Mini Burgers: Metro D’s Classic & Unique Sliders

By: Amber Ogden | February 6, 2015
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When it comes to sliders, Detroit knows what’s up. Mini burgers are somewhat of a staple ‘round these parts, and whether you enjoy a classic (i.e. Bray’s), or a something a little more off the wall (like tuna sliders from a fancy establishment), you’ll find one to suit your tastes.

Before we proceed, I’d just like to point out that since there are so many slider joints in the Metro Detroit area, it would be impossible to include them all. Also, we covered part one of this topic several years back, so please revisit that after giving this a thorough read through. Now, let’s talk about some seriously good sliders!

Hunter House Hamburgers, with locations in Birmingham and Ann Arbor, is known for having “Michigan’s original slider,” so it should certainly be on your list of burgers to try. This slider joint was established over 60 years ago!

Hamburger and cheeseburger sliders are served topped with grilled onions, ketchup, mustard and dill pickles. Both can be ordered as a double or triple, and with extra toppings like bacon and jalapeños.

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The recently opened Ann Arbor location has a bit more of an expanded menu, and includes a veggie burger slider, lamb burger slider and chicken and waffle slider.

Motz’s Burgers, 7208 West Fort St., Detroit, makes its sliders with fresh, never frozen, 100 percent beef patties that are hand-formed every day.

Sliders include the hamburger, cheeseburger, double hamburger and double cheeseburger, each of which is topped with onions, ketchup, mustard and pickles. With a side of fries, onion rings, battered mushrooms or cheese sticks, your stomach will be very happy with you.

There are also several big burgers on the menu, but you’re there for the sliders, aren’t you?

The Burger Spot, 550 Forest Ave. Ste. 3, Plymouth, has some of the best full-sized burgers around, so of course you should try the sliders, too. Hamburger and cheeseburger sliders are served with onion, pickle and special slider sauce. Order just a single, or a sack of six. You also have the option to double your slider patty for an extra $1.20.

And because not all of us out there are beef eaters, you may be interested in trying the fried fish sliders or chicken tender sliders, available in increments of three or five, with or without fries.

Speaking of fries, do yourself a favor and order a side of garlic Parmesan fries, loaded fries (with bacon, green onions, Cheddar cheese and sour cream) or chili cheese fries.

Basement Burger Bar, with locations in Farmington and Canton, has one of the best and easiest ways to build your own burger around. However, if you’re just there for the sliders, you’ll find them under the menu’s “basement starters.”

The mini burgers, also known as sliders, are three tiny burgers topped with the restaurant’s homemade smoked barbecue ketchup, grilled onions and sharp Cheddar cheese. They make a great appetizer, or build your meal around these baby burgers and add a side of beer battered fries, tater tots or sweet potato fries with cinnamon butter.

Seeburger’s Cheeseburgers, with locations in Roseville and Mount Clemens, has a wide variety of sliders on its menu, all of which are very popular. Try the ground beef (with caramelized onions and American cheese), ground turkey (with caramelized onions and Swiss cheese), chicken (regular or spicy buffalo with American cheese) or fish (with American cheese and tartar sauce). The sandwich itself will only cost you just over a buck, or get yourself a combo, which consists of two sliders, fries and a drink for $6.36.

Sliders can also be ordered by the dozen or half dozen, should you be really hungry or buying for a group. Super sliders are also on the menu, which include a Cajun salmon (Atlantic salmon with lettuce, tomato and red onion) and Big Clem burger (an original double hamburger with American cheese, lettuce, Thousand Island dressing and an onion ring). Both are available as combos or just the sandwich alone.

No matter which slider joint in southeast Michigan is your favorite, I think there’s one thing we can all agree on: small-sized burgers are beloved in Metro Detroit, and it’s up to you, dear reader, to sample them all. Good luck!