Vegetarians will be able to enjoy White Castle Sliders
White Castle is currently testing a vegetarian version of its famous sliders.
The vegetarians of the world might be getting a new reason to eat at White Castle, because the chain is testing a vegetarian version of their signature sliders.
According to Foodbeast, the new “Veggie Sliders” come topped with an avocado ranch dressing, and they will be available for a limited time at certain White Castle locations throughout the test. The vegetable sliders are 99 cents apiece, and the patties are reportedly sourced from Dr. Praeger’s, a New Jersey-based purveyor of all-natural frozen foods.
According to Brand Eating, the 180-calorie vegetarian sliders are actually “pretty good.”
Many of the sliders eaten during the filming of Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle were actually veggie sliders, because actor Kal Penn, who played Kumar, is a vegetarian. If this new test goes well, vegetarians who are not famous Hollywood actors might soon be able to fulfill their White Castle cravings as well.
Is White Castle’s New Veggie Burger Vegan?
White Castle revealed it’s new Veggie Slider across America today. This comes after testing the product over the summer in some select cities and locations. We have seen other major fast food chains offer “veggie” options recently. It seems like it is a new trend and of course we endorse it! Any steps towards less meat and more vegetable based food is a win/win situation. Burger King has their burger made from Morning Star Patties (we reviewed it here) and Chipotle has had huge success with their Sofrita (story here).
So what are the details on this veggie burger? While I applaud any restaurant that include vegan or ‘veggie’ options on the menu, that doesn’t mean I would eat it. How healthy is this vegan burger? Or is it even vegan? We have seen several menu items that were vegetable based but were definitely not vegan. They were more vegetarian. And in fact, all of these can be made not vegan but putting things like cheese and mayonnaise on them. Let’s take a look at this veggie burger and see what it’s made of.
White Castle Impossible Slider Stuffing
Makes: about 9 cups / Prep time: 10 minutes / Total time: 45 minutes
10 White Castle Impossible Sliders, no pickles
¾ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Remove the Impossible Sliders from packaging. Tear each Impossible Slider into bite-size pieces and put into a large mixing bowl.
Add diced celery, thyme, sage and black pepper. Add 1 cup of vegetable broth and toss well let ingredients sit for 10 minutes to absorb the broth.
Spray or oil a 2-quart casserole dish. Transfer stuffing to casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
Cook's note: To make the stuffing using beef sliders, use 10 to 12 beef sliders, minus the pickles. Follow above directions using one quarter cup of chicken broth in place of the vegetable broth.
French FriesPhoto Credit: White Castle's Instagram
First up on the list is French Fries. As with most fast-food establishments, the fries at White Castle are vegan friendly! However, the allergen guide does list that these (and many of their other products) are prepared in the same area or on the same equipment as products that contain seafood and dairy allergens. Therefore, those with severe allergies might want to steer clear.
We Tried White Castle's Impossible Burger Slider
The vegan burger hits some locations today after a celebrity-studded launch party.
Just a few short years ago, eating a "veggie burger" usually meant just that: eating a burger made from vegetables, mushrooms, beans, perhaps quinoa, and some spices thrown in for good measure. Then came the era of the "bleeding" plant-based burger which, given the popularity and growth of both the Beyond Burger and the Impossible Burger, is an era we are living squarely in the middle of right at this moment. The goal of both brands of meat substitute has been twofold: 1) reduce the environmental impact and waste caused by meat production and 2) become a ubiquitous alternative to beef. With yesterday&aposs announcement and today&aposs rollout of the Impossible Slider at White Castle, that second goal is taking shape as the bloody, no-beef revolution officially takes over the ultimate target: a mainstream fast food burger chain.
We tried the new Impossible Slider, which is a collaboration between Ohio-based White Castle and California-based Impossible Foods, the latter of which has garnered attention for not only its adoption by chefs like David Chang and chains like Umami Burger, but also for its ability raise tens of millions of dollars in investment capital. It&aposs no wonder, then, that the launch of the slider was celebrated with celebrity-studded bash. Hosted by comedian/director/vintner Eric Wareheim, with a DJ set by The Roots&apos Questlove, and a performance by Ghostface Killah and Cappadonna of the Wu-Tang Clan, White Castle overhauled its Myrtle Avenue location in Brooklyn&aposs Bushwick neighborhood to give food industry insiders and influencers the first taste. Here&aposs what we thought.
