Monday, January 11, 2010

DIY White Castle Sliders (My Favorite Burger as a Kid)

I remember getting the Original White Castle Sliders when I was a little girl. It was way back in the 70's, but it seems like only yesterday. There are a few childhood food joints that will stick with me forever. Orange Julius at the mall, A & W's baby burgers, Homemade Pretzels from Solvang, California, Shakey's Pizza Parlor and White Castle Sliders!!!

Oh how I loved going to get those yummy little burgers. Those were the days!!!! Imagine my excitement when when I came across this recipe for Homemade White Castle Sliders at Big Red Kitchen . As usual I wanted to see how the copy cat version compared to the original. I wanted to try out these mini little burgers on my kiddos to see if they liked them as much as I did.


The one thing that really stands out with the White Castle Burgers is the onions. Um that was the best part. I wasn't sure if my kids would eat the onions so I prepared one side with onion and one without. In the end i wished I done the whole pan with dried onions. They were really good and the kids loved them. I think they liked the size of the sliders the best. They are the perfect kid sized burger.

This is really a pretty good clone of the original white castle sliders. I did do a bit of research and found a few recipes that had a small jar (2-3oz) of beef baby food added to the meat mixture.  They say the true white castle burgers had a bit of liver added to the meat mixture, can you believe that? Maybe next time i might get brave enough to try it with the baby food, who know.  All I know whatever was in the Original White Castle Burgers were and still are the best.

Evenly spread the onions on the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish.


Make sure to use 80/20 ground beef.


Gently press the ground beef on top of the onion flakes. Press evenly making one giant hamburger Patty. If you want them thinner use a little bit of a larger baking pan or tray.


ySprinkle with seasoned salt. At this point some people use a drinking straw and poke holes throughout the meat like a true white castle slider. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.


Using a paper towel, pat the excess grease from the top of the patty.


Top with cheddar cheese, return to oven for 2 more minutes.


Slice open each roll. I also heated the buns in the microwave a bit to warm them up.



Remove from oven, let set 5 minutes then cut into patties. Place bottom of rolls on a large platter. Using a spatula lift patty with onion layer onto each bun bottom. Place bottom of rolls on a large platter.



Top each slider with a pickle slice then the bun lid. Serve immediately. ENJOY!!





White Castle Sliders

Ingredients:
1/2 - cup dried onion flakes
2 - pounds ground chuck- 80/20 ground beef
1/2 - teaspoon seasoned salt
6 - slices cheddar cheese or American cheese slices
12 - small party rolls (Martin's Potato Bread Party Rolls or Sara Lee Rolls)
dill pickle slices

Directions:
Evenly spread the onions on the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Gently press the ground beef on top of the onion flakes. Press evenly making one giant patty. 

Sprinkle with seasoned salt. At this point you can use a drinking straw and poke holes throughout the meat. That is what they do with the original white castle sliders. 

Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes. Using a paper towel, pat the excess grease from the top of the patty. 

Top with cheddar cheese, return to oven for 2 more minutes.  Remove from oven, let set 5 minutes then cut into patties. 

Slice open and separate each party roll. Place bottom of rolls on a large platter. Using a spatula lift patty with onion layer onto each bun bottom.

 Top each slider with a pickle slice then the bun lid. Serve immediately. Makes 12- 15 sliders depending on how big you cut them.

Cook's Note: Best rolls to use are the Martin Potato Rolls, Pepperridge Farm or Sara Lee Dinner Rolls.
 
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53 comments:

Oklahoma Granny said... #

I found Big Red Kitchen's slider recipe awhile back and have made them several times since. Although we've never had the pleasure of eating a real White Castle burger, these are oh, so yummy good! They're just the right size for our littlest grandkids' hands too.

shweetpotato said... #

I have my burger in the oven right now :) wish I had some pickles.. will have to do without :) Ill let ya know how they turn out :)

Denise said... #

Costco (or it might have been Sams club) had White castle burgers in last time I was there, I've never really tried them before but oh my gosh I loved these. They came two in a packet and you just microwaved them. I will have to try your recipe, they look delicious.
:-)

Heidi said... #

I made these this summer and they were really good. I didnt put cheese on them because my husband is lactose intolerant and I don't use a lot of cheese and they were still great.

Vicki said... #

I've never eaten at White Castle (there's one near here) but I think my kids will LOVE the size of these! Printing it out, thanks!

As for Orange Julius - I remember getting those at the mall too! No longer there, but we do have a recipe and my entire family just loves it!

Orange Julius:
1/2 can orange juice concentrate
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
5-6 ice cubes
Put all ingredients in blender; blend until smooth.

(I use a sharp knife to cut the frozen OJ concentrate in half, but always ending up using both halves to make two recipes of this for our family. My blender just isn't big enough to do a double batch all at once.)

