Smash Burger Sliders
Prep: 20 min.
Cook: 10 min.
Smash Burger Sliders are like miniature flavor explosions, proving that small bites can pack a wow-worthy punch.
These sliders get their name from the unique technique used to craft their burger patties. The smashing method, combined with searing at high heat, creates sliders that defy the norms of traditional burgers.
Versatile and crowd-pleasing, Smash Burger Sliders are perfect for a multitude of occasions. From backyard parties and cocktail gatherings to office lunches, game day events, kids' parties, family gatherings, holiday feasts, and casual dinners – they bring a contemporary touch to any menu.
Smash Burger Sliders defy categorization – they are equally at home as an appetizer, side dish, or main course. Their small size makes them an excellent choice for appetizers, allowing guests to indulge without feeling overly full. Paired with salads or grilled vegetables, they also serve as a tasty side dish. As a main course, a selection of these mini burgers can take center stage as a delightful focal point for any meal.
Can you make Smash Burger Sliders ahead of time?
While Smash Burger Sliders are best enjoyed fresh for optimal taste and texture, you can prepare the burger patties in advance and refrigerate or freeze them for later use. However, it's recommended not to mix the sauce until a few minutes before assembling the sliders.
Can you grill Smash Burgers instead of searing them in a pan?
Absolutely. Preheat the grill and place the smashed patties on the grates to the side of direct heat. Grill each side until they achieve that irresistible crispiness.
Now, let's dive into the steps for creating the best Smash Burger Sliders.
Making the Smash Sauce
Before tackling the burger patties, let's focus on an essential element – the smash sauce. This sauce is the secret behind the perfect Smash Burger Sliders, providing a burst of flavor and a zesty kick. With a harmonious blend of creaminess and tanginess, this sauce will undoubtedly elevate your sliders to the next level.
In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, yellow mustard, ketchup, pickle juice, chopped pickles, and diced yellow onion. Mix well, and allow the sauce to chill in the fridge. Each ingredient contributes a unique texture and taste, resulting in a well-rounded sauce.
Mayonnaise, with its creamy and smooth texture, adds a rich and savory flavor. It serves as a great base, helping to bring other flavors together. Yellow mustard adds tanginess and a mild spiciness – a zesty kick that enhances the overall flavor profile.
Ketchup introduces sweetness with a hint of umami, complementing the mustard. Chopped dill pickles, crunchy and firm, contribute texture and vibrancy.
Lastly, diced yellow onion imparts a savory crunch, rounding out the flavor profile of the ultimate burger sauce.
Smash Your Burgers
Start by adding ground beef to a large bowl and generously seasoning it with salt and pepper. Divide the seasoned beef into 12 equal portions, taking care not to over-handle the meat to preserve its natural flavors.
Next, heat a cast-iron pan on high. Using a smaller cast-iron pan or a grill press, smash each portion into a thin layer. Embrace the rough edges – they're the secret to the signature crispy charm of Smash Burger Sliders.
Sear the patties in the hot cast-iron pan, flipping after 1 minute to let the flavors meld and the edges crisp up. Top each patty with American cheese and let it melt. If you desire, add a fried egg and remove it from the heat.
Build Your Burgers
Separate a 12-pack of King's Hawaiian Sweet Rolls into individual rolls. Cut each roll horizontally and start layering each burger slider. Begin with fresh, crunchy lettuce on the bottom slice, or swap it out for juicy Roma tomato slices, white onion rings, or zesty pickles.
Apply a generous amount of the smash sauce over the lettuce, then layer with the smashed burger patty topped with American cheese and a fried egg. Finish off with the top part of the sweet roll. Repeat for all remaining rolls and serve while warm and gooey.
Creative Serving Ideas
While the most common way to serve Smash Burger Sliders is arranged on a platter or wooden board for easy grab-and-go in casual settings like gatherings or barbecues, there are creative alternatives.
Consider setting up a slider bar with various toppings and condiments, allowing guests to customize their Smash Burger Sliders. This interactive setup adds a fun element to the serving experience.
Another creative approach is serving your Smash Burger Sliders in a basket, creating a laid-back, rustic feel perfect for family picnics, casual launches, or outdoor events. Line a basket with parchment paper or paper towel and neatly arrange the sliders inside. Don't forget the fries and extra pickles on the side!
Smash Burger Sliders offer a delightful journey of flavors, textures, and creativity. They're not just miniature marvels; they're a culinary adventure waiting to be savored. So, assemble your sliders, share the joy, and indulge in the irresistible blend of crispy charm, gooey perfection, and fresh toppings. It's a flavor explosion that'll leave you reaching for seconds and planning your next slider soirée.
Smash Burger Sliders
Prep: 20 min.
Cook: 10 min.
- 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup Yellow mustard
- 2 tablespoons Ketchup
- 2 teaspoons Dill pickle juice
- 2 teaspoons Chopped dill pickles
- 1/4 cup Diced yellow onion
- 2 pounds Ground chuck
- 2 tablespoons Yellow mustard
- 12 slices American cheese
- 12 small Eggs
- 1 (12-pack) KING'S HAWAIIAN Original Hawaiian Sweet Rolls