Cook Up Stormtrooper Sliders for a Positively Imperial Meal

Look sir, burgers. Inform Lord Vader we have an appetizer.

If you’re thinking that these buns are a little short for burgers, that’s because they’re sliders! Whether you’re a sandtrooper on Tatooine, a stormtrooper stationed on the Death Star, or a scout protecting a shield generator from Ewoks on the forest moon of Endor, these mini trooper burgers make the perfect appetizer while defending the Imperial cause.

A group of stormtroopers in a hallway.

Stormtrooper Sliders

What You’ll Need:

  • Black food gel dye
  • Meat patties, cooked
  • Burger fixings, as desired

Bun Ingredients:

  • 1 cup, plus one tablespoon milk, warmed (110 to 115 degrees)
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package yeast
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg plus 1 teaspoon water for egg wash 

An egg and flour in a bowl in preparation for making Snowtrooper Sliders.

Step 1: In a heat-safe measuring cup, bring the milk up to temperature in the microwave (110 to 115 degrees is ideal). Then add the yeast, stirring until bubbly. Set aside.

Dough is prepared in a bowl as part of the process for making Stormtrooper Sliders.

Step 2: In the bowl of an electric mixer, stir together the flour, sugar, and salt. Use the dough hook attachment to add the egg and butter. Slowly add the yeast mixture until the dough just comes together.

Step 3: Prep three baking sheets with baking mats or parchment paper.

Step 4: Flour a surface and turn out the dough. Knead a few times, then divide into 15 equal balls.

Balls of dough on a baking sheet as part of the process for creating Stormtrooper Sliders.

Step 5: Shape each ball into a stormtrooper helmet. Place five onto each of the prepped baking sheets, leaving ample space in between. Leave the sheets in a warm place and let rise for approximately one hour.

Step 6: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Step 7: Lightly brush the tops of the buns with the egg wash and bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool on a wire rack.

A kitchen brush paints black food gel dye onto a baked bun to create the look of a stormtrooper as part of the process for making Stormtrooper Sliders.

Step 8: Once cooled, use a clean kitchen brush and black food gel dye to add stormtrooper details.

Three completed Stormtrooper Sliders on a plate next to a soda bottle with a striped straw inside.

Step 9: When the food gel dye has dried, slice each bun in half. Add a burger and fixings to serve.

Jenn Fujikawa is a lifestyle and food writer. Follow her on Twitter at @justjenn and check her Instagram @justjennrecipes and blog for even more Star Wars food photos.

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