With the renaissance of Americana-style dude food, the love of burgers has recently been spreading across Sydney with a vengeance. So it doesn't come as a surprise that there has been a surge in sliders on a myriad of menus around the city. It took me weeks (perhaps even months) to visit various establishments around Sydney to find my favourite mini burgers. Sadly a few have been taken off menu, like the amazing trio of sliders at The Butcher's Block in Wahroongah. Regardless, here's my list of top-notch mini burgers in Sydney.
Ms G's mini banh mi - chicken katsu and pork belly
1. Ms G's All the food at Ms G's is carefully crafted with a focus on spicy Asian flavours - and that includes the glorious mini bánh mě (crisp pork belly or chicken katsu at $6 each). This is executive chef Dan Hong's take on the Vietnamese pork roll, except it's much more sophisticated. The bun doesn't disintegrate immediately like a regular pork roll and there are no mysterious pink slices of pork. Instead, the pork belly is crispy and flavoursome. The chicken katsu version is deep fried to perfection. I'm a huge fan of the chicken katsu mini burger because it's got a zingy punch of chilli. The pickled vegetables add a touch of acidity. I'm a fan.
Calamari Slider at The Carrington
2. The Carrington
Drink & Dine restaurateur Jamie Thomas knows exactly what he's doing at his many food ventures. One of which is The Carrington in Surry Hills, with a mean calamari slider ($6) on their Spanish tapas menu. Lightly battered calamari and coleslaw are stacked on Brasserie Bread brioche bun. I dig the spicy kick from the habanero mayo and the crunchy texture of the coleslaw. The buttery brioche bun adds richness and also a bit of sweetness. And if, like me, you're keen on Jamie Thomas' food philosophy (in four words: deep fried Golden Gaytime), there's also a pulled pork slider at The Norfolk worth checking out.
The Passage Sliders
3. The Passage If memory serves me correctly The Passage was one of the first places I visited specifically to try their sliders menu. It was over a year ago that I tried their haloumi, pork belly and fish sliders. But I revisited twice more because that's how much I liked them. On my most recent slider adventure, we were eager to try their new steamed bun sliders with an Asian twist. The roast pork belly with hoisin and pickled cucumber on steamed bun ($4.50) hits the spot. The chicken katsu slider is served with Vietnamese peanut sauce and coriander on a steamed bun ($4.50). I'm keen on the combination of crunchy chicken and soft bun. We also try the tasty cheeseburger on brioche bun ($6) which has a nice hint of spice.
Miss Peaches cornbread sliders
4. Miss Peaches Miss Peaches is in the refurbished upstairs area of Marlborough in Newtown. With a focus on American fare, it's all about comfort food here. The highlight is their homemade cornbread sliders (4 for $20). We try all four, but the melt-in-your-mouth beef short rib and the deep-fried mac & cheese sliders are my favourite. The fried chicken and chicken fried steak are smothered with lovely sauces, but I'm quite enamoured by the mac & cheese and cornbread combination. If you're a fan of cornbread, you'll love these. I personally found them a little bit on the sweet side and a tad too crumbly. But they're unique, and you'll be hard-pressed to find sliders like these anywhere else in Sydney.
The beef sliders (4 for $20) at Bondi Hardware entirely concentrate on pickles. European-style pickles and pickled cabbage are abundantly packed onto these mini burgers. Adding sourness and crunch, these are only for pickle fanatics like myself. I also love the vibrant pink hue of the cabbage.
An honourable mention goes to Meadow Cafe's duo of beef sliders with shoestring fries on their kids menu. While these little burgers are only for kids, who's to say kids shouldn't be treated to quality burgers on brioche buns?
My favourite part about this list of mini burgers is the influence of international cuisine. With Asian, European and American flavours in the mix, these aren't just your average hamburger. Where are you favourite mini burgers in Sydney? I hear there are great sliders at Movida, Burger Fuel and Bar 100. If you've tried any other stellar sliders in Sydney, I'd love to hear your suggestions.