Maggot Sliders

Ground beef mixed with fresh maggots! Perfect for your Halloween guests!


Maggot Sliders

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Maggots are one of the best sources of protein you can get.  I’m pretty sure that Andrew Zimmern has been preaching about how delicious they are for years now.

Normally, I think they are fried, but why not fold them into a delicious slider recipe.  It makes the slider oh-so-juicy.

And remember, whenever possible use organic maggots that have been locally raised.


Maggot Sliders

Ground beef mixed with fresh maggots! Perfect for your Halloween guests!
3.77 from 13 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizers, Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Yield 12 Sliders


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ cup white rice cooked
  • 6-8 ounces cheddar cheese
  • 12 slider buns
  • Lettuce
  • Sliced onions
  • Salt and pepper
  • Pickles opt.
  • Spiders and other scary stuff


  • Mix cooked rice with ground beef then form 12 small patties with the mixture. I used long white rice, but if I made these again, I would try it with arborio I think.
  • Season slider patties with salt and pepper and cook in a skillet for about 3-4 minutes per side over medium-high heat.
  • Meanwhile, split buns in half and toast in a 350 degree oven for 5 minutes.
  • Add cheese to buns and return to oven to melt the cheese.
  • Add patties to buns and garnish with lettuce, onions, pickles, etc.


Serving: 2SlidersCalories: 539kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 26gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 237mgPotassium: 244mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 284IUCalcium: 267mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Appetizers, Halloween Appetizers, Maggot Sliders, Sliders

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Maggots Look Like Rice!

It’s pretty obviously rice.  In a dark room though with a well-labeled “Maggot Sliders” sign, you could easily get away with it.

This is a fantastic use for leftover rice if you happen to have any.  If you’re making fresh though, I might recommend using a fatter rice like arborio.  My long grain rice ended up looking too much like, well, rice.

Next time I might try arborio rice.

The Sliders

Even though these are at least half gimmick, it’s still important to make a good slider.  People will still want to eat them!  So mix your rice in with some good ground beef and then form about 12 even patties with the mixture.  Season them really well with salt and pepper.

Still season them well.

While you could grill these guys, I just seared them in a hot skillet over medium-high heat with a drizzle of olive oil until they were nice and browned on both sides.

Mine took about 3-4 minutes per side to be cooked the way I like them, which is medium.

Cooking them maggots!

The Buns.

In my opinion, the best slider buns are the savory King’s Hawaiian potato rolls that you can buy in the deli or bakery section of most stores these days.  They are light and buttery and perfect for sliders.

I just cut mine open and toast them in a 350 degree oven for about 4 minutes.  Then I pile on some cheese, which is optional of course.

Cheese goes well with everything. Even bugs.

Add the buns back to the oven for a minute to melt the cheese and then pile on all the slider patties.


You could serve these with a wide range of toppings including sliced onions, pickles, lettuce, and the normal condiments.

Plastic flies are optional, but encouraged.

One of my maggots hatched!

The most important part about these sliders is that they are actually really tasty.  Nice and simple, but would be a great party treat.

I do think that with the correct lighting, you could convince anyone under the age of 10 that these were maggots!

13 Responses to “Maggot Sliders” Leave a comment

  1. This is exactly why my husband (and well, most of the men in my life) refuse to eat rice. They call them maggots even when it’s not Halloween.

  2. This is the first time that I’ve ever been to your site, and while I’m all for gastronomical experimentation, I was pretty ready to already hate you for this post, but then I saw that it’s just rice. Phew.

  3. You now have me totally grossed out and recalling the scene in The Lost Boys where the Chinese rice and noodles are turned into maggots and worms by Kiefer Sutherland.

  4. I made these for a Halloween party at work, but added a fried wonton wrapper as skin, and then caramelized onions in a cranberry juice reduction as blood and guts. I also called the sliders “maggoty man-flesh sliders”. While I didn’t win the award for scariest dish, your inspiration did nab me the award for tastiest dish! Thanks for the idea.

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