I Am Now Eating my First-Ever White Castle Hamburger.

by Little Miss Attila on February 21, 2009

I was reminded by Darrell’s posting the link to the story about BK’s “six-pack” of appetizer-sized hamburgers. Here in California, we can only get White Castles in the frozen-food section.

Personally, I happen to be thrilled by the mini-hamburger craze, since it (1) ensures that I will be able to get my mouth around a hamburger. Many large hamburgers won’t fit, so all the burger components slide around and I can get a bit of lettuce-and-bun here, and a bit of meat-and-pickle there. Also (2), I don’t have to cut the hamburger in half; I just eat however many I want and take the rest to-go. Then I have them as a midnight snack—or for breakfast.

In the past, I’ve gotten upset when the West Coast restaurants called these mini-burgers “sliders,” unless they were truly on rectangular buns. But now I realize that none of them—whether the patties and buns are squares, circles, triangles, or hexagons—really approximate the White Castle experience. These are not just white bread buns: they are so light that I suspect they contain marshmallow creme. They make Wonder Bread look dense. I doubt that there was any wheat involved whatsoever in the making of the buns used for real Sliders. As a matter of fact, if I finish this “two pack,” I may levitate and hit my head against the ceiling.

This craze for appetizer-size hamburgers and cheeseburgers may be related to that fad several years ago of serving itty bitty burgers as hors d’ouvres. And those were truly tiny: bite-sized. Micro-mini hamburgers.

I am in favor of any food fad that doesn’t stigmatize me for having a modest appetite, and allows me to take the extra home.

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Glenn Cassel AMH1(AW) USN RET February 22, 2009 at 6:27 pm

In the Sea Service, the term slider is in refernce to the damn thing sliding off of the table in heavy seas. Also see, Forward Mess Decks on a Carrier, Grab a slider and instant fries.
Not new in the Fleet.


Darrell February 23, 2009 at 8:14 am

I wish you could have tried White Castle prior to the 90s. They changed then–something with the meat, I don’t know what–and like a lot of change, this wasn’t for the better.

Btw, the company trademarked the name as “slyders.”


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