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20 Sliders to Eat This Summer

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While sliders can often be found hiding amongst fried appetizers at bars all year, it's patio season that spurs the greater visibility of the classic mini burger. Whether diners want to nibble on something small while drinking cocktails al fresco or pretend they're being bikini-conscious by not swinging for that whole burger and fries, sliders are virtually an obligatory summer food. From traditional beef to smoked salmon, eggplant parmesan, pork belly, and beyond, here are 20 of Boston's hottest summer sliders.

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Joe Sent Me

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This trio of grass-fed beef sliders ($15) is topped with caramelized onion aioli, tomato jam, house b&b pickles, and American cheese, accompanied by French fries.

Temple Bar

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At dinner, try the Snake River Farm beef sliders ($12), served on brioche buns and topped with caramelized onions and smoked tomato aioli.

The Sinclair

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Harvest

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Maine lobster roll sliders will make an appearance on the menu this summer (one for $5 or three for $13).

Garden at The Cellar

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Choose from the Italian sausage slider (house-made sausage patties, broccoli rabe, bel paese cheese; $7) or the meatball slider (traditional pork and beef meatball, tomato sauce, mozzarella; $7).

Marliave

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The simple meatball sliders ($14) are topped with mozzarella and tomato sauce, served on toasted buns.

Blue Inc.

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jm Curley

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Max & Dylan's

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There’s a whole "Sliders" menu section with seven options. Try the Buffalo chicken sliders (bleu cheese dressing, shredded lettuce; $9.50) or braised short rib sliders (flash-fried onion strings; $14).

Island Creek Oyster Bar

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While lobster, crab cake, and other sliders often appear on the late-night menu, the crispy IC oyster slider (brioche roll, lime chile aioli) is a fixture on the brunch, lunch, and dinner menus at all times ($4 each).

Top of the Hub

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Only available on the lunch menu, the kobe beef hot dog sliders are topped with mustard and onion piccalilli and served on griddled brioche buns, accompanied by a side of gorgeous skyline views ($13).

Minibar

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Yes, you can get mini burgers at Minibar. The grilled New England beef burgers ($2) are available on Mondays through Thursday, 5pm to 7pm.

Post 390

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The eggplant parmesan sliders ($3.50) consist of a griddled roll layered with tomato sauce, a slice of parmesan-crusted, fried eggplant, and melted mozzarella, topped with hot peppers and pesto sauce.

Lucky's Lounge

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Choose from "Boston’s original mini burgers" (caramelized onions, cheddar, pickles, mustard, special sauce; $10) or kobe sliders (muenster cheese, sunny-side-up quail egg, applewood smoked bacon aioli; $15).

Blue Dragon

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Go fairly simple with bison mini burgers topped with teriyaki caramelized onions and shiitakes ($13), or get a little adventurous with the baos stuffed with General Tso’s sweetbreads ($12).

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Ashmont Grill

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Relax on the patio with an order of wood-grilled lamb sliders ($13) on olive focaccia with cucumber raita, feta cheese, and crispy onion strings, available as a starter on the dinner menu.

Steel & Rye

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Joe Sent Me

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Saloon

This trio of grass-fed beef sliders ($15) is topped with caramelized onion aioli, tomato jam, house b&b pickles, and American cheese, accompanied by French fries.

Temple Bar

At dinner, try the Snake River Farm beef sliders ($12), served on brioche buns and topped with caramelized onions and smoked tomato aioli.

The Sinclair

[Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

Harvest

Maine lobster roll sliders will make an appearance on the menu this summer (one for $5 or three for $13).

Garden at The Cellar

[Photo: Travel Wine Dine]

dante

Choose from the Italian sausage slider (house-made sausage patties, broccoli rabe, bel paese cheese; $7) or the meatball slider (traditional pork and beef meatball, tomato sauce, mozzarella; $7).

Marliave

The simple meatball sliders ($14) are topped with mozzarella and tomato sauce, served on toasted buns.

Blue Inc.