Rhonda said... #

I think everyone who has had a White Castle has tried to make them at home. Thanks for the smile and memories.

Susieqtpies said... #

Yummy, again! I'm sure I give you that same comment at least once a week! Thanks for sharing!

Dora Luna said... #

These look so yummy! Going to the store to get the ingrediants for tonight's dinner! LOVE YOUR SITE!

Dora Luna said... #

Opps that was ingredients...

Catherine said... #

Oh my goodness! Now I hungry and craving a burger! So delicious!

Colleen/And Baby Makes Five said... #

Oh my! I have an uncle who LOVES White Castle burgers. I'll have to send him this link... ASAP. He'll be thrilled.

And my kiddos would love eating such cute little burgers.

Leslie said... #

Ihave never had a white castle burger. I know I know!

Cas said... #

We don't have white castle but we have a krystal's...they look to be the same. I have tried to make them at home but your look so much better...thanks for sharing!

JDaniel4's Mom said... #

This sounds wonderful!

Shonda said... #

I've read this post 3x now and it makes me hungry everytime, so it is on my menu for next week!! The kids have been asking for homemade burgers and although we've never eaten a White Castle, we are all looking forward to this meal!! I'll let you know how they turn out and what the kids think about them!

Andrea said... #

I would love to have a big burger for lunch (or a few little ones!) they look great! I just read about the pumpkin shortage...I experienced the same thing! My kids like the donuts for Deceptively Delicious with pumpkin and sweet potato, but I couldn't find the pumpkin! boo hoo

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said... #

I love white castle burgers - what a delicious re-creation! They look like them too.

Robin Sue said... #

Hey! Just made these again for my gang last Sat night and took them to a party- gone in minutes! Thanks for the link!
Robin Sue

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Elizabeth a.k.a. Type A Mommy said... #

That's too funny, I may just have to pass this recipe on to my uncle, who LOVES White Castle. Like you, he grew up on them. I've never been a fan of "things" on my burgers, so I never really cared for them. Thanks for stopping by my site, I'm enjoying looking through yours!

Newlywed Chef-ette said... #

These look SOOOOOO good. Can't wait to try them -- Super Bowl Party?!?!

Dora Luna said... #

Tried these and they were sooo yummy! My kids loved them and ate 3 each! We're taking these to a football party this weekend and even planning on making them for my 8 yr old's birthday party. Thanks for the recipe!

PHYLLIS said... #

I just made these for my Grandkids and I LOVED THEM! Perfect size for small hands. I told my husband they are like "Krystals" as he is a Texan and I grew up with White Castle. So they are simular. Great quick dinner. I added some chips and it I was done! Made cream cheese brownies for dessert. Thanks Tina for this great recipe

Shonda said... #

OK - we couldn't wait til next week to try these, so I went out and got the extra ingredients I didn't have on hand and made them last night! Sooooo good....the kids loved them, thought they were so cute and couldn't stop saying how yummy they were.....it's a definite keeper and like many other comments, I thought they would be great for parties. I even have leftovers for my lunch today - don't tell the kids!!!

Lyn V. said... #

Thank you for this wonderful recipe! They taste so close to the real White Castle! Even though Krystals and White Castle's look the same, Nothing compares to Whitey One Bites, but these are absolutely delicious! (as we used to call them growing up in Chicago!) I am so glad I found your site!

fancybelle said... #

Boyfriend is so excited for this! Thank you Tina!

AikoArt said... #

We made these last week & really enjoyed them. We used 1/2 cup of dried onions & found them to be overpowering. Maybe we will just use a lot less of them next time. The method for cooking them was great & minimal effort for me! Pan fried burgers have always been a big hit but such a mess. (We don't deep fry them, just hot pan)
We are HUGE fans of hawaiian bread & use it every chance we get. I sliced the rolls & grilled them in a pan to add that yummy goodness.
I would recommend for company or for everyday dinner. Great for football games too :)

Lisa Molter said... #

Made these last night..YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY!!! they smell and taste just like white castles. Thank you

Kassy said... #

I made these last night...they were quick and great tasting! I will definitely make them again!

Appliejuice said... #

LOL that is cute. Never thought of making these at home. My kids have never been to White Castle. This would be a fun treat for them.

Suz said... #

I made these for supper tonight and my daughter (9) who will not eat hamburgers loved it and asked me to make these again. I think the cuteness factor drew her in.

I've never had real White Castles but these were really yummy! I used King's Hawaiin rolls.

I used just 2 Tblsp. dried minced onion, I knew if there was much more, they'd be evident and my daughter would balk.

Super yummy!

phasejumper said... #

Loved these! I'm new to your site and don't remember how I found you. Made them Tuesday, posting a link to your post on my blog Friday!

specialbekah said... #

made these tonight for a potluck. They smelled right, tasted right, AND looked right! I think next time, though, I am going to use maybe 1 1/2 pounds of ground beef-these ended up much thicker than white castle sliders and I followed the recipe exactly. These were a last-minute add-on to the menu so I didn't have buns or rolls so I made my own with a recipe 'Beautiful Burger Buns from the King Arthur Flour website which worked perfectly.

