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Pittsburgh Style Slider Sandwich

One of Pittsburgh's most iconic sandwiches is the "Pitts-Burger and Cheese" from Primanti Bros that comes with fries and coleslaw. Now you can find this type of sandwich all over the city and this is my take on a slider version. This version uses homemade whole wheat Italian bread and oven roasted french fries.

This recipe is also adaptable if you prefer a full burger and not a slider.

I like to serve 2 sliders per portion and this recipe will make 8 sliders.

Check out our homemade whole wheat Italian bread created for this recipe here!

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Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 15 mins Total Time: 30 mins
Servings 4
Best Season Summer

A Pittsburgh style slider burger with melted provolone, french fries, sweet-and-sour coleslaw and tomato served on homemade Italian bread. 

  • 2 cups Cabbage (shredded)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 pinch Celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Apple cider vinegar
  • Sliders
  • 1 Loaf Italian bread
  • 1 pound Ground beef
  • 1 Tomato (large)
  • 4 slices Provolone cheese
  • 2 Russet potoatoes (large)
  1. Make the french fries

    Rinse and dry the potatoes. Cut into thin batons. Toss the potatoes with oil and salt then add to a preheated 425 oven on convection. 

    Cook for 20 minutes, flipping after 10 minutes. 

    You can fry the fries traditional or in an air fryer as an alternative to convection oven.
  2. Prepare the coleslaw

    Finely shred the cabbage using a mandoline. Add the salt, sugar and small pinch of celery seed. Mix and let sit for 30 minutes. Drain the released water and mix in the olive oil and apple cider vinegar. 

  3. Shape the patties

    For one pound of beef, evenly divide into 8 balls. Press down on each ball to flatten and shape. Salt and pepper both sides of the burgers. 

  4. Cook the sliders

    In a large skillet add a tablespoon of oil and fry the burgers. Cook for around 4 minutes then flip. 

  5. Add the cheese

    Add a half of slice of provolone to the sliders and let cook for another 4-5 minutes.  

  6. Assemble the sandwich

    On fresh Italian bread add the slider, french fries, coleslaw and tomato.

    For a Pittsburgh experience serve with an Iron City beer and extra fries!