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The Slider Phenomenon

Can someone explain this to me? You want a burger, but can't possibly eat 6-8oz of meat, a huge bun and then all the fries. So you get three little burgers that are between 6-8oz total and three little buns which is probably more bread than a regular bun. Why? Plus, it's almost impossible to find a place that will cook them medium rare. And to top it off most places charge a buck more for the sliders. I will never get this, unless they are being shared!

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  1. They are a perfect bite of hamburger. The regular burger and bun have different taste and consistancy as you work your way from the center towards the middle. In a slider you get exact portions of bread ends, bacon and cheese in each bite.

    1. It's the same BS as the cupcake craze. I have friends who go all nuts over eating a cupcake but not a slice of regular cake.
      ITA that it is dumb.

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        1. re: sparkareno

          I agree! Cake is so much better than cupcakes.

          1. re: sparkareno

            I might have agreed with you until I went to a couple of places with truly great cupcakes. It's easier to eat a cupcake than a slice of cake (no plate or fork needed), and I do believe its structural integrity can lead to better taste. If it's very well made, the inside is so moist and buttery that a slice of similar cake might fall apart.

            I think you just haven't had a great one.

            1. re: sparkareno

              I am just as excited about a cupcake as I am sliced cake. However, in defense of cupcakes, I like that I can go to a bakery and get several different kinds of cupcakes for about the same price/amount of one slice of cake. And I can eat them with my hands. So I get to try more flavors in one sitting.
              This to me would also be the potential appeal of sliders/mini burgers. Sometimes restaurants will serve 3, each with different toppings/meats. Then you get to try more than one burger without having to order several burgers. If they're all the same then I'm not interested.

            2. Yes--I've yet to have a great slider because they're too small to cook properly. Too much bun to meat ratio, too.

              1. And on top of that , now you are supposed to serve them at parties as the great cocktail snack.

                I just saw a big spread in a local magazine touting the latest holiday 'fun' idea for a party appetizer. Brie and Angus Beef Sliders, on a Parmesan Mini-Bun with Balsamic and Onion Jam. The accompanying recipe had 22 ingredients!!! What could you possibly serve for dinner after that performance?

                Pass me the celery stick with cream cheese, please...

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                1. re: LJS

                  I'll take mine with peanut butter, thank you very much...

                2. jhopp, I think your generation gap is showing. All my students want a White Castle slider because of the film Harold and Jumar Go to White Castle.

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                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                    See? jfood will argue til the cows come home that WC is the ONLY true slider/slyder. I include Krystal. The rest are wannabes.

                    1. re: c oliver

                      I'll have to agree with Jfood on that one...but what I don't understand is now people want to say that everything besides a burger that's served on a small bun is also a slider...pulled pork slider, fish slider, turkey slider...the term is applied to a burger people, not just any sandwich! I had to get that off my chest; thank you and goodnight!

                      1. re: c oliver

                        J & I grew up not far apart. I used to stop by WC w/ my kids, after the 10 hr. drive from Maine, before getting to my mom's house, so we wouldn't starve waiting for her get ready to go out to eat.

                        1. re: c oliver

                          MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                          White Caste serves sliders/slyders. the rest are mini burgers.

                          Now let's take the ridiculous to the stupid.....

                          - take any protien, form a mini patty and cook it. place on a bun and call it a tuna slider, a turkey slider, a thai slider, etc.

                          They are NOT, repeat NOT, sliders.

                          Soap box over.

                          Oh yeah, do not get me started on Thai Pizza or toffu-dogs.

                            1. re: Passadumkeg

                              left out on purpose to see which of you guys grab the baton and ran with it. :-))

                              Passa receives 1 point.

                              1. re: jfood

                                No such thing as a soft shell crab slider!

                                1. re: Passadumkeg

                                  Nope.

                                  That my dear man is called a soft shell crab sandwich.

                                  1. re: jfood

                                    You betcha and on corn rye and a slice of Jersey tomato.

                                    1. re: Passadumkeg

                                      not sure it i should add the tartar sauce. and i would swap a nice brioche for the corn rye. duck!!

                                      1. re: jfood

                                        Hey, I'll even take soft shell crab on a Hamilton Twp. bagel!

                                2. re: jfood

                                  Aw, man, no fair. He's FROM there. I'm a demure Southern Belle who's had to be educated by the bigboys about the finer things in life.

                                  1. re: c oliver

                                    Be grateful you did not get a demerit for comparing Krystal to WC. :-))

                                    1. re: jfood

                                      I was in my 30s before having WC; only K in my formative years. But I think I redeemed myself by going quite out of the way to go to Queens JUST for WC. Two each in the car. Perfect midmorning snack.

                                      1. re: c oliver

                                        Sorry CO, but you have not been redeemed. There is a WC right near the Empire State Building. To take the 7 train to Queens and not eat ethnic, is a sin. :0]

                                        1. re: Passadumkeg

                                          EXCEPT, we started out from City Island in the Bronx and then had lunch in Flushing (one of our absolute favorite places to eat). But I did NOT know there are WC in Manhattan. Thanks, buddy.

                                          1. re: c oliver

                                            Flushing is in the Queens; at the end of the 7 train line.

                                            1. re: Passadumkeg

                                              Yes, I know that, P-keg. But we were driving from the Bronx to Queens. Other (non-WC) times, we take the 7.

                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                            HAHAHA! White Castle isn't the same thing. I don't even know what a White Castle burger is, because depsite them being wonderful they don't even taste like beef.