Sliders

$16.11 recipe / $2.69 serving
by Monti - Budget Bytes
3.34 from 6 votes
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These super-tasty, mouthwatering Sliders feature savory beef and pork patties tucked into pillowy Hawaiian rolls dripping with American cheese.  They’re a fabulous way to feed a crowd without much fuss because they come together quickly and are made by the dozen. That’s why this easy Slider recipe is my go-to for parties, potlucks, tailgates, or a quick weeknight meal. Make it once, and it’ll become the same for you!

Close up side view of a stack of sliders.

What Are Sliders?

For the most part, sliders refer to a miniature sandwich, in this case, tiny hamburgers. Traditionally, slider patties are made individually from a ball of beef smashed on a grill with chopped onions.  In this recipe, we mix raw onions in the meat and bake one giant patty. We then sandwich the patty between uncut sheets of Hawaiian rolls with loads of cheese, bake it again until the cheese melts, and then cut it into a dozen sliders. Easy!

Ingredients for Sliders

There are many ways to make sliders, but the basic ingredients are the same: ground meat, bread, onion, cheese, and toppings. You can get creative with your toppings, but I’ve kept things really simple here. This is what you’ll need to make quick and easy Sliders:

  • Ground Beef and Pork: You can buy ground pork for a third of the price of ground beef, so I used equal parts of each in the patty to keep things budget-friendly. Feel free to go with all ground beef (or all ground pork), as the recipe directions won’t change. Remember that pork is white meat, so the color of these patties is lighter than a traditional burger patty.
  • Onions: add depth and bulk to the patty but are not essential. If you’re not a fan, keep them out of the mix.
  • Burger Seasoning: The spices in this mix add deep flavor to the meat. We’ve got a great Homemade Burger Seasoning recipe, but your favorite seasoning blend will also work here. You can also just use up to a teaspoon of salt and a few cracks of black pepper. 
  • Cheese: American cheese slices are wallet-friendly and offer superior melting. Of course, you can substitute them with your preferred melting cheese. 
  • Hawaiian Rolls: These make up the bun of our sliders. They are sold in uncut sheets, simplifying the cooking process. You can substitute the rolls with your favorite hamburger rolls, though it will change the yield and, of course, the assembly steps.
  • Everything Bagel Seasoning: This is used to add flavor and texture to the slider buns. You can substitute it with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or flaky salt. This ingredient can also be omitted

What To Serve With Sliders

You can’t go wrong pairing sliders with anything potato-based like French Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, or Potato Salad. They’re also great with Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, or, for the ultimate indulgence, Nacho Cheese Dip. (Don’t knock a nacho cheese-dipped Slider until you’ve tried it!)

How To Store Sliders

If you have leftovers, remove the patty from the bun and refrigerate the bread and meat in separate air-tight containers. When ready to eat, reheat in individual sheet pans in a 350°F oven. Warm the bread for a few minutes and pull the patties when they start to steam. Then assemble.

Side view of individual sliders on a wooden cutting board.
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Sliders

3.34 from 6 votes
This easy recipe for sliders is great for feeding a crowd at parties, potlucks, tailgates, or just for a quick weeknight meal.
Side view of individual sliders on a wooden cutting board.
Servings 6 (2 sliders each)
Prep 20 minutes
Cook 35 minutes
cool time 5 minutes
Total 1 hour

Ingredients

Instructions 

  • Set an oven rack in the center of your oven and preheat it to 375°F. Line a sheet pan with a sheet pan rack. Add the ground beef and pork to a bowl. Sprinkle with onions, salt, and burger seasoning, and lightly mix.
  • Add a sheet of parchment paper to your work surface. Press the meat onto the parchment paper and shape it into a 8×12-inch rectangle. Place the parchment paper with the meat on it on the sheet pan rack.
  • Top the meat with another sheet of parchment paper, then place a second sheet pan on top of it. Bake for 20 minutes or until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 150°F.
  • In the meantime, slice the rolls in half lengthwise. Brush the rolls with 2 tablespoons of butter.
  • Once the 20 minutes are up and the meat has reached an internal temperature of 150°F, remove the top sheet pan from the oven. Then remove the sheet pan that has the meat in it from the oven. Remove the top layer of parchment paper to reveal a large meat patty.
  • Use two large spatulas to remove the meat from the parchment paper on the sheet pan rack. Top the bottom rolls with the large meat patty.
  • Add the 6 slices of American cheese in a single layer.
  • Place the top rolls on top of the meat and cheese. Brush the tops with the last 2 tablespoons of butter. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of Everything But The Bagel Seasoning.
  • Cook for 15 minutes or until the bread toasts and the cheese melts. Remove from the oven and cool for a few minutes before slicing into individual sliders. Serve on a platter and enjoy your the oohs and ahhs at your get-together!

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Nutrition

Serving: 2slidersCalories: 728kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 36gFat: 49gSodium: 954mgFiber: 1g
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A hand picking up a slider from a platter, viewed from above.

How to Make Sliders – Step by Step Photos

Ground beef and pork in a bowl with diced onion.

