A few years ago Anthony and I had an idea for a potluck: instead of people bringing lots of side dishes we could enlist our friends to bring condiments, and instead of full-sized burgers we could made sliders so everyone could have two or three (or in some cases–four or more!) burgers with different toppings. That way no one would have to choose between the barbecue sauce or the guacamole, the cheddar or the blue cheese. We could have them all in bite-sized portions!
This year at our annual Labor Day barbecue at our friends’ Pam & Steve’s house, Anthony and Dave organized things to make this happen. We split the ingredients and condiment purchasing among us and assembled quite a collection of amazing toppings. Dave made the slider patties himself (earning him the nickname “meat hands”) and our gracious host Steve grilled them up for us.
Dave bought out our favorite local grocery store’s entire selection of King’s Hawaiian rolls which were the perfect size for our sliders, plus are so delicious I may have eaten three the next day on their own with just a hint of butter. If you haven’t had these rolls before I suggest you run out and try some: they are lightly sweet and pillowy soft and rich-flavored.
Aside from the regular condiments of mustard, mayo, ketchup, and barbecue sauce pictured in the photo above, we had chili, sliced pickled jalapenos, five or six different kinds of cheese, three kinds of lettuce, sliced red onions, sliced white onions, sauteed onions, sweet mustard, hot mustard, sauerkraut, freshly made guacamole, avocado slices, bacon, sauteed mushrooms, sliced bell pepper, hot sauce, teriyaki sauce, cilantro, pickles, tomatoes, pineapple, roast pork, and probably a few other things I’m forgetting.
I decided to make three distinctly different burgers:
- Blue cheese, sauteed mushrooms, and bacon burger
- Barbecue sauce, bacon, cheddar cheese and pickle burger
- Guacamole, bell pepper, bacon provolone burger
I couldn’t eat them all (my pregnant belly kept saying feed me! feed me! but the rest of me said, “for the love of god, STOP EATING”) but I ate most of them and Isobel helped me finish the rest.
The slider potluck was an enormous success and Justin even had the idea of doing this again but with tacos instead of sliders. After that barbecue, I’m down for either.