Monday, January 11, 2010

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

These Mini White Castle Sliders are a copycat version of the famous little sandwich. I can't guarantee that they taste exact, but my family loves them. 
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 spots that will stick with me forever , Orange Julius at the mall, A & W's baby burgers, Homemade Pretzels from Solvang, Shakey's Pizza Parlor and White Castle Sliders!!

Oh how I loved getting those yummy little burgers. Those were the days!!!! Imagine my excitement when when I came across this recipe for DIY White Castle Sliders.  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. For me that is the best part! I wasn't sure if my kids would eat the onions, so I prepared one side with onions and one without. 
In the end I wished I done the whole pan with onions. They were really good and the kids loved them and didn't even notice the onions were added. I love that they are the perfect size for little hands.  

I feel like this is a pretty good copykat to the original white castle sliders other than the frozen version. I did do a bit of research and found that the patties are steamed baked versus just baked, so maybe next time I will add a small tray or bowl of water in the oven white the patties bake to keep them moise. Let's get started on the recipe. 

Evenly spreading the onions on the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. The original recipe states to re-hydrate the onions, but since we are using 80/20 ground beef I feel like there is enough moisture to soften the onions.  

Gently press the ground beef on top of the onion flakes. Press evenly making one giant hamburger Patty. You can also spread the meat between 2 sheets of parchment or waxed paper using a rolling pin and then add the meat over the onions and peel back the paper. Sprinkle with season salt, pepper and salt.  If you want them thinner use a little bit of a larger baking pan or tray. 

Place in the oven and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. You can add a bowl or small try of water into the oven to steam bake the burgers, but that's up to you. Using a paper towel, pat the excess grease from the top of the patty. (keep in mind using 80/20 ground beef that the meat does shrink down some). 

Top with cheddar or american cheese and return the meat to oven for 2 more minutes to melt the cheese. Heat up the rolls (which is optional) and slice in half. 

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 top of the roll. Serve while hot. 

Yield: 12-15
Author: Tina Butler | Mommy's Kitchen
White Castle Sliders (Copy Kat Recipe)

White Castle Sliders (Copy Kat Recipe)

These Mini White Castle Sliders are a copycat version of the famous little sandwich. I can't guarantee that they taste exact, but my family loves them.
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 25 MinTotal time: 40 Min


  • 1/2 - cup dried onion flakes
  • 2 - pounds ground chuck- 80/20 ground beef
  • 1/2 - teaspoon seasoned salt
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 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


  1. Evenly spread the onions on the bottom of a 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Gently press the ground beef on top of the onion flakes. Press evenly making one giant patty. You can also spread the meat between 2 sheets of parchment or waxed paper using a rolling pin and then add the meat over the onions and peel back the paper. 
  2. Sprinkle with season salt, pepper and salt. At this point some people use a drinking straw and poke holes throughout the meat like a true white castle slider, but that is just a personal preference. 
  3. Place in the oven and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. You can add a bowl or small try of water to steam bake the burgers, but that's up to you. 
  4. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes. Using a paper towel, pat the excess grease from the top of the patty. Keep in mind using 80/20 ground beef the meat does shrink down some.
  5. Top with cheddar or american cheese, return to oven for 2 more minutes. Remove from oven, let set 5 minutes then cut into patties.
  6. 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.
  7. Top each slider with a pickle slice then the bun lid. Serve immediately. Makes 12- 15 sliders depending on how big you cut them.


The best rolls to use are Martin Potato Rolls, Pepperidge Farm or Sara Lee Dinner Rolls. Keep in mind using an 80/20 ground beef the meat will shrink down some from the sides of the baking pan. 

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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 Hook 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.

Susie Buetow 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!

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

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

Elizabeth D. 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 Chefette 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'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!

Ashley Foster 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!

Unknown 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.

Misty Makes 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

Unknown 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!

Unknown 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.

Unknown said... #

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

Dum Spiro Spero 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 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!

