Sliders for Summer!

July 4, 2011

How has your July 4th weekend been?

I had a very relaxing holiday weekend.  It felt great to decompress and spend time with my family. 

Yesterday, I decided to make sliders and have Cory grill them outside. There is something about eating a mini hamburger that is just FUN, especially in the summer!  The kids really enjoyed building their own burgers, the burger station got rave reviews.

Here's what I did:

{I used {80% lean and 20% fat} ground chuck for these sliders.  You could also use ground turkey if you wanted to.  I prefer the 20% fat content when cooking grilled burgers; they are tastier and juicier. To the ground chuck, I added a packet of onion soup mix, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce.  A few dashes of each.}

{We like our burgers cooked to "medium", these didn't take long at all.  A few minutes and they were done!} 

{These are the best rolls to use for sliders.  King's Hawaiian Sweet Rolls. They are the perfect size and add the perfect sweetness to the burgers.  So good!} 

Now for the toppings.  This is where you can get creative.  The possibilities are endless, I had the most fun coming up with what would be good for our sliders.

{Bacon, cut down to size to fit the sliders, is a must have.}

{Shredded cheddar is also a delicious addition.  Any cheese would do, really.} 

{I caramelized a red pepper and a red onion and added some cayenne pepper for kick!} 

{Mixed greens for color and texture.  Little pieces of romaine lettuce would have worked too.} 

{I caramelized more onion, cooking them down with a bit of butter until they were sweet and yummy.  I then added some barbecue sauce and let it cook down.  SO GOOD!}

{Since blue cheese is a fave in this house, I made this blue cheese mayo for our sliders.}

{I also whipped up some coleslaw: to 2 16 oz bags of coleslaw mix and 3 chopped green onions, I added this dressing: 3/4 cup of mayo, 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, 1/4 cup white sugar, salt, pepper, oregano, dried parsley, and onion powder {all to taste}.  I let it sit in the fridge for about an hour for all the flavors to meld. Crunchy, sweet, creamy and delicious.}

 {Here is one of the sliders I made.  I added all of the toppings to mine. The flavor combinations were heavenly.}

{My favorite drink on a hot summer day, to go with lunch - an icy glass of pineapple soda. I can't get enough!}

xoxo, thanks for reading and I hope you are enjoying your holiday! :)


  1. This looks so yummy, and Hawaiian sweet rolls are my fave!

  2. That looks so gooood!


  3. I wish my mom did creative stuff with food like this at our cookouts, im definitely gonna suggest this for the next family cookout.

    & i looooove pineapple soda
    one thing my mom does, is add pour it in her homemade lemonade.. it's definitely a crowd pleaser.
    have a happy 4th =]

  4. Yum yum this looks great, mouth is watering

  5. Girl, this is looks so delicious!

  6. Those look delicious. The 4th was great and I think I should have gone with my first mind and made sliders instead of regular burgers. Glad you got to decompress.

  7. looks yummy!

    I love Hawaiian rolls too!

  8. This is a great post. They had an article in Family mag highlighting sliders as a neat meal but the instructions & pics intimidated me. BUT your post has inspired me to try them out for my "girlz" for some delicious fun. Thanks for posting!
    S Nicole

  9. OOOOH girl you better quit!! I am so making these for dinner sometime this week!! Looks super yum! Kiah

  10. OMWord, those sliders look delicious. I'm salivating over here.

  11. Oh. My. GOODness.

    How you gon' have me up in this cubicle all HOWNGRY?!

    Too delish; so simple; plenty fun!

  12. WOW! You did the damn thing! Those burgers look tasty!!!! I love that you washed it down with pineapple soda. I am a fruit soda fanatic, Tahitian Treat soda ranks #1 with me! thanks for the great meal idea, especially the Hawaiian rolls

  13. Oh, I have to see if I can find Hawaiian rolls around here. What a delicious idea (and ^5 on the pineapple soda)!

  14. I will be making those for dinner next week. I never would of thought to use the hawaian rolls.

  15. These look absolutely delish!!!!! OMG my mouth is watering! And the sweet rolls are great by themselves so I bet they were more than amazing with this combination!


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