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Dec 31, 2009 01:20 AM

What is a slider?

I have seen "slider" mentioned a few times on CH. Google only yields results about baseball. So, what is a slider in reference to food?

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  1. Typically a small, greasy cheeseburger like the ones served at White Castle's.

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    1. re: JohnE O

      I see them all over the place these days, mini burgers (2 or 3) with a small helping of fries.

      Why the word slider? Is it because the innerds of the bun slide out when you bite?

      1. re: smartie

        I believe they're called 'sliders' because they're small and greasy and slide easily down one's gullet.

        1. re: JohnE O

          You have to have them from White Castle. Best from the restaurant - tho the ones in the grocery store freezer will do in a pinch.

    2. A Slyder with a "y" is served at White Castle, a steamed burger that many people love, including jfood. You can eat 4-6 of them without a blink. Normal size is 2" X 2"

      Then the Slider with an "I" became popular at many restaurants. They can be prepared using beef, pork, turkey, tuna, etc. Jfood has seen many proteins used.

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      1. re: jfood

        pranna (NYC) makes a delish lobster slider...buttery, tender...oh so good.

        1. re: jfood

          Interesting that White Castle no longer uses the spelling "slyder" in their ads or on their website. I wonder why it fell out of favor.

          1. re: KTinNYC

            OMG it must have occured over the last year.

            Thanks KT and have a happy NY (that's new year)

        2. Pay no attention to those who like White Castle...their foodie status is entirely in question based on this alone. ;)

          A slider is, indeed, a small greasy *hamburger* which, yes, can have cheese added to it. A standard slider has a bun, beef, pickles, and grilled onions. Ketchup and mustard can be added if you like them that way (I don't). A great slider is just plain wonderful, and a lousy one (such as the atrocities they serve at White Castle) is reason enough to make you give up on the human race.

          But yes: they're so-named because of the way they can "slide down" the gullet because of the greasiness. I grew up eating some *seriously* good sliders at Green's Hamburgers in the Detroit area of Michigan. We also have White Castles here, and I *never* patronize them at all. They are *disgusting*. Why *anyone* would "steam grill" beef (I'm not even kidding about that!) is beyond me...but not only does it *sound* gross, it tastes even worse!

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          1. re: boagman

            You don't belong in Detroit if you DO NOT EAT AT WHITECASTLE.

              1. re: worldwarz

                Sorrry, warz, I've gotta' stick with boagman. Sure, most of us Detroiters of a certain age have experienced White Castle, usually after experiencing something of a somewhat more herbal persuasion, but as far as an addictive taste sensation, nothing approaches a good 'ol Detroit family run slider place, be it Brays, Greens, Bates, or even Hunters. There's something about a White Castle that makes the first one or two taste okay but then they start to taste awful.That's only my personal opinion.

                1. re: SonyBob

                  While I have enjoyed the many other fine slider establishments in the Detroit area there is nothing that I miss more then White Castle. Since moving to SW Arizona there has been nothing left to fill the void of a sack of ten after the bar. The little taco carts down here just can't do it. My favorite in my younger days was a sack of cheeseburgers and a sack of chiken rings. You take a chicken ring and put on top of the patty then enjoy.

                  1. re: worldwarz

                    ah. the "chicken ring." so what part of the chicken--or any other fowl or mammal-- is ring shaped? ;-P

                    1. re: soupkitten

                      The same part of the chicken that nuggets come from: the processed, extruded, slurry of glop part!

                      1. re: soupkitten

                        Not to worried about where it comess from. But it tastes Magical on top of the cheeseburger.

                2. re: boagman

                  they slide in and slide out.

                  steamed hamburgers are a religion in some parts.

                  1. re: boagman

                    I grew up around the Detroit area as well and had the GREAT PLEASURE of really experiencing a real slider! Greens and Hunter House Hamburgers are truly the definition of an honest slider.

                    1. re: bbqboy

                      A great history on this place. If I can locate Gary Bates, I'll try to get some history behind the Detroit establishments but 1922 sounds about right. I'm an old K-Stater so Salina would be okay with me!

                    2. well, Worldwarz, i guess i know why i don't feel at home in detroit.

                      a slider is a tiny sandwich, served on a teeny bun, with extra grease, fer cheap;
                      or it's the same thing with a premium protein and an artisan garnish at 10x price on the small plates menu.