Beef Sliders with Sun-Dried Tomato Mayo and Spicy Pickles

Plate of beef sliders with sun-dried tomato mayo, arugula and sweet and spicy pickles.
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Our juicy, blue cheese-y beef sliders, slathered with a bright & lemony, homemade sun-dried tomato mayo, spicy pickles, and peppery arugula are small but mighty proof that bigger doesn’t always equal better. 

Size Doesn’t Matter

...well, at least when it comes to this gourmet mini burgers recipe. Piquant sun-dried tomatoes, blue cheese, and peppery arugula come together in our mouth-watering take on a classic slider burger. You may just forget that full-sized burgers are a thing when you stare straight into the juicy grilled beef, sun-dried tomato mayo, tangy pickles, and fluffy brioche bun on what is about to become your new go-to party slider recipe. 

Why Are Mini Burgers Called Sliders? 

There’s some debate about who was the first to coin the term “slider” in reference to this miniature riff on a classic burger. It may have originated in the 1940s with members of the US Navy, who referred to the small, greasy burgers they ate as sliders because they “slide” down right down their throat. Famously, White Castle also began referring to their iconic small, steamed onion-y burgers as sliders—although now they call them “slyders”, a term they’ve coined to differentiate their particular take on a mini burger. However they came into being, we can be sure that a mainstay now and that homemade sliders are the best party food ever. 

What Kind of Buns Do You Use for Sliders?

In this beautiful world we live in you can now purchase mini burger buns at most grocery stores. From sesame buns to potato buns, homestyle rolls, to kaiser, there is no shortage of options when it comes to how to sandwich your sliders. We especially love soft, pillowy mini brioche buns. They’re easy to bite through and they form a lovely little crust when brushed with butter and toasted. 

Beef sliders with sun-dried tomato mayo, arugula and sweet and spicy pickles being assembled with toothpicks.

What's in a Slider?

If you aren’t a traditionalist, the only thing that defines a slider is its diminutive size. Typically about two inches in diameter, slider recipes can vary widely. From classic cheeseburger sliders, to more creative slider ideas like pulled pork or buffalo chicken, there’s no shortage of possibilities when it comes to options for mini burger sliders.

Our classic beef slider recipe begins with beautifully seasoned, blue cheese-stuffed ground beef, formed into tiny patties and cooked to perfection. Then, the cheesy beef sliders are topped with creamy, zesty sun-dried tomato mayo and crunchy, sweet and spicy pickles and arugula. The whole juicy beautiful slider is finally skewered with a toothpick to help hold the loaded gourmet mini burger all together.

How To Make Sliders For a Party

If you need a quick and easy way to make hamburger sliders for your next summer gathering, football party, or game night, look no further! These party sliders come together in no time, and it’s easy to make a lot of them all at once, so they’re really the perfect slider recipe for a crowd. Here are a few tips for making sliders for a party: 

  • This recipe makes ten sliders, but it can easily be doubled or even tripled without making too much more work for yourself. 
  • Forming the blue cheese and beef slider patties is a great job for the kids to help with—just be sure there’s some good hand-washing happening once all the patties are formed.  
  • The homemade, lemony sun-dried tomato mayo is a great make ahead component to the sliders—it’ll keep, stored in an airtight container, for up to four days in the fridge. 
  • You can even make the ground beef patties ahead of time! Mix the ground beef and form your patties the night before, and store them in a tightly-sealed container in the fridge until you’re ready to cook them, and up to 24 hours.

Tools You’ll Need

More Delicious Burger Ideas

Not enough burgers in your life? We feel you! Thankfully, we’ve rounded up even more tasty recipes, sure to meet all your burger-craving needs.

Side view of beef sliders with sun-dried tomato mayo, arugula and sweet and spicy pickles.

Sliders: A Love Story

Was it love at first bite? If you fell as hard for these blue cheesy, homemade beef sliders as we did, please tell us about it! Snap a picture and post it to Instagram tagging @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Happy eating!

Sliders with Sun-Dried Tomato Mayo and Spicy Pickles

Serves 10

Sliders

10 mini brioche buns
1 lb ground beef
2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
3 oz crumbled blue cheese
1 tbsp worcestershire
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tsp salt
2 tsp freshly ground pepper
3 tbs olive oil
sweet and spicy pickles (or store-bought)
arugula
toothpicks

Sun-Dried Tomato Mayo

1 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp lemon zest
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup oil packed sun-dried tomatoes, roughly chopped
2 tbsp finely chopped chives
3 garlic cloves
2-3 freshly ground pepper

Method

Sliders

  1. To make the sun-dried tomato mayo add all of the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until the mayonnaise is smooth. This can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator.
  2. In a medium bowl, combing the ground beef, garlic, blue cheese, worcestershire, mustard, salt and pepper. Using your hands form 10 patties 2 inches in diameter and ½ inch thick. Using your thumb make a small indentation in the middle of each patty.
  3. Heat 3 tbs of olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium/high heat until smoking. Arrange patties in the skillet so they are not crowded. (You may have to cook them in two batches.) Once the patties are brown on one side (about 3 minutes) flip them and cook on the other side for 2 more minutes. Once the patties are cooked, transfer them to a paper towel lined platter and cook your second batch.
  4. Toast the buns on a baking sheet cut side up on broil for just a few minutes until golden brown. Serve sliders on the buns with spicy pickles, arugula and sun-dried tomato mayo. Use a toothpick to hold together.