If there is one topic that Metro Detroiters universally agree upon, it is that this geographic area has some of the most delicious and iconic slider restaurants anywhere in the state or nation.
Loyalties are fierce, and arguments quickly break out in person as well as on social media when people debate which tiny hamburger is best. Truly, every diner or eatery has its own specialty, and they’re all pretty amazing when you’re hungry and looking for a pint-sized, protein-packed meal.
What is a slider? Metro Detroiters typically describe it as a simple hamburger patty, traditionally made with ground beef, with few condiments on a white bun. The size is about a third of a traditional hamburger, making them bite sized for the right person. Otherwise, expect to polish off a slider with two or three bites.
What makes them great is how much flavor is inside their petite portion. In fact, people like Jacques Driscoll, founder of Green Dot Stables in Detroit, notes that sliders actually have the potential to bring more to the table in terms of seasoning, meat choices and variety than their classic larger cousins.
At Green Dot, you can find every kind of meat and meat substitute on its sliders. There are burgers made of corned beef, quinoa, duck, chicken, bologna, venison and even peanut butter. That means that people who are meat eaters for life as well as vegetarians will find something they like.
Whether you’re looking for a snack, late-night dining or just a place where you can try a variety of flavors, sliders and slider restaurants are an ideal way to get everything within one small plate. Here is just a short list of local favorites to try.