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Easy Cheeseburger Sliders (30 minutes)

These Easy Cheeseburger Sliders have the delicious classic combination of juicy beef seasoned to perfection, with creamy American cheese layered throughout. These bite sized burgers are one of the ultimate make ahead appetizers for parties, game day tailgating snacks or a fun easy dinner.

So quick to make in less than 30 minutes and great for parties with my pigs in a blanket, pizza poppers, savory Chex mix recipe and yummy 7 layer dip!!


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Cheeseburger Sliders with Hawaiian Rolls

Having made these using different rolls we always come back to the Hawaiian rolls as being the best rolls for cheeseburger sliders. The soft fluffy texture and slight sweetness of the rolls compliments the savory flavors of the ground beef with the gooey melted cheese so well!!

The smaller size of these cheeseburger party sliders make them an excellent convenient food for snacking at any gatherings. We whipped up a batch of our must try ‘special burger sauce’ that tastes amazing and is perfect for dipping the mini size cheeseburgers into.

Cheeseburger sliders on a white plate with sauce.

We enjoy these homemade cheeseburger sliders for dinner (the kids ask for them) with my air fryer French fries, easy house salad, crispy tater tots, and air fryer twice baked potatoes.

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • QUICK AND EASY – make in less than 30 minutes with no standing over a grill
  • NO MESS BURGERS – great way to make burgers without a grease mess
  • EVERYONE LOVES THEM – one of the most popular party appetizers or snack
  • MAKE AHEAD – perfect appetizer to make ahead of time

Ingredients

Be sure to check out the full recipe and ingredient list below in the recipe card

Ingredients for sliders and slider sauce labelled in small dishes.

Slider Ingredients:

  • Ground Beef – 1 pound of ground beef (93% lean)
  • Onion – yellow onion chopped
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper – Kosher salt and black pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Hawaiian Rolls – 12 sliced lengthwise
  • American Cheese Slices – 12 – 15 cheese slices
  • Butter – salted butter
  • Garlic Powder
  • Sesame Seeds – for the perfect topping with butter on the burger rolls

Burger Sauce Ingredients: Optional but so good if you like Big Macs

  • Mayonaise
  • Ketchup
  • Sweet Pickle Relish
  • Yellow Mustard
  • Granulated Sugar
  • White Vinegar
  • Paprika
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
Cheeseburger sliders on a piece of parchment paper.

Substitutions and additions

You can use any type of cheese you prefer on these sliders.

Use dinner rolls as a substitute, they can be store bought or homemade.

Step by step instructions for how to make cheeseburger sliders for a party

First few steps of how to make the slider reicpes.

STEP ONE – Preheat the oven to 350° F.

STEP TWO – n a large saute pan over medium heat add the ground beef, yellow onion, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and red pepper flakes. Stir for 6-8 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink. Remove the saute pan from the heat.

STEP THREE – Place the bottom of the Hawaiian rolls on a 9 x 13 baking sheet.

STEP FOUR – Place 6-9 slices of the cheese on the Hawaiian rolls.

Images for next few steps up to brushing the prepared sliders with the butter mixture.

STEP FIVE – Top the cheese with the ground beef.

STEP SIX – Top the ground beef with 6 slices of cheese.

STEP SEVEN – Place the tops of the buns on top.

STEP EIGHT – Place the melted butter and garlic powder in a small bowl. Mix until combined.

If you melt the butter in the microwave make sure you cut it into very small cubes, so it doesn’t spill over. The best option is to melt the butter in a small saucepan. Make sure it doesn’t go brown, you just want the butter to melt.

STEP NINE – With a pastry brush slather the top of the buns with the garlic butter. Reserve the remainder for when the sliders come out of the oven.

STEP TEN – Place in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted. If you feel the tops are getting too brown you can add an aluminum foil tent on top.

