Can anyone believe Labor Day is already upon us?

For most of us that means football and tailgates. If you are looking to make your next tailgate or Labor Day party a huge success, try including sliders. Sliders are all the rage right now and with good reason. They come in a variety of tasty flavor combinations, are easy to make, are a quick meal solution and are portion-controlled fun on a bun. If you are pressed for time on a weekday, you can grill up your favorite sliders and serve with fresh fruit and a tossed salad. A simple, quick, easy dinner the whole family will love.

To make a great slider, all you need are a few ingredients and your imagination. Start with some grilled patties made from ground beef, pork or turkey and add your favorite toppings. Here are a few combinations:

• Chipotle cheddar cheese + avocado slices + red onion slices.

• Baby Swiss cheese + tomato slices + baby spinach leaves.

• Muenster cheese + roasted bell peppers + bacon slices.

Chipotle cheddar cheese will add a kick to any burger. On a beef burger, Swiss cheese becomes the perfect blend of soft and creamy, gooey and stretch. Or try Emmentaler and Gruyere, also in this family of cheeses, which have amazing tastes and great melting properties. Bacon slices and jarred roasted bell peppers or balsamic-sautéed onions help balance the richness of Muenster cheese.

When serving your sliders, don’t forget to include a great side dish or some grilled fruit. Include sliders in your next tailgate, and your favorite home team fans will be cheering for you and the team.

Grilling instructions:

• When using charcoal, grill our gourmet sliders directly over medium coals for 14 to 18 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees, turning once halfway through grilling.

• For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place patties on grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as directed.


Southwest avocado slider


8 ground chuck sliders

8 bakery slider buns

½ cup light sour cream

1 cup fresh pico de gallo

1 avocado

1 fresh lime, sliced


Preheat grill to direct heat over medium-high heat. Grill patties about 8 to 10 minutes, flipping once, or until temperature reaches 160 degrees. During last minute of grilling, add buns, cut side down, on grill. Grill until lightly toasted.

Spread the bottom of each bun with light sour cream. Top each with slicer, pico, avocado a squeeze of lime juice and top bun.


Tracey Shaffer, RD, LD, is a Hy-Vee dietitian at the Blue Springs location The information provided should not be construed as professional medical advice. Email her at