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Tailgate Sliders

These tailgate sliders with creamy red pepper sauce are the perfect finger food for football season. But let's be honest, the creamy red pepper sauce is the real MVP, here.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Football Food, Sliders, Tailgate
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 sliders
Author: Jaida


  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 8 Hawaiian Sweet Rolls, or other slider buns
  • 2 plum tomatoes
  • Green Leaf Lettuce
  • 4 Cheddar cheese slices, cut into quarters

Creamy Red Pepper Sauce

  • 4 Tbsp Cream Cheese
  • 3 Tbsp Reduced-fat mayo or miracle whip
  • 3-4 roasted red peppers from 7 ½ oz jar, drained well
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  • 2 lg avocados
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1-2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp each - salt and pepper, or more to taste


  • Place ground beef into a medium-sized bowl, and mix in Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt & pepper. Separate ground beef into 8 golf-ball sized balls and mash down to ½ thick patties.
  • Heat your grill, pan or griddle to a medium-high heat and lightly coat with cooking spray or olive oil. Cook patties to your desired doneness, about 3 minutes per side for medium well.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the red pepper sauce and guacamole, slice tomatoes, tear lettuce into smaller pieces to fit slider buns, and cut cheese slices into smaller squares.
  • Just before the patties are done, put the slider buns on the grill or separate skillet to toast.
  • To build slider, slather red pepper sauce on the bottom bun, place meat patty, 2 quartered cheese slices, tomato slice, and lettuce, then add guacamole to the top bun to complete!

For the Creamy Red Pepper Sauce:

  • Mix all ingredients together in food processor until well-blended. Refrigerate until ready to use.

For the Guacamole:

  • Remove peel and seeds from avocados and place in small bowl. Mash until mostly smooth, and then add garlic powder, lemon juice, salt & pepper. Taste, and add additional seasonings if needed.


The red pepper sauce and guacamole can be prepared ahead of time, as well as seasoning the meat and cutting your veggies in case you are traveling to tailgate or attend a watch party. These sliders are easy to assemble and packed full of flavor!! For an added kick, you can also cook bacon and mix that (and cheesinto your beef patties!
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