These sliders are a perfect lunch to make for at home, or are a simple and delicious party appetizer when feeding a crowd. With flavors reminiscent of a classic cheeseburger, these will disappear out of the pan as soon as everyone smells the aroma coming from the oven! Add these cheeseburger sliders with Hawaiian rolls to your menu plan today!
Why You Should Make These Sliders
There's a recipe for party sliders in every flavor you can think of, so... here's another one! Make these cheeseburger sliders with Hawaiian rolls for the taste of a classic cheeseburger paired with pillowy and slightly sweet King's Hawaiian Rolls.
These sliders are filled with cooked ground beef, onion, seasonings, plenty of cheese, and your favorite cheeseburger condiments like mayo and ketchup. The rolls are brushed with melted butter and topped with Everything bagel seasoning before being baked just long enough to brown the rolls and melt the cheese.
You can smell these puppies from a mile away. They will fill your whole house with a delicious aroma, so good luck keeping hands out of the pan until it's time to eat... they are just that good!
What Kind Of Slider Buns Should I Use?
I've already mentioned that the King's Original Hawaiian Sweet Rolls are my absolute favorite to make ANY kind of party sliders, though you can also use the Savory Butter flavor. If you love making your own slider buns, go ahead and use them or any other store bought brand. You can't go wrong - it'll still be delicious!
Ingredients For Cheeseburger Sliders with Hawaiian Rolls
Ready to head to the kitchen and start cooking up something good? Here's what you'll need!
- Hawaiian Rolls: a pack of 12, sliced open
- Lean Ground Beef: You can use any kind of ground beef you want, really. Or ground turkey!
- Salt: a few good shakes
- Black Pepper: a few more good shakes
- Garlic Powder: use a little or a lot
- Sweet Onion: ½ a medium onion or 1 small onion
- Mayonnaise: use your favorite brand
- Ketchup: the choice is yours
- Cheddar Cheese Slices: Sharp or mild, or you can use Colby jack, swiss, pepper jack, etc.
- Melted Unsalted Butter: For slathering on the top of the buns.
- Everything Bagel Seasoning: Or just use a sprinkle of poppyseeds or sesame seeds.
Instructions For Cheeseburger Sliders
It couldn't be simpler to put together these delicious party sliders!
First, get yourself a 9x13 pan and place the bottom half of the sliders inside.
Head to your stove and get that beef nice and brown while breaking it into little pieces. Drain out most of the grease and add the chopped onion. Cook on low for several additional minutes. You want the onions to still have some crunch to them to mimic a real cheeseburger.
Season the beef and onion mixture with salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Spread mayonnaise on the bottom layer of sliders and then add a layer of cheddar cheese slices. Add the beef and spread it out evenly, and then top with more cheddar cheese slices. Spread ketchup on the underside of the top layer of sliders (you can add mustard too) and then place the top layer on the top layer of cheese.
Brush on the melted butter and sprinkle with Everything Bagel seasoning. Bake at 350 for about 13 minutes or until golden. Serve while hot!
Make sure you scroll down to the actual recipe card for the officially official recipe!
What Kind of Meat To Use For Cheeseburger Sliders?
I used 93/7 lean ground beef when testing this recipe, and it worked out really well. Feel free to use ground beef that is either more fatty or lean, or you could even use ground turkey instead if you're trying to shave off some fat and calories.
The meat in the sliders will be fully cooked before baking. I like to cook the beef first, drain out all but just a couple of teaspoons of the grease, and then add the onions to cook for a few minutes before removing from the heat.
Make sure to season the meat to your liking. I keep it simple with a few shakes each of salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Use what you like!
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What Side Dishes To Serve
Party sliders are often seen alongside a spread of other finger foods and appetizers as part of a social gathering or holiday party. You can also serve cheeseburger sliders with Hawaiian rolls as a main dish alongside a couple of sides to make a complete meal. Here are some ideas:
- French fries, potato wedges, or any version of your favorite spud.
- A green vegetable such as steamed broccoli, peas, green beans, or asparagus
- A fresh salad with lots of fun veggies and toppings
- Fresh sliced fruit
How Many Will This Recipe Feed?
Making the recipe as written will yield 12 cheeseburger sliders with Hawaiian rolls. I started with this amount so that you can easily double, triple, quadruple, etc the recipe to feed as many people as you need. You can bake multiple pans at once, bake smaller pans 12 sliders at a time, or use one huge pan.