Mary said... #

I made these today for Super Bowl party. So easy and good for a crowd. They tasted really good. I will make these again.

laceylady said... #

I made this a couple days ago and my husband has been taking the left over ones in his lunch, he said they warm well in the microwave. The only changes I made were: used 1.5 lbs meat and I pressed it into a cookie sheet, because we wanted thin burgers. I will forsure be making these again! thanks for the awsome directions

Caroline Musacchia said... #

I used to love these things! I can't wait to make my own! delicious!!!

Rachel R. said... #

I've never had a White Castle burger, but what a great idea to cook the whole thing as one giant patty and then cut it up!

I'm also glad you mentioned the liver, 'cause you gave me the guts to try something I've been pondering for a while. I bought some liver powder (it's just dried liver - comes as a nutritional supplement), with the thought of sprinkling a little into my ground beef when I cook it, to bump up the nutrition. I was afraid of "ruining" the beef, though. If popular burgers can have liver in them, surely that's not the case! (Although I bet adding REAL liver - the non-dried kinds - helps make a moister burger, too!)

bmarie said... #

Fantastic! Even though I have a White Castle about ten minutes away, these are spot on! Hopefully they won't tear my stomach up like WC do! Lol

Anonymous said... #

Awesome recipe. Works great with ground turkey too!

Holly Hagley said... #

I am totally making these tonight! I moved to Cali from Ohio a few years ago, and I only have had the microwave ones since I have been here. So these will offer a great change. Although I dont have the small Kings Hawaaiian bread, so regular size burger buns will have to do for me. But I am NOT complaining! That you for this!

Anonymous said... #

I have these in the oven now. I had all but the buns so I picked up a package of the Pepperidge Farm slider buns. My ground beef is 93% so I hope they will be ok.

Anonymous said... #

I made these and they were delicious! The only thing is that the meat shrinks down while it is cooking in the baking pan so it doesn't make as much as expected

Terry H. said... #

I made these tonight. They were very good, but I did make a few changes. First, I only used 1 lb. of ground beef, and then only used 1/4 c. onions. I cut a piece of waxed paper 13x9 and pressed the beef out on it first, then flipped it over onto the onions in the pan. It worked very well. Next time I think I will put the bun on top of the meat during the last 5 minutes of cooking to soak up some of the juices (fat) and put the cheese on the bun. Overall, the taste was very good.

Sarah Olson said... #

Yumm, these look so good! I must try these soon!

Pamela said... #

I grew up on White Castle but now live in the South where there are none. I was excited to try these! I made them last night and they were delicious. Not exactly like WC, but definitely has the essence of!

I made the recipe as is but the 80/20 chuck shrunk down to half the pan size. I think I might use a leaner beef next time and also use 1 lb instead of 2 lb because the burgers were pretty thick.

Mike said... #

I've only had White Castle once, a year ago in NYC, and it was delicious. Since I can't fly across the country twice a week when I crave them, I'm excited to try this recipe!

Sheila Lehmenkuler said... #

I saw this same recipe on another site and made them a couple of months ago, they are delicious. Better than White Castle and in Ohio we have a bunch of them.

Anonymous said... #

Oh my gosh grew up with White Castle till we moved to Calif and then grew up on Shakeys Pizza, they had the best pizza and grew up on Orange Julius but not at the mall but at Orange Julius stands. Not too many malls when I was growing up in the 50's. Will have to try this receipe cuz only have access to the frozen ones

Anonymous said... #

Tried these tonight. These were excellent! It's surprising how something so simple and easy could taste so good. I've never had White Castle so I could not compare this to them, but they were great. I used the 93/7 ground beef and it was fine.

Anonymous said... #

I did some yesterday but I use a different receipe. I add water to my meat and do it in a pan with real minced onions and a little water to steam. I put a lid over the meat with the minced onions on top of the meat to steam. I make sure the lid is small enough to cover the meat only and not the whole pan. Adding the water to the meat makes it way less greasy and thinner and juicier you would be amazed! I then add the cheese and let it steam a little longer. I also use hawaiian sweet bread rolls. I am from Indiana and I know they steam the burgers not rill them. I will try to do the oven thing and see if it works!

Abby said... #

These are soooooo good. I had one problem though: when I took my meat out of the oven, it had shrunk away from the edges a lot, so the burgers were kind of small. Did I do something wrong?

Monika said... #

Made this tonight and it was yummy! thanks for the recipe!! I think its similar to white castle!

Sandra Sitman said... #

Just came upon this recipe, it was lunchtime and had the ingredients on hand..Shazaam...these are delish