Denver Breakfast Sliders: Classic Denver omelet flavors baked together and served on toasted slider buns. This is a great way to feed a brunch crowd with fun little breakfast sliders!
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Denver Breakfast Sliders

I’m always curious about recipe names, especially when those recipes are named after a place. The ubiquitous Denver omelet, for example, always includes peppers, onions, ham, and cheddar cheese. As far as I can tell, it also has nothing to do with Denver, but probably has solid roots in chuck wagon cooking.

Was it created here? Not that I can tell.  Does it use ingredients specific to the region? Not at all. But, is it delicious? Absolutely.

If you’re feeding a crowd though, it can be a bit brutal to make a bunch of omelets, especially if you want to serve it all at once.

These little breakfast sliders are the perfect answer though. They fold in classic “Denver” flavors and you can make a big batch of them so people can then make their own sandwiches!

Denver Breakfast Sliders: Classic Denver omelet flavors baked together and served on toasted slider buns. This is a great way to feed a brunch crowd with fun little breakfast sliders!

Denver Breakfast Sliders

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Classic Denver omelet ingredients baked together with lots of cheddar cheese and served on breakfast sliders!

Ingredients

1 cup diced ham
1 green pepper, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper
1 teaspoon unsalted butter, softened
8 large eggs, scrambled
4 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
9 slider buns, toasted
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Directions

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Dice onion, pepper, and ham. In a large skillet add a drizzle of oil over medium heat. Cook the ham and veggies together for 5-6 minutes until ham is lightly browned and veggies are soft. Season the mix with red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.

2) Lightly butter an 8×8 baking dish. Whisk together eggs and pour eggs into the baking dish. Sprinkle ham mixture over the eggs.

3) Bake the eggs at 350 degrees F. for about 20 minutes until they are just set in the middle.

4) Sprinkle eggs with cheese and return to oven to melt just (just a minute or two).

5) Meanwhile cut slider buns in half and lay out on a baking sheet. Toast for a few minutes.

6) When eggs are done, remove from oven and cut into 9 even squares.

7) Serve eggs on toasted slider buns!

Denver Fillings

Peppers and ham are pretty much a must for me, but I also like some red onion in mine as well. These are simple ingredients. There’s no reason to over-think it or use anything too exotic here.

veggies and ham for breakfast sliders.

Good stuff.

Dice everything finely and then cook it down in a skillet with a drizzle of oil, some red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.

Let this all cook until the ham browns slightly and the veggies start to soften, about 5-6 minutes.

Hint: It’s done when it smells good.

Ham cooked for breakfast sliders.

Cooked together.

The Egg Part

Instead of folding this mix into individual omelets, let’s just make a big old batch of the stuff. Because I opted for smaller sliders, you don’t need a full egg for each sandwich. I used 8 eggs for 9 sliders and that was about perfect.

Eggs for breakfast sliders.

Egg scramble.

The Baked Version

When you’re ham mix is cooked, lightly butter an 8×8 baking dish and then pour in your scrambled eggs. Sprinkle the ham mixture evenly over the eggs.

This will need to bake for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Baking breakfast sliders.

Ready to bake!

When the eggs are just set in the center, sprinkle on some good cheddar cheese and return it to the oven to melt.

Cheese on eggs.

Back in the oven…

Slider Time

Okay. Here’s the easy (and fairly smart) part. When the eggs are done and the cheese is melted, just cut this dish into 9 even squares.

Each square becomes perfect for a slider!

Breakfast sliders cut.

Ready for sliders.

Then just toast up your slider rolls and let people sandwich the egg mixture between the buns.

Chow down!

(If you wanted to, you could double the ham, peppers, and onions, use a full dozen eggs, and bake it in a 9×13 dish and probably get 16 sliders out of the mix!)

Denver Breakfast Sliders: Classic Denver omelet flavors baked together and served on toasted slider buns. This is a great way to feed a brunch crowd with fun little breakfast sliders!

4 comments on “Denver Breakfast Sliders

  1. I used to live in SW Colorado and all the local places made their Denver omelettes (or Denver burritos, Denver breakfast sandwiches, etc) with hatch green chiles! The smoky flavor really set off the other ingredients, and hatch green chiles are a regional ingredient. Or perhaps the hatch chiles were just a local twist using local ingredients. ;)

    1. Totally right Summer. I would definitely use those if I could get my hands on some. Tough to find this time of year, but in the fall I try to toss them in everything! ;)

  2. Growing up in New Mexico gave me a real appreciation for chiles which borders on addiction. My sister-in-law provides me with roasted chiles since I now live on the Western Slope. This year she brought me some frozen Hot Sandia Chiles in 4 oz pkgs she bought at Costco. The company is Jane & Daughters, (J&DFoods, Inc. (505) 243-4127) located in Albuquerque. Maybe a Costco over there carries them.

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