State Fair Burger Sliders

The ultimate in cheese burger sliders. Loaded with sautéed onions and cheese! It’s like having The Puyallup Fair in your home anytime of the year!

In Washington, there is no bigger event than the Puyallup Fair. It is ranked one of the top 10 largest fairs in the nation. 160 acres which include 30+ rides (including multiple roller coasters), a concert arena, livestock shows, arts and crafts vendors, games, free entertainment (the hypnotist show is a must), and so much more. You can spend a whole day at The Fair and not get through even half of what is there. 

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Growing up in Puyallup, every school got a half day and a free fair ticket. It was the best. A whole afternoon with all your friends going on all the rides, petting bunnies and piglets, and eating as much junk food as you stuff your face with. If there’s one thing the locals covet, it’s fair food. There are some quintessential food that one simply must consume at least once at the fair. 

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First is the Fisher Scone with raspberry jam. Anyone who lives in the state will insist you have one, if not a dozen, of these heavenly simple pastries. The next two are debatable as to which is better. It depends on if your a hot dog or hamburger person. Image result for krusty pup corn dog


If you’re into hotdogs, it’s the Krusty Pup corndog you’ll want to try. If it’s hamburgers, follow the smell of onions to the nearest burger stand and order a classic fair burger, you won’t be disappointed. 

Which brings me to the purpose of this post. Now you can have fair burgers at home whenever you want! I like to make them like sliders and serve them during football games and other social gathering. It’s easy and people get so excited about having fair food out of season. 

There are a few tips and tricks to making these sliders be extra super awesome. First, the meat needs to be super fatty. I start by purchasing 80/20 ground beef and then make it even a greater coronary threat, add bacon to the mix. If you’ve ever had a fair burger, you know, it’s super greasy and that’s half  of what makes it so good. So add bacon! Then I add 2 layers of cheese, one on bottom and one over the onions. The bottom layer is optional but hey, go big or go home, right? When you cook the onions, take your time, don’t rush it. Onions taste best wen they’ve been evenly sauteed. It takes about 15 minutes, so make sure you start them while the meat is cooking. Finally, I need a little sauce of some sort so I add mayo to both sides, again totally optional but I love how it gives a little zing.

This may sound like a whole lot of unhealthy wrongness but that’s what a fair burger is all about. Next time you have a craving for over the top junk food, give this a try. You will love it! 

State Fair Sliders
Yields 12
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Total Time
35 min
Total Time
35 min
  1. 1 package white dinner rolls
  2. 1 1/2 lb ground beef
  3. 4 strips of bacon, cooked and diced
  4. 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1 tsp garlic salt
  7. 1/2 tsp pepper
  8. 4 medium yellow onions
  9. 1/4 cup olive oil
  10. 1/2 cup mayonnaise (optional)
  11. 12 slices American Cheese
  12. 2 tbsp butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine beef, bacon, Worcestershire sauce, egg, garlic salt, and pepper.
  3. Spread meat mixture out in a 9x13 pan in one flat layer.
  4. Cook for 20 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, add olive oil to a large frying pan and turn heat to medium.
  6. Slice onions and saute in the pan buy allowing them to fry and stirring every 2-3 minutes until the onions are translucent and slightly browned. (about 15 minutes)
  7. While keeping the rolls connected, slice across the whole slab of rolls to create a bottom layer and top layer.
  8. Place the bottom slab on a greased cookie sheet.
  9. Spread mayonnaise over the top bottom layers of rolls (optional)
  10. Then add 6 slices of cheese (optional)
  11. Over the cheese, carefully place the cooked ground beef.
  12. Spread the Sauteed onions evenly over the beef.
  13. Add another layer of American Cheese.
  14. Place the top roll layer on the top.
  15. Brush the top roll layer with melted butter.
  16. Cook for 10-12 minutes.
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  1. These look delicious! I love Fair Food!

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