Party Sliders with Waffle Fry Buns

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These sliders with waffle fry buns make any meal a party!

Party sliders with waffle fry buns make mini burgers even more fun.

Sliders sometimes have a rather unappealing reputation thanks to certain fast-food joints, but I’m here to tell you that sliders don’t have to be that way.

There’s plenty of ways to up the ante on these party-ready snacks, whether you go for something full of spice like merguez sliders or want to stick to something more classic like these sliders with waffle fry buns.

What, that’s not classic? I can’t think of much more classic than burgers and fries — I’ve just done the sensible thing and removed the bun in favor of crispy, salty waffle fries.

It’s a great way to get the kids excited about dinner again. (I can’t be the only one with kids who whip back and forth between wanting the same thing every day and declaring that dinner is boring.)

platter of sliders with toppings

I like to serve sliders as a DIY affair, with all the toppings on a platter so everyone can mix and match. For these sliders I made three different mayo variations so you can go garlicy, spicy, or a bit sweet.

You could add ketchup flavors as well, like variations made with fruit, or offer stone-ground mustards. Choose your three or four favorites to keep the choices from getting overwhelming, and if you’re serving these at a party, make sure to double the recipe!

I recommend making the waffle fries (try using the sweet potato variety) just before serving so they stay as crisp as possible. The rest of the tray can be prepped in advance, and cooked burgers can be kept in a warming oven or the microwave.

plate with slider with mayonnaise being dolloped on top

Be sure to serve these sliders with plenty of napkins. They’re worth it!

Sliders with Waffle Fry Buns

These sliders with waffle fry buns make any meal a party
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 487 kcal

Ingredients
  

Party Sliders

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onion or onion
  • 2 tablespoons fine dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked salt
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 cheddar cheese slices, cut into fourths
  • Baby spinach leaves
  • 1 plum tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 package frozen sweet potato waffle fries

Chipotle Mayo

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 to 1 chipotle pepper in adobe sauce, finely chopped

Balsamic Mayo

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Garlic Cumin Mayo

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Instructions

For the Party Sliders:

  • In a large bowl, combine chopped onion, bread crumbs, water, Worcestershire sauce and salt. Add beef; mix well.
  • Shape meat mixture on waxed paper into a 10 x 5-inch rectangle. Cut into 8 square-shaped patties. Cook patties on a griddle pan or skillet for about 8 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Meanwhile, prepare waffle fries according to package directions.
  • On a serving platter, arrange burgers, waffle fries, and toppings and allow guests to customize burgers.

For the Chipotle Mayo:

  • In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise and chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped.
  • Cover and chill until ready to use. Makes about 1/2 cup.

For the Balsamic Mayo:

  • In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, balsamic vinegar and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Cover and chill until ready to use. Makes about 1/2 cup.

For the Garlic Cumin Mayo:

  • In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, lime juice, garlic powder and ground cumin.   
  • Cover and chill until ready to use. Makes about 1/2 cup.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 gCalories: 487 kcalCarbohydrates: 9 gProtein: 20 gFat: 41 gSaturated Fat: 9 gCholesterol: 78 mgSodium: 618 mgFiber: 2 gSugar: 3 g
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