How to Cook Burger Sliders in a Pan on the Stove

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Use a sturdy spatula for easy flipping.
Use a sturdy spatula for easy flipping. (Image: Digital Vision/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Miniature burgers -- or "sliders" -- date back to 1916, invented by the founder of White Castle in Wichita, Kansas. While you can find great sliders at plenty of restaurants, there's something to be said for cooking them at home. Too delicate for the grill, pan-frying is the best method for cooking these tiny titans of comfort food. A thin patty and a hot pan will give you a perfectly cooked burger, and the toppings and condiments are up to you.

Things You'll Need

  • Slider patties (about 2 oz. each)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Spatula
  • Slider burger buns

Form your slider patties so that they are thin, no more than 1/4-inch thick. Lightly season them with salt and pepper.

Place a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the pan with salt as it heats.

Add the sliders to the pan quickly once it is very hot, but not smoking. Depending on their size, you can fit about three or four sliders in the pan at once. Be careful not to overcrowd the pan.

Brown the meat for about 20 to 30 seconds.

Flip the sliders and cook for one to two minutes more, depending on your desired level of doness.

Remove the cooked slider patties from the pan and transfer them to toasted buns. Pour off any excess fat from the pan, then repeat steps three through five with the remaining patties.

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