50 Sliders

Downsize the main course at your next cookout: We created dozens of mini burgers and sandwiches!

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From top right, clockwise: California Vegetable Sliders (No. 37), Tandoori Chicken Sliders (No. 24), Crab Cake Sliders (No. 33), Teriyaki Turkey Burger Sliders (No. 50), Bratwurst Sliders with Sauerkraut (No. 15)

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From top right, clockwise: California Vegetable Sliders (No. 37), Tandoori Chicken Sliders (No. 24), Crab Cake Sliders (No. 33), Teriyaki Turkey Burger Sliders (No. 50), Bratwurst Sliders with Sauerkraut (No. 15)

Each recipe makes 12 sliders.

1. Classic Beef Form 1 1/2 pounds ground beef into 3-inch patties (about 12) and season with salt and pepper. Cook in an oiled skillet over medium-high heat, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Place on slider buns with ketchup and lettuce.

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Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders (No. 2)

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Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders (No. 2)

2. Bacon Cheeseburger Make Classic Beef Sliders (No. 1); top each patty with a slice of cheddar during the last minute of cooking. Place on slider buns with ketchup, mayonnaise, pickles and bacon.

3. Tex-Mex Burger Make Classic Beef Sliders (No. 1), mixing 1 cup shredded pepper jack into the beef. Place on slider buns with guacamole, pico de gallo and hot sauce.

4. Blue Cheese Burger Mix 6 tablespoons softened butter with 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese. Make Classic Beef Sliders (No. 1). Place on slider buns with the blue cheese butter; top each with a fried onion ring.

5. Pimiento Cheeseburger Pulse 1/2 cup shredded cheddar in a food processor with 2 ounces cream cheese, 2 tablespoons each mayonnaise and pimientos and 1 tablespoon pickled jalapeños. Make Classic Beef Sliders (No. 1). Place on slider buns with the pimiento cheese.

6. Meatball Parmesan Mix 1 pound meatloaf mix (ground beef, pork and veal) with 1/2 cup grated parmesan, 1/4 cup each breadcrumbs, chopped parsley and milk, 1 lightly beaten egg, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and a few grinds of pepper. Form into 1 1/2-inch meatballs (about 12). Bake at 425 degrees F until cooked through, 13 to 15 minutes. Toss with 1 cup warm marinara sauce. Place each meatball on a slider bun bottom and top with shredded mozzarella and parmesan; broil until melted, then add the bun tops.

7. Roasted Caprese Toss 2 pints cherry tomatoes with 1/4 cup olive oil and 4 smashed garlic cloves on a rimmed baking sheet; season with salt and pepper. Roast at 475 degrees F until lightly browned, about 20 minutes; let cool. Place on slider buns with sliced fresh mozzarella and fresh basil.

8. Fried Eggplant Caprese Slice 2 small eggplants into 1/2-inch-thick rounds (12 rounds total); sprinkle generously with salt and let sit 30 minutes. Pat dry, then dredge each slice in flour, dip in 3 beaten eggs, then coat with breadcrumbs. Working in batches, fry in 375 degrees F vegetable oil, turning, until browned, 2 minutes; drain. Season with salt. Make Roasted Caprese Sliders (No. 7), adding a slice of fried eggplant to each.

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Sausage and Peppers Sliders (No. 9)

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Sausage and Peppers Sliders (No. 9)

9. Sausage and Peppers Form 1 pound bulk hot Italian sausage into 2-inch patties (about 12). Cook in an oiled nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until browned, about 3 1/2 minutes per side, topping each with 1/2 slice provolone during the last minute of cooking. Place on slider buns with jarred fried peppers.

10. Sloppy Joe Brown 1 pound ground beef in vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat with 1 chopped onion, 1 chopped red bell pepper, 2 tablespoons chili powder and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, about 6 minutes. Add 1/2 cup each water, ketchup and chili sauce (such as Heinz). Simmer until thickened, 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve on potato slider buns.

