I’m just going to get this out of the way early: You have Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives to thank for this one.
Yes, spikey-haired Guy Fieri gets some credit here.
Sorry (NOT SORRY).
I learned pretty early on in my adult life that I’m not a “go out on Friday night” type of gal. For lack of a better term, I just cannot hang. I’m just so tired and so boring and would so rather be in my pajamas on the couch. Luckily for all of us, the food network decided Friday nights was prime “Triple D” marathon time around the same time I realized I’m a two-drinks-at-happy-hour-and-out person.
And listen, while I recognize that Guy is not everyone’s cup of tea (he’s certainly not mine), I cannot stop watching that show. It’s just a bunch of happy people eating food they love. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO BE MAD AT THAT?!
(I know, I know. There’s a lot more to it BUT STILL.)
One of the reasons I really like watching the show is because I get some really fun ideas, which I naturally keep a running list of in my phone. This is uber important because if I don’t write an idea down the minute I see it, I will promptly forget all about it within 15 minutes.
So these sliders! I saw them on an episode forever ago (like it’s definitely been more than a year) and while I remember that it was a couple who owned a cute little place, I have no other details. I literally just put “polenta sliders” in my phone and moved on with my life. I could have done a little detective work and found the episode to remember how they made them and what else they used, but I decided it would be more fun to wing it.
And wing it I did! With pretty great results, if I do say so myself. I tested these out a few times, and while it’s a little more work than you might want to do for a tiny sandwich it’s worth it.
On that note – these definitely don’t have to be sliders. You can cut them into larger squares (or use a cookie cutter) and make these full-fledged burgers. Especially good if you’ve been looking for a new vegetarian burger option. You’re welcome meat-free friends.
Like most things, these are super customizable. I added some goat cheese and rosemary to the polenta, but you can add whatever you want. Or keep it plain! These would be great topped with “normal burger” toppings like cheese, tomato and onion or you can make it a little extra and use your favorite toppings. Here, I used the fig compote I shared on Instagram a few weeks ago and it was very, very good. But I’ve also topped them with raw onion and avocado and I was super into that too. So many options!
Your life. Your (polenta) slider.