Superbowl Sliders

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WOO HOO!! Week 2 of Superbowl menus!!! Now, in case you missed it, here’s a quick summary. Last week I started things off with a Sparkling Ginger Lemonade, Tandoori Chicken with Mango Curry Slaw and Crispy Chocolate and Coconut Cookies!!! But because you can never have too many menus to choose from, I decided to do another one featuring another classic… sliders!

Specifically, Superbowl Sliders. But these are not your average, little mini hamburgers. No, I kicked these babies up a notch with a spicy Chipotle mayonnaise and some marinated red onion – just typing this is making me hungry for one (or 2!).  Like all good Superbowl foods, these are easy to put together – you can prep everything ahead and then all you have to do is grill up the meat and assemble the sliders.

Decorating Tips: Superbowl is one of those holidays (and yes, given our obesession with football I think it qualifies!) that requires few if any decorations!!! But if you are having the gang over for the game, it’s fun to spruce things up a bit – a simple tablecloth (plastic is fine!), some football themed confetti and some curly ribbon are really all it takes to make the “snack station” festive. If you want to “kick it up a notch”, here are some other easy decorating tips!

  • Use a strip of artificial turf as  a runner – a strip that is about 12″ – 18″ wide by 8 feet works for most tables.
  • Use sports trophies as table decor.
  • Need picks for your sliders? Attach confetti to 6 inch skewers with double sided tape.


Superbowl Sliders

Many supermarkets now carry slider sized meat patties and buns. If you store doesn’t carry them,  substitute dinner rolls for the buns and cut out the patties as described in the recipe. Everything can be prepped ahead so that all you have to do at game time is grill the meat, re heat the buns and assemble the sliders.

(12  sliders)

  • 1 1/4 lbs. ground meat
  • 12 slider buns (or 12 dinner rolls)
  • 6 leaves romaine or iceberg lettuce
  • 2 roma tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 red onion, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 lemon
  • For Chipotle mayonnaise
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. sherry wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, seeds removed
  • 1/4 tsp. sauce from chipotle peppers
  • 1 clove garlic, minced


  1. For Chipotle mayonnaise – Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine. If making ahead, transfer to a covered container and store in the refrigerator.
  2. Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees. Wrap buns in foil and place on rack in the oven to heat.
  3. Place the onion slices in a medium bowl. Squeeze juice from the lemon over onion slices and sprinkle with salt and toss to combine. Let onions marinate while you finish making the sliders.
  4. On  a large cutting board, pat out the ground meat. Using a 2 2/2 inch cookie cutter, cut out slider patties from the meat. Reform meat and cut additional patties out until you have 12 patties.
  5. Pre heat grill pan or barbeque according to manufacturer’s directions.
  6. Season beef patties with salt and pepper. Grill patties until cooked and the internal temperature is 165 degrees.
  7. Remove buns from the oven and place bottoms on a serving platter.
  8. Top with a grilled meat patty, tomato slice, lettuce leaf and a few pieces of the marinated onion. Spread some of the chipotle mayonnaise on the top bun and place on top of the onions. Use a small skewer to hold slider in place if desired.
  9. Serve immediately.


Here are some other Superbowl recipes you might enjoy –

Recipe Girl – Chorizo, bean and cheese nachos

White on Rice Couple – Spinach Dip


  1. says

    my kids love sliders. there is something about holding the whole burger in the palm of their hand that makes them feel like a “man” and not like a boy! have fun this weekend! xx

  2. says

    Love it!! I was going to do sliders as well but decided against it…glad I did these sound fantastic! The use of the Sherry sounds like a great way to kick it up. I am huge fan of holiday confetti, use it all the time, thanks to Mom of course who introduced me to it. Have a fun game day!!

    • says

      Hi Paul!!!
      The sherry does add a nice kick to the mayo and I have to say these sliders are pretty tasty!! Hope you have a great game day too!!!

  3. says

    Nancy, you’re killing me with all these fantastic Super Bowl appetizers. So far, because of you, I have added tandoori chicken and sliders to my menu.

    And here’s the thing: I am a football fan. I would like to watch the game, but I have this lingering feeling that I’m going to be stuck in the kitchen because you’ve given me so many ideas. So … my guests will thank you while they’re watching the game :)

    • says

      Well, it’s a tough job but somebody has got to do it!!! For what it’s worth, I am having the same problem – I think we need a whole week for the Superbowl, don’t you?

  4. says

    I came here to get away from all this super bowl food. What’s the insanity about a game all about anyway. Although these sliders look like they are worth getting in a “pile up” over! GREG

    • says

      It’s kind of like golf – which everyone “thinks” is about getting a little white ball in a hole when the real purpose is to drive around in those fun little carts drinking your favorite beverage of choice with your friends!

  5. says

    Wow, you’re not kidding about putting an entire menu together! I think sliders are perfect, because guests can munch on one hand and have beer in the other, and not miss a single play. :) Hope you’re not stuck in the kitchen during the entirety of the game!! At least sneak out to view the commercials…


  6. says

    I’d be ecstatic to see these at my superbowl party. The marinated onions are a terrific idea along with the best mayo mixture. Can I get an invite next year?

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