There are few foods in the world that compare to the simple comfort and taste of a slider burger. Maybe it’s the nostalgia behind sitting at the counter and enjoying the sights and smells of burgers being made. Maybe it’s the no-frills ease of the ingredients wrapped in paper to go. But one thing is for certain: not all sliders are the same. True sliders are cooked on a flat top, smashed thin, and served simply. Forget fancy, gourmet sliders. While they have their place in the culinary world, traditional sliders still reign supreme and are second to none. These places are making the best ones in Metro Detroit.
A staple in the Farmington area, Greene’s just celebrated their 65th anniversary of making sliders in their third, and only standing, location. Typically open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, there seems to always be someone inside enjoying a bite to eat. The sliders have been the same as they were in the beginning: beef, grilled onions, pickles, and mustard.
Location: 24115 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington
With two locations in Farmington Hills and Livonia, Bates’ has been serving up sliders in their family-owned restaurants since 1959. They pride themselves on using fresh ingredients that are delivered to the restaurants daily. Not only can you sit inside or get carry-out, but they also offer delivery through DoorDash.
Locations: 33406 Five Mile Road, Livonia and 22291 Middlebelt Road, Farmington Hills
The tiny diner on Woodward Avenue is packed with tons of history since first opening in 1952. The true sign of a Hunter House slider is the onions are smashed into the burger and the buns are always steamed. Their baker, butcher, and pickle maker are all locally based in Detroit and their other ingredients come from other local and family-owned businesses as well.
Location: 35705 Woodward Avenue, Birmingham
Even though Motz’s was not the original name, it’s been in the same location and serving up the same sliders since 1929. Their commitment to community and friendly service is what truly sets them apart. According to FoodandWine.com, Motz’s has the best burger in all of Michigan so this place is definitely not to be missed.
Location: 7208 West Fort Street, Detroit
Telway Hamburgers, better known as simply The Telway, will propel you back in time from the moment you step inside. What makes The Telway unique is their steam cooking method, where the sliders are cooked by draping a towel over them. Their restaurant is open 24 hours a day, you can get your slider fix any time.
Location: 27000 John R. Road, Madison Heights
Newer to the Detroit slider scene with only 12 years of history under its belt, Little Brothers Burgers has a wide variety of menu items but their sliders stay true to tradition. Their sliders are always cooked and served fresh. If you can’t make it out to their brick and mortar location, check out one of their food trucks which are wildly popular in the summer months.
Location: 201 West 4th Street, Royal Oak
Sonny’s Hamburgers has been a Detroit staple for over 50 years. Their simple and delicious sliders are served with grilled onions, pickles, ketchup, and mustard. They guarantee each slider will be love at first bite and that you’ll absolutely be back for more.
Location: 20001 Schoolcraft Road, Detroit