Gameday Sliders

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Hello again, everyone, and WAR EAGLE!  If you have no idea what that phrase means, you probably live outside of the South (and also are probably new to my blog). “War eagle” is the battle cry for my alma mater, Auburn University.  We say it as a greeting or a cheer at football games, weddings, grocery stores…basically anywhere you see a fellow fan.  This particular week, I am super fired up (even more than usual) about my beloved team!  Last week, we had a huge victory over Texas A&M and the seemingly unstoppable Johnny Manziel.  Now we are 6-1 and ranked #11 in the BCS!  WAR EAGLE!  I’m also super pumped because my awesome husband scored us some free tickets to tomorrow’s game.  It’s not a big game or anything, we are playing Florida Atlantic, but it’s my first game this season, and I can’t wait.

Whichever team you cheer for (or even if you don’t cheer for one), I hope you can enjoy these awesome gameday sliders soon!  I’ve had sliders before, and they are just small burgers.  Nothing special about them except they were miniature.  THESE, however, are special.  The recipe definitely uses a unique method for cooking and even some unexpected ingredients.  These are not just your typical burger patties from a grill, on a tiny bun.

The key ingredient is onion soup mix.  I know, I know, onion soup doesn’t exactly sound like the most appetizing burger ingredient, but TRUST ME.  You mix it in the beef, and when it cooks, it makes the burgers so moist and delicious! It’s also packed with flavor and makes it taste like there is gravy mixed into it.

Gameday Sliders

Yields: 12 sliders

Gameday Sliders


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 block (8 ounce) cheddar cheese
  • 1 package, Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 package (12 count) mini hamburger/slider buns (if you can't find these, you can use Hawaiian rolls or dinner rolls)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Shred 1/2 block of the cheddar cheese (should yield about 1 cup). Slice the other half of the cheese block into 12 thin slices and wrap in saran wrap and put back in refrigerator.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, thoroughly mix ground beef, 1 cup shredded cheese, onion soup mix, mayonnaise, and garlic powder.
  3. Press/flatten meat into a well sprayed 9×13 pan to form a thin layer (about 1/4 thick). Bake for approximately 25 minutes until cooked through.
  4. Remove from oven (but leave oven on) and cut meat into 12 squares. Place on buns and top with slices of cheese.
  5. Put the sliders in a large, sprayed baking dish, cover with foil and bake for 10-15 minutes.

Source: Retro Dinner Diva


24 thoughts on “Gameday Sliders

  1. Sounds delicious!
    My Dear Grandaughter and her husband recently came home from Auburn. He played baseball for Auburn.

  2. Once again, you have me looking good! The great thing about most of your recipes (at least the ones I have tried) is they can be altered a bit and still be good. We didn’t have shredded or block cheese. Hubby cut up sliced cheese instead. We also sauteed chopped onions in a bit of butter, in addition to using the onion soup mix. I grew up eating White Castle (Michigan) and Krystle (Georgia) burgers. I could not tell that these were not just as good as either of these restaurants. Thank you, Lindsay!!

    • lindsayballen October 27, 2013 at 11:38 pm - Reply Author

      Why thank you! I’m glad you can modify the recipe and really make it your own. And I’m glad your family liked the sliders!

  3. We have had these sliders four times in the last two weeks, because my family keeps requesting them. Today, it’s sliders for lunch and skinny taco soup for dinner. I cannot thank you enough for the great recipes!!

    • lindsayballen November 15, 2013 at 3:49 pm - Reply Author

      Haha I’m glad your family loves the sliders! And that taco soup is delicious too! Thanks for your encouraging feedback about my recipes 🙂

  4. Wow! These were fantastic! My 13 year-old son loved them and my hubby asked me to make them for Super Bowl Sunday. Didn’t change a thing. They were absolutely perfect. Thanks for the simple and tasty recipe!

  5. Made these last week and they were a hit!! I’m thinking about making them for a freezer meal swap. Do you think I could just assemble it in the pan and cover with foil to freeze??

    • lindsayballen June 22, 2014 at 6:07 pm - Reply Author

      Glad you liked them! I honestly don’t know if they would freeze well because I’v never tried it. If you try it out, let us know if it works!

  6. Happy 2015 Lindsay !! I’ve been meaning to tell you how many people who follow my ‘pins’ on Pinterest have ‘pinned’ this recipe. At least five times a week someone pins it – and often it’s many people who have pinned it. Such as today – when five people (so far) have have pinned this recipe. Good for you girl !! ; o )

    • lindsayballen January 31, 2015 at 1:02 pm - Reply Author

      Aww thanks for sharing, Cecile! That is very encouraging! I’m sure this recipe is being circulated a little more now that the Super Bowl is tomorrow! I hope you’re having a wonderful 2015 so far!

  7. When it says to put the burgers on the bun, top with cheese, cover with foil and put back in the oven, do you put the top bun on? Or do you leave the top bun off until finished in the oven? Going to try this recipe this weekend for the Giants-Patriots game (NYG 💙) and this is not clear to me. Thanks!

  8. I made these for Superbowl yesterday! So good tasting and super easy! My heart almost stopped when I saw that there was shrinkage when they cook, but instead of the 16 2″x3″ pieces I was counting on, I got 12 2″x3″. I used the pizza rolls from Costco, but ran out and used my Hawaiian dinner rolls, which were just as (if not more) delicious. And I didn’t think it really needed condiments. That’s just gilding the lily, eh?

    Everyone wants the recipe, so I’m going to post it on Facebook and extoll its virtues there.

    Thank you for this wonderful Superbowl gift. 🙂

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