Real estate and insurance agent Edgar Waldo “Billy” Ingram teamed up with cook Walter Anderson to open the first White Castle hamburger stand in Wichita, Kansas, in 1921. Anderson is credited with having invented the modern hamburger: It was his idea to cook patties of ground meat on the griddle, push a mess of diced onions into the beef, top it with a pickle slice, and serve it on a soft yeast bun. His creation’s come to be known as a slider, but you can just call it deliciousness. This recipe pays homage to Anderson’s burger, which is quicker and easier to execute than the modern method used by White Castle.
Game plan: This recipe is made on a griddle. If you don’t have one, you can use an electric skillet, a large cast-iron pan, or a nonstick frying pan, though you may have to work in batches.
This recipe was featured as part of our Hamburger Through Time story.
Beverage pairing: Bitburger Pils, Germany. These slick sliders, which tempt us to eat them quickly, are best paired with something thirst quenching, like a crisp, easy-drinking beer. The mildly bitter flavor of a classic German pilsner like this one, coupled with its light, brisk body, make a pleasing foil for the sliders.