If you&aposre a fan of White Castle, you know that the chain&aposs usual beef sliders are a relatively simple production: meat griddled with onions, served on fluffy rolls with ketchup, a pickle and, if you wish, cheese. The Impossible Slider is basically the same construction, with the patty being replaced with the Impossible Foods product. (For some reason it comes with cheese as a default, making this more of a vegetarian than vegan option without altering the order.) The result, however, is remarkably the same. In this application𠅊 two-by-two-inch square patty about a quarter of an inch thick, prepared and dressed identically to the beef version—the beef-to-Impossible swap succeeds. Melding with the Impossible patty&aposs slightly rusty, iron-y flavor, the ground texture absorbs enough of the onion and oil from the grill and holds together enough like beef to make you not even think twice that you&aposre eating something that didn&apost come from a cow. And when you&aposre typically housing a bagful of burgers from White Castle, thinking twice isn&apost going to be an issue. Except, perhaps, when it comes the price.
The Impossible Slider sells for $1.99 a la carte𠅍ouble the price of a beef cheeseburger slider𠅊ndcan also be purchased as part of a combo with a side and a drink. Curious to try the Impossible Slider yourself? The burger is available in 140 White Castle stores across three states—New York, New Jersey, and some Chicago-area restaurants—starting today. A statement from Impossible Foods says the White Castle could "potentially" roll out the product to stores nationwide.
Why use dehydrated onions to make 5-ingredient White Castle hamburgers?
It might seem weird to use dried onions to create 5-ingredient White Castle hamburgers. Why not use fresh onions, like they do at most fast-food restaurants? The short answer is because White Castle uses dehydrated onions, so that's what we used to make our copycat recipe. According to the Whiting-Robertsdale Historical Society, White Castle originally used fresh onions in their famous sliders. In the 1940s, there was an onion shortage, so the company switched to the more readily-available dehydrated version. The swap worked, and the company never went back to the fresh product.
If you prefer to use fresh onions, you absolutely can. Fresh onions have a harsher flavor, so you may want to cook them for longer than the directions below. You'll also want to use at least twice the amount of fresh, finely chopped onions, and you'll still need to add the water to the skillet to ensure there's enough steam to cook the burger patties.
White Castle Tests Veggie Sliders
Continuing its push to update the brand and innovate on the menu, White Castle is stepping up its interest in Veggie Sliders.
The chain has contacted loyalists by email to ask if a Veggie Slider would appeal to them enough to bring them to a White Castle restaurant. Additionally it is asking consumers to rate the appeal of different spicy topping sauces for the Veggie Sliders, including a Chipotle-Lime and one seasoned with harissa, a Middle Eastern chile blend. Veggie Sliders with no sauce also is an option.
White Castle said in July that it was testing the Veggie Sliders with Avocado Ranch Sauce (above) at 99¢ each in a handful of New York and New Jersey stores. The company said then that the 180-calorie patty is vegan and supplied by Dr. Praeger's Sensible Foods. Perhaps consumers found the sauce-less Veggie Sliders too bland.
With 2013 sales of $533 million, White Castle is the 13th largest burger chain, according to Technomic. It also is one of the oldest, having opened its first location in 1921. But the chain has been working hard to be contemporary in operations and menu. It has introduced an online ordering mobile app, for example.
The chain has had fun changing up its famous square, steamed burgers, too. The current promotion features "Slider Italiano Fest." The three LTOs are a Crispy Chicken Italiano Slider, Pizza Slider and Grilled Chicken Italian Slider, all with marinara sauce and mozzarella. A special online offer is the Famiglia Meal: 10 Pizza Sliders, 20 sacks of fries and a 20-piece serving of Chicken Rings for $19.99.
Earlier this year it tried Sriracha Chicken Sliders and breakfast LTOs that included Belgian Waffle Sandwiches (Bacon, Egg & Cheese Chicken & Waffles Sausage, Egg & Cheese).
White Castle has sold its Original Restaurant Blend Coffee in supermarkets since 1996. Earlier this year it began offering its coffee in single-serve K-Cups as well. It sells its sliders at retail as well and recently began offering frozen Jalapeno Cheeseburgers.
Believe It or Not, White Castle Now Offers Vegan Impossible Burgers
White Castle has low-key been a vegetarian destination for a few years now, but they’re upping their game, as all 377 White Castle restaurants are now serving up the Impossible slider.
