Sliders win the award for most fun party food. They look good on a platter, they're handheld, but hearty, and the options for fillings are endless. From beef patties to meatballs to shawarma to pizza, the hardest part will be choosing what to put between the bread. Recipes can easily be sized up or down depending on the size of the crowd and most non-vegetarian sliders can be made veggie-friendly by using vegan meat. Sliders make a fun family meal, too—no party required.
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When you think of a slider, you're probably thinking of a snack-sized hamburger on a mini bun. There's a reason they're a classic—they're a true crowd-pleaser. Top with the usual condiments—a small slice of tomato, lettuce, and pickles—or get creative. Try melty cheese, griddled onions, or special sauce.
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Shredded slow-cooked pork makes an ideal filling for sliders, especially when it's topped with Asian apple slaw and crispy, tangy pickles. If you're making these for a party, cook the pork ahead of time and reheat before serving. They also make a tasty family dinner. Serve with Sriracha or a similar hot sauce on the side.
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Cooked low and slow, chicken thighs become super tender and flavorful. After quickly browning, this recipe simply cooks all day in the slow cooker. This frees you up to deal with other snacks and party prep, simply shredding the meat before serving. Top or serve with coleslaw.
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Quick and easy, these pizza sliders are a delicious appetizer for game days, birthday parties, and other gatherings. Pepperoni is a classic, but add thinly sliced bell pepper and onion if desired, or make part of the batch vegetarian. The recipe makes twelve, but you can double the recipe if you're feeding a crowd.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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For another meat-free option, mini black bean burgers are a tasty alternative. A mix of spices add zesty flavor (though you'll have to leave the Worcestershire sauce out for a truly vegetarian dish). For the low-carb crowd, replace the bread with roasted slices of sweet potato. Fresh avocado cream is the perfect easy condiment drizzled on top.
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Homemade meatballs and tomato sauce are what make these cheesy sliders stand out. Meatballs are simple to make, but the key to success is not over-working the meat. Use high-quality brioche buns if you can find them since they add a nice light sweetness and a finished look. Serve warm and melty.
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Tacos are a fun party food, but they can be hard to assemble and hard to eat. For an appetizer that's easy to prepare ahead of time and make in bulk, make Tex-Mex sliders. The tender shredded beef can be prepared ahead of time in the slow cooker and simple dinner rolls can be split and used as buns. Baked with cheese, pickled jalapenos, and sour cream, they're sure to be a hit.
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Try something different at your next grill-out and make chicken shawarma sliders. Typically roasted on a spit, shawarma is a Middle Eastern meat dish that's cooked with a flavorful blend of spices. For this version, chicken breasts are grilled before being shredded and simmered in a spiced tomato sauce and served on rolls.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Everyone will love these mini copycat Big Mac burgers. With beef patties, homemade sauce, onion, cheese, lettuce, and pickles, they'll have the familiar flavors everyone loves with a special homemade touch. These also make a fun family lunch.
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Sloppy Joes are a family favorite, but the vegetarian version is just as satisfying. Made with a mix of barley and vegetables like mushrooms and bell pepper, they're a healthier option that still delivers. For a quick snack, use a store-bought sloppy Joe mix or make your own sauce (excluding the meat). Either way, top your sliders with crispy pickled radish or cucumbers for a satisfying crunch.
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Succulent pulled pork is an ideal filling for soft slider buns and doesn't require any toppings at all. Knock out the first few steps the day before and finish the pork in the slow cooker a few hours before eating. This recipe also features a homemade slider bun recipe if you want to go all out.