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30 Slider Recipes: Tailgating vs. Homegating

September 18, 2023
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As the stadium lights flicker on and the crisp air of game day mornings greet us, fans far and wide gear up for one of the most cherished traditions of the season: tailgating. Beyond the painted faces and roaring chants, lies the beating heart of the celebration — the food. Tailgating offers a vibrant scene where grills ablaze compete with the enthusiasm of the crowd. Meanwhile, the air is thick with the fragrance of sizzling meats and seasoned vegetables, all coming together to fuel spirits before the big event. Amongst the multitude of dining options, sliders stand out as a timeless favorite, offering a world of flavors tucked within bite-sized buns, a miniature yet mighty representation of culinary excitement, waiting to be explored.

But not all fans march to the stadium; many opt for the comforts of home, where homegating paints a distinct yet equally picturesque canvas. It is one of coziness, familial bonding, and personalized touches that echo the tight-knit bonds forged through shared victories and losses. Homegating allows for a more intimate, relaxed setting where gourmet slider recipes steal the spotlight, tantalizing palates with a unique blend of traditional and innovative options.

As we delve deeper, we’ll explore the nuanced differences between tailgating and homegating, highlighting a variety of slider recipes to suit both energetic and cozy game day atmospheres. We hope you’ll find that every recipe is a touchdown, bringing joy to both homegaters and tailgaters alike, united by a universal love for the game and the delicious sliders that accompany it.


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All About Tailgating

Smashburger Sliders

What is Tailgating?

A tailgating party is a social gathering at which friends and fellow sports fans get together to enjoy food and cheer on their favorite team before the game begins. The meal is usually served out of the back of a parked car, in the parking lot of the stadium or arena where the game will be played.

What is the Best Type of Food to Bring to a Tailgate Party?

Due to the nature of tailgating, it is best to bring foods that do not require advanced cooking methods or elaborate preparation. Consider the below guidelines:

  • Use a portable camp grill to grill burgers, hot dogs, and more.
  • Use a portable hot plate, burner, or griddle and a frying pan to sauté last minute ingredients or reheat pre-cooked food.
  • Bring prepared foods like chili, meatballs, or pulled meats in a slow cooker and plug into your vehicle’s power outlet to keep warm. (P.S., Find more slow cooker tailgating recipes here!)
  • Bring disposable aluminum trays to prepare foods such as sheet pan sliders. Cover with foil and use a grill to finish cooking until all ingredients are heated through.
  • Store cold food, such as salads, condiments, fruit, and beverages in a cooler with ice to keep cool. You can also use a separate cooler to keep hot foods hot after they have been cooked.

What Should I Bring to a Tailgate?

In addition to the cooking items mentioned above—camp grill, hot plate, slow cooker, aluminum trays, and cooler(s)—be sure to bring disposable plates and cups, napkins, plasticware, a tablecloth, folding table/chairs, and of course any prepared food items, recipe ingredients, condiments, or drinks you are planning to serve.

Find more tailgating tips and tricks here.

Featured Tailgating Recipe: Smashburger Slider with Grilled Onions

Keep things simple on game day by serving up juicy beef patties paired with melted cheddar, bacon, and caramelized onions, served on Martin’s Sweet Dinner Potato Rolls. Their compact size and robust flavor, along with their customizable topping options, make them a tailgating favorite! Burger fans will enjoy a satisfying bite while cheering on their favorite sports team!

To prepare this as a tailgating recipe:

  • Caramelize the onions ahead of time and store them in a sealed container,
  • Use a portable griddle or a cast iron pan and a grill to cook the smash burgers.
  • Cook 2-4 patties at a time, or as space allows, then serve sliders individually on a first-come-first-served basis. Alternatively, you can assemble the sliders in bulk and keep them covered in aluminum foil until ready to serve.

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More Tailgating Recipes:

Team up with friends to prepare a variety of game-winning slider recipes. Select several enticing options from the list below:

1.      Mac and Cheese Bacon Burger Sliders

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2.      Easy Pull-Apart Pulled Pork Sliders

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3.      Chicken Enchilada Sliders

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4.      Chili Joe Sliders

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5.      Mini Lamb Burgers with Dill Greek Yogurt

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6.      Shredded Buffalo Chicken Sliders

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7.      Hot Dog Sliders

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8.      Barbacoa Beef Sliders

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9.      Slow Cooker Sweet Bacon Smokies

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10.  Italian Grinder Sliders

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11.  Mini BLT Sliders

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12.  Cuban Sliders

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13.  Lobster Roll Sliders

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14.  Crock Pot Mississippi Chicken Sliders

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All About Homegating

French Dip Sliders

What is Homegating?

Homegating is a social event similar to tailgating, and takes place leading up to a televised sporting event. However, unlike tailgating, which occurs in the stadium parking lot, homegating involves serving food from the comfort of one’s own home.

What is the Best Type of Food for Homegating?

Homegating offers much more flexibility than tailgating when it comes to the serving options. Rather than being restricted to using a few small, portable devices, you have the freedom to use any of your preferred cooking methods, including a full-sized grill, oven, microwave, or your favorite stovetop appliances.

This means you are not limited to slow cookers and hot-and-fast grilled food items. The convenience of a full kitchen along with an oven to prepare dishes such as sheet-pan sliders gives you endless possibilities.

Find more homegating recipes here.

What Do I Need to Host a Homegating Party?

Apart from your recipe ingredients and choice of appliances, you will want to make sure you have a TV or video projector capable of streaming the game, along with adequate seating, plates, cups, silverware, and game day decorations, if desired.

Find more game day party planning tips here.

Featured Homegating Recipe: French Dip Sliders

These savory sandwiches are made with tender beef chuck roast, braised to perfection, then layered with provolone cheese and served on Martin’s Sweet Party Potato Rolls with a side of flavorful au jus. Their bite-sized convenience and rich flavor make them an ideal choice for homegating. This crowd-pleasing treat is perfect for sports enthusiasts watching the game from the comfort of their homes.

While these sliders do utilize a slow cooker to braise the beef, the recipe involves a quite a few steps and a number of ingredients, which makes it more tailored toward a homegating party. As an added bonus, this means you can assemble up to 24 sliders simultaneously and use an oven to get them melty and toasted just before serving.

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More Homegating Recipes:

Elevate your watch party menu with a selection of 3-4 sliders from the list below. Choose from a variety of flavors, techniques, and cooking methods.

1.      Fried Chicken Sliders with Jalapeno Aioli

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2.      Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

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3.      Nashville Hot Honey Chicken

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4.      Club Sliders

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5.      Cheesy Jalapeno Ham Sliders

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6.      Fried Green Tomato Sliders

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7.      BBQ Rib Sliders

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8.      Pepperoni Pizza Sliders

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9.      Turkey Reuben Sliders

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10.  Shrimp Sliders

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11.  Roast Beef Pull Apart Sliders

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12.  Shredded Chicken Parmesan Sliders

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13.  Goetta/Beef Breakfast Sliders

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14.  Cheesy Sausage & Hash Brown Breakfast Sliders

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Introducing: Slider September

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re all in on sliders this month! With these 30 tailgating slider recipes, there’s one for every day of September. Follow along on Martin’s Instagram page to receive notifications about our featured recipe each day.

You can also head over to to find all the recipes featured in this blog as well as some additional tailgating resources.

P.S. From now until September 20th, you can enter for the chance to win a Martin’s Mystery Swag Box! Find details and sweepstakes rules at the link above.



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