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Why are sliders better than burgers?

Sliders and burgers are both popular sandwich options, but there are some key differences that make sliders the superior choice for many situations. In this article, we’ll explore the pros and cons of each and look at why sliders have some advantages when it comes to taste, versatility, and practicality.

What are sliders?

Sliders are mini sandwiches, usually around 2-3 inches in diameter. They feature the same ingredients as a regular burger – a soft bun, cooked beef patty, cheese, vegetables, and condiments – but everything is shrunk down into a bite-sized package. The small size makes them easy to pick up and eat with your hands. Sliders are also sometimes called “mini burgers” but they shouldn’t be confused with regular-sized hamburgers.

What are burgers?

A burger is a sandwich consisting of a cooked ground meat patty, usually beef, placed inside a sliced bread roll or bun. Burgers are often served with cheeses, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, bacon, and condiments such as ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise or special sauce. They are convenient finger foods that can be eaten as a quick meal or snack. Hamburgers are one of the most popular sandwiches worldwide.


One of the main advantages of sliders is that their taste can actually surpass that of a regular burger. How is that possible? It comes down to the bun-to-meat ratio. With sliders, there is a greater proportion of juicy burger patty in each bite compared to a large burger where the meat gets lost between a thick bun. The overall taste effect is a richer, beefier flavor that will satisfy your meat cravings.

More flavorful patties

With sliders, the patties themselves are normally seasoned more assertively. Options like a garlic aioli spread, blue cheese crumbles, caramelized onions, or spicy chipotle mayo pack extra flavor into the small patties.

Soft, sweet buns

Slider buns are usually smaller and sweeter than burger buns. Brioche and Hawaiian rolls are common choices, known for their pillowy soft texture and hint of sweetness. This enhances the overall slider taste experience.

Greater toppings-to-bun ratio

Given their petite size, almost every bite of a slider contains delicious toppings. With a hulking burger, toppings tend to slide out from between the bun with each bite. Sliders keep all the cheese, sauce, onions, pickles, and more wrapped neatly into each mini sandwich.


Sliders provide more versatility than traditional burgers when it comes to servings. Here are some of the ways sliders provide flexibility:

Portion control

Craving a burger but don’t want a full-sized one? Sliders allow you to enjoy a smaller, satisfying portion. You can order 2-3 sliders rather than one large sandwich.


On the menu, sliders are often listed as appetizers because they are the perfect size to munch on before a meal. One or two sliders can whet your appetite.

Mix and match flavors

With individual sliders, you can get adventurous and try different flavor combinations all in one sitting. At a slider bar, you can choose bison, chorizo, Greek, pizza, crab cake, and any other gourmet creations.

Easy to share

Sliders work well for sharing with a group. Everyone can take their pick of a few different sliders from a platter. This allows more people to taste more flavors.

Catering flexibility

For catering events and parties, sliders offer versatility. There are options to choose all one type or a variety to suit different tastes and diets. The small sandwiches are easy for guests to eat standing up with one hand.

Taste Factor Sliders Burgers
Meat-to-bun ratio Higher proportion of meat More bun than meat
Patty flavor Stronger seasoning Milder seasoning
Bun type Brioche, Hawaiian rolls Sesame seed buns
Toppings Every bite loaded with toppings Toppings tend to slide out


Beyond taste and versatility, sliders also win when it comes to practical considerations:


Sliders are more portable than hamburgers. Their small size and handheld form factor make them easy to pack as part of a lunch or eat on the go. Burgers often require sitting down at a table.

Easy to make

For home cooks, sliders are simpler to prepare with ingredients you likely already have. Forming and cooking small patties is less labor-intensive than larger burgers. They also cook faster, letting you get dinner on the table quickly.


Sliders appeal to kids who may find a large burger overwhelming. The mini sandwiches are sized just right for little hands and mouths.

Cost effective

Pound for pound, sliders can provide more bang for your buck, especially if you are serving food for a crowd. You can make up to 6 sliders for the same cost as one burger.

Practicality Sliders Burgers
Portability Easily eaten on the go Not very portable
Preparation Easy and quick to make More labor intensive
Kid friendliness Bite-sized and easy to handle Large size may overwhelm
Value More affordable per serving Higher cost per serving

Downsides of sliders

Of course, sliders aren’t perfect in every situation. Here are a few downsides to consider:

Smaller portions

If you are extremely hungry, mini sliders may leave you still feeling unsatisfied compared to a full-sized cheeseburger with fries. Portion sizes are smaller by design.

Can be messy

Due to their small size, sliders don’t always hold together neatly. Toppings can slip and slide out of the bun, especially if eating on the go. Napkins are a must.

Labor intensive to make

While the individual sliders cook quickly, preparing a whole platter of different kinds can be labor and time intensive due to the small assembly.

Premium pricing

At many restaurants, sliders come at a premium price point due to their trendiness and perception as a gourmet selection. The cost per slider can approach that of a full burger.


Sliders have risen in popularity because they offer delicious flavor in a fun, shareable package. In many settings, the advantages of taste, versatility and practicality make sliders a better choice than traditional burgers. Their customizable size and flavors accommodate different appetites and occasions. While not ideal for every situation due to smaller portions and messy eating, sliders provide a satisfying way to indulge your cravings. So next time you’re debating between a burger or sliders, consider the benefits of downsizing your sandwiches into slider-sized bites.