Cheeseburger sliders are made with homemade juicy patties sandwiched between buttery rolls baked until cheesy, golden, and crispy! Everyone can pull one of these shareable mini burgers off the tray and top it how they like it!
Mini Burger Sliders
I love mini appetizers! Whether they’re handheld or bite-sized versions of a traditional serving of comfort food, I think it’s a genius way to serve a crowd a little bit of everything.
These cheeseburger sliders are a simplified version of my hamburger recipe and they’re sort of a cross between my baked hamburgers and cheeseburger meatballs. They’re perfect for serving at game day parties, backyard BBQs, birthday parties, or a fun twist on burger night.
Imagine biting into that juicy burger topped with melty cheese between a buttery, crispy, golden bun! They easily pull apart into individual mini cheeseburger sliders which makes for easy entertaining. You can even make them ahead of time and reheat them later on!
How to Make this Cheeseburger Sliders Recipe
Each of the individual patties is made with juicy lean ground beef, BBQ sauce, and simple seasoning. They’re sandwiched between sheets of Hawaiian rolls then the burgers are topped with a slice of cheese and a slathering of mayo on the top half of the rolls. Then just before baking, the entire batch of burgers is soaked in a deliciously seasoned tangy garlic butter sprinkled with sesame seeds.
- Keep the Hawaiian rolls joined for convenience. It’s a lot easier to treat it as a sheet of bread rather than individual buns.
- Use a serrated knife to slice through the rolls to get an even layer of the bun on each half.
- Do not overwork the ground beef mixture. Mix just enough to keep the moisture intact so that it doesn’t turn out dry.
- Let the melted butter mixture soak into the bread for 10 minutes before baking. This will give it a chance to get into the bread rather than just sitting on top.
- When serving, place a toothpick in the center to hold everything together.
- Season the burger patties to your liking. Sprinkle in some garlic powder, onion powder, or Italian seasoning if you like, for a slightly different flavor. A hamburger seasoning would taste delicious.
- Instead of mayo spread burger sauce over the buns.
- Take these out to the grill and wrap them in foil and place them on the grill for 5 minutes until the cheese has melted.
- Different buns. Love the Hawaiian rolls, but if you can’t find them or prefer something else, can use dinner rolls or hamburger buns instead.
Delicious Topping Ideas
- Caramelized onions
- American cheese
- Swiss cheese
- Crispy fried onions
More Easy Appetizer Ideas:
- 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter , melted
- 1 Tablespoon mustard
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
- 12 Hawaiian dinner rolls
- 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 pound ground beef
- 2 Tablespoons BBQ sauce
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 6 slices cheddar cheese , cut in half
For serving: Lettuce, Tomatoes, Pickles
- In a small bowl, whisk together the butter, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, and sesame seeds. Set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and butter a 9×13" baking dish. Slice Hawaiian rolls in half horizontally using a large bread knife. Make sure to keep the rolls connected to each other while cutting. Once sliced, remove the top section and place on a cutting board. Spread mayonnaise over the inside. Add the bottom section of the rolls to your baking dish.
- In a medium bowl, combine the beef, BBQ sauce, salt, and pepper. Divide and press beef mixture into 12 small patties. In a skillet over medium heat, cook about 2 minutes per side, or until the center is no longer pink.
- In the baking dish, place a patty onto each roll. Add the slices of cheese and cover with top roll section, evenly matching up the rolls.
- Pour sauce evenly over the rolls. Let sit about 10 minutes for sauce to soak in.
- Cover sliders with foil and bake 10 to 15 minutes. Uncover and cook an additional 2 minutes to brown the top of the rolls.
- Add desired toppings, by removing the top rolls. Place a toothpick in the middle to hold together, if desired. Best served while hot.
- Add desired toppings such as cooked bacon, pickles, and tomatoes before baking.
- Use a variation of cheeses such as Swiss or American.
- Instead of mayo, spread on a hamburger sauce.
- Another fun way to make these is to wrap with foil and place on the grill until melted, about 5 minutes.
Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.
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