17 Party-Perfect Holiday Slider Recipes
The holiday season is about more than spending time with loved ones and celebrating generosity—it’s also the year’s biggest feeding frenzy. All those relatives, friends, and colleagues you’re connecting with make for a lot of mouths to feed, even if you’re not the only one handling food. Keep those hungry mouths happy with these bite-sized versions of everyone’s favorite sandwiches, from tiny cheeseburgers to meatball-sized sliders and garlic knot bunned chicken Parm bites.
Meatball Sliders with Tomato Sauce
This fun dish is two recipes in one: delicious, easy meatballs and a slow-simmered tangy tomato sauce. If you have any extra sauce, toss it with your favorite green vegetable, spoon it over a bowl of creamy grits, or pair it with pork chops or other meats.
Cran-Apple Smoked Turkey Sliders
Let's face it: You have to have a killer leftover turkey sandwich the day after the feast. If you start with our robust Applewood-Smoked Turkey, you need only a few embellishments--namely the juicy snap of tart apple and the extra layer of smoke from the cheddar--to reach to-die-for status.
A welcome change from the ubiquitous hamburger slider, this mini sandwich has all the flavor of a great Cuban. The key here is to crisp the bread by warming the sandwiches in a hot jelly-roll pan and adding weight on top of the bread.
Garlic Knot Chicken Parmesan Sliders
Chicken Parmesan meets a garlicky, buttery roll in this super simple yet impressive recipe. Everything comes together quickly with the help of pizza dough, but you could also use dinner rolls like Hawaiian rolls to skip a step and save time. Dress them up with wine, or dress them down with beer and bring them to a tailgate. These sliders also pair nicely with a salad or chips and dip.
Black Bean and Mushroom Sliders
Fiber-packed pinto beans are slightly sweeter than black beans but will also work well with the flavors in this burger.
Country Fried Beef Biscuit Sliders
Buttery, tender biscuits are the perfect vehicle for Roast Beef Steaks and the Mustard sauce is just tart enough to balance the richness of the meat. This country spin on a slider is decadent, comforting, and crowd-pleasing; great for Super Bowl get-togethers, brunch, or a cold winter morning. We love adding Pickled Red Onion for added flavor and color. White Lily self-rising flour makes the biscuits a breeze, but if you need to save time, just use your favorite brand of frozen biscuit.
Pan-Fried Bologna Sliders
There’s nobody on this planet who loves fried bologna better than my childhood best friend, R.C. Hux. R.C.’s mother, Jamie, often claimed that R.C.’s wedding would feature fried bologna and cheese sandwiches as the main dish.
R.C.’s dad, Richard, is a collector of antiques and guns, a pilot, a fi sherman, a car salesman, and a jack-of-all-trades. Saturdays spent with Richard were always an adventure for R.C. and me. We’d visit a fl ea market to trade coins or art, shoot a tommy gun at an outdoor range, take a tour of the skies in a T-34 airplane, and enjoy a Kentucky Nip soda, all before lunch. When we’d return home after our exploits, Jamie would fi x us up a classic fried bologna sandwich. R.C. went with ketchup—but I am a mustard guy. This recipe is the summation of all those great childhood memories in a few fun, tasty bites.
Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Celery-Ranch Slaw
Pork Sliders with Smashed Avocado
For smaller sandwiches like these, we prefer to smash the avocado into a spread before assembling so that no slippery slices are lost on the journey from plate to mouth.
Turkey Sliders with Crunchy Green Apple Slaw
Sliders make any burger night more fun, especially since you get double the patties and double the creamy, crunchy slaw. Look for ground turkey rather than ground turkey breast--the former has a bit more fat and flavor from dark meat while still keeping a lean profile.
Smashed Double Cheeseburger Sliders
Turkey Sloppy Joe Sliders
Buffalo Chicken Sliders
For this slider, we tuck the usual Buffalo wing accompaniments--carrots and celery--inside the patty. This gives you all the flavors of a wing plate while also helping to keep the lean breast meat moist. When shredding the celery (so that it incorporates nicely), you'll have to stop occasionally to pull and discard the strings. Be sure to search for celery bunches with nice, fresh leaves still attached.
Italian Meatball Sliders
Provolone and Broccoli Rabe Beef Sliders
Highlight your usual slider spread with the addition of brocolli rabe and using good quality ground sirloin. The mild flavor and cheesiness from the provolone glues the slider together with the classic meat patty and grilled broccoli rabe. Pleasantly bitter broccoli rabe gives sliders a sophisticated edge and introduces a likely unfamiliar veggie in a delicious way. Use Broccolini for a milder flavor. The grilled broccoli rabe adds a texture to the slider where fresh iceberg lettuce would fall short.
Parm-Style Chicken Sliders
These Italian-style sliders put a summery spin on Chicken Parmesan.
Pork Tenderloin Sliders
One carefree way to serve these cuties is to slice the tenderloins on a large cutting board, set out fresh rolls and homemade condiments, and let guests build their own sandwiches.