White Castle slider called 'most influential'

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The small, square White Castle sandwiches affectionately known as "sliders" are being recognized as "the most influential burger of all time" by a national news magazine.

The honor comes from Time magazine, which notes the "now-iconic square patty" that debuted in 1921 was the first burger to spawn a fast-food empire, based in Columbus since 1934.

The Time story — http://ti.me/1eWFs19 — puts the White Castle burger at the top of the list of the 17 most influential burgers of all time, beating out burgers from McDonald's and In-N-Out.

White Castle vice president Jamie Richardson tells The Columbus Dispatch that "slider" has been a term of endearment for the delectable little burgers since the 1950s.

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