8 Great Slider Recipes

Carnitas Sliders with Tomatillo-Avocado Sauce
Photo: Photo by Eva Kolenko / Food Styling by Carrie Purcell / Prop Styling by Jillian Knox

Who can resist a bite-size burger or sandwich? Sliders have the versatility of serving beef, lobster, pulled pork, and more proteins ⁠— including veggie patties ⁠— as passed hors d'oeuvres or appetizers, salad accompaniments, or charming portions for parties, potlucks, and outdoor gatherings. Our best slider recipes showcase steak, sloppy Joes, and shrimp, with homemade accompaniments, from onion jam to coconut-cilantro chutney. We even have lamb, quinoa, and carnitas sliders, coffee-cured pulled pork served as sliders, and a straightforward sirloin burger best paired with sweet potato fries.

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Stilton Sirloin Burgers with Onion Jam

Stilton Sirloin Burgers with Onion Jam, The Bar at the Peninsula • Chicago
© Frances Janisch

These juicy mini cheeseburgers combine ground sirloin with Stilton cheese on brioche or kaiser rolls. Serve with sweet potato fries and your own onion jam.

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Lobster Sliders

Lobster Sliders
© Tina Rupp

These lush, miniature takes on classic New England lobster rolls were a staple of the former lounge and restaurant 28 Degrees in Boston.

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Sloppy Joe Sliders with Asian Chili Sauce

Asian Sloppy Joe Sliders
© Con Poulos

At his former Boston gastropub, Blue Dragon, star chef Ming Tsai served these Asian-accented sliders. They’re based on a recipe his mother made for him when he was young. She’d fill his thermos with the chili-sauce-and-ginger-flavored ground meat and include the slider buns in his lunch box.

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Shrimp Pakora Sliders with Coconut-Cilantro Chutney

Shrimp Pakora Sliders
Photo by Jennifer Causey / Prop Styling by Julia Bayless / Food Styling by Ruth Blackburn

These sandwiches inspired by Indian street food feature crunchy fried shrimp topped with a smear of herbal coconut chutney on a soft bun.

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Crispy Quinoa Sliders

Crispy Quinoa Sliders

Kay Chun's crispy, light, little patties are fantastic as mini vegetarian burgers, and they'd be great served alongside a salad.

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Lamb Sliders with Yogurt-Tahini Sauce

Grilled Lamb Sliders with Romaine Salad and Tahini Sauce
Photo by Greg DuPree / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Christina Daley

A symphony of herbs — in the form of za'atar — and little bits of toasted pine nuts add bright flavor and texture to the ground lamb patties that accompany this fresh summer salad. 

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Carnitas Sliders with Tomatillo-Avocado Sauce

Carnitas Sliders with Tomatillo-Avocado Sauce
Photo by Eva Kolenko / Food Styling by Carrie Purcell / Prop Styling by Jillian Knox

Ideal for entertaining, these grab-and-go sliders from Andrea Nguyen star tender carnitas topped with a creamy tomatillo-avocado sauce sandwiched between pillowy homemade rolls.

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Coffee-Cured Pulled Pork

Coffee-Cured Pulled Pork
© John Kernick

Linton Hopkins turns this slow-roasted pork shoulder into sliders.

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