Nobody is quite sure where the slider craze started, but many point to White Castle, whose little burgers were reputed to be so greasy, they virtually slid down.
These days, just about anything may be tucked inside mini buns and termed sliders. Here are three versions of the many on Long Island.
At this Irish gastropub, chef Jonathan Chevlin serves up long-braised corned beef sliders as well as sliders filled with pulled pork with an Irish whiskey barbecue glaze. $9
611 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington, 516-321-9254, oharasalehouseandgrill.com
From chef-owner Ralph Perrazzo come mini Chicago hot dog sliders featuring all the requisites: Vienna beef dogs topped with yellow mustard, sweet pickle relish, onion, tomato, dill pickle, sport peppers, poppy seeds and celery salt. $10.
49 Rte. 25A, Rocky Point, 631-849-1620, eatbbds.com
The essence of hickory smoke informs the "Three Little Pigs" mini brioche buns stuffed with pulled pork, house-made slaw and pickles. $13
287 Main St., Huntington, 631-683-4945, sapsuckersli.com
Asian-style braised short rib sliders are a big hit at the beautiful new gastropub that resulted from the makeover of the former 21 Main, a steakhouse.
21 Main St., 631-567-0900, West Sayville, thebluestonetavern.com