11. Pizza Sloppy Joe Make Sloppy Joe Sliders (No. 10), using bulk sweet Italian sausage instead of beef; omit the chili powder and add 1 teaspoon dried oregano. Replace the ketchup with 1 cup marinara sauce; omit the chili sauce. Serve on slider buns with shredded mozzarella.

12. Cheesesteak Season 1 pound chopped sandwich steak with salt, pepper and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder. Brown in vegetable oil in a large skillet over high heat until just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes; remove. Add 1 sliced onion and 1/2 each sliced red and green bell pepper to the skillet; cook over medium-high heat until tender, 7 minutes. Stir in the steak and 1 cup processed cheese spread. Place on slider buns with more cheese spread.

13. French Dip Sauté 1 sliced large onion in butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat until deep golden, about 35 minutes; remove. Add two 10.5-ounce cans beef consommé and 1/4 cup dry sherry to the skillet and simmer 5 minutes. Add 1 1/4 pounds deli-sliced roast beef and heat through. Remove the roast beef from the jus and pile on slider buns with the onion; season with salt and pepper. Serve with the jus for dipping.

14. Falafel Pulse 1 cup each fresh cilantro and parsley in a food processor with 1/2 cup chopped onion, 2 garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon ground cumin and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt until finely chopped. Add one 15-ounce can chickpeas (drained and rinsed) and pulse until chunky. Remove and stir in 1/2 cup panko and 1 lightly beaten egg. Refrigerate 20 minutes. Form the mixture into small balls (about 12). Deep-fry in 350 degrees F vegetable oil until browned and warmed through, about 6 minutes. Place each falafel in mini pita bread with shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes and a drizzle each of tahini and lemon juice.

15. Bratwurst with Sauerkraut Brown 12 ounces sliced cooked bratwurst in olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, about 1 minute per side. Toast 12 split mini pretzel buns, then sprinkle the cut sides with 2 cups shredded dill havarti. Bake at 350 degrees F until melted, 1 minute. Place the bratwurst on the buns with grainy mustard and warm sauerkraut.

16. Reuben Spread Russian dressing on split slider buns and fill with deli-sliced pastrami, sauerkraut and shredded Swiss cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F until the pastrami is heated through and the cheese melts, about 10 minutes.

17. Greek Lamb Burger Mix 1 1/2 pounds ground lamb with 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice; form into 3-inch patties (about 12) and season with salt. Cook in an oiled skillet over medium-high heat, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Place in mini pita bread with tzatziki, crumbled feta and chopped tomatoes.

18. Spanish Lamb Season 1 1/4 pounds boneless lamb sirloin roast with salt, pepper and 1 teaspoon each smoked paprika and ground cumin. Brown in vegetable oil in a medium ovenproof skillet over medium heat, turning, about 2 minutes. Transfer to the oven and roast at 400 degrees F until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 135 degrees F, about 25 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes, then thinly slice. Mix 1/2 cup mayonnaise with 1/4 cup chopped green olives. Place the lamb on slider buns with the olive mayonnaise, sliced roasted red peppers, baby arugula and shaved manchego.

19. Cuban Rub a 1-pound pork tenderloin all over with 1 tablespoon kosher salt mixed with 1 1/2 teaspoons each garlic powder and dried oregano. Grill over medium heat, turning, until a thermometer inserted into the center registers 145 degrees F, about 15 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes, then thinly slice. Arrange the pork on slider buns with mustard, deli-sliced ham, Swiss cheese and pickles. Press firmly between 2 baking sheets and bake at 350 degrees F until the cheese melts, 4 minutes.

20. Porchetta Rub a 1-pound pork tenderloin all over with 1 tablespoon kosher salt mixed with 1 tablespoon ground fennel and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Grill over medium heat, turning, until a thermometer inserted into the center registers 145 degrees F, about 15 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes, then thinly slice. Mix 3/4 cup mayonnaise with 2 grated garlic cloves and 1 tablespoon each lemon juice and minced rosemary. Place the pork on slider buns with the garlic mayonnaise and arugula.

