These Cheeseburger Sliders with Hawaiian Rolls are completely loaded with flavor. From the ground beef and onions to the classic burger sauce and buttery rolls topped with sesame seeds, these are sure to be a game day favorite!
These sliders start with seasoned onions and ground beef, which is sautéed in a pan, rather than taking the time to make patties from the meat, which would require extra ingredients.
It's a bit messier like this, but just as good as burgers, if not better. Plus, game day & bar food is known for getting your hands dirty (think chicken wings), and these sliders fit into that category.
I'm pretty much obsessed with the burger sauce, which is a combination of ketchup, mustard, mayo and dill relish. It is delish! These are a must have on game day and for Super Bowl Sunday.
For more must have game day appetizers, try these Pulled Pork Egg Rolls, Fried Pickle Dip, Buffalo Chicken Wonton Cups and Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers. Also, check out this list of the top 10 Super Bowl foods.
Why You'll Love These Sliders:
- Quick and Easy. These Cheeseburger Sliders are ready in less than 30 minutes.
- Minimal Ingredients and Prep Time. Simple ingredients come together and these sliders only require a little bit of chopping.
- The Best Game Day Appetizer. These burgers are the ultimate football food and great for Super Bowl parties.
- Flavor Filled. Seasoned beef and onions meet a creamy, tangy burger sauce and the Hawaiian rolls are coated in butter with sesame seeds. There's so much flavor!
Ground Beef: I recommend using a 85/15 ground beef. This keeps the meat juicy and fattier like a burger without all the extra grease that soaks into the bread. A 93/7 ground beef will be too dry for this recipe and is not ideal.
Onions: Sautéed with the ground beef to add subtle flavor to the meat.
King's Hawaiian Rolls: The original sweet rolls are cut into 12 small sliders, which is perfect for this recipe. They also slice into a top and bottom half really easily, so you don't have to load up each individual roll.
American Cheese: Gives this recipe that classic burger feel and melts so well in minutes in the oven.
Burger Sauce: Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Yellow Mustard and Dill Relish whisk together for the creamiest sauce with just a bit of crunch from the pickle. If you love sauce, double it up and save half for dipping.
Butter: Salted Butter is melted and brushed on for a savory topping for the sweet rolls.
Sesame Seeds: An optional topping for texture that sticks right onto the melted butter.
See recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.
Substitutions and Variations:
Substitute the American Cheese with Colby, Cheddar or Swiss Cheese.
Add 4 slices of chopped bacon on top of the ground beef for bacon burger sliders.
Looking for a lower carb version? Try these Deconstructed Burger Bowls without the bread.
How to Make Cheeseburger Sliders with Hawaiian Rolls:
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place a large skillet over the stovetop on medium heat. Toss in olive oil and onions and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring often.
Step 2: Add in the ground beef and cook until no longer pink, breaking the meat up with a wooden spoon as it cooks.
Step 3: Sprinkle in the garlic powder, salt and pepper and stir. Once the beef is fully cooked, remove the beef to a bowl with a slotted spoon to leave the grease in the pan.
Step 4: To make the burger sauce, whisk together the mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, and relish until combined.
Step 5: Slice the Hawaiian rolls through the center to separate them into a top and bottom half. Lay onto a cookie sheet open side up. Spread the burger sauce on the inner top half of the rolls. Layer the beef and onions on the bottom half of the rolls and top with American Cheese Slices.
Step 6: Carefully place the top portion over the bottom to create the sliders. Brush the tops of the rolls with melted butter and sprinkle over the sesame seeds. Bake for 5-6 minutes in the oven until the cheese is melted.
Step 7: Slice the rolls into 12 individual sliders. Serve and enjoy!
- Remove most of the grease from the beef by using a slotted spoon to transfer the meat into a bowl and leave the grease in the pan.
- Be careful when flipping the top layer with the sauce onto the sliders.
- Use a sharp knife when slicing the sliders into 12. It can get a bit messy here!
Toasting the buns help with avoiding soggy texture. Also, don't dump a bunch of grease from the meat onto the buns. Drain it first.
If you have leftovers, store them in tin foil packages of two to three sliders in fridge. This makes them easy to pop into the oven, I leave them wrapped in the foil, and heat at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes until hot. Use within 2-3 days.
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