Slider-Rama! Mix Up Your Slider Recipes

Ask five people where sliders get their name, and you’ll get five different answers. Ask those same five people if they want sliders, though, and you’ll get a unanimous yes. Whether they got their name from military slang or from sliding down a long diner counter to hungry customers, sliders are always a hit. Their tiny size makes them big crowd-pleasers for parties and backyard barbecues because guests can top their own sliders with a variety of flavors.

Traditional ground beef sliders share bun space with finely chopped onions and maybe a smear of mustard or a pickle slice, but that’s just the beginning of where you can take these snack-sized patties. Punch up your slider menu with even more variety by trying different meats and toppings.

Add some Louisiana spice to your sliders and serve Cajun sliders at your next party. Prepare the beef patties as usual, but spice them up with a generous shake of prepared Cajun seasoning. Cajun cooks start just about every meal with finely diced onions and green peppers, so saute the vegetables together just until they turn soft; top your sliders with the mixture. Add a dab of remoulade sauce to the bun for authentic Louisiana flavor.

Remoulade Sauce
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/4 cup green onion or chives, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Blend the remoulade ingredients at least an hour before serving to let the flavors meld.

Southwest sliders are bound to be a hit with everyone if you serve jalapenos on the side. Start with quality ground chuck and season it with salt, pepper and a pinch of cumin. Shred lettuce and Monterrey jack cheese to serve atop the sliders. Pre-made adobo sauce and lime juice mixed with creamy mayo give these burgers their distinctive flavor.

Lime-Adobo Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons adobo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons green onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

Mix the ingredients thoroughly up to a day in advance of serving.

Greek cuisine doesn’t get the attention it deserves as a hearty, healthy option. These lamb sliders are an unusual take on the classic burger. Top them with crumbled feta cheese and fresh spinach leaves.

Lamb Sliders
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper

Blend all ingredients and shape into small slider patties. If you’re cooking them on the stove, add a drizzle of olive oil to the pan before cooking; lamb is quite lean and may stick otherwise.</ul>

Asian pork sliders are a lively blend of savory flavors wrapped in a bun. Ginger and soy sauce make these pork patties exceptional. Stick with the Asian theme for toppings and offer pickled daikon and mayonnaise infused with cilantro or wasabi to accent the burgers.

Asian Pork Sliders
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1 or 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch cube fresh ginger, minced
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Mix ingredients well and form into patties. You can also reserve a tablespoon of the soy sauce and mix it with a tablespoon of molasses to use as a glaze if you like a sweet and sour take on pork.

Guest post on behalf of Omaha Steaks

Steven Zussino

Steven Zussino is the co-founder of Grocery Alerts Canada. He loves to help Canadians save money on groceries. He also runs the blog, CanadianTravelHacking.com.

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