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Chef John's Beef Sliders Recipe
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Chef John's Beef Sliders

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"Sliders are a small version of a hamburger. A little trick helps you to get them all the same size so they cook evenly and look very professional. Do a couple of tests to determine your perfect degree of doneness and cook all the burgers the same amount of time. They are perfect for Super Bowl® parties."

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Original recipe makes 8 sliders Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    30 mins


  1. Place ground beef onto a work surface; divide into 8 equal-size pieces using a knife or pastry cutter. Line 8 muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. Sprinkle bottoms of paper liners with salt and black pepper. Form each piece of burger into a rough ball and place into a muffin cup. Season tops with salt and pepper.
  3. Place a second paper liner on top of each piece of meat and gently press it down to shape the mini burger into a round, flat shape. Pull off the paper tops and remove burgers from the muffin cups; remove bottom paper liners from burgers.
  4. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook burgers in the hot skillet until they have a browned crust and are slightly pink in the middle, about 3 minutes per side. Flip burgers and cook 3 minutes on other side. Remove burgers to a plate to rest for 2 minutes.
  5. Mix mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, and pickle relish in a bowl; spoon a dollop onto each bun. Place burgers onto buns, season with more black pepper, and top with a tomato slice. Close buns and serve.
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  • Cook's Notes:
  • I prefer grass-fed organic beef.
  • Approximate cooking times: 3 minutes per side for rare to medium-rare; 4 minutes per side for medium; 5 minutes per side for medium-well to well-done.
  • Once the sliders are flattened, you can store refrigerated until needed, up to 8 hours.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 23, 2013

These were a hit, and it was the 'secret sauce' that put these over the top! I toasted the buns and added a little cheese. I plan to make these again, and I'll be using the sauce often~YUM! Thanks for sharing. :)

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 23, 2014

This is good for a basic slider but the true secret to a Super Slider is putting a dollop (approx. 1/2 tbsp) of butter in the center of the patty before cooking. I also season mine with McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning instead of just salt & pepper. Use King's Hawaiian Sweet Rolls for your buns, you won't regret it!

Apr 01, 2014

Love the sauce! I used dill relish instead of sweet. I added a tablespoon of minced garlic and a dash of dale sauce and a pkg of lipton onion soup mix to the hamburger. Then reshaped it so I could cut it into 8 even pieces. I'll have to make more of the sauce next time because we used it to dip our fries too! We like our burger done completely and it took significantly longer than 4 minutes on each side. I used a thermometer to tell when they hit 165 degrees. This was perfect for our family.

May 23, 2014

Great base recipe, but I needed more flavor. So I made a few simple changes: First: I seasoned my beef before cooking by adding chopped garlic. Second: I added one part Blazin' Burger seasoning to the dressing. Third: I used Hawaiian Sweet Bread dinner rolls, and topped each burger with a small piece of pineapple, and a slice of jalapeno. *Alternative dressing is sweet chili sauce; adjusting the heat with hot pepper flakes. This was 'ONO (which means DELICIOUS in Hawaiian)!!

May 23, 2014

awesome! the sauce is great too. but I divided the meat and put it into cheap baggies to press into patties; no mess that way. They're thinner and cook faster. Easier to eat too, don't have to unhinge your jaw to bite it. "and as always, enjoy!"

May 24, 2014

Perfect! Ready for BBQ season now!

May 23, 2014

This recipe was very easy!!!! My grand children LOVED them!!!! Thank you John for such an easy recipe and I loved the sauce. I added a little cheese and onions. Mmmmmmmm!! ;)

Oct 25, 2014

I always love Chef John's recipes so I thought I would use ths one as a jumping off point. I decided I wanted to kick it up a notch. I substituted Johnsonville Italian sausage for the ground beef.Topped it with provolone. I sauteed some mini bell peppers for my topper. I also mixed diced sundried tomatoes into mayo for my secret sauce. My hubby says they are the best sliders he has ever had.


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  • Calories
  • 214 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 160.2 g
  • 52%
  • Cholesterol
  • 36 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 10.9 g
  • 17%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 11.7 g
  • 23%
  • Sodium
  • 184 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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