Easy Chipotle Sliders

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These cute little burgers are kind of sophisticated as sliders go, and a show-stealer at a game-day party.

Chipotle Sliders on a dark blue plate.

If you want to wow a group on game day, or just looking for a crowd-pleasing appetizer, you can’t do much better than sliders. Sliders are simply small burgers, though some people use the term to describe any small sandwich on a mini bun.

Game day cooking and entertaining is one of my favorite ways to host a crowd. I don’t know why the foods that have become so associated with groups of people watching sports events on TV are so happy-making, but they are.

The appeal of the slider is fairly clear. Most sliders are made with about 2 ounces of meat. Easier to eat, less of a commitment, adorable, and inhalable.

Sliders are just as easy to make at home as burgers. You are looking for the same qualities you get in a full-size burger — crusty exterior and juicy meat inside — so you need to cook these mini burgers fairly quickly at high heat to get that great crust without overcooking the interior.

Some people feel like it’s not a slider unless there are onions mixed into the meat, and this recipe for mini chipotle burgers fulfills that criteria. These sliders have a bit of kick from pureed chipotles in adobo, and a couple of show-offy toppings that give them a bit of a sophisticated twist. If you want to make a bigger batch of the salad-like slaw, you could also serve that as a side. And if you wanted to buy some premade slaw, and skip the bitter lettuce version, go right ahead.

I stole this Chipotle Slider recipe from myself. It’s a version of the Beef Chipotle Burgers that I’ve made for a while, just in slider version. It’s topped with another recipe I stole from myself — Frisee, Radicchio, and Escarole Salad with Citrus Dressing, which kind of acts like a slaw. And then finished with yet another recipe I stole from myself, Blue Cheese Dip. I’m either a terrible thief or a terrific recipe repurposer…you decide.

Dark blue plate of Chipotle Sliders.

Chipotle Sliders Recipe: These cute little sliders are kind of sophisticated as sliders go, and very game day party worthy.

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A Game Day Menu

And here’s a game day menu: You don’t have to make all of it; just pick and choose. If you like the look of the whole thing, then enlist some friends for a pre-game cooking party.

Chipotle Slider Ingredients

  • Ground beef – These patties are best when made with 80/20% ground beef.
  • Chipotles in adobo sauce – Puree a can of these chile peppers in a food processor.
  • Shallot – Finely mince the shallot so it blends easily into the beef patty. If you don’t have a shallot, minced onion is a good substitute.
  • Frisée, Radicchio, and Escarole Salad with Citrus Dressing – A special recipe that creates the ideal slaw topping for the sliders.
  • Blue Cheese DipHomemade blue cheese dip is the ultimate finishing touch for these sliders. Store-bought is also fine — I love Marie’s Blue Cheese Dressing/Dip, which can be found in the produce section.

How to Make Chipotle Sliders

  1. Make the patty mixture: In a large bowl, combine the beef, pureed chipotles in adobo, salt, and scallions. Hands are best for this.
  2. Make the sliders: Using 1/4 cup at a time, form the mixture into small burger patties.
  3. Cook the sliders: Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Pan-grill the burgers for 3 to 4 minutes on each side until they are done to your liking.
  4. Assemble: Serve on the buns (toasted if you wish) with the salad/slaw and some blue cheese dip.
Open-faced Chipotle Sliders on a plate.

Tips for Perfect Sliders

  • Make sure to buy small slider-sized buns. You can’t put a mini burger on a full-sized bun without it feeling very disappointing. Also, toast the buns; it adds texture and flavor dimension to your sliders.
  • Form the patties a touch wider than the buns, as they will shrink when cooking. You don’t want a skimpy-looking patty after it comes out of the pan.
  • Make a small indentation in the middle of the party. The burgers will swell a bit in the middle as they cook, and the indentation will fill end, so you end up with flat sliders rather than bulging ones. This makes them easier to top and eat.
  • Refrigerate the patties for about 30 minutes before cooking. This makes the sliders easier to handle when cooking and helps keep the inside nice and pink while the outside gets nicely browned.

FAQs

Where did the word sliders come from?

White Castle is the company usually credited with the creation of the slider in the 1920s, and they are certainly well-known for their mini burgers (which are distinctive still for their square shape). But now, sliders appear at fast food chains and high-end restaurants alike. Some say that sliders are so named because they slide down your throat in a couple of bites.

What to Serve With Chipotle Sliders

Person holding Chipotle Slider with slaw and blue cheese over table.

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Easy Chipotle Sliders

These cute little burgers are kind of sophisticated as sliders go, and a show-stealer at a game-day party.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 People
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Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, combine the beef, pureed chipotles in adobo, salt, and onion. Hands are best for this.
  • Using 1/4 cup at a time, form the mixture into small patties.
  • Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Pan-grill the burgers for 3 to 3 minutes on each side until they are done to your liking. Serve on the buns (toasted if you wish) with the salad/slaw and some blue cheese dip.

Notes

To make pureed chipotles in adobo, simply buy a can of chipotles in adobo sauce, dump the whole thing into a food processor, and purée. The sauce will keep in a tightly covered container in the fridge for about 2 months, at least.

Nutrition

Calories: 527kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 81mg, Sodium: 413mg, Potassium: 319mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 188IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 97mg, Iron: 5mg
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About Katie Workman

Katie Workman is a cook, a writer, a mother of two, an activist in hunger issues, and an enthusiastic advocate for family meals, which is the inspiration behind her two beloved cookbooks, Dinner Solved! and The Mom 100 Cookbook.

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6 Comments

  1. tisha says:

    We love making sliders for group get-togethers and these did not disappoint! I had several people ask me for the recipe!

  2. Nora says:

    The blue cheese dip pairs perfectly with these delicious sliders! Loved every bite!

  3. Erin says:

    These sliders were indeed so easy! I made them for a party and everyone loved them and wanted the recipe. We’ll be making them again soon! Thanks.

  4. Tiffany says:

    Oh my goodness, these are amazing on their own. Then add the blue cheese dip, and it’s just too good!

  5. Nicole says:

    These are a crowd favorite at our house! Everyone is excited when I make them!

  6. Tina says:

    such a delicious slider recipe!!