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What makes a slider a slider?

ctscorp Sep 9, 2007 09:54 PM

So I looked through some other posts, and I got a sense that a slider is a small burger, White Castle size. Except there are some places around where I live that sell burgers that people call sliders, and they're not particularly small. They're greasy, delicious, wrapped in waxed paper, but they seem pretty normal-size. So what, officially, makes a slider a slider? And why the name? 'Cause they slide right down? Help!

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    mexivilla RE: ctscorp Sep 10, 2007 05:38 AM

    Except for a French Canadian who thinks that a slider is a flat ribbon-like dumpling.

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      jeanmarieok RE: ctscorp Sep 10, 2007 06:01 AM

      I thought it was size that defined the slider.

      1. jnk RE: ctscorp Sep 10, 2007 06:55 AM

        I thought what defined sliders was that they only taste good after 2:00 a.m. and after a "few" drinks.

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          ctscorp RE: jnk Sep 10, 2007 07:06 AM

          Now *that* sounds like the slider I love to eat... but why "slider"?

        2. ktmoomau RE: ctscorp Sep 10, 2007 07:33 AM

          I always thought they were small and greasy and were called sliders because they did slide right down because of size and grease factor.

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            Roger Spark RE: ctscorp Sep 10, 2007 07:40 AM

            A slider is steamed.

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              ctscorp RE: Roger Spark Sep 10, 2007 07:51 AM

              But the ones they call sliders here aren't necessarily steamed, and still -- what about steamed makes them called sliders? I'm really trying to get to the bottom of this! I do like the slide right down theory -- although some of my more coarse acquaintances have also implied that it's because they... keep sliding, right on through you.,. ahem.

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                Roger Spark RE: ctscorp Sep 10, 2007 10:02 AM

                To me, a "slider" must be steamed. The steam rising through the meat and onions, dissolves the fat in the meat. The bun that is placed on top while cooking functions as a grease filter, capturing the oily steam. This produces a mushy, greasy sandwich that quite literally slides down the throat and through the alimentary system. We have some local restaurants that offer "Kobe sliders" as a cutesy juxtaposition of the hoity toity and hoi polloi. The burgers are small and square and served on little buns, but that is where the similarity ends.

            2. NewSushiFiend RE: ctscorp Sep 10, 2007 02:10 PM

              I worked at a White Castle one summer. The burgers are "steamed" on a grill that has been slopped with rehydrated onions (lots of water). They easily slid across the grill. Very gross. Never understood why they didn't make drunk people puke!

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                Davwud RE: NewSushiFiend Sep 12, 2007 09:36 AM

                Grease baby grease. It's the best counteractant to alcohol.
                Especially the next morning.


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                LabRat RE: ctscorp Sep 11, 2007 05:12 AM

                I've always been under the impression that they are called "sliders" due to their ability to...ummm...complete the digestive process in short order. That's why in college we used to call them "rectum rockets".

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                  ctscorp RE: LabRat Sep 11, 2007 07:31 AM

                  Oh my god I LOVE it. My new favorite term!

                2. amanda3571 RE: ctscorp Sep 11, 2007 08:39 AM

                  Hmmm.....Wikipedia states a slider is "naval slang for a cheeseburger".

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                    jnk RE: amanda3571 Sep 11, 2007 01:10 PM

                    Awww! Now you've ruined it!

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                      Suburban Don Quixote RE: jnk Apr 8, 2009 11:54 AM

                      Do you actually consider the "Wiki" word to be 100% correct, honest, and trusted as "gospel truth" or "the final word" on ANY subject?

                  2. jfood RE: ctscorp Sep 11, 2007 01:24 PM

                    here's jfood's theory and he grew up around the corner from a WC (why does the website callthem slyders?)

                    Because the burgers AND the bunds are steamed theare are both nice and moist and slide down you throught. No toasted buns, not charred burgers, no grilled onions, all the ingredients are moist and slippery.

                    Hence they all go together to slide down your mouth.

                    That was the view from NJ

                    1. Davwud RE: ctscorp Sep 12, 2007 09:41 AM

                      I can get my head around the steamed/squishy aspect of calling them sliders. I can also see it as a nick name because they do slide right down. We all seem to agree that they are much smaller than a regular burger. With some exceptions. It seems that CTS has found one. My guess as to why they're calling them that is, they don't know what a slider is and have mislabled them. It seems to be happening alot nowadays.


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                        jackrugby RE: ctscorp Sep 12, 2007 10:28 AM

                        Here in S/W Ohio we have quite a few White Castles. There burgers are the only ones that we referred to as 'sliders'. I believe this was in reference to how long it took them to go through the digestive system.

                        We also called White Castles, 'Whitey Castiles' to make it sound fancier than it really was.

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                          RudeJoe RE: ctscorp Mar 14, 2009 12:20 PM

                          Small burgers will slide through the slats on a grill and fall into the fire. That is why they are called 'sliders'. That is also why they are steamed rather than grilled.

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                            lou2050 RE: ctscorp Jun 13, 2009 10:40 AM

                            There is considerable evidence that “slider” was a term used for a hamburger in the United States Navy, perhaps as early as the 1940s or 1950s. The term “slider” meant a greasy burger that slid in easily. A “slider with a lid” was a cheeseburger.

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