Game Day Sliders

Are you ready for some football??? How about some grilled awesomeness, topped with your favorite, finger-licking good condiments? This is what it means to be an American… To help our favorite team to victory. To meet with friends and family and share in cheers and jeers. To know what it means to get up at dawn in order to get the best spot to tailgate. WE love football (and no we don’t mean soccer). We also definitely know how to eat well on our game days. Everything to go and easy to eat. We know how to transport an entire meal for 20 in one cooler. AND…we know how to eat hamburgers in one bite. I call it the 30 second “yum”. These sliders are awesome game day grub. Fire up the grill, because you won’t want to be missing these little guys. They may sound fancy, but they taste and look All-American.

Seriously though, is anyone else really excited for the football season to start this year? In our household, everyone seems to be a part of game day. Whether it is simply getting ready for the big game, setting up the right TV station (if watching from home), or cooking lots of tasty football appetizer treats, everyone is involved on game day. This year is a new chapter in our family’s football life. It marks the end of my brother’s college football days and has had us all anticipating his NFL beginnings. He is interning right now and very soon finds out if he gets to stay on with the team this year. We all have our fingers crossed! Go David!! :)

Game Day Sliders

makes about 8 sliders

Prep-Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 pound premium ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons diced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • kosher salt and black pepper to taste (about 1/2 teaspoon each)
  • 4 ounces grated Gruyere
  • 8 mini hamburger buns (small brioche buns work too)
  • 4 ounces baby arugula
  • 2 roma tomatoes sliced
  • 1/2 red onion sliced
  • ketchup


  1. Place the ground beef in a large bowl and add dijon mustard, olive oil, thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix ingredients together. Do not mash together, just combine. Then, create mini patties (about 2-inches across). Make them equal size and thickness.
  2. Let the grill get to medium heat. Add patties and grill until medium rare. About 4-5 minutes. Add grated Gruyere when there is only about 2 minutes or so until your patties are done. Close the grill lid and allow cheese to melt. Remove patties when finished onto plate. Next, add sliced buns to grill. Grill each half for a few seconds.
  3. On each bun place baby arugula, tomato slice, onion, and ketchup. Then add grilled patty. Cover with top bun and Serve hot.

Source: modified from The Food Network, Barefoot Contessa.

The Fresh Fridge Tip: Perhaps I should already know this…but when we tried these guys out, I made the initial mistake of making them too small. The patties shrink a little on the grill. So, I recommend making sure these are at least 2 inches across when making the uncooked patties.

14 Responses to “Game Day Sliders”

  1. Brandon G. says:

    Sliders are one of my favorite things in the world! We’ll have to have a sliders party or showdown sometime before it gets too cold.

    • Megan says:

      Brandon, I have heard really good things about your sliders, they sound delicious! Not sure if I could handle the whopping defeat I would take in a showdown against you…but a sliders party is a must. I am hungry just thinking about it! :)

  2. Michelle says:

    Just picked up some little rolls to make sliders for the kiddos. : )

  3. i absolutely CANNOT wait for football this weekend! like i kind of want to take Friday off to prep :)

  4. Great blog! I really like your photos.

    MMMM sliders… I’m not a football fan but I love me some game food!

  5. momgateway says:

    sliders are always welcome in my home…son loves them specially!

  6. grace says:

    mmm…i love sliders! why can’t every day be game day? answer: women would all be obese and men would all be raving testosterone-driven lunatics. :)

  7. Mimi says:

    I love sliders, you can satisfy your craving for hamburgers and still have room for all of the other foods on the table.
    Good luck to your brother.

    • Mimi, I like your thinking! I think the “mini” part of football food is one of my favorite aspects, since I always want to try everything! Thanks, we know he is going to do great! :)