Big Mac Sliders

March 21, 2022
Enjoy the classic flavors of a Big Mac in adorable little slider form! Big Mac Sliders are loaded with fabulous flavor, and taste amazingly like their "big burger" inspiration. Serve them up as an easy dinner main dish, or as a perfectly delicious party and game day snack.

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I, for one, love a Big Mac. And given the success of this classic burger favorite, I know I'm not alone. There's just something magical about the flavor combination of that ground beef patty, pickles, cheese, and signature special sauce. -- All served up on that sesame seed bun, of course. 

So when it comes to these tasty little Big Mac Sliders, I'm all-in. Mini Big Macs in adorable slider form? -- Oh yes, please.

These sliders are a mash-up of our easy Cheeseburger Sliders recipe and our very favorite Big Mac Salad, and were the brain-child of our Big Mac-loving 12 year-old daughter. We were enjoying Big Mac salads for dinner one night when she wondered aloud, "Hey, could you turn this salad into Big Mac sliders?" -- And so we did.

Big Mac Sliders are loaded with fabulous flavor, and taste amazingly like their "big burger" inspiration.

With the simple method used of baking the burger patties in a 9x13-inch pan, Big Mac Sliders are ridiculously easy to make and can be ready from start-to-serve in about 30 minutes. Whip them up for a super easy dinner, or as the perfect party and game day snack.

What's to Love About This Recipe?
  • Fabulous Big Mac flavor - Big Mac sauce, ground beef patties, pickles, and cheese combine to deliver up that fabulous Big Mac flavor we love.
  • Ridiculously easy - When we say these sliders are easy, we mean it. Simply bake the ground beef in a 9x13-inch pan, top, slice into burgers with a pizza cutter, and stuff the buns to serve.
  • Quick - Have a platter ready in all of about 30 minutes from start to serve.
  • A crowd pleaser - I mean, they're mini Big Macs. -- They're absolutely sure to please.
  • Perfect for dinner or as party fare - Whip them up as a super easy dinner, or as the perfect party and game day snack.
  • Easily scalable for a crowd - Want to serve a bunch? -- Not a problem. Just bake up a couple pans at once.

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    Big Mac Sliders Ingredients:

    There are two main components to Big Mac Sliders -- the burgers themselves and the Big Mac special sauce. Both are super easy to make.

    To whip up the burgers, you'll need:

    • Ground beef - Leaner ground beef works best in this recipe. We recommend choosing 85/15 or 90/10 for the best result.

    • Onion - A small sprinkling of finely chopped onion in the bottom of the pan nicely seasons the ground beef as it bakes.

    • American cheese - Basic or deluxe American cheese slices you buy in the refrigerator section of the grocery store or cut-to-order slices from the deli all work just fine for this recipe.

    • Pickle slices - Two round dill pickle slices on top of each slider burger help create that classic Big Mac taste.

    • Romaine lettuce - Shred Romain lettuce to mimic the shredded lettuce topping of a classic Big Mac. Romaine does work best in this instance, however, other types of lettuce can be used in a pinch.

    • Kings Hawaiian rolls - The perfect slider rolls. We prefer Kings Hawaiian savory rolls for Big Mac sliders, however Kings Hawaiian sweet rolls or other small dinner rolls also work.

    • Butter & sesame seeds (optional) - Brush melted butter on top of the slider rolls to adhere a sprinkling of those signature Big Mac sesame seeds. Big Macs are served up on a sesame seed bun, after all!

    • Salt & pepper - A simple sprinkling of salt and pepper seasons and enhances the ground beef's flavor.

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    For the Big Mac sauce, you'll need:

    • Thousand Island dressing - Forms the base of the sauce, bringing that signature Big Mac flavor to the sliders.

    • White vinegar - Cuts the sweetness of the Thousand Island dressing, making it taste more authentically like a Big Mac.

    • Onion powder - Also cuts the sweetness of the Thousand Island dressing and nicely seasons the sauce.

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    How to Make Big Mac Sliders:

    It's truly easy to whip up a pan of Big Mac Sliders.

    To get started, stir together some Thousand Island dressing, white vinegar, and onion powder to make the signature Big Mac sauce. The vinegar and onion powder cut down the Thousand Island's sweetness and make it taste more authentically like true Big Mac sauce than it does on its own.

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    Then get the burgers started by sprinkling some chopped onion in the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish. Place some ground beef on top of the onion and press it down firmly (I use my hands) until the ground beef makes an even layer completely covering the bottom of the pan.

    Season the beef with a sprinkling of salt and pepper.

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    Pop the pan in the oven and bake the ground beef for about 15-18 minutes until it's cooked through.

    Once the ground beef is cooked, lay out American cheese slices to cover the entire top. Then place 12 dollops of Big Mac sauce on top of the cheese slices, spacing them evenly in a 3x4 grid (3 dollops across the short side of the pan, and 4 dollops across the long side of the pan) to create 12 slider patties.

    Place 2 pickle slices on top of each Big Mac sauce dollop.

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    Next, use a pizza cutter to cut the topped burgers into 12 squares.

    Cutting Slider Patty Squares with a Pizza Cutter Image

    Brush the tops of a package of Kings Hawaiian rolls with melted butter and sprinkle them with sesame seeds. Place both the tops and bottoms of the rolls on a baking sheet and pop them in the oven for about 3-4 minutes to warm the rolls through and adhere the sesame seeds.