21. Barbecue Pork Rub a 1-pound pork tenderloin all over with 3 tablespoons barbecue seasoning. Grill over medium heat, turning, until a thermometer inserted into the center registers 145 degrees F, about 15 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes, then thinly slice. Toss 1/4 head thinly sliced cabbage with 1/4 cup each barbecue sauce and cider vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Place the pork on slider buns with more barbecue sauce, pickles and the coleslaw.

22. Barbecue Chicken Meatball Mix 1 pound ground chicken with 1/2 cup shredded cheddar, 1/4 cup each breadcrumbs, chopped parsley and milk, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and a few grinds of pepper. Form into 1 1/2-inch meatballs (about 12). Bake at 425 degrees F until cooked through, 13 to 15 minutes. Warm 3/4 cup barbecue sauce with 1/4 cup water; toss with the meatballs. Place each meatball on a slider bun bottom and top with shredded cheddar; broil until melted. Add the bun tops.

23. Jerk Chicken Burger Mix 1 1/2 pounds ground chicken with 2 teaspoons jerk seasoning; form into 3-inch patties (about 12) and season with salt and pepper. Cook in an oiled skillet over medium-high heat, 3 to 3 1/2 minutes per side. Place on slider buns with spicy mayonnaise, coleslaw and sliced mangoes.

24. Tandoori Chicken Pound 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (1 1/2 pounds) until 1/2 inch thick; marinate in a mix of 1/4 cup each plain yogurt and tandoori paste, 3 hours. Remove the chicken from the marinade and grill over medium-high heat, turning once, 8 to 10 minutes; slice. Toss 1 bunch trimmed scallions with olive oil and season with salt; grill, turning once, 1 to 2 minutes. Place the chicken and scallions on slider buns with plain yogurt and fresh cilantro and mint.

25. Fried Chicken Quarter 3 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 1 pound); marinate in 2 1/2 cups buttermilk, 1 hour. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour with 1 1/2 teaspoons each baking powder, paprika, onion powder and kosher salt. Remove the chicken from the marinade and dredge in the flour mixture. Working in batches, deep-fry the chicken in 360 degrees F vegetable oil until browned and cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes. Place on toasted and buttered mini biscuits with bread-and-butter pickles.

26. Buffalo Chicken Fry the chicken for Fried Chicken Sliders (No. 25); toss with 1/4 cup Buffalo hot sauce and 2 tablespoons melted butter. Place on slider buns with blue cheese dressing, shredded carrots and sliced celery.

27. Thai Chicken Mix 1 1/2 pounds ground chicken with 1 tablespoon each fish sauce, brown sugar, grated peeled ginger and grated garlic and 1/2 teaspoon each ground turmeric and lime zest; form into 3-inch patties (about 12) and season with salt and pepper. Cook in an oiled skillet over medium-high heat, 3 to 3 1/2 minutes per side. Place on slider buns with peanut sauce and lettuce. Serve with lime wedges.

28. Chipotle Pulled Chicken Sauté 1 sliced onion in vegetable oil in a medium saucepan over high heat until softened, 5 minutes. Add one 8-ounce jar taco sauce and 1/2 to 1 chopped chipotle in adobo plus 2 tablespoons adobo sauce and bring to a simmer. Add 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken (skin removed). Cook, stirring, until heated through, 2 minutes. Serve on slider buns with coleslaw.

29. Cheesy Tuna Heat 1/4 cup milk in a saucepan over medium heat until steaming. Whisk in 3/4 cup each cubed processed cheese and shredded cheddar until smooth. Stir in two 5-ounce cans solid white tuna (drained and flaked), 2 sliced scallions, 1 diced plum tomato and 2 tablespoons chopped dill. Serve on slider buns.

