Call Them Delicious But Don’t Call Them Sliders

I’m not sure if I have mentioned before that I was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago (yes, that gets capital letters… 😛 ). I have been here in Kentucky since 1988 (Sobs as I realize I have lived here longer than some of my readers have been alive) but I am originally a city girl.

Everyone has heard of White Castle right? If you haven’t you either live outside the United States or have been here but need to periodically move away from the rock you live under. 😀 They originated right in the Midwest so I hold a rather possessive interest in them :-P. I loved them as a kid and I still love them. I was thrilled beyond sanity (not that doing something to take me past the point of sanity is difficult) when they finally opened a store not far from me. Ok, so it’s 30 miles but when you live in the sticks, near and far become very relative terms. I don’t get them often but oh my do I love those greasy little bite sized pieces of oniony heaven.

Being from the Midwest (Chicago in case I didn’t say that loud enough earlier and no, I’ve never been involved in a drive by. You have no idea how many times I’ve been asked that), I find myself getting mildly annoyed when I hear every sort of mini burger one could think of (most quite yummy but that’s neither here nor there) being called sliders. THEY AREN’T SLIDERS! THEY AREN’T THEY AREN’T THEY AREN’T!!! Ok, that’s out of my system now. However,  “Sliders” can only be bought at White Castle and even then, one doesn’t go in and place an order saying “I want 315 sliders”. Do that and the employees and other customers will know you spend far too much time paying attention to weird media sources. They are just hamburgers… or maybe “White Castles” if you are in the middle of Chicago ordering them. But the mini, small, tiny, minute, teenie, call them what you will, burgers that get made at home are not sliders. Shhh…don’t argue. They aren’t. Just trust me.

That doesn’t mean they aren’t delicious and fun as hell to eat though. So make a big batch of these mini burgers ( Did you notice I didn’t call them sliders? Did ya see? Huh huh huh?) cover them with the tangy sweet onion relish and slather some extra cheese and the Cajun mayo and eat until you burst. Since these are mini, they have no calories. You knew that right? Small means no calories. The calories dissolve before they get to your stomach. Just a little FYI for you there.




  • For the burgers-
  • 3 pounds ground chuck
  • 1/2 of a 7 ounce can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely chopped
  • 12 ounces shredded Colby jack cheese (sub your favorite if Colby jack doesn’t do it for you)
  • 2 cloves minced garlic or 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 12 packs of mini burger buns
  • For the onion relish-
  • 3 large onions, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • For the spicy Cajun mayo
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 2 tablespoons salt free cajun seasoning (if you only have salted, be more careful on amounts and taste as you go so it doesn’t end up over salted)
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • salt to taste if using the salt free seasoning
  1. For the mayo, mix all the ingredients together and then refrigerate until serving time. See how easy that was? 😛
  2. For the relish, add the olive oil and sliced onions to a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the onions are softened, about 5 minutes. Stir frequently. Turn heat down to low (about 3 on an electric stove) and cover the pan, Stirring occasionally, cook the onions until they are golden brown, about 20 minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar, salt and brown sugar. Stir well and cook over medium heat until the vinegar is totally absorbed, about five minutes. Set aside until ready to serve.
  3. For the burgers, mix all the burger ingredients together. Don’t over work it; just mix until combined. Shape the meat into 24 small burgers. Cook via your favorite method. I used my George Foreman grill. If you’re going to use a regular grill, I highly suggest using one of those wire grill pans that holds small things unless you LIKE digging through the coals for your food 😛

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26 thoughts on “Call Them Delicious But Don’t Call Them Sliders

  1. Never been to a White Castle… don’t think they’re in Massachusetts sadly 🙁 We do have plenty of… uh… mini burgers?… though. It’d be fun to make my own!

  2. Down here on The beautiful space coast of FL we don’t have White Castles but we do have Krystle’s and they are the only slider for me.

  3. Hi Janet, these burgers look absolutely delicious…not only that, I’m fixated on the scrumptious potatoes in the photo too. Any chance there’s a recipe coming for them? Have a terrific July 4 holiday!

  4. Your cajun mayo looks amazing! I bet you could put any leftovers on a big turkey sandwich with pepper jack cheese! Ok, I’m hungry now…

  5. My ex and I used to argue all the time..he was from Alabama and was deprived of White Castles, so he had the audacity to claim Krystals were better than White Castles, when anybody with any taste knows WC is the best..and I know because when we would go to Louisville to see my aunts we’d always stop at WC where my brother would eat a dozen by himself. of course that was about 45 years ago and now we have one here in E’town…yay!!!!

    • ARGHHHHHHHH… Krystals!!!! NOOOOOOOO!!! E’ Town huh? I lived in Radcliff, Muldraugh (ick) and Fort Knox for many years. Say hi to E’ Town for me 😀

  6. Ya know, I’ve never been to White Castle and I’ve lived near them all my life. Even Harold & Kumar couldn’t get me to do it. but listening to your post might, you make the burgers sound amazing! Yours look incredible, I’m especially loving the cajun mayo! Yum!

  7. Growing up in San Diego, we never had White Castle. I met a boy from Chicago that never stopped talking about them…. years later I FINALLY had my first one in New York, now I get it! Your burgers look and sound awesome, love the chipotle and that sauce sounds amazing!

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