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A History of Sliders | Lamoraga Naples

Posted May 15, 2015

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Who doesn’t love a good slider? They are the perfect food to eat at the bar, during happy hour, or to share with friends. Those tiny burgers are juicy, tender, and just the right amount. Where did sliders come from? Who decided to take the burger and make it mini? Well you’re about to find out!

What is a slider?

Contrary to popular belief, a slider is not necessarily a mini burger. A slider is any sandwich that is served on a small bun. This can include chicken, seafood, anything! The term slider, some say, is because these little sandwiches just “slide” down your throat. But there are some food critics out there that believe the term slider is being misused. Adam Kuban, Editor Emeritus for the website Serious Eats, wrote a piece titled “A Mini Hamburger is Not a Slider”. In the article he stated,

“A slider is something very specific. It is not just a mini hamburger. It’s a thin, thin slip of beef, cooked on a griddle with onions and pickles piled atop patty. The steam from the onions does as much cooking as the griddle. The buns are placed atop the onions, absorbing the pungent aroma and flavor.”

Most are not as critical as Mr.Kuban when it comes to sliders. So whether you want to call your little burger a slider or a mini burger, you won’t get much resistance. That is, unless you happen to be friends with a picky slider critic.

Who invented the slider?

Many believe that White Castle was the first. Their mini burgers, nicknamed sliders, were one of the first on the market. They even copyrighted the name “slyders”. It’s not certain if there is anyone else claiming to have been the first, so for now White Castle claims the invention of the slider.

For all the controversy surrounding sliders, there is no argument over which restaurant has the best in Naples. Lamoraga’s sliders use the finest meat, and are cooked to perfection. Our Iberian Pork Slider is a pork patty wrapped in bacon, topped with grilled onions and a teriyaki aioli. The Beef Slider is topped with havarti cheese, arugula, and au-jus aioli. And if you can’t choose just one, then get our Slider Selection! Come get your slider fix at Lamoraga Naples.