Whether you're planning on hosting an event with a big, hungry crowd or you're just feeding your family, a quick and delicious meal is definitely a top priority. No party or event is complete without good food, snacks and drinks. If you're looking to change things up a bit in the appetizer or entree department, these recipes for homemade sliders will do just that.
They are bite-sized and filled with flavors that won't disappoint. You can easily whip these mini sliders up in any baking dish or fancy Pyrex casserole dish. Also, most grocery stores nowadays sell perfectly sized, miniature hamburger rolls or Hawaiian rolls that will work for all of these recipes. These rolls will also store very well in the freezer for whenever you need them. If you're feeling a little extra ambitious, you can even try out this recipe for homemade rolls.
Here is a list of different slider recipes that will be the talk of the party!
1. Buffalo Chicken Sliders
In my opinion, no party or get-together is complete without some type of buffalo chicken dish. Whether it be as a dip or buffalo chicken wings, it has to be somewhere on the table. They're cheesy and creamy with a spicy kick and as a shortcut, rotisserie chicken is used, so these sliders will come together in no time!
Helpful Tip: Make sure to evenly cover the bottom of the dinner rolls with the shredded mozzarella cheese. The cheese acts as a barrier between the sauce and the bread to prevent the bread from becoming soggy. Serve these sliders with a side of ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping. These sliders make serious game day food!
2. Easy French Dip Sliders
There's nothing like a really good French Dip sandwich. They're meaty from the roast beef and gooey from the provolone cheese; this recipe even has crispy onions inside, which are optional, but really take these sliders to the next level. And you can't forget about that classic savory Au Jus sauce for dipping!
Hawaiian sweet rolls are suggested for this recipe because they hold up well. Au Jus seasoning, butter, sesame seeds and garlic are just some of the ingredients that you top off the sliders with. This is the perfect weeknight dinner for both adults and kids.
3. Beer Cheese Chicken Pretzel Sliders
Slow cooker shredded chicken, beer cheese and pretzel rolls; what could be better? This recipe for sliders will be just what you need to get the party started. The chicken goes in the slow cooker along with your favorite beer, garlic and salt and pepper to cook for about 8 hours. Once it's done, the chicken is tender and easy to shred with a fork. The homemade beer and cheddar cheese sauce is perfect to top off these sliders with and can even be used as a dipping sauce. Make sure to serve these with your favorite beer.
4. Cuban Sliders
These Cuban sliders are very much like a classic Cuban sandwich. Hawaiian sweet rolls are placed in a pan and layered with deli ham, Swiss cheese and pickle slices. The pickles add a nice crunch and salty flavor to this slider recipe. Once these sliders are put together with all the ingredients, they're topped off with a melted butter, onion and Dijon mustard mixture and baked in the oven until the cheese melts and the rolls are toasted.
These sliders are easy to make and great for a party. Here's the recipe.
5. Chicken Parmesan Sliders
Chicken Parmesan is one of those dishes that's just so comforting and tasty. Chicken, marinara sauce (homemade is preferred, but jarred works as well), mozzarella cheese and Hawaiian sweet rolls are the main components to this slider recipe. Cut the chicken into pieces slightly bigger than the sweet rolls and sear in a heavy duty pan like a cast iron skillet. You want to make sure the chicken pieces are relatively the same size for even cooking.
The rolls are sliced in half and layered with Parmesan cheese, the cooked chicken, marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. These garlicky Chicken Parmesan sliders are sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next event! Here's the recipe.
6. Meatball Sliders
While we're on the topic of comforting Italian dishes, check out this slider recipe for meatball sliders. You'll start off by making a quick homemade red sauce with crushed tomatoes, garlic, and salt & pepper. The sauce freezes well, so if you have any leftover, you can definitely use it for this recipe.
Homemade meatballs are baked in the oven until cooked through. I know everyone has their secret ingredients and spices that they add into their meatball recipe, so feel free to make them however you wish.
Also, did you know that you can easily hide veggies like grated carrots and zucchini into meatballs? Picky eaters will never know! Just make sure to not over mix the meat mixture because that will cause the texture to become tough. Always gently mix the ingredients by hand until just combined. Here's the recipe.
7. Philly Cheesesteak Sliders
The Philly Cheesesteak is a sandwich that folks are dedicated to and will travel far to find the perfect one! These homemade sliders might look small, but they are hearty and packed with flavorful ingredients like sautéed onions, bell peppers, and roast beef. They're also creamy and cheesy from the layer of provolone cheese. You really can't go wrong with meat, veggies and cheese in a slider!
Easily layer these ingredients in sweet rolls and bake these sliders for the perfect game day snack or appetizer. They're simple to prepare when you don't want to spend all day in the kitchen. Here's the recipe.
