Sunday’s Dinner: Homemade Sliders

We REALLY didn’t need to know this was possible. I really didn’t need to know how easy it was to make these things.

On Friday’s show we discussed what we’d be eating for dinner this week. I was brainstorming some dinner ideas to save Jennifer the brain cells, and I came up with the idea of making homemade sliders. Basically, these are little cheeseburgers.

Back in college after a late night of…we’ll just call it studying…I often went to White Castle and would get a bag of their mini-cheeseburgers, affectionately known as “sliders,” because of the way their greasiness made them slide so easily through one’s digestive track.

As I’ve gotten older, I try to avoid these things. Down here in the south we don’t have White Castle, but we do have Krystal, which I consider to be a sub-par knock-off.

But now, I feel like I don’t need either. We can make our own, and they were far superior to both.

The way we did it was pretty easy.

We started with 2.25 pounds of hamburger and flattened it out into a great big flat rectangle. I then cut the hamburger into 18 somewhat equally sized patties. I knew they’d shrink during cooking, so I made the patties a little larger than the size of the bun.

The boys wouldn’t like onions, but the way they did it at White Castle was to actually cook the hamburger on a bed of onions. We chopped up enough onions for me and Jennifer, and let me tell you, this way was FAR superior to the ones without onions. I tried both, and the onions were incredible.

We chopped up the onions very small, and very, very fine. Then we spread out a generous bed of chopped onions on the griddle and placed three patties directly on the onions so both cooked together. The other patties we just fried on the griddle.

I flipped them back and forth until they were pretty much done and then put a layer of cheese on each of them.

We used King’s Hawaiian Butter rolls, sliced in half, for the buns.

Pure bliss.

Tommy whined and complained until he saw how much his brothers loved them, and then he finally relented and ended up liking them, too.

To make things even worse for our dietary needs, we fried homemade potato chips.

It was unreal. They were just too stinking good. We don’t need to be doing this too often.

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Greg is married to Jennifer. They've got five kids.

9 comments on Sunday’s Dinner: Homemade Sliders

  1. DeniseInTexas says:

    Sliders… Get thee behind me Satan! 🙂 Now I have to make these.

  2. Nice, it’s little dinners like this that I remembered most as a kid. Parents making memories, a good thing!

    Wait… no pickle? *gasp*

  3. Greg says:

    Pickles were added at the table. No worries.

  4. Jon says:

    Alton Brown from Good Eats – that looks an awful lot like That Catholic Show (how dare he copy you?) – did an episode with sliders and corndogs. But I think yours actually look better.

  5. Maria says:

    oh man!

    Could this compete with the tacos? Y’all are nuts. In a good way.

  6. These look great. My nephew had the sliders at O’Charley’s today. He doesn’t like the pickels though. These would be great for party.

  7. Jim F says:

    I absolutely love sliders… but they don’t like me! I do break down about twice a year and get 1 or 2 or 6… they now make them with Jalapeno cheese. Awesome! I pass a White Castle twice a week so having them twice a year is a challenge… it helps that Jane and my kids HATE them. I will try your recipe sometime soon… maybe at poker night.

  8. Sylvia Cobos (iMom3) says:

    I read that in order to make them juicier, roll each into a ball and add a small amount of butter in the center of it. Then flatten it. The butter will melt throughout the ground beef. I think I just gained 5 lbs. writing this.

  9. Jayna says:

    I should tell my priest about this. He LOVES Krystal (he’s a Southern boy, so he’s not down with White Castle). Actually he’s the first person who I’ve ever heard use the term “sliders”. I told him I didn’t want to know what it meant.

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