Slider (sandwich)

A slider is an American term for a small sandwich, typically around 2 inches (5 cm) across, made with a bun. Sliders can be served as hors d'oeuvres, snacks, or entrées.[1] They have since become a popular game day appetizer in the United States.[2]

A party tray of sliders at a restaurant
Alternative namesMini burgers
CourseAppetizer, amuse-bouche, or entrée
Place of originUnited States
Region or stateMidwest
Serving temperatureHot with various cheeses, vegetables, and condiments
Main ingredientsBun (slider roll), filling (e.g. hamburger patty)


"Slider" is believed to have been first used to describe the onion-steamed small burgers at White Castle restaurants.[3] The term has since been picked up by other restaurants,[4] usually to describe a small hamburger, but sometimes used to describe any small sandwich made with a slider bun. White Castle later trademarked the spelling variant "Slyder" and used it between 1985 and 2009.[5]


The etymology of the term "slider" is uncertain. Food historian George Motz has cited two competing origin stories for the term:

There are two stories about the history of the word 'slider,' both from White Castle. One is that they’re so small they slide down your throat—that’s the obvious choice. The other choice, which I like better, is that in the old days, White Castle was sort of like a show. You’d walk in and there would be two or three men behind the counter in white paper caps and clean white aprons on. They’d greet you when you came in, it was sort of a fun, happy environment. And if you were sitting at the counter, they would make your burger – everything was served on porcelain – and they would slide the burger down the counter to you. That’s how they became known as sliders. White Castle likes both stories; they haven’t picked a favorite.[6]

See also

  • Burger King sliders
  • Krystal
  • List of hamburgers


  1. Campanaro, Joey (September 2007). "Meatball Sliders". Bon Appétit. Retrieved 6 June 2010. Three make a meal, but a bunch make fun party hors d'oeuvres
  2. "Top 10 Appetizers and Finger Foods for Your Football Saturday". DawgNation. 2020-08-24. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  3. Feldman, David; Imponderables: The Solution to the Mysteries of Everyday Life; William Morrow Company; New York: 1986. 06-8805-913-9 pp. 80-30.
  4. "A 'Food Network' star is coming to Watch 'Dom Eats Local,' a new web series debuting next week". 2019-10-08. Retrieved 2022-07-18.
  5. "US Trademark #74384698". United States Patent and Trademark Office. Retrieved 7 June 2010. IC 030. US 046. G & S: prepared sandwiches for consumption on or off the premises. FIRST USE: 1993-03-14. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 1993-03-14
  6. "7 Prevailing Burger Myths, Debunked". First We Feast. Retrieved 2022-03-17.
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