Who ever invented sliders? They have become very popular in our area and for good reason, they are delicious! These kraut burger sliders actually are not authentic German fare but it is my version and they are exceptionally delicious.
They will be a nice appetizer for your annual Octoberfest bash, or serve them as the main entree along with a good hot German potato salad and some pickled red onions. Oh, yes, and a beer! Don’t forget the beer.
Last year at Octoberfest I served up some beer-simmered bratwurst along with some sauerkraut and dark rye bread. The year before that, sauerbraten was the main event with a braised red cabbage dish. So, it has become an annual event to look forward to and these cute little sliders are my contribution this year.
They are so juicy and delicious and that tangy sauerkraut is perfect. I have heard tell that sauerkraut is easy to make. Maybe next year?
Usually when I buy ground beef I buy the lean mix as there is less fat, but for burgers and these siders, in particular, I wanted some juicy flavor. I mixed a higher-fat content ground beef and a good bulk bratwurst sausage together for maximum flavor. If bulk sausage is not available in your area, the next best bet would be to buy the raw-type sausages in casings and cut open the casings to remove the meat.
I also enhanced the flavor and moisture of the meat by adding some coarse-grain German-style mustard and a little Worcestershire sauce before forming the meat patties. Making a small thumbprint in each patty when you set it in the skillet will prevent it from shrinking into a meatball.
Oh, yes….I have to mention that since these meat patties do have more fat content they will also have more shrinkage so it is important to form the patties a little larger than your slider buns. Otherwise, you will end up with a quarter-size patty. Another thing, when buying sauerkraut spend a little bit more and get a good brand in a glass jar or cello-bag, just not a canned variety.
Slider buns are available in the bread section of most grocery stores but the dinner rolls are a good substitute. They just are not as cute as the slider buns. I buttered each bun and toasted them slightly on an electric griddle, spread brown grainy mustard on both sides, added some sauerkraut, a meat patty, a small slice of havarti cheese, the top bun and a cocktail pick to keep it together.
So, happy Octoberfest to you!! I would love to hear from you all as to what you are planning for Octoberfest this year and what is your favorite Octoberfest food.
More ideas for appetizers:
Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 444 Total Fat 30g Saturated Fat 13g Trans Fat 1g Unsaturated Fat 14g Cholesterol 92mg Sodium 1338mg Carbohydrates 20g Fiber 3g Sugar 4g Protein 24g