How to Make It: White Castle Cheeseburger Sliders

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Photo by Kiera Wright-Ruiz
The goods

The West Coast has some of life's greatest pleasures: scenic coasts, vast national forests and a chill, easy-going attitude. But, although many East Coasters happily call California home (myself included), too often do we find ourselves trying to fill the square-shaped holes in our hearts caused by the distinct lack of White Castle. We'll try those "amazing" gastropub burgers in the trendy part of town or even throw down on Double-Doubles. But sometimes, even In-N-Out can't fulfill us. I'm here to help.

To those who have never tried White Castle before, I'm sorry for your loss. White Castle burgers are literal bundles of onion-y joy sandwiched between two fluffy buns of happiness. Of course, too much of this ecstasy might cause brains to explode, so White Castle wisely makes its signature dish fit in the palm of your hand. They have locations in 12 states, none of which are California.

Inspired by this recipe by Mommy's Kitchen, here's how to make your own White Castle burgers -- Harold and Kumar approved.

DIY White Castle burgers

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Photo by Kiera Wright-Ruiz
The ingredients!

Ingredients
• Rolls (I went with Hawaiian to change it up a bit, but any small rolls will work)
• 2 lbs. 80/20 ground beef
• 6 slices of cheddar or American cheese
• Seasoning salt to taste
• ½ cup of dried onion flakes
• Pickles (optional)

Directions:
Form square-shaped patties by hand. They should be roughly 1/4" thick and about ½" bigger than the width of the rolls.

Cook on medium high skillet for about 3 minutes on each side.

While cooking, sprinkle seasoning salt and enough onion flakes to lightly coat one side of the burger patty.

Slice open the rolls. Use a spatula to place the patty, onion-side down, on the bottom half of the bun. Place cheese on top while still hot and allow a few minutes to melt.

Top each slider with pickle, if desired. Serve immediately.

Makes 12 sliders (But it would be OK if you ate them all yourself)

Nothing's better than the original, but this recipe is close enough to subdue any White Castle craving. I had someone from Pennsylvania, who's very familiar with the mini miracles, try one, and they confirmed that it tasted like the real deal.

You're welcome, OC.

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30 comments
JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

How did this post get published?  Is this what we are awarding college credit to interns for these days?  The burgers in the pic don't look a thing like White Castle hamburgers, and I'm sure they don't taste like them, either.  White Castles are STEAMED on top of real chopped onions...even the bun ends up on the griddle before being served. And as much as I love King's Hawaiian Rolls, those sweet (literally) things don't belong as part of a White Castle burger. 


Based on just the photo, I think you made Carl's Jr. Sausage and Egg biscuits. 


Hitman_Corleone
Hitman_Corleone

Greatest burgers!! except the time a buddy of mine ate 100 of them and  got sick as a dog! lol

Erk Audelo Leon
Erk Audelo Leon

White Castle: 3,000 calories fries and 4,000 calorie oreo shake... f...that. No thanks, lol.

Luke Vafiades
Luke Vafiades

White Castle is worse than McDonald's. The East Coast and Rust Belt can keep their shitty burgers, I'll stick with In-N-Out.

Stacee Kirk
Stacee Kirk

they are delic, Angela~~~~the 1st place we go when we get back there.....that's why I call b.s. on trying to imitate them. Remember when they opened the WestCoast burgers on the traffic circle to try to copy them?---I don't even think it lasted a year.

Don Gotti
Don Gotti

Murder Burgers!!! I miss them. FYI, white castles are steamed, not fried or grilled.

Geof Dail
Geof Dail

Gross gut-bomb burgers. Gimme INO!

Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney

Orange Countians don't get homesick for White Castle. Outsiders who've moved there might, but true Orange Countians couldn't get homesick for a place that's never been there. Where are the articles about OC written by OC natives? Are there any OC natives left in OC anymore?

esquivel.ooh
esquivel.ooh

I've had White Castle once, and I didn't really enjoy the burgers. 

Angela Mabry Perez
Angela Mabry Perez

Got to they are pretty tasty..ate my fair share on many east coast trips!

Electra Keller
Electra Keller

White Castle is so fucking nasty. I had it when I was vacationing in the east coast. It is worse than Mc Donalds

Chris Rogers
Chris Rogers

Krystal tastes like "open ass" just like White Castle...yuck.

danbac
danbac

Meh.Too much work. Buy the frozen ones at the Big Ralph's on 17th Street in CM and nuke 'em. Add a pickle. Cheese if you need. DONE!


Nicole Kirylczuk
Nicole Kirylczuk

Nothing compares to the real thing! The ones you can buy frozen only satisfy the craving for so long and so much. ..I love me some fresh white castle! (Chicago native here)

Ian Chin
Ian Chin

Those look about 10x too thick to be anything like White Castles.

Lisalynn Bisarra
Lisalynn Bisarra

I am a transplanted Cincinnati, Ohio native and when the craving hits-it hits hard...lol No one here understands it.

Artiste Adams
Artiste Adams

as a thumbnail, it looks like that black spec is a dead spider or dead bug

Robert Brown
Robert Brown

I still write them every few years and beg for a White Castle here in Orange County. They send me coupons, swag and excuses. LOL

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

This ex-Brooklyn kid thanks you!

tubthumper59
tubthumper59

They were in Orange County before but did not last. Maybe they should try again but in better locations.

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