Using a sheet pan helps to form perfectly shaped slider burgers. Just season the meat, press it into a sheet pan, slice and cook. Here is the method and recipe.
Got a party coming up? Need something easy? Sliders, for me, are pretty easy. Everyone loves a good burger, and now that I've begun making them with a simple sheet pan, they've become even EASIER to prepare.
Burgers themselves are pretty darned easy to put together for a party situation. Sliders, though, are better for larger gatherings, especially when kids are invited, because the sliders are of more manageable size. They are more child appropriate, and the adults can easily grab 2 or 3 of them if they're still hungry.
This isn't really a "recipe" per se, but more of a preparation method to help you make your life easier. It isn't an idea I've come up with on my own. I must give credit to my butcher down the road. I order a lot of meat there and knew he sold prepared sliders that people could take home for easy grilling, but never considered prepping them the way they do until a friend and neighbor of mine threw a party. He purchased a sheet pan of the butcher's sliders, and as he pulled them off the pan to grill, I thought, dang! Those sliders are perfectly square! Sort of like "White Castle" sliders in form, but so much better!
Truly. I used to form my sliders by hand indivually. With a sheet pan, you'll save yourself a lot of time, and you'll also have more consistently formed slider patties. That's a double win for me!
So enough with the talking. Let's make some sheet pan sliders!
First things first - let's mix up our meat and seasonings in a bowl.
The thing with beef burgers and sliders is you don't need a lot of seasonings if you don't want to use them. Simple salt and pepper is quite enough for an outstanding burger, but sometimes I like to add in other ingredients and flavors, like chopped onions, chopped peppers, garlic, basil, some breadcrumbs for binding. The choice is yours. Use your favorite seasoning blend and mix it all up.
Next, spread the meat mixture into a sheet pan, like so.
Sprinkle on a few more seasoning, if desired. The size of the sheet pan will be dicated by the amount of meat you're serving. I've done this a few times. For a family party, I prepared 5 pounds of meat, which formed 40 2-ounce sliders. A single pound of beef will make 8 2-ounce sliders, and you'll only need a smaller 8x12 sheet pan.
Using a knife, slice the meat through in even portions to roughly 2-ounce patties. Like so.
You want them to fit the size of your slider buns. You can also slice them larger if you'd like different serving sizes. Very easy, right?
Now they can easily be removed from the pan individually and grilled up when ready. Just cover them in plastic wrap and refrigerate until you are ready to get cooking. When your guests arrive, pull them from the fridge and get moving!
Serve them up with slider buns and all of your favorite condiments. Let me know how it goes!
Try some of these Homemade Condiments Recipes, all Madness style, of course. Enjoy!
Easy Sheet Pan Sliders - Recipe
- 1 pound 80/20 ground beef (Learn How to Grind Your Own Meat with a Meat Grinder)
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 serrano pepper, chopped (or a chili pepper of your choice)
- 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Slider buns for serving
- Condiments for serving
- 1 8x12 sheet pan
- Combine the ground beef, onion, serrano, breadcrumbs and seasonings in a bowl. Hand mix, but do not overmix.
- Press the seasoned ground beef into the sheet pan. Be sure to spread it to the edges of the pan. If you feel the meat is too thin, you can use a smaller pan or only use part of the pan and form the loose edge with a knife.
- Season liberally with salt and pepper.
- Using a knife, cut through and divide the meat into 8 equally sized sliders. Each should be roughly square.
- Remove the sliders with a spatula and grill them over medium heat, or in a pan, 3-4 minutes per side, to your desired doneness.
- Serve on slider buns with your favorite toppings.
Makes 8 2-ounce sliders. Scales up VERY easily.