This Cheeseburger Sliders Recipe using Hawaiian Rolls are made with ground beef, garlic powder, onion powder, onion, cheese, Hawaiian sweet rolls and baked to perfection.
This is a super simple slider recipe all made in the oven. You start by cooking the meat first in the oven as a single layer, then top onto the Hawaiian rolls along with the cheese and onions and bake once more. These come out absolutely superb. These little sliders are so quick, no mess, and easy to make. You only need to use the oven to make this. These Baked Beef Sliders with Hawaiian Rolls are perfect for gamedays, appetizers, or any gathering. These are sweet, butter, salt, with amazing melted cheese. What is not to like?
This was inspired by my Sloppy Joe sliders to make this.
Baked Beef Sliders Ingredients
- Ground beef
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Hawaiian sweet rolls
- Everything but the bagel seasoning
See recipe card for quantities.
How to make Cheeseburger Sliders Recipe
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Combine the beef, salt, pepper and garlic powder in a 9x9 inch baking dish and press into a flat, even layer. Bake for 20 minutes and drain the liquid after.
Prepare a baking sheet and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Slice the rolls lengthwise. Place the bottom half of the rolls onto the baking sheet. With two spatulas, place the meat onto the bottom half of the rolls, followed by the cheese, onions, and top layer.
Brush the tops of the rolls with melted butter and sprinkle the sesame seeds on top.
Bake for 15 minutes, watching closely, until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted. Slice into individual sliders.
Hint: Make sure to cook the beef first and then adding back into the oven with the bread, cheese and onions.
- Beef: These will work best with ground beef. With a similar texture, ground chicken or ground turkey can be superb substitutes for ground beef.
- Seasoning: I love using garlic and onion powder for this recipe. If you want something spicier, you could always add chili powder or paprika.
- Onion: I love using white onion for this recipe. You could either use red or yellow onion. Another great substitute would be shallots or green onion.
- Cheese: I used cracker cut cheese to individually place them on each slide. The cheese will melt so this doesn’t really matter, but it is totally up to you. I have always preferred cheddar cheese for burgers, but you can use American, provolone, or smoked gouda.
- Rolls: I used the Hawaiian rolls for this recipe. You can use any sweet rolls you prefer.
- Butter: Brushing the rolls with melted butter will complete this recipe. It is so delicious. If you prefer not to use butter, any oil will work as well.
- Everything but the bagel seasoning: I love using a combination of sesame, pepper, and poppy that this seasoning gives you. If you prefer, you can simply use only sesame or poppy.
Cheeseburger Sliders Recipe Variations
Here are some delicious variations on the classic cheeseburger sliders recipe:
- Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders: Add crispy bacon slices to your sliders for an extra burst of flavor and crunch.
- Hawaiian Cheeseburger Sliders: Top your sliders with grilled pineapple, teriyaki sauce, and a slice of Swiss cheese for a sweet and savory twist.
- Southwest Cheeseburger Sliders: Add some spice to your sliders by topping them with jalapenos, pepper jack cheese, and a dollop of guacamole.
- Philly Cheeseburger Sliders: Top your sliders with sautéed onions, peppers, and a slice of provolone cheese for a Philly cheesesteak-inspired twist.
- BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders: Brush your sliders with BBQ sauce, add crispy bacon, and top with cheddar cheese for a delicious BBQ twist.
- Mushroom Swiss Cheeseburger Sliders: Sauté some mushrooms and top your sliders with Swiss cheese for a classic flavor combination.
- Blue Cheese Burger Sliders: Add crumbled blue cheese to your sliders for a tangy and flavorful twist.
- Mexican Cheeseburger Sliders: Top your sliders with salsa, queso fresco cheese, and fresh cilantro for a delicious Mexican-inspired twist.
To make baked cheeseburger sliders, you will need the following equipment:
- Baking dish: You will need a baking dish to bake the sliders in. A 9x13 inch baking dish works well for this recipe. I love using my Caraway baking dishes for best quality.
- Mixing bowl: You will need a mixing bowl to mix the ground beef with the seasonings and other ingredients.
- Wooden spoon or spatula: You will need a wooden spoon or spatula to mix the ground beef mixture together.
- Sharp knife: You will need a sharp knife to cut the slider buns in half and to slice the cheese and any other toppings.
- Cutting board: You will need a cutting board to cut the slider buns, cheese, and any other toppings.
- Measuring cups and spoons: You will need measuring cups and spoons to measure out the ingredients accurately.
- Oven: You will need an oven to bake the sliders in.
- Oven mitts or pot holders: You will need oven mitts or pot holders to safely remove the hot baking dish from the oven.
How to store Cheeseburger Sliders
To store cheeseburger sliders, follow these simple steps:
- Let the sliders cool completely: Before storing your cheeseburger sliders, let them cool completely to room temperature. This will prevent condensation from forming inside the storage container, which can make the sliders soggy.
- Place the sliders in an airtight container: Place the sliders in an airtight container, such as a Tupperware container or a resealable plastic bag. Make sure to place the sliders in a single layer so they don't stick together.
- Label and date the container: Label the container with the contents and the date so you can keep track of how long the sliders have been in the refrigerator.
- Refrigerate the sliders: Place the container of sliders in the refrigerator and store for up to 3-4 days.
- Reheat the sliders: To reheat the sliders, place them on a baking sheet and bake in a 350°F oven for 5-10 minutes, or until heated through. You can also reheat them in the microwave for 30-60 seconds, but they may not be as crispy as they were when first baked.
Cheeseburger Sliders Recipe Top tips
Here are some top tips for making the best cheeseburger sliders:
- Use good quality ground beef: The quality of the ground beef will greatly affect the flavor of your sliders. Choose ground beef with a higher fat content (80/20 or 85/15) for the juiciest and most flavorful sliders.
- Season the beef well: Don't be shy with the seasoning! Add plenty of salt, pepper, garlic powder, and any other seasonings you like to the ground beef mixture for maximum flavor.
- Use a flavorful cheese: The cheese is a key component of the cheeseburger sliders, so choose a flavorful cheese like cheddar, Swiss, or pepper jack.
- Toast the buns: To add an extra layer of flavor and texture, toast the slider buns before assembling the sliders. You can do this in the oven or on a griddle.
- Customize the toppings: Cheeseburger sliders are a great canvas for adding your favorite toppings. Consider adding bacon, avocado, caramelized onions, or pickles to your sliders.
- Use a baking dish with high sides: When baking the sliders, use a baking dish with high sides to prevent any grease or juices from overflowing.
- Let the sliders rest before serving: After baking the sliders, let them rest for a few minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute and the cheese to set. This will prevent the sliders from falling apart when you take a bite.
We sometimes take for a granted that we have years (or decades) of cooking experience, that the average visitor may not. Add to, or remove from, the list below with health and safety tips.
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove