A slider is a term, which as a foodie you might have heard but would not have a concrete idea as to what it was. For those who know what it means, well; yayyy! You beat me to Google and Wikipedia in that precise order. A slider is a miniature burger or a very small sandwich usually only 2 to 3 inches wide. Because of the small nature of the burgers, they are served in groups of twos, threes, sixes or even a dozen. They are great for parties, game nights and maybe portion control? The term was created by an American fast food company in the mid eighties and has been used, adapted and elevated ever since.
Sliders are perfect for your little dudes or dudettes. They are even more fun if you are a grown up with big stubby fingers. There is no greater joy than picking up food in its beautiful miniature form and devouring it like Gulliver would. Gleeful, happy and with the potential of popping more than one, two or six without feeling the slightest bit guilty.
Yesterday, I shared a simple recipe for baking mini burger buns. Today, I am about to share my favourite thing to do with the buns. Make them into Chicken And Pinenut Sliders. The chicken patty recipe that I use here is the same I use to make my meatballs for weeknight pasta dishes. I just flattened it into juicy little mini patties to go with the mini buns.
CHICKEN AND PINENUT SLIDERS (MINI BURGERS)
A juicy, succulent chicken patty bursting with herbs and pinenuts is paired with mini burger buns and layered with fresh salad and tangy chutney for a delightful snack.
Preparation Time - 15 Minutes
Cooking Time - 20 Minutes + Time To Make Burger Buns
Makes - 24
24 mini burger buns
500g chicken mince
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 heaped tablespoons pinenuts
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 cup dried breadcrumbs
freshly ground black pepper
salt to taste
oil to grease and fry (I use olive oil)
Sauté onion and garlic in a small frying pan on low-medium heat until they start turning golden (approximately 3 minutes). Remove from heat, stir through the cinnamon and set aside.
Combine all other ingredients in a large bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon. Add the onion mix to the bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.
With oiled hands, shape the mixture into little patties that are no more than 2 inch in diameter and 1/2 inch in thickness. You should easily get 24 patties from this amount of the mixture.
In a large frying pan, heat 1/4 cup oil on medium heat. In batches of 3, pan fry the patties until golden and cooked through for about 4 minutes on each side. Make sure, you stand them vertically in the pan after cooking both sides to seal and cook the edges. Repeat with remaining patties. Patties can be kept in a warm oven until time to serve or heated through in a microwave for a few seconds.
To serve, warm mini burger buns and slice them in half. Spread chutney on one half and top with salad and patty before covering with the other half and passing a burger skewer through the entire bite sized burger.
If you find the patty mixture too sticky to work with, add more breadcrumbs until it is less sticky.
Uncooked patties can be fozen in freezer safe boxes with freezer sheets between them (to avoid sticking while freezing) for upto a month. To cook from frozen, thaw in the fridge for a few hours before cooking as directed. Alternatively, cooked patties can also be frozen and reheated in the microwave for a quick snack.
I'm making these for a party I'm having on the weekend. Where did you get the toothpicks? They are great!! Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe!! 🙂 Laura
This is so stinking cute!
I have a lot of chicken that we bought, sitting in my freezer…this could be a good way to use some up! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Yum, I have some slider buns leftover from an event. This sounds like a great way to use them up.
Great to see you put the buns to use. These sliders look so cute and delectable Sneh!
The pine nuts sounds like a great addition, I think my husband would love these!
omg Sneh these are just tooooo cute!! I couldn't find any mini buns when I was making sliders, next time I'll make my own since they look extra cute!
Goodness! My kiddies just saw the picture of these mini burgers and they were like "Mommy, we want. We want!" Bookmarking this definitely! And thanks to you, I now know what sliders are! Cheers!
These are by far the cutest sliders I have every had the pleasure of setting my eyes on. Not only are they gorgeous to look at, they sounds so delicious! I would for sure eat an entire batch of these and have no idea where they all went. What, lil' old me? Nah! 😉
I seriously want to grab one right away! Love love love mini finger food anytime 🙂
I love the addition of the pinenuts - I haven't seen that before!!
Your sliders look fantastic Sneh! I love that gorgeous plate too.
They look just irresistible, succulent and I love those ingredients.. So yeeeees, I would love a slider right now!
They look great and, though I am not sure my mouth would get around that, I would find a way to eat them.
I love the herbs and pinenuts you incorporated in the patties (plus the small size just screams "eat me!").
these burgers look so colorful tempting & attractive 😀
Those look divine! And such a perfect recipe for 4th July!
I had my first slider the other night - Friday night, in London! They were delicious and am so pleased to have come across this recipe! An ultimate try out!
I've created white chocolate dipped oreos - sprinkled with funfetti (just for the 4th July and all you guys across the pond in the U.S). Sliders shall have to be on the card too for dinner!
Your photos are beautiful and I am sure I wouLd love the baby burgers too!
I'm completely in love with the photos in this post - your sliders look picture perfect!
Droolworthy and so pretty!
These look wonderful and I like the ingredients you have used - the particular mixture of herbs, the pinenuts I so love and that touch of cinnamon: inspired! Oh, about sliders - it is only a matter of months ago that this writer made an absolute fool of herself on one of Oz' best known blogs by plaintively asking what a slider was 🙁 ! No photos there, no explanation - it just seemed I was the only one 'out in the cold'!