30. Italian Tuna Salad Toss two 5-ounce cans oil-packed Italian tuna (drained) with 1 cup minced drained giardiniera plus 2 tablespoons brine, 1/2 cup chopped fennel plus 2 tablespoons chopped fronds, 1/2 minced red onion and 1/4 cup olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Serve on slider buns with sliced tomatoes and arugula; drizzle with olive oil.

31. Lobster Roll Toss 2 cups chopped cooked lobster meat with 1/2 cup minced celery, 1/4 cup mayonnaise and 2 tablespoons each lemon juice, chopped chives and celery leaves. Refrigerate 1 hour. Toast 6 top-split hot dog buns, then brush with melted butter. Cut in half and fill with the lobster salad.

32. Shrimp Po’Boy Toss 1 1/4 pounds large shrimp (peeled and deveined) with 6 tablespoons melted butter, 1 tablespoon Old Bay and 2 minced garlic cloves. Brown in a large skillet over high heat, 2 to 3 minutes; roughly chop. Mix 2/3 cup mayonnaise with 1/4 cup each chopped celery, shallots and basil, and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Place the shrimp on slider buns with the herb mayonnaise and lettuce.

33. Crab Cake Toss 1 pound lump crabmeat (picked over) with 3/4 cup panko, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1 lightly beaten egg, 2 chopped scallions, 1 tablespoon each Dijon mustard and chopped dill, 1 teaspoon Old Bay and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Form into 2-inch patties (about 12), then dredge in panko. Cook in an oiled skillet until golden, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Place on potato slider buns with tartar sauce, sliced tomatoes and lettuce leaves.

34. Turkey Club Toast and quarter 9 slices white sandwich bread. Mix 1/2 cup mayonnaise with the zest and juice of 1/2 lime; spread on the toast. Top 12 pieces of the toast with deli-sliced turkey, bacon and sliced tomatoes, then another piece of toast (mayonnaise-side up). Top with more turkey, sliced avocados and lettuce. Add the remaining toast; secure with toothpicks.

35. Green Goddess Turkey Burger Mix 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey with 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard; form into 3-inch patties (about 12) and season with salt and pepper. Cook in an oiled skillet over medium-high heat, about 3 minutes per side. Puree 1/2 cup mayonnaise in a blender with 1/4 cup sour cream, 2 tablespoons each chopped parsley, chives and tarragon, 1 tablespoon each capers and lemon juice, 2 anchovies and 1 garlic clove. Place the burgers on slider buns with the green goddess sauce, sliced cucumbers and watercress.

36. Mushroom-Swiss Turkey Burger Mix 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey with 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce. Form into 3-inch patties (about 12); season with salt and pepper. Cook in an oiled skillet over medium-high heat, 3 minutes per side, topping each with a slice of Swiss cheese during the last minute of cooking. Sauté 8 ounces sliced mushrooms and 1 sliced onion in butter in a skillet until browned, 8 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Place the burgers on slider buns with Dijon mustard and the mushrooms.

37. California Vegetable Hollow out the bottoms of 12 mini multigrain rolls; drizzle with olive oil and spread with cream cheese. Fill with shredded carrots, sliced bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and avocados, shredded lettuce and alfalfa sprouts; drizzle with lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.

38. Greek Vegetable Hollow out the bottoms of 12 mini multigrain rolls; drizzle with olive oil and spread with olive tapenade hummus. Fill with sliced red bell peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers, fresh parsley and crumbled feta; season with pepper.

39. Bean Burger Mash two 15-ounce cans pinto beans (drained and rinsed) with a fork until chunky. Stir in 2 lightly beaten eggs, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, 2 tablespoons grainy mustard and 1 teaspoon each smoked paprika, ground cumin and kosher salt. Form into 2-inch patties (about 12), then dredge in breadcrumbs. Cook in an oiled nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp and heated through, 2 1/2 to 3 minutes per side, topping each with a slice of muenster during the last minute of cooking. Place on slider buns with spicy mayonnaise, lettuce and sliced tomatoes.

