The slider has become one of the staples on any restaurant’s menu. The delicious little nuggets of beef between two slabs of bread have gone high end though, with varieties served that will knock your socks off. Here’s a look at the best sliders in Las Vegas.
1 First Food & Bar
When it comes to sliders, chef Sammy DeMarco at First Food & Bar at the Palazzo was the first to incorporate gourmet mini burgers on his menu and usher in the era of sliders more than a decade ago. He still serves his original mini burgers at First, and those little pieces of heaven are why chef received the nickname of the Chef’s Chef – other chefs would get done with their shifts and flock to Sammy’s original restaurant in New York for mini burgers and wings. The Original Mini Burgers feature four all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions plus tomatoes on WC buns (that’s code for White Castle). You can also “Have ’em Betty’s way, protein style with no bun. Try them for $18.88 for an order on the lunch and late night menus.
First Food & Bar
3327 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
What’s not to love about Wolfgang Puck’s Cut at the Palazzo? The classic steakhouse with contemporary touches serves up USDA Prime Nebraska corn-fed, 35-day dry-aged steaks and Japanese 100 percent Wagyu beef. But slide over to the bar and lounge where you can find the Rough Cuts menu with the mini Kobe sliders. The four tiny burgers have sweet pickles on top and a homemade ketchup tastes almost like a barbecue sauce. The brioche buns practically flake in your mouth. You can nab this dish for $20. If you’re a consistent guest, the chef will occasionally send these bites out as an amuse bouche in the dining room.
3255 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
3 Society Cafe
Executive chef Kim Canteenwalla’s Society Cafe at Encore Las Vegas has injected fun into the slider. At breakfast you’ll find a version that plays on the Las Vegas standard of steak and eggs with filet mignon and scrambled eggs with creamed spinach on a bacon cheddar muffin. For lunch, try the filet mignon slider with caramelized onions and horseradish cream for $20 for two. Or let Canteenwalla amuse you with charred rare tuna sliders with wasabi cream, shiso and cucumber salad for $18 for two; “Sloppy Joseph” sliders with spiced sirloin, butter pickles and sweet potato fries, $15 for two; or the smoked cheddar bratwurst with sauerkraut and mustard for $15 for two. Just heavenly.
Encore Las Vegas
3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
4 Nobhill Tavern
We love Michael Mina’s Nobhill Tavern at MGM Grand so much that when friends come to town, we always recommend the Cable Car for a drink to unwind after a day of business or pleasure. Mina has extended his vision of modern American tavern fare to include his cheeseburger sliders on the snack and finger foods menu. Or for something a little different, try the barbecue pulled pork sliders. Both go for $12.
3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
STK at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is the newest steakhouse to hit the scene in the city. Instead of the feel of a manly steakhouse, STK takes a more feminine approach to dining with in-house deejays creating the vibe. Executive Chef Stephen Hopcraft, formerly of Seablue at MGM Grand, has Lil’ BGRs on the menu made of Wagyu beef and special sauce for $20. You can add truffles for an additional $5 and foie gras for another $10.
Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S.