Juicy Sliders

LAST UPDATED: Apr 22, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Sep 13, 2019 | By: Julie Blanner

These juicy little mini sliders are the most delicious way to serve a crowd and cater to varying tastes. Sliders are such an easy dinner or entertaining option and they are so easy to bake right in the oven! The best part about serving these easy sliders for dinner? Everyone can enjoy more than one!  

Platter with mini sliders, stacked with onion lettuce and tomato. #sliders

It was time to update these amazing sliders I shared over 10 years ago. While the recipe hasn’t changed – the photography certainly has!

This is one of those classic party foods that will never go out of style. I love sliders, and I looooove burgers. Check out my hot ham and cheese sliders, and don’t miss my tips for the very best juicy burgers.

Sliders

What are sliders? They’re mini burgers cooked tightly together to retain all the juicy flavors. They’re currently a food truck craze, but you can make an easy slider at home for dinner or multiply this recipe easily to serve a crowd!

In fact, mini sliders are one of my favorite go-to options for entertaining! Get all the details on how to serve a burger bar here.

A group of 4 sliders, with patty covered in cheese in the foreground. #sliders.

They take just a few minutes hands-on time to whip up and are easy to serve! They’re perfect for just about any occasion from a summer get-together (Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day), tailgates, even New Year’s Eve. Any occasion is an excuse to enjoy these amazing miniature burgers loaded with your favorite toppings!

It’s a great way to accommodate a variety of diets, too! Offer lettuce for guests to make a low carb Keto-friendly wrap!

White platter featuring 6 sliders, down shot. #sliders

Ingredients in a Mini Slider

Angus Beef – Fat = Juice. I tend to use 93/7 lean ground beef but for the juiciest burgers, I recommend 80-85%.

Raw beef, sliders getting ready to go into oven on parchment paper.

Salt and Pepper – These simple seasonings add a lot of flavor. I use thick flakes fresh cracked peppered and sea salt. Don’t skimp on the salt and pepper- when you’re serving small portions, every bite counts!

Dijon Mustard – A hint of mustard gives these a spark of sharp, tangy flavor that can’t be beat! Even if you think you don’t like mustard- don’t leave it out. I promise you won’t regret it!

Worcestershire Sauce – A little hint packs a lot of deep flavor in sliders! The fermented flavor in this sauce is the ultimate tangy flavor enhancer.

Egg – This simple ingredient holds it all together! Because these burgers are so juicy, we need an egg to keep them from falling apart.

Cocktail Buns – Miniature buns make a mini slider which makes the perfect size! Optional: add melted butter on top and sprinkle on sesame seeds.

Mini slider close-up, with bacon, cheese and jalapenos. #sliders

Toppings

While traditionally sliders are made with American cheese, onions and pickles, the options are endless! Below are a few of our favorite mini slider toppings! You can even set up a Build Your Own Burger Bar!

Mini slider burger being lifted off the pan, covered in melting cheese. #sliders #minisliders

Tips for Making the Juiciest Sliders

  • The less you handle the beef, the better. Stirring and mushing it causes the proteins to break down which makes your little burgers less tender.

White bowl with ground beef mixture, spices and an egg waiting to be mixed together.

  • Don’t add salt to your beef mixture until you make them into patties. Salt dissolves water and protein out of beef which makes them cling to each other, eliminating that tender texture. You can get the flavor while maintaining tenderness by adding the sea salt to formed patties just before baking.
  • Lightly scoop slider mixture with a large cookie scoop to keep the size consistent.

Gold baking pan with a scooper placing a scoop of raw beef for a future slider.

Six beef patties on a gold baking sheet in the oven. #sliders #easysliders.

  • Adding cheese? Put it on at the last minute. The mini slider will melt it.

Six beef patties, three have melting cheese, on a gold baking sheet in the oven. #sliders #easysliders.

  • You can make them in advance! To keep these easy sliders warm, just cover them with foil (on a clean baking sheet) in warm oven (225-250 degrees) for up to 30 minutes.

Mini slider burger being lifted off the pan, covered in melting cheese.

Pair of mini sliders with melted American cheese, close-up. #sliders

Serve With

Mini slider close-up, with bacon, cheese and jalapenos. #sliders

Looking for a cocktail to wash the sliders down? Check out Skinny Margarita Recipe or Fruity Sangria Recipe

What do you think- does your family love sliders as much as mine? There’s nothing better than enjoying more than one burger without any guilt! If you make these delicious little sliders at home, I’d love to hear from you! Please be sure to leave a comment and rate the recipe!

A burger patty covered in cheese, raising off a baking sheet with a metal spatula.

Juicy Sliders

Julie Blanner
Learn how to make juicy sliders in the oven, a delicious way to serve a crowd. These easy burgers are such a simple entertaining option, and are so easy to make.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 15 people
Calories 200 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds 93% lean ground beef
  • 1` teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 eggs
  • 15 cocktail egg buns

Instructions
 

  • Set your oven to broil (with the oven rack in the upper-middle position), and line a sheet pan with foil for easy clean-up.
  • In a large bowl, combine beef, salt, pepper, mustard and egg.
  • Form patties and place them on a baking sheet.
  • Place in oven under a high broiler for 5 minutes.
  • Cover with foil. Keep them warm in a 250 degree oven for up to 30 minutes.

Notes

  • This recipe is for a slider-sized burger. Ingredients for full-sized burgers are the same, simply bake under the broiler for four minutes, flip them and place back in the oven under broiler for 3-4 more minutes. Replace suggested cocktail buns with full-size buns and you're good to go!
  • Don't overwork your meat mixture.
  • Line your baking sheet for easy clean-up.
  • Keep them warm in the oven, covered in foil for up to 30 minutes at 250 degrees.

Nutrition

Serving:15gCalories:200kcalCarbohydrates:17gProtein:15gFat:8gSaturated Fat:3gCholesterol:50mgSodium:222mgPotassium:211mgFiber:1gSugar:3gVitamin A:16IUVitamin C:1mgCalcium:36mgIron:2mg
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