Crab Cake Sliders With Capers

You'll love this recipe for sliders so much, you may start planning the next time you make them before you're done eating them.

Four Crab Cake Sliders on an Oval Slab
Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 serves

One bite and you'll ask, "Where have you been all my life?" This crab cake-meets-slider mashup features easy-to-make patties held together with crushed saltines. A splash of vinegar and a shower of briny capers balance the salty crab meat while garlic coaxes out savory notes.

Served between buttery dinner rolls with sweet-potato wedges on the side, this delicious dinner tastes like a special treat but is easy enough for a weeknight. Pair with light beer or lime-spiked seltzer.


  • 12 ounces sweet potatoes (about 2 medium), cut into ½-in. wedges

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 1 pound fresh lump crabmeat, picked over

  • 18 saltine crackers, finely crushed (about ⅔ cup)

  • cup mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons nonpareil capers, roughly chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, grated

  • 8 dinner rolls, split and toasted

  • 8 small Bibb lettuce leaves

  • 1 tomato, thinly sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Toss sweet potato wedges with salt and 1 tablespoon oil on a large, rimmed baking sheet.

  2. Spread wedges in a single layer and roast until tender and browned, 25 to 30 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, gently stir crabmeat, cracker crumbs, and mayonnaise in a medium bowl until just combined. Cover and chill for 15 minutes.

  4. In a small bowl, stir vinegar, capers, garlic, and 1 tablespoon oil until combined, and then set aside.

  5. Shape crabmeat mixture into 8 (1½-inch thick) patties. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add crab cakes and cook, flipping once, until browned, about 3 minutes per side.

  6. Serve crab cakes in toasted dinner rolls with lettuce and tomato. Drizzle with caper vinaigrette and serve with sweet potato wedges.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

607 Calories
29g Fat
56g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 607
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Cholesterol 120mg 40%
Sodium 1253mg 54%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 20%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 29g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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