White Castle already offers up two vegan sliders, a black bean patty slider and a veggie slider made by Dr. Praeger’s Purely Sensible Foods. They even reformulated their buns a few years ago so they’d be vegan, not just vegetarian. That’s pretty impressive considering the fact that McDonald’s doesn’t have so much as a veggie burger, and their fries aren’t even vegan (they’re made with artificial beef flavor that’s derived from milk ingredients).
White Castle started testing sliders made with the Impossible burger at select locations this April, and because of its success, they’re now adding it to all their menus.
The Impossible slider will retail for $1.99 and consists of an Impossible burger patty on a bun with smoked cheddar cheese, pickles and onions. Ask for it on an unbuttered bun sans cheese to make it fully vegan.
Made from wheat and potatoes along with soy leghemoglobin, the Impossible burger looks and cooks just like real meat and even releases juices (OK, it “bleeds”) just like a regular burger. It also packs an impressive 14 grams of protein per slider.
You can get the Impossible slider at any White Castle location, so if you’re intrigued by this meatless phenomenon, the drive-thru is calling your name.
White Castle Sliders
Enjoy these White Castle sliders that tastes like the real deal. Made with minced onions and dill hamburger pickles. We are sure you will love these!
Put the onion in a medium bowl and cover with 1/2 cup water. Set aside for 30 minutes.
Puree the beef with 2 teaspoons water, the onion powder, 3/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in food processor until smooth. Draw a 6" x 12" rectangle on a piece of parchment paper, flip over the paper so the pencil side is down (you should be able to see the rectangle). Press the beef into the rectangle cover with another piece of parchment paper and press until the beef is very thin and fills the rectangle completely.
Uncover and score the beef into eight 3" square patties. Poke 5 holes into each patty with a chopstick (one in the center and near each corner). Slide the beef on the parchment onto a baking sheet, loosely cover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, 10-15 minutes.
Trim the edges of the rectangle to make it even cut the patties along the scored lines. Heat the sidekick to medium-high heat. Add the onion and liquid and bring to a boil. Stir in the butter and arrange the patties over the onion. Cook until the meat is no longer pink around the edges, about 3-4 minutes. Put a bun bottom upside down on each patty. To steam the bun tops, rest each across 2 bun bottoms (like a bridge). Continue cooking until the patties are completely cooked through, about 2 more minutes, adding 1 t0 2 tablespoons water if the skillet is too dry or if the onion starts browning.
Remove the bun tops from the skillet. Slide a spatula under each patty, picking up the onions and bun bottoms along with the meat flip over onto a plate. Top each with a pickle and bun top.
White Castle Menu Prices
If you visit the place during breakfast hours, then you can try out their breakfast slider, meat, egg, cheese, breakfast toast sandwich, hash brown nibblers and Belgian waffle slider.
They also offer meals for 1, 2, 3 and 4 people. In meals for 1, you can order cheese slider meal, crispy chicken slider meal, cheese craver’s meal and more. If you are a group of 4, then you can order a family crave meal, ultimate craver party pack meal and epic road trip meal.
Rest you can order a different variety of sides such as onion chips, mozzarella cheese sticks, clam strips, fish nibblers and much more.
The most famous food item on their menu is the sliders such as The original slider, smoked cheddar cheese slider, double cheese slider, chicken ring slider, chicken & waffles slider and many more. You can get slider bundles for large gatherings.
In 2014, Time Magazine also labeled the White Castle’s Original Slider as the most influential burger of all time. The White Castle menu prices are also very affordable and the best part about White Castle is no matter what you order, you will get it in under 5 minutes.
So, without waiting anymore, let’s check out the White Castle menu.
Meals for 1
White Castle hamburger restaurant chain has around 377 locations across 13 states of the United States. Most of their restaurants can be found in the midwest of the country.
But if you want to open the White Castle franchise, then you can’t because White Castle doesn’t offer a franchise business model. All of the 377 restaurants are company-owned.
White Castle doesn’t offer franchise due to the reason that they want to keep their restaurants as exclusive as possible. And they want to serve food with superior quality to their customers at a very low-price. But, expanding at a very quick rate requires a lot of capital investment as well. And they don’t want to do that by increasing their menu prices.
White Castle Contact Information
White Castle Corporate Office Address- 555 Edgar Waldo Way, Columbus, Ohio 43215
White Castle Corporate Phone Number- 1 (800) 843-2728
You can also contact the team of White Castle by using the contact form on their website.