The mini burger/slider trend caught on with trendy restaurants a while ago, so it's nothing new (especially if you count the fact that Krystal and White Castle have been scratching that itch forever), but they're popular for good reason — easy to eat and a lot of flavor in a few bites. Get some recipes (including a vegan one!) below... We like the idea of a plate of mini burgers this time of year. They hint at summer barbecues but are easily made inside in a frying pan, not on a grill. If you are a football fan, they make perfect tailgate food.
And we love the fact that each burger only needs a little dab of a topping. No need to pile on lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and loads of ketchup. Tiny burgers need tiny toppings — just one or two things — to keep them a one-handed, quick meal. So you can make an interesting sauce, drop a spoonful of caramelized onions on top, or layer in a pickled beet. The ones pictured above have an arugula pesto on top.
Here are a few recipes from our archives and the web:
Related: Hot Trend: Mini Casseroles, Pots, and Pans
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