Chicken and Waffles Sliders:

    • Fried chicken
    • Mini waffles
    • Maple syrup

Tip: Use store-bought coleslaw mix to save time.

Serving Suggestions

  • Dipping Sauces: Try serving with Sriracha aioli, ranch, or honey mustard.
  • Side Options: Pair sliders with fries, vegetable sticks, or a simple salad.
  • Plating Ideas: Use serving platters to present your sliders nicely.

When hosting a party, consider setting up a slider bar where guests can customize their own sliders with various toppings and sauces. This makes it interactive and fun for everyone.

Experiment with different types of buns too, like mini pretzel buns, Hawaiian rolls, or even lettuce wraps for a low-carb option.

With these variations and suggestions, your mini sliders will be a hit every time!

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.