Just because I’ve been a vegetarian for the majority of my life doesn’t mean I only eat rabbit food. Who doesn’t like to have a flavorful, buttery, juicy, carb-ey, slider every now and then? These Mini burgers are packed with flavor and use ingredients that are available at almost every grocery store.
Great as a main course or appetizers for game day (yes, vegetarians also like Football), You will probably need to make a double batch to keep up with demand.
Plus, you don’t need a food processor or other fancy kitchen equipment.
They make quick and easy dinners everyone in the family will love. Literally, the hardest part is waiting for them to finish cooking in the oven.
The Inspiration for my Vegetarian Sliders
Most people have heard of veggie burgers, but a slider is different. They are smaller and messier. And more addictive. You might be satisfied after just one burger, but want 3 or even 4 sliders before you are done. Sliders aren’t just mini burgers – they have different toppings and a distinct flavor combination that is, well, different.
Technically sliders are made by using a cube of ground and putting it on a hot grill. It is then pushed down with a metal spatula or a potato masher to flatten it. It can have cheese, and that is added when the patty is flipped. Otherwise, it is cooked and placed on a small bun that has not been toasted but instead steamed to warm up. Regular hamburger buns are not used.
I used the amazing Beyond Meat Ground. This is a ground beef substitute. I wish there was another name for this product instead of comparing it to meat – we need a new English word for this kind of thing. Don’t you think so, too?
I took some of the best parts of the traditional slider recipe and made it vegetarian. I hope you like it.
What I love about Veggie Sliders
These were a combination between a regular slider and sloppy joes. They are just the right size to hold in your hand, and while not a complete meal, they go great with a side salad or homemade fries or even a second light main course like a quiche.
The herb and butter mix that is brushed (or poured) over the top adds a flavorful kick, and the soft pillowy buns hold the veggie meat, cheese, and dressing all together perfectly.
Also, you don’t need a lot of pots and pans for this recipe. The only thing you really need is a large nonstick skillet, as you can wrap the assembled sliders in tin foil. No need for a prepared baking sheet. You don’t even need a large bowl!
The Special Detail
The Hawaiian rolls make the perfect slider buns. I also really like the use of Ranch dressing instead of Ketchup of something else.
Also, the best way to cook these is to put the entire slab of sliders onto a baking tray and cover with tin foil. It’s not needed, but it keeps the buns light and airy, and fluffy and moist.
Obviously, I chose to not make a patty but just put ground veggie meat right on the buns which got held together by a lot of cheese. So yummy!
Substitutions and Alterations
- Gluten-Free option – lettuce instead of buns.
- Vegan Option – To make Vegan sliders, this recipe needs substantial adjustments – You will need to get different buns. King’s Hawaiian rolls are vegetarian but not vegan. Also, you will need your own dressing. The ranch dressing would need to be adjusted, as well as the cheese. A great sub for the ranch dressing is a good vegan bbq sauce, vegan worcestershire sauce, or you could use your own homemade dressing
- Carnivore Option – Go to White Castle.
You could also use red onions or even a sweet Hawaiian Onion if you wanted, It all depends on what you prefer.
If you like your food a bit spicier, add some chili powder to the ground meat while it cooks.
These veggie sliders are obviously best when eaten fresh, but are good for up to a day or so when wrapped up and stored in the fridge. They don’t need to be re-heated when eating later, and in fact, they are very tasty day-old out of the fridge. Almost addictively so!
What goes well with Vegetarian Sliders?
Oddly enough I like black beans with my sliders. Am I weird? Sure. I also would pair this with some healthy sweet potatoes fries or even a fresh cabbage slaw.
Vegetarian Sliders Recipe
I started with a package of Beyond Meat Plant-Based Ground, a diced onion, some cilantro, and dill (for seasoning). this all went into a large skillet on medium-high heat with some olive oil until it had all cooked – about 10 minutes or so. Season it with black pepper, and a little bit of salt. I find the Beyond Meat to not need too much seasoning.
While that was cooking I prepared the dinner rolls. This step was easy, For this recipe, I used King’s Hawaiian rolls. They came in a package of 12, and I just cut the entire block of them in half lengthwise like it was one big giant bun.
First I spread down a layer of Ranch Dressing on the bottom buns. I made sure they had a complete and even (but light coat). Then I added all the beyond meat substitutes that had been cooking with the onions and seasoning. this was also spread edge to edge. Since I didn’t take apart the buns from each other it was like a big slab of bread that I covered.
Then a layer of sliced green onion, and a very generous layer of cheese. I used shredded Mozarella, but you. can use any kind you like.
The top layer of buns went on after that.
Next, for that little extra something, I melted about 4 tablespoons of butter and added some chopped garlic and fresh chopped cilantro. This herb butter mixture was brushed (with a food paintbrush) over the top of each roll. Then a layer of tin foil was used to wrap the entire thing.
The delicious dinner went into a 350° oven for just 10 minutes, and let me tell you the smells in the kitchen were amazing!
Veggie Sliders Recipe
- 1 pkg Beyond Meat Ground
- ½ C Fresh Cilantro Chopped
- 1 tbsp Dill
- ¼ C Green Onion
- 2 Cloves Garlic Minced
- ¼ C Butter Melted
- 2 C Cheese Grated
- 1 pkg Hawaiin Rolls 12-count
- ¼ C Ranch Dressing
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- Start by preheating the oven to 350° F
- In a large skillet over medium heat add the olive oil and add the onion, beyond beef, and dill.
- Stirring occassionally cook until onions are softened and the beyond beef has browned and cooked.
- Remove the entire block of buns from the package and carefully split lenhwise.
- Place the bottom half of the buns onto a baking sheet.
- Add the ranch dressing and spread edge to edge
- Add the cooked beyond beef and spread edge to edge
- Add chopped green onions and cheese and spread edge to edge
- Put top of rolls on (like assembling a sandwich)
- Prepare herb butter mxiture. Add garlic and cilantro to melted butter
- Pour, spoon, or brush butter mixture onto top of buns
- Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 10 MinutesRemove and Enjoy!
Honestly, this is one of my easy recipes for any level cook. It comes together so fast, and these little sandwiches are a great main or side dish, or even finger foods. Next time you have a craving for a good veggie burger, think of these meat-free sliders instead.