Traditional New York sliders recipe

By: Nikki and Jordan Shearer

Check out this recipe for traditional New York sliders by Masterchef NZ runners-up Nikki and Jordan Shearer.

New _York _sliders

Makes 14 sliders

These sliders hail from 1930s era New York, and make for wonderfully soft, squishy, and flavoursome burgers. The secret lies in steaming the meat and buns on a rich bed
of onions. Delicious!


  • 4 onions, finely diced
  • 2 Tbsp flaky sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 500g beef mince
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • Aged cheddar, 16 squared slices
  • 14 slider buns, halved

To serve

  • American mustard
  • Tomato sauce
  • sliced gherkins, 2-3 per slider


  1. Mix finely diced onions with 2 Tbsp flaky sea salt.
  2. Heat oil in a deep frying pan with lid.
  3. Add onions and cook on medium-low, stirring often, until soft and starting to brown.
  4. Add 1 tsp water at a time if onions start to dry out.
  5. Mix mince well with egg, paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, breadcrumbs and salt and pepper.
  6. Mould mince into palm size patties approximately 1 cm thick.
  7. In the pan, arrange onions in patty size piles, placing your patties on top.
  8. Place a slice of cheese on top of each patty.
  9. Then, place the bottom slider bun on top of the patties, cut-side down, pressing down slightly.
  10. Place the other half of each bun on top of these, cut side up.
  11. Add 1-2 Tbsp water to the pan and cook covered on low for 10 minutes, or until meat is cooked.
  12. Put bun tops aside and put a little mustard and tomato sauce on them.
  13. Remove the slider bottoms, patties, cheese and onions from the pan with a fish slice. Place the right way up.
  14. Spoon any leftover onions from the pan onto the patties.
  15. Assemble sliders with some gherkins and the slider top. Press down slightly.
  16. Devour.

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