Unknown said... #

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

Barbara said... #

Well this week sliders came to mind that...why don't I make them for my kids and well the cookie sheet is in the oven as I write...I can smell the onion a bit I used fresh my neighborhood store didn't have dried onions and well my spice rack had none but crossing my fingers. I could not find Hawaiian roles or any rolls for that matter anywhere so.... I used hotdog buns and cut them in half brushed them lightly with butter and put them in the oven the bread smell is delightful great recipe, I've had the frozen White Castle slider and the aroma is getting there...your wonderful

Unknown said... #

This recipe looks awesome....I have a question though. The picture of the buns looks like you are using the Hawaiian sweet rolls, however the bottom of the recipe recommends different rolls. Can you please tell me, do you Hawaiian rolls? Anyone's ideas would be greatly appreciated as I want to take these to a Super Bowl party tomorrow! TIA

Tina Butler said... #

The rolls I used are the Sara Lee Dinner Rolls. You can use Hawaiian rolls, but they are a sweeter roll.

Tina Butler said... #

The recipe states to use Martin's Potato Bread Party Rolls or Sara Lee Rolls. Not Sara Lee Hawaiian rolls. The original recipe used king hawaiian rolls and was too sweet, so the recipe was changed to reflect. This is also stated in the cooks note at the end of the recipe. Please refer to the full recipe and cooks note at the end of the post. You are going off the step by step directions which is just a quick overview.

Unknown said... #

These are a real comfort food--not only do they taste delicious, but they take me back to some good memories...making them again tonight!

fatboyslimsmom said... #

I like those as well especially for work. I get a 6 count box and leave in fridge at work. I'm going to try making this recipe at home though to save some money lol.

Jen Bloom said... #
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Jen Bloom said... #

These were fantastic! I used coarse salt and ground pepper. Lovely with bacon as well - thank you!

Anonymous said... #

I read most, not all of the comments, so I hope this info isn't a repeat. I make these and use hot dog buns. Just cut off the rounded ends and then cut the bun in half - it is the perfect slider size. One pack of buns will make 16 sliders, pretty thrifty. I also use the handle of a wooden spoon to make 4 to 5 holes in each patty. The spoon works better for me because the straw will get plugged up with hamburger. I also put one to two dill chips on each burger(which I scored to size), then the cheese. During the last few minutes I place the bun, bottom half against the cheese and cover with foil. I think the steamed bun adds to the taste.

Mendy said... #

Can I use fresh onions?

Linda Abernathy said... #

I had made these before and they were good but I could not remember what the "weird" ingredient was and then it dawned on me, it was a tbls of peanut butter. I was tempted to leave it out when I made them but I used it and it was very good. Think I might make these again! PS I also heard about the baby food but never tried that because I think it was veal babyfood which I don't even think they even make anymore.

Toni said... #

Any suggestions on making these in bulk for a grad party. They will dry out and get cold if made too soon

Unknown said... #

I worked at white castle and if you take your minced onions double the amount of onions, and soak them in water like they do, then place you meat between wax paper, using a rolling pin roll the meat thin. Place your rolls on top of the meat(still with wax paper on) cut the burgers about 1 inch bigger than the bun/roll.Using a hot skillet once the onions are no longer dehydrated scoop some onions into the skillet burgers next (one by one) shake some salt and pepper and put the bottom bun then top bun on meat and cook. Yes the burger will completely be cooked. And you have a real white castle burger. Thanks.

Connie said... #

It doesn't have to be dried onions does it? Will minced fresh onion be just as good? Or even blended with the meat?

Erin said... #

OMG!!! I grew up on Navy bases in the south, and we had Krystal Burgers too!! I’d had White Castle before and many times after, but Krystal’s were almost the same! I never saw one outside of Pensacola though. I’m now in Iowa and the closest White Castle is in Minneapolis! So, I live with the frozen kind, and the homemade variety!
Thank you for a new recipe to try on this Super Bowl Sunday!