Wolfgang Puck's Cheeseburger Sliders


In 2019, celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck marked his 25th year cooking for Hollywood's biggest names at the Governors Ball following the Academy Awards. His mantra for how to throw a great party: 'You have to be fast, and the recipes have to be simple.' Puck's cheeseburger sliders are just one of his many winners.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
12 sliders


  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion

  • 1 tablespoon ketchup

  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon capers, drained and chopped

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • ½ teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

  • teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 pound 85% lean ground beef

  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 small slices (0.5 oz) Cheddar cheese, quartered

  • 12 mini brioche buns, split

  • 1 small head iceberg lettuce, shredded

  • 6 cherry tomatoes, sliced

  • 3 cornichons (tart pickled gherkin cucumbers), sliced


  1. Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high (400 to 450 degrees F (200 to 230 degrees C)).

  2. Stir together mayonnaise, red onion, ketchup, vinegar, capers, parsley, thyme, and sugar in a small bowl until combined.

  3. Place beef in a large bowl. Add 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Mix by hand until just combined. Make 12 meatballs by rolling beef mixture between your palms; transfer to a baking sheet. Flatten tops slightly. Drizzle with oil and season both sides with remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

  4. Arrange patties on oiled grates; grill, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Flip, then top each with 1 piece cheese. Grill, uncovered, until cheese is melted and beef is cooked through, about 2 minutes. Meanwhile, put buns, cut-sides down, on grate; grill until toasted, about 1 minute.

  5. Top bun bottoms with a small spoonful of sauce. Add a patty, shredded lettuce, tomato slices, cornichon slices, and bun tops.

Four pro tips from celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck to make your party a success:

1. Keep servings small-like these sliders-so people can move around freely and snack on different foods during the show.

2. Take something simple-like popcorn, a great canvas for flavor-and make it a little fancy.

3. To me, a celebration calls for Champagne. Put a few easy sparkling cocktail recipes on the bar with garnishes and mixers.

4. Everyone loves pizza! Use one dough for all your pizzas, and top each with different ingredients-making at least one vegetarian option.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

282 Calories
19g Fat
160g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 282
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 375mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 160g 58%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 33mg 3%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 72mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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