Nothing beats a bite-sized burger. Thankfully, Auckland is on the slider bandwagon, and all around town these tiny bites of deliciousness are becoming the go-to bar snack.
We’ve tracked down the best sliders Auckland has to offer for the next time you’re feeling peckish—because who wants to commit to a full-sized burger when you can have umpteen sliders instead.
No slider round-up would be complete without a mention of Depot’s Turbot Sliders with preserved lemon mayo and watercress. Depot were doing sliders before they were a ‘thing’ and boy, are they doing them right. The buns melt in your mouth and the combination of flavours impress even the most sophisticated of palettes. Getting a table isn’t always easy but the sliders (and the rest of the menu) are well worth the wait.
Meadow is an all-day food haven for Remuera locals and the not-so-locals who’ve realised it’s worth the trip. From 5pm, Meadow switch menus and serve their Lamb Sliders with feta, peppers, rocket, lemon and harissa mayo. If you’re not drooling, you must be a vegetarian. Capitalise on the last few days of daylight savings and dine el fresco in the Meadow courtyard—you’ll leave feeling like it’s Sunday no matter what day of the week.
What’s better than a delicious slider? Eating a delicious slider while admiring an outstanding view. Located on Federal Street, Glass Goose is a relaxed eatery and watering hole with the best address in town. Grab a drink and tuck into their Pulled Pork Sliders. At only $5 a pop, you won’t be able to resist having another.
The Roaming Dive
On the move
The Roaming Dive is a food truck that’s known for its downright, delicious, comfort food. Serving a plethora of slider flavours—from vegetarian to buffalo chicken to dunked pulled beef and more—there’s not a chance you’ll walk away from this truck hungry. To track down the Dive visit their website. If you’re serious about sliders, the Dive also takes bookings for private events—make sure to send us an invite.
Inspired by New York dive bars, Madame George is the new K Road eatery and bar that’s fast making a name for itself thanks to its relaxed, cool vibe and simple, but done well, food and cocktail menu. All the dishes on the menu have a loose Asian influence, including the sliders which are stuffed with hoisin pork and house-pickled red cabbage. With their constantly evolving cocktail menu, this speakeasy is the perfect spot for an after work drink or start to your night.
The historical hotel and brewery has been gracing Albert Street since the 1800s, but don’t let that fool you—the Shakespeare's menu is well and truly up with the times. Surrounded by eclectic furniture (or the rush of the city if you’re lucky to get a seat on the balcony) you can indulge yourself with Pulled BBQ Beef Sliders served with country style slaw in a soft bun. It’s the perfect lunch break escape and you’ll leave feeling relaxed and replenished.
Sitting on the water’s edge in Auckland City you’ll find The Culpeper—the fresh & simple food eatery that’s strong on flavour. Executive Chef Gareth Stewart’s menu complements the relaxing interior with his saliva-inducing array of fresh, flavoursome meals and snacks—including the Blackened Hapuka Sliders with pickled lemon aioli. Yummy.
The Occidental Belgian Beer Café
In the heart of the CBD you’ll find respite at The Occidental Belgian Beer Café. Whether it’s a midday dine and dash or a leisurely meal at the start of the night or lazy Sunday, The Occidental is the spot and their sliders are a hit. There are w options—pulled pork or Portobello mushroom—and both are delicious.
This popular watering hole in Wynyard Quarter boasts an extensive beer list for hop enthusiasts and a food menu that holds its own. You’ll find their sliders on the Half Tun side, and with three per serving, they’re perfect to share or save all for yourself. The 16 Tun team fill the soft buns with smoky pork, apply chutney and homemade BBQ sauce—we won’t be sharing!
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Image credit: Hamish Melville, Depot sliders