Images for how to make the sauce and brush sliders with remaining butter and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

STEP ELEVEN – While the sliders are cooking make the sauce. Add all the sauce ingredients into one bowl. Mix until combined.

STEP TWELVE – Remove the sliders from the oven. Slather the remainder of the garlic butter on top of the sliders.

STEP THIRTEEN – Sprinkle sesame seeds on top.

Variations

Add a few slices of your favorite cooked bacon to make cheeseburger sliders with bacon.

Use ground turkey instead of ground beef.

If you like your burgers spicy add some hot sauce or cayenne pepper to the burgers.

Sandra’s Top Tips

  • Drain the extra fat of the cooked ground beef so it does make the sliders soggy
  • Add the sesame seeds as soon you baste the buns with butter so they stick well
  • Cheeseburger sliders are best enjoyed served as soon as they are assembled so that the buns are soft and the ingredients are fresh
  • Serve with all your favorite burger toppings like lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise
  • Make a double or triple batch for a party you are going to need them!!
Sliders on a wooden board, hot from the oven, ready to be enjoyed.

Can I make these sliders ahead of time?

Yes, you can cook the beef mixture and prepare the special sauce and store them in the fridge the day before. Put them together just before you bake them so you do not get soggy sliders.

Storage and reheating instructions

Store any leftovers (we never seem to have any they are just too good) in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Reheat in the oven or air fryer at 350°F for up to 5 – 7 minutes or until heated through. When reheating place an aluminum foil tent on top so the tops do not get too hard!!

Reheat a single slider in the microwave for 20 seconds until warmed.

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Cheeseburger sliders on a wooden board.

Easy Cheeseburger Sliders


  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Description

These Easy Cheeseburger Sliders have the delicious classic combination of juicy beef seasoned to perfection with creamy American cheese layered throughout. These bite sized burgers are one of the ultimate make ahead appetizers for parties, game day tailgating snacks or a fun easy dinner.


Ingredients

1 pound ground beef (93% lean)

1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes

12 Hawaiian rolls, sliced lengthwise

1215 sliced American cheese slices

2 tablespoons salted butter, melted

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Sauce Ingredients

1 cup mayonnaise

1/4 to 1/2 cup ketchup

2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish

1 tablespoon yellow mustard

2 teaspoons white granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon white vinegar

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon onion powder


Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. In a large saute pan over medium heat add the ground beef, yellow onion, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and red pepper flakes. Stir for 6-8 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink. Remove the saute pan from the heat.
  3. Place the bottom of the Hawaiian rolls on a 9 x 13 baking sheet.
  4. Place 6-9 slices of the cheese on the Hawaiian rolls.
  5. Top the cheese with the ground beef.
  6. Top the ground beef with 6 slices of cheese.
  7. Place the tops of the buns on top.
  8. Place the butter and garlic powder in a small bowl. Mix until combined. If you melt the butter in the microwave make sure you cut it into very small cubes, so it doesn’t explode. The best option is to melt the butter in a small saucepan. Make sure it doesn’t go brown, you just want the butter to melt.
  9. With a pastry brush slather the top of the buns with the garlic butter. Reserve the remainder for when the sliders come out of the oven.
  10. Place in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted. If you feel the tops are getting too brown you can add an aluminum foil tent on top.
  11. While the sliders are cooking make the sauce. Add all the sauce ingredients into one bowl. Mix until combined.
  12. Remove the sliders from the oven. Slather the remainder of the garlic butter on top of the sliders.
  13. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top.

Notes

Storage and reheating instructions:

Store any leftovers (we never seem to have any they are just too good) in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Reheat in the oven or air fryer at 350°F for up to 5 – 7 minutes or until heated through. When reheating place an aluminum foil tent on top so the tops do not get too hard!!

Reheat a single slider in the microwave for 20 seconds until warmed.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cheeseburger sliders, cheeseburger slider with Hawaiian rolls, Hawaiian roll cheeseburger sliders, homemade sliders with Hawaiian rolls

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