Slider Bar Party (Create-Your-Own Burger!)

by Melissa

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How to have an epic Slider Bar at your next BBQ or party!  Tips, tricks, and topping ideas for a create-your-own burger. 

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SLIDER BAR PARTY FOR ALL YOU BURGER LOVERS!

Are you looking for a super fun way to enjoy hamburgers?  Here’s tons of slider bar ideas for your gathering. 

Let me tell you about the most fun party we had for my husband’s birthday. He can never decide what type of hamburger to order because of all the delicious toppings. So he, yes, that’s right, HE came up with the idea to have a mini hamburger aka slider bar party for his birthday.

He didn’t have to twist my arm. I had a blast putting this all together.

Related: Hawaiian Roll Sliders 

Keep reading for my best tips for creating your own Slider Bar Party! (It’s easier than you think!)

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SLIDER BAR SUPPLIES

The possibilities are endless for your burger bar, but you will need the following to make it turn out well: 

  • Grill (if you don’t have an outdoor grill, try using a George Foreman) 
  • Slider patties (buy them in sliders or form them yourself) 
  • Slider buns
  • Toppings
  • Drinks
  • Paper plates

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PREP THE SLIDER TOPPINGS

Many of the toppings can be prepared in advance so that you don’t have to worry about it right before.

  • Bacon-cook the bacon the morning of and then reheat.
  • Onions- saute and reheat
  • Mushrooms- saute and reheat
  • Cheese-slice all the cheese or buy pre-sliced cheese 
  • Lettuce- Wash and shred 

Put all the toppings in their own bowls to make it easy to see! 

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HOW TO MAKE SLIDERS

Once you’re ready to party, fire up the grill and cook the burgers just like you would a regular hamburger. 

You can purchase already made sliders at some butcher shops, but if you can’t find them, easily make your own by smashing ground beef into small burger shapes.

Then fire up the grill and grill like you would a regular hamburger!

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WHERE TO GET SLIDER BUNS

Sometimes slider buns are tricky to find, so if you come across them, buy them and freeze them. You can pull them out and thaw when you’re ready to use.

Trader Joe’s and some grocery stores have them. 

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HOW TO SERVE SLIDERS AT A PARTY

To serve sliders at a party, place all the cooked burgers in buns and place on a tray. 

Then your guests can grab a slider and start adding their own toppings. 

Food picks add a festive touch. Make your own by wrapping washing tape around a toothpick or buy cheap ones from Amazon here. 

 

Red and white checkered basket liners make a fun statement as well! Whether you serve sliders on a plate or in a basket, the red and white pops of color take your party up a notch!

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SLIDER TOPPINGS 

All the fun of a DIY burger bar is getting to create your own combinations! Set out tons of your favorite burger toppings and get creative!

Best slider bar toppings: 

  • tomatoes
  • bacon
  • lettuce
  • sauteed onions
  • avocado
  • cheese (Cheddar, Swiss, Pepper Jack, etc)
  • mushrooms
  • tomato ketchup
  • mustard
  • pickles

For fun presentation, place all your slider toppings into mini clear bowls. I found these at Dollar Tree!

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TIME TO START CREATING THE BEST SLIDER

Once your burgers are grilled and your toppings are all set out, it’s ready to create your own sliders! The possibilities are endless….

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WHAT TO SERVE WITH SLIDERS AT A PARTY: 

Your hamburger bar will be the star of the show, but it’s not a bad idea to have these side dishes to compliment your mini sliders. These recipes are tried-and-true–a few of the most popular recipes on this site! 

PARTY TIPS

I told you this party was really quite simple and didn’t require much more effort than a regular dinner would take, but here’s a few suggestions to make your party even simpler:

  • Use pre-made slider buns (these were from Trader Joes)
  • Save yourself from last-minute stress by chopping up the toppings the morning of the party.
  • Wrap the table in butcher paper for easy clean-up.

So which mini burger bar ideas will you use? 

Related: Hawaiian Rolls Sliders 

I’d love to see your slider burger bar party!  Tag @sofestive on Instagram so I can see it and feature it!

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2 comments

Mariel @ Or so she says... April 14, 2014 - 8:03 pm

Very, very fun!! So glad to have you blogging with me!! 🙂 Pinned. 🙂

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Ashlee April 16, 2014 - 5:37 pm

freaking ADORABLE! i love it, I great way to try various toppings without filling up!

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