Tuesday, September 22, 2009

White Castle Style Sliders

I was looking for fun easy dinner ideas and thought sliders might be fun.

They remind me of the old-timey drive-in style places. I don't know why; since I've never been to one!

I decided I wanted to make White Castle style sliders... even though I've never had a White Castle burger... or even seen a White Castle. I guess my only experience with White Castle is watching Harold and Kumar go to White Castle on TV. I'm not sure that counts. But, if people would really go to that much trouble for White Castle Burgers, they must be good right?

So I started looking around the interwebs and found Robin Sue's White Castle Like Sliders: A How To over at Big Red Kitchen.

They looked wicked easy and so tasty!

White Castle Style Sliders (slightly modified)
1/2 C dehydrated onion flakes
2 lbs ground chuck (80/20 ground beef)
seasoned salt
6 slices cheddar cheese
24 dinner rolls
24 dill pickle slices (I omitted these)

Preheat oven to 400F.
Sprinkle dehydrated onions evenly into a 13x9 baking dish. Then press ground chuck over onions and sprinkle with seasoned salt.
Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven. Blot up grease on top of burger with paper towels. Cover giant burger with cheddar cheese slices. Then pop it back into the oven for a couple minutes, just to melt the cheese.
Cut into 24 pieces and serve in dinner rolls, be sure to scoop up some of the yummy onions with each slider.


Sounds pretty easy right?

It totally is!

Sprinkle the onions into the baking dish.

This turned out to be just about how much was in a full bottle.

I typically use leaner beef than this, but for this recipe, you need the extra fat to rehydrate the onions.

Evenly cover the onions with the ground chuck.

Then sprinkle with your favorite seasoned salt.

No surprise I'm sure, Penzey's Smoky 4/S for me.

Then toss it into a preheated oven for 20 minutes.

Ok... that comes out wicked greasy. So you definitely have to sop up all the grease from the top with paper towels.

Now cover the top with 6 slices of cheese.

Lilly's not a cheese fan, so I only used 5 slices.

Pop it back into the oven to melt the cheese.

Get your rolls ready.

After the cheese is melty (5 minutes or so) take it back out of the oven and cut it into 24 even pieces.

Now start topping all of the prepared buns.

Be sure to get some of the onions on the bottom with each slider.

If you're adding pickle slices, this is the time.

I'm not opposed to pickles, but half of the family is. It's just easier for me to skip this step.

That's it!

These were really fun to make and fun to eat!

I served them with Chili Cheese Fries.

These would be great for watching the game, or if you have a bunch of your friends over, or a bunch of your kids' friends, or just a quick fun dinner!

Thanks for posting your recipe Robin Sue!

I'll definitely be making these again!


Robin Sue said...

Hiya, Thanks for the link love. Ha! I used the same seasoned salt as you did, I love that stuff and thought I was the only one! We both have great taste for sure!

Bob said...

Holy crap, that looks awesome. I've never made sliders (or been to a White Castle either, heh) but they look dangerous for only two people. So I have to make them now!

Michele said...

That is waaay too easy! I'm going to make this for our next football get together. Was it difficult to find the slider size buns?

Spryte said...

Michele, they were easy to find. It's a package of dinner rolls. =)

Anonymous said...

Oh, mercy. @CabotCoop just twittered a link to you're post and it's made me very very hungry for sliders. Like Bob I've never made sliders but you make is look so easy that I definitely have the urge. Thanks!

What's Cookin Chicago said...

Oh boy... if my husband sees this, he'll want me to make it every week! Thanks for posting - this will come in handy for game day eats!

Unknown said...

I've never had Sliders or seen a White Castle either, although I've seen their littler burgers in the freezer section. How fun it would be to make these tho...ya...for football!!!!

Jennifer said...

The only ones I have ever eaten come in the frozen foods section nd they are white castle and freaking amazing. I need to make these!

DutchBakerGirl said...

I've had White Castle, but your version looks even better! I've got to make this for my husband.

Heather S-G said...

That's it!! Drive ye to Indiana so we can hit a White Castle!!!! These look awesome, though :D Darnit...now I need some. The nearest one is 45 minutes away. Ugh.

Gloria Chadwick said...

Your sliders looks great... well, except for the grease but that's part of the charm of White Castle. In my much younger days, we'd go to White Castle for a bag of sliders after we'd been drinking all night. I'm not going to tell you how old I am now, but back in the day, the sliders were 19 cents. Be glad you've never been to a White Castle; the sliders are really gross!

DDpie said...

Most excellent...well except for leaving out the pickles, but I understand, you're forgiven LOL I made Jim go get me real WC after seeing your post! HA!

Shane T. Wingerd said...

Those are Awesome!!! I am gonna have to try this, since the only WC I have ever had is from the freezer case....

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Patti T. said...

I can't eat onions so these are not for me. My husband would love them though. Okay, now my mind is crankin, hmmmm I could go to the store see how they tell you to re-heat the white castle burgers and make these and freeze most of them. Sounding better all the time. They do look easy. Long ago when we lived in KY they had White Castle, I went in and the onion smell made me go back out to the car while hubby got sliders for himself.

teresa said...

i'm totally craving these now!

NKP said...

They are so cute! I'll start with 6. ;-)

Debbie said...

Just thinking of White Castle makes me homesick for Long Island. I love White Castle burgers. We don't have them here in Virginia....Yours look so good!

Sheila said...

I love your new look (well new for me, I feel like I haven't been in the blogosphere for eons.

You picked the right person to get inspiration from! These things remind me of Little Tavern burgers; I grew up with those instead of White Castle sliders. Any way you name them, they are great!

rebekah said...

i love these types of burgers - white castle or krystal's are great for me. thanks for posting this, dude. ::filing it for future use::

Deborah said...

I've never been to White Castle either, but these sure do look great!

tamilyn said...

My husband says I'm the only person he knows of who actually went to White Castle sober to eat. Ate there plenty of times not sober too. And don't try the frozen ones-they don't come close to the real deal!

Really-you've never been to a drive in diner? Do they just not have them where you live? We have many in these parts.

Ericka said...

Yum! I've only been to White Castle a couple of times, and it was really good, but I was under 10, so I'm not real strong on that opinion. These look great too!

Elizabeth said...

This is really cool. I love how you make one huge patty and then cut them into sliders after they are cooked. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I freaking love White Castle (it's a sometimes food). It's one of the things that make living in the South bearable.
This version looks great for those that don't have access!