    Once the rolls are warmed and the burgers are topped and cut, place a slider patty in each roll and top each burger with a little shredded lettuce.

    Then you're good to go with enjoying the mini Big Mac deliciousness.

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    Recipe FAQs:

    • What is the best type of ground beef to use to make Big Mac sliders? - This Big Mac slider recipe works best with leaner types of ground beef. We recommend 85/15 or 90/10 ground beef for the best result. Fuller-fat ground beef creates too much grease and shrinks too much as it bakes.

    • Can I bake the slider patties on a sheet pan to make a larger batch? - Absolutely. To make 24 sliders, you can simply double the recipe ingredients and bake two 9x13-inch pans at once. Or, press the meat out on a larger 13x18-inch sheet pan.

    • Can Big Mac sliders be made ahead of time? - This is a time when we say fresh-made is best. If Big Mac sliders are made ahead, refrigerated, and reheated, the lettuce topping will wilt unpleasantly and the rolls will dry out. That being said, if you do need to prepare at least a little of these ahead of time, we recommend baking the ground beef and refrigerating the cooked burger "slab" until needed. At the time of serving, reheat the ground beef in the microwave, top with the cheese and condiments, and assemble on freshly-warmed slider rolls.

    • Can I just use straight Thousand Island dressing on my Big Mac Sliders instead of mixing up the Big Mac sauce? - Yes, you can absolutely use straight Thousand Island dressing on your Big Mac Sliders, and they'll still taste delicious. Mixing the Thousand Island dressing with onion powder and vinegar to make special Big Mac sauce cuts the sweetness of the Thousand Island dressing and makes it taste more authentically like a Big Mac.

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    Big Mac Sliders

    Big Mac Sliders

    Enjoy the classic flavors of a Big Mac in adorable little slider form! Big Mac Sliders are loaded with fabulous flavor, and taste amazingly like their "big burger" inspiration. Serve them up as an easy dinner main dish, or as a perfectly delicious party and game day snack.
    Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 15 MinTotal time: 30 Min

    Ingredients

    For the Big Mac Sauce:
    • 1/2 c. Thousand Island dressing
    • 1/2 tsp. white vinegar
    • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
    For the Sliders:
    • 1 & 1/2 lbs. ground beef
    • 1/4 c. finely chopped onion
    • 6 slices American cheese
    • 24 round pickle slices
    • about 1 c. shredded Romaine lettuce
    • 1 (12-pack) Kings Hawaiian savory rolls
    • 1 T. butter, melted
    • sesame seeds
    • salt & pepper

    Instructions

    Prepare the Big Mac Sauce:
    1. In a small bowl, stir together Thousand Island dressing, white vinegar, and onion powder.
    2. Set aside.
    Prepare the Sliders:
    1. Sprinkle onion in the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish. Place ground beef on top of onions and press down firmly (I use my hands) until ground beef makes an even layer completely covering the bottom of the pan. Season ground beef with a sprinkling of salt and pepper.
    2. Bake at 400℉ for 15-18 minutes until ground beef is cooked through.
    3. While ground beef bakes, use a serrated knife to slice rolls open horizontally. Brush tops with melted butter and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Place both tops and bottoms of the rolls on a cookie or baking sheet lightly coated with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
    4. Once ground beef is cooked, thoroughly pour off grease from the pan.
    5. Place sliced rolls in oven and bake for 3-4 minutes while you place toppings on the burgers.
    6. Top cooked ground beef with American cheese slices.
    7. Place 12 dollops of Big Mac sauce on top of the cheese slices, spacing them evenly in a 3x4 grid (3 dollops across the short side of the pan, and 4 dollops across the long side of the pan) to create 12 slider patties. Place 2 pickle slices on top of each Big Mac sauce dollop.
    8. With a pizza cutter, cut beef into 12 squares.
    9. Remove rolls from oven. Place a slider patty on the bottom of each roll, top with shredded lettuce, and place on tops of rolls.
    TRACEY'S NOTES:
    1. Mixing Thousand Island dressing with onion powder and vinegar to make the Big Mac sauce cuts the sweetness of the Thousand Island dressing and makes it taste more authentically like a Big Mac. However, you can use straight Thousand Island dressing if you'd like, and your Big Mac Sliders will still taste totally delicious.
    2. For the best result, use 85/15 or 90/10 ground beef. The ground beef will shrink away from the pan edges as it bakes, ending up as a slab almost perfectly-sized to fit the Kings Hawaiian rolls. Ground beef with a higher fat content will shrink too much.
    3. We prefer these sliders with Kings Hawaiian Savory Rolls, but Kings Hawaiian Sweet Rolls can be used just fine, instead, if you'd like.
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    7 comments

    1. 2 thumbs up. They look like a big crowd pleaser to me. Hubby would absolutely love these with a strip of bacon besides, along with a big basket of homemade onion rings.
      Thank YOu

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      1. Thank you! Bacon sounds excellent. Next time I make them I will try some with bacon. These started as a game day snack but they are too good and easy to wait unit game day.

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    2. Just yum. Pinned! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party. Hope you have a great week!

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    3. These look delicious! Thanks for sharing with us on Happiness is Homemade on LifeasaLEOWife.com! I'd love to have you come share on my newest link party, Crafty Creators. It's open Thursdays at 6 am CST thru Mondays at 11:59pm. I think our readers of that party would love this post as well.
      XOXO,
      Niki

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    4. This hit all my hamburger buttons since I love the taste of a Big Mac and this looks so simple to prepare. Thanks for sharing.

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