40. Spanish Tortilla Cook 12 ounces thinly sliced Yukon Gold potatoes and 1 sliced small onion in 1/3 cup olive oil in a nonstick ovenproof skillet over medium-low heat, covered, until tender, about 30 minutes. Lightly beat 8 eggs in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper. Pour the eggs into the skillet and gently stir into the potatoes. Cook until the bottom is set, 5 minutes. Transfer to the oven and bake at 400 degrees F until set, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool. Cut into 2-inch squares and place on slider buns with garlic mayonnaise and sliced piquillo peppers.

41. Bacon, Egg and Cheese Lightly beat 6 eggs with 1/4 cup milk and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a medium ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add the eggs and cook, undisturbed, until just set, 3 to 4 minutes. Top with sliced cheddar; broil until melted. Cut the eggs into 2-inch squares; place on buttered toasted mini bagels with bacon.

42. Bacon, Egg and Cheese Waffle Mix 2 tablespoons each warm melted butter and maple syrup; brush on 24 toasted mini waffles. Make Bacon, Egg and Cheese Sliders (No. 41); serve on the waffles instead of bagels.

43. Sausage Biscuit Melt 3 tablespoons butter with 1/4 teaspoon jerk seasoning in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add 1/4 cup flour and whisk until bubbling, 2 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups whole milk and simmer, whisking, until thick, 3 minutes. Season with hot sauce and salt. Place cooked breakfast sausage patties on toasted mini biscuits with the gravy.

44. Smoked Salmon Mini Bagel Spread scallion cream cheese on split toasted mini everything bagels. Fill with sliced smoked salmon, red onion, tomatoes and cucumbers, and capers; drizzle with lemon juice.

45. Strawberry Baked Brie Mix 2 cups sliced strawberries with 2 teaspoons each sugar, balsamic vinegar and chopped thyme; let stand 30 minutes. Put a slice of brie on slider bun bottoms; bake at 350 degrees F until heated through, 2 minutes. Top with the strawberries and bun tops.

46. Meatloaf Cut six 1-inch-thick slices warm meatloaf in half. Place on slider buns with mayonnaise and bread-and-butter pickles.

47. Fried Oyster Lightly beat 1 egg with 1⁄4 cup buttermilk and 2 teaspoons hot sauce; add 12 shucked oysters and let soak 30 minutes. Combine 1⁄2 cup each cornmeal and cornstarch with 1 teaspoon each Old Bay and kosher salt. Remove the oysters from the buttermilk and dredge in the cornmeal mixture. Deep-fry in 365 degrees F vegetable oil until golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Place on slider buns with mayonnaise and jarred corn relish.

48. Asian Bacon Microwave 1⁄3 cup brown sugar with 1 tablespoon Sriracha, 1 minute; stir until smooth. Divide 12 thick-cut bacon slices between 2 racks set on rimmed baking sheets; bake at 375 degrees F, 15 minutes. Brush with the Sriracha mixture and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder. Bake until browned and crisp, 20 to 25 minutes. Place on warmed slider buns with mayonnaise, hoisin sauce, Sriracha, cilantro and sliced cucumbers.

49. Sweet Potato BLT Trim the ends of 3 sweet potatoes and slice into 1/2-inch-thick rounds (24 total); toss with 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast on a baking sheet at 425 degrees F until tender, 20 minutes; let cool. Sandwich with mayonnaise, bacon, lettuce and sliced tomatoes.

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50. Teriyaki Turkey Burger Mix 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey with 2 tablespoons teriyaki glaze; form into 3-inch patties (about 12) and season with salt and pepper. Broil on a foil-lined baking sheet, 4 minutes; brush with more glaze and broil 2 minutes. Top each with a slice of cheddar; broil 30 seconds. Place on slider buns with mayonnaise, Sriracha and sliced red onion and pineapple.

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