Very small hamburgers – no one can resist them! The term “slider” comes from Navy slang, perhaps as early as the 1940s, later adapted by burger chain White Castle to refer to their small burgers. Suddenly, sliders were everywhere. The original term may have come from the way patties on the grill at sea would slide around every time the ship moved, or it may have referred to the large amount of grease the navy used when cooking them.
What makes a slider?
Technically, a slider is not just a small burger – a slider is a small burger where the patty is cooked with onions and pickles. A true slider is made by cooking the onions, putting the patties on top and then flipping the entire thing and cooking further.
However, a lot of chefs call any mini burgers sliders and some refuse to use the term at all, perhaps because of its fast food associations. Sliders have moved far past that, though, and onto the menu at classic diners and fine restaurants like American Social Restaurant & Bar.
They’re also popular with large groups and caterers as they are small, easily portable, and you can have the right number for your appetite. They also tend to fit well with the current small, shared plate trend, with a plate of sliders being fun to share with a group at the table.
Sliders at American Social
Some restaurants take the concept of the slider beyond burgers. American Social makes some of the best burgers in Brickell, and our menu includes four takes on the “mini burger.”
Our classic sliders are served on challah buns in sets of three. You can also get sliders with bacon and beef blended patties, because everything is better with bacon!
Or get black truffle short rib or BBQ pork belly sliders, the latter on a brioche bun. We are also proud to offer a sampler containing all four of our delicious sliders, just in case you can’t make up your mind! Are you hungry now?
Swing by American Social for the best sliders and burgers in Brickell. Try the slider sampler and work out what you like the best, or go for a full size burger or sandwich instead. Either way, sliders are an American classic!