Big Mac Sliders with homemade Big Mac Special Sauce are perfect for game day or a party. Use slider buns, Hawaiian Rolls, or dinner rolls to make this tasty appetizer.
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What Makes Big Mac Sliders Perfect To Serve for a Crowd?
In most of the world, you can easily find a McDonald's and the chain's most famous burger: The Big Mac. Although Big Macs differ in various countries, they all deliver that classic Big Mac flavor.
This Big Mac Sliders recipe offers the same big taste everyone loves in a miniature version. The diminutive size of these sliders means they make the ideal snack and are perfect for a party.
What Makes This Recipe So Good?
Besides their party-friendly size, these sliders give you a good ratio of meat and fixings to bread. Since real Big Macs have three buns and thin patties, the beef flavor can disappear into the background. But not with these burgers!
Make a bunch of these super-simple sliders for your next get-together, and you may discover that bigger isn't always better!
Mini Big Mac Sliders Ingredients
For the special sauce, you'll need:
- Dill pickle relish
- White sugar
- Thousand Island dressing
For the burger, you'll need:
- Ground chuck, 80/20
- Ground black pepper
For assembling the sliders, you'll need
- Dehydrated minced onion soaked in water
- Lettuce, shredded
- Sliced American cheese, divided
- Dill pickle slices
- Butter, melted
- Slider buns
- Sesame seeds, optional
You can use finely minced fresh onions instead of rehydrated onions if you prefer.
How To Make Homemade Big Mac Sliders
To make the special sauce:
- Whisk together the mayo, dill pickle relish, white sugar, and Thousand Island dressing in a bowl.
- Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge while preparing the rest of the recipe. The special sauce will keep covered in the refrigerator for a week.
To prepare and cook the burgers:
- Divide the meat into 12 equal portions.
- Wet your hands and form patties that are slightly wider than the buns you are using.
- Let the patties rest for about ten minutes before cooking to help keep the burgers from crumbling when they are cooking.
- While the patties are resting, heat a pan or griddle over medium-high heat.
- Place the patties on the cooking surface. Season the patties with salt and ground black pepper.
- Cook the patties without touching them until juices start to collect on the surface, about two to three minutes. Flip the patties over and season with salt and ground black pepper. Cook the patties for another minute or two.
- Remove the cooked patties from the heat and rest them on a wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet.
To assemble the burgers:
- Separate the buns and brush the inside of each half with butter.
- Toast the buns lightly.
- Line up the toasted bottom buns in a row.
- Spread a little special sauce on each bottom bun, and sprinkle on a few rehydrated onions.
- Place one cooked patty on the onions and cover with a quarter of a slice of American cheese.
- Add two dill pickle slices
- Place some shredded lettuce on top.
- Spread more special sauce on the top bun and place it on the lettuce.
- An optional step is brushing the outside of the top bun with more melted butter and then sprinkling it with sesame seeds for that authentic look.
A Big Mac Sliders Hawaiian Rolls Version
Swapping standard slider buns for King's Hawaiian Rolls adds a hint of sweetness that goes well with the saltiness of these sliders.
What You Can Serve These With
The classics are the best here. Serve these homemade Big Mac Sliders with fries and soft drinks.
You don't need special equipment to make these burgers, but a large two-burner griddle pan, allows you to make all the burgers at once without overcrowding a pan.
How To Store the Leftovers
Lay the cooked burger patties in a single layer on waxed paper. Place another sheet of waxed paper on top. Put the patties in a sealed bag and keep them in the fridge or freezer. Use refrigerated patties within two days and frozen patties within two months.
You can keep the fixings in the fridge for up to two days.
What's the Best Way to Reheat Mini Big Mac Sliders
Although it may not be the most conventional way of reheating burgers, steaming them in a pan on the stove is an excellent method to try. The steam warms the meat without drying out the tiny patties.
To steam thawed burgers:
- Heat a pan over medium-high heat.
- Grease the pan lightly.
- Place the burger patties in the center of the hot pan. Pour a few tablespoons of water around, but not on, the patties. Cover the pan immediately.
- Let the patties steam for about a minute. Uncover the pan carefully to avoid getting burned.
- Assemble the Big Mac Sliders as above.
Big Mac Sliders
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
- ½ teaspoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons Thousand Island dressing
- 2 pounds ground chuck
- 1 tablespoon dehydrated minced onion or fresh
- 1 cup shredded lettuce
- 4 slices of American cheese
- 24 dill pickle slices
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- 1 tablespoon sesame seed
- 12 slider buns
- Combine all the sauce ingredients and mix well.
- Let stand for at least 20 minutes.
- Begin by adding about 1 tablespoon of warm water to the dehydrated minced onion.
- Turn your oven or toaster oven to the broiler function.
- Cut the slider buns in half if they are not pre-sliced. Place the buns cut side up on a baking sheet. Brush the buns lightly with the melted butter and put them under the broiler until they just begin to toast. Remove the buns from the oven and set aside.
- Form the ground chuck into 12 equally sized patties and season both sides liberally with salt and ground black pepper.
- Place a stainless-steel or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the patties in the skillet for 2 to 3 minutes on the first side, flip, and cook for 1 to 2 minutes on the other side.
- To assemble the burgers, place the bottom buns on a serving platter. Spread a bit of the Big Mac sauce on each bottom bun, along with a small spoonful of minced onions. Add a burger patty to each bun and top the patty with cheese, two pickle slices, and shredded lettuce. Spread some Big Mac sauce on the top buns and place them down over the burgers. Brush some additional melted butter over the top buns and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve immediately.