As an appetizer among a spread of other goodies, you can plan on 1-2 sliders per person. As a main dish with some fries and other side dishes, plan on 2-3 sliders per person.
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- If you can't find, don't have, or don't like Everything bagel seasoning, go ahead and use plain sesame seeds. You can also sprinkle on a few poppyseeds for extra flavor.
- Make it lean. You can use ground turkey instead of ground beef if you'd like to lean out this recipe.
- Change the Cheese. You can use your favorite cheese slices or a combination of 2 different kinds to create your perfect cheeseburger flavor. I do not recommend using pre-shredded cheese as it doesn't melt as nicely in the oven.
- Slider buns. Kings Hawaiian is the gold standard for any kind of baked slider like this, they're just sooo good (not sponsored or affiliated). But if you can't find them or just don't like them, you can use any kind of slider bun you prefer.
- Add Pickles: Are you a pickle lover? Add some chopped dill pickles to the beef mixture or layer sandwich chip pickles under the cheese!
- Use Mustard: If you're a mustard lover, slather some on!
How to Store Party Sliders
Store leftover sliders in a covered airtight container in the refrigerator. Give them a zap in the microwave to reheat and enjoy.
I do not recommend freezing sliders to preserve flavor and texture quality, though you can choose to wrap and freeze prepared sliders if you want - use them within 3 months for best quality.
How Far Can I Make Sliders In Advance?
You can prepare cheeseburger sliders with Hawaiian rolls through the end of step 5 in the recipe. Cover tightly and store in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. When ready to prepare, take them out of the fridge, uncover, and let them sit on the counter while the oven preheats to 350F. Brush with butter, sprinkle with seasoning, and bake as directed in the recipe, though they may need a few extra minutes in the oven.Print
Cheeseburger Sliders with Hawaiian Rolls
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 12 sliders 1x
These super cheesy sliders are easy to make for parties, crowds, or a fun lunch at home. Using sweet Hawaiian rolls and topped with Everything seasoning, you'll love these!
- 12 Hawaiian rolls, sliced open (or use the pre-sliced version)
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- Salt, to taste
- Black pepper, to taste
- Garlic powder, to taste
- ½ medium sweet onion, finely-chopped
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, or as desired
- 3 tablespoons ketchup, or as desired
- 8 slices cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon Everything bagel seasoning
- Lightly spray a rimmed baking sheet or pan with cooking spray. Add bottom half of sliders. Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef and break into small bits using a spatula. Drain out most of the grease. Season with a few shakes each of salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
- Add onion, stir, and cook until slightly softened. I like the onions to have a little crunch left to better mimic the flavor of a cheeseburger. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
- Spread bottom layer of sliders with mayonnaise, adding more if needed. Cover with 4 slices of cheese. Spread beef mixture evenly over the cheese, and then top with a second layer of cheese using the 4 remaining slices.
- Spread ketchup - adding more if needed - on the underside of the top half of sliders. Place on top of the layers.
- Brush tops of rolls with melted butter and sprinkle with Everything seasoning. Bake uncovered for about 13 minutes or until cheese is melty and tops of rolls are slightly golden.
Double or triple the recipe for a crowd.
If you don't have/can't find Everything seasoning, sprinkle with plain sesame seeds
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 30 mins
- Category: Appetizer
- Method: Oven and Stovetop
Tips For Making Cheeseburger Party Sliders
- Huge Knife: If you can't find pre-sliced Hawaiian rolls, I find that uses a long serrated edge bread knife makes slicing the buns open much easier. Place your palm flat on the top layer and carefully saw back and forth across the middle of the buns.
- Plenty of Butter: If you find that you need more butter to fully coat the buns, don't be afraid to melt more. The golden buttery tops on these sliders are a major part of what makes them so yummy!
- Serve Fresh: These sliders are best when served fresh out of the oven when the tops are glistening and the cheese is ooey gooey and melted.
- Not Too Much Grease: Make sure you drain out most of the grease after the beef is cooked so your sliders don't get soggy. You want a little bit left in there to cook the onions, but just a couple of teaspoons or so will do.
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Would it be good to add pickles to this before the oven?
I would probably add them afterwards so they stay crisp, though that's my own personal preference. I like cold, crisp pickles on my burgers. You could do it either way you like!
Wow, these were good. I used poppyseeds on top instead of Everything seasonings since it's what I had.