Set an oven rack in the center of your oven and preheat it to 375°F. Line a sheet pan with a sheet pan rack. Add 1 lb. ground beef and 1 lb. ground pork to a bowl. Sprinkle with 1 diced white onion, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1 Tbsp burger seasoning, and lightly mix. 

Seasoned meat mixture shaped into a rectangle on a sheet pan with parchment.

Add a sheet of parchment paper to your work surface. Press the meat onto the parchment paper and shape it into a 8×12-inch rectangle. Place the parchment paper with the meat on it on the sheet pan rack. 

Parchment and second sheet pan on top of meat.

Top the meat with another sheet of parchment paper, then place a second sheet pan on top of it. Bake for 20 minutes or until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 150°F.

Hawaiian rolls cut in half being brushed with butter.

In the meantime, slice one sheet of 12 sweet Hawaiian rolls in half lengthwise. Brush the rolls with 2 tablespoons of butter. 

Cooked slider meat on the sheet pan.

Once the 20 minutes are up and the meat has reached an internal temperature of 150°F, remove the top sheet pan from the oven. Then remove the sheet pan that has the meat in it from the oven. Remove the top layer of parchment paper to reveal a large meat patty.

Baked meat on the bottom Hawaiian rolls.

Use two large spatulas to remove the meat from the parchment paper on the sheet pan rack. Top the bottom rolls with the large meat patty.

American cheese slices on top of the meat.

Add the 6 slices of American cheese in a single layer.

Rolls on top and everything bagel seasoning being sprinkled on top.

Place the top rolls on top of the meat and cheese. Brush the tops with the last 2 tablespoons of butter. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of Everything But The Bagel Seasoning. 

Final baked sliders out of the oven.

Cook for 15 minutes or until the bread toasts and the cheese melts. Remove from the oven and cool for a few minutes before slicing into individual sliders. Serve on a platter and enjoy your the oohs and ahhs at your get-together!

Slider being picked up from the group with the cheese pulling.
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  1. Eay enough to prep, but cook time is not long enough. Only used 1 pound of meat and they were a soggy mess after 35 minutes of cook time. Hoping they are salvageable.

  2. This was really similar to a recipe I had made on the Tasty.co site so I referenced some things from there. I didn’t do the parchment paper or measuring, I just pressed the meat into a 9×13 and made sure it was slightly larger than the rolls for shrinkage. When it was done, I just wiped up the extra grease on the meat and pan with paper towels before assembling the sliders.

    The only reason I give 4 stars is because my sliders were THICC. I got the Aldi brand Hawaiian rolls that were 12 each to a package, and the meat patty was way too much. I would use 8 oz each next time to total 1 lb, not 2.

  3. This recipe is great! It was easy and very hands off for most of the cook which I appreciate!
    I did not put a pan on top as I misread the instructions and it took almost twice as long to cook the meat, so I am attributing that to user error.
    A cool hack for shaping the meat is to put it into the white cardboard tray that the hawaiian rolls come in, it will be the same size as the buns while its raw, but do be warned, it will shrink a bit in the oven. The shrinkage was okay for me because I would rather just press the meat into the cardboard form than deal with some measurements.

  4. The directions for this recipe make no sense. I tried reading and re-reading them while making this and it was so confusing. Why use a wire rack if you are going to put parchment paper on top of it? The meat juices just went everywhere, all over my oven. Then what are you supposed to do, remove the wire rack and put a new sheet of parchment paper with the rolls on it? Or put the rolls on the wire rack?

    Recipes from this site are usually a winner but sorry, I couldn’t make heads or tails of this one. I had to guess at it to try and make the finished product work which was annoying and took a long time.

    1. Hmm, it’s hard to say without seeing it in person, but perhaps the onion pieces were too big and preventing the meat from baking together solidly?

  5. The measurements are confusing to me because it looks like the patty is supposed to be the same size as the block of rolls, and the rolls are about 6.5×8.5. Is the meat supposed to contract while cooking?

    1. The meat does contract a little while cooking (you can see down in the step by step photo where the meat left a mark on the parchment after it was cooked). It’s also possible that your rolls might be a different size than what we used?

  6. What if you don’t have a sheet pan rack? Can you’d till make this?

    1. The rack helps the meat stay up out of the juices, but if you don’t have one you can still make it, you may just want to blot the bottom of the meat a little before placing it on the buns so they don’t get soggy. :)

      1. Great recipe! I think the measurement of the meat rectangle is wrong though. I used a 12×16 baking sheet but only about a 10×8 or so meat rectangle. If I did 12×16 it would have been the whole sheet and a lot of meat hanging off the edge.

        1. Thanks for catching that, Bob. I re-measured and it’s definitely 8×12-inch. It looks like Monti may have measured wrong. The recipe has been updated to reflect.

        2. I usually love recipes from this site and trust that they’re going to be good but this just wasn’t it. I made it hoping it would be easier than regular burgers, but it ended up being just as much work, if not more. And the way the meat cooks and just steams itself leaves it tasting more like sad meatloaf than a hamburger slider.

    1. Ground turkey has a less fat than ground pork, so it will definitely change both the flavor and texture of the sliders.

    1. If you have a chaffing dish, that would probably be the only method for keeping them warm. If you don’t, just make sure they’re not sitting out at room temperature for more than two hours.