8. Chicken Waffle Sliders
These sliders are definitely unique, but are fun to bring along to you next big event. These bite sized chicken waffle sliders are picture perfect and will have all your friends talking! You'll start off by seasoning a flour mixture for the pieces chicken thighs and then deep fry them in a heavy pan, preferably cast iron. Don't be turned off by deep frying the chicken. Since the chicken thighs are cut into small pieces, it should only take about 5 minutes for each piece to cook.
You'll want to make sure to use chicken thighs for this because they are full of flavor and juicer than chicken breasts. They're also inexpensive, so you don't have to spend a whole lot to make these sliders! Here is the recipe for these individual sliders.
9. Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders
There's nothing like pork shoulder or pork butt that's been massaged with a sweet and spicy homemade spice rub and slow cooked in the Crock-Pot for 12 hours. I mean, just look at the picture- the pork is so tender it just falls to pieces! Sandwiched in between the mini pretzel rolls is the pulled pork and coleslaw, which is just the perfect combination.
Make sure to have plenty of napkins nearby because like your typical pulled pork sandwich, these sliders can get pretty messy! If you cannot find pretzel rolls, Hawaiian sweet rolls will work just fine.
10. Cheese Stuffed Sliders with Balsamic Onion Jam
These mini sliders might just look like a plain hamburger, but there's an unexpected surprise when you take a bite- cheese! You can use any chunk of you're favorite cheese for this: cheddar, Swiss, mozzarella, Gruyere, pepper jack, you name it.
Grill the burger patties with an outside grill or with an indoor grill pan, which should only take a few minutes to cook. The balsamic onion jam is an elegant touch that you can serve with these burger sliders or you can leave it out if that's what you prefer. Make sure to serve immediately to experience the gooey cheese inside! Here is the recipe.
11. 20-Minute Chicken Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe Sliders
Dinner in 20 minutes? Yes please! These sliders are filled with vegetables and either ground chicken or turkey, which is a leaner and healthier meat option. They're taken to the next level with a topping of a homemade Parmesan and provolone cheese sauce. Sounds amazing, right?
I've always loved Sloppy Joes because they're simple and kid friendly and can be filled with anything, really. It also gives you an excuse to get your hands dirty so keep those napkins nearby! I mean, it is called a Sloppy Joe!
12. Crispy Salmon BLT Sliders with Chipotle Mayo
Salmon happens to be one of my favorite types of fish, but when you top it with crispy bacon, that's just a heavenly match in my book! Salmon is the type fish that you definitely want to keep in your diet because it's a healthy source of protein, contains important vitamins and minerals and is an especially good source of omega-3 fatty acids.
These homemade sliders are nothing but delicious and have a nice little kick of heat from the homemade chipotle mayonnaise. And even better that they'll come together in about 20 minutes! If you cannot find multigrain slider rolls at the store, miniature hamburger rolls or Hawaiian sweet rolls with work as well. Here's the recipe.
13. Silver Dollar Sliders
These fun and easy silver dollar sliders are not only perfect for breakfast, but can be served for brunch, lunch, as an appetizer and even for dinner! You can purchase pancake mix at the store or even make your own pancake batter and cook them on a griddle using a small ice cream scooper to get consistent sizes. I have also seen mini pancakes in the frozen aisle that you can use for this if you're tight on time.
And don't be afraid to change things up a bit. This recipe suggests using sausage patties with scrambled eggs and cheese. But, you can also try out using bacon, ham, poached eggs, fried eggs, etc. Make it your own-you really can't go wrong with these sliders! Here's the recipe.
14. Balsamic Portabella Sliders
You won't miss the meat with these vegetarian sliders. The portabella mushrooms are naturally a meaty and hearty type of mushroom that get a generous coating in balsamic vinegar. After they're coated, they are placed under the broiler until cooked through and caramelized and layered with goat cheese, a slice of tomato and a fresh basil leaf. Serve warm or at room temperature.
15. Crab Cake Sliders with Spicy Mayo
I love a good crab cake; it has to be near the top of my list of favorite foods. I love being able to see the lump crabmeat visible throughout as well as specks of colorful bell peppers. I also think what makes a successful crabcake is to not go overboard with a binder like soft bread or breadcrumbs, which can easily take over. You really want to make sure the crab meat is the star of the show.
These crab cake sliders will celebrate the delicious crab meat and are sure to be a popular treat for your friends and family at your next gathering or event. The crab cakes are super flavorful with some ingredients like: bell peppers, scallions, garlic and lemon juice. The egg, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce and crushed crackers will act as the binders to help form the crab mixture into small patties.
Pan fry these to get a nice crisp sear on both sides and serve with homemade spicy mayo and spinach leaves. This slider recipe is a must try! Here is the recipe.