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Cheeseburger Sliders

Quick and easy cheeseburger sliders are made with homemade juicy patties sandwiched between buttery rolls baked until cheesy, golden, and crispy! Perfect for game day or a weeknight dinner, everyone will love these pull apart burgers.

cheeseburger sliders in baking dish
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Easy 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. Ham and cheese sliders and buffalo chicken sliders are two other favorites we love on game day! You can even make them ahead of time and reheat them later on!

Cheeseburger Slider Ingredients

  • Hawaiian dinner rolls: I love to use my homemade Hawaiian rolls but store bought works great!
  • Mayonnaise: Adds a slight tang, use your favorite brand.
  • Ground beef: Juicy lean ground beef makes the best burgers. You will need one pound.
  • BBQ sauce: Adds the right amount of sweet taste.
  • Cheddar cheese: Or your favorite cheese slices.
  • Garlic butter sauce: Unsalted butter, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt and sesame seeds.

Variations

  • 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.

How to Make Cheeseburger Sliders

This easy cheeseburger slider recipe comes together in a few simple steps!

Photo collage showing step by step how to make cheeseburger sliders.
  1. Make garlic butter sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together the melted butter, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, and sesame seeds.
  2. Prep Hawaiian rolls: Slice Hawaiian rolls in half horizontally using a large bread knife. Remove the top section and slather mayonnaise over the top half of the rolls. Add the bottom section of the rolls to your buttered and prepared 9×13 baking dish.
  3. Make burgers: In a medium bowl, combine the ground beef, BBQ sauce, salt, and pepper then form into 12 small patties. Heat a skillet over medium heat and cook your burgers about 2 minutes per side, or until the center is no longer pink.
  4. Assemble sliders: 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.
  5. Pour sauce over rolls: Pour your tangy garlic butter sauce over the rolls and then let it sit for 10 minutes so the sauce has time to soak into everything.
  6. Bake: Cover your sliders with foil and bake at 350 degrees F 10 to 15 minutes then uncover and cook an additional 2 minutes to brown the top of the rolls. Serve hot with your favorite toppings!

Hamburger Sliders Tips

  • 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.
cheeseburger sliders pulling out of pan

How to Serve Sliders

Sliders are so fun and can be served as an appetizer, lunch or even at dinner! Try them with a side of baked potato wedges and burger sauce for dipping. Here are some more of our favorite toppings!

  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Bacon
  • Pickles
  • Ketchup
  • Caramelized onions
  • Mustard
  • American cheese slices
  • Swiss cheese
  • Crispy fried onions

FAQs

Can I make these ahead?

Yes, sliders are great to make ahead. You can pre-make these up to a day in advance and store covered in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, remove from the refrigerator 15 minutes before baking and then proceed with directions. If baking from cold, you may need to add a few minutes of time the cooking time.

What makes a burger a slider?

Sliders are smaller than a burger and often they are cooked with onions and pickles. I have opted in this slider recipe to customize them with BBQ sauce, it not only keeps them kid friendly but everyone then can top them how they like, which is great for a crowd!

How do you keep sliders from getting soggy?

The cheese helps create a barrier to prevent sogginess as well as uncovering the cheesburger sliders the last few minutes helps them bake up golden!

How big should my patties be for a slider?

Each slider should be about 2 inches in diameter or roughly 2 ounces. This makes them small enough to fit on the bun.

cheeseburger slider on plate

Storage

While these are best fresh, you can store them refrigerated for 2-3 days. Warm up by wrapping in foil and reheating in the oven until warm, or wrap an individual slider in a paper towel and reheat in the microwave.

To freeze, wrap each burger slider individually so it’s easier to just pull out of the freezer and reheat. Store in a freezer safe bag to prevent them from drying out.

We love these other easy appetizer ideas include sausage balls, pigs in a blanket and meatball sliders!

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Cheeseburger Sliders

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
Quick and easy cheeseburger sliders are made with homemade juicy patties sandwiched between buttery rolls baked until cheesy, golden, and crispy! Perfect for game day or a weeknight dinner, everyone will love these pull apart burgers.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients 

Sauce

  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter , melted
  • 1 Tablespoon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

Hamburgers

  • 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

    Instructions

    Sauce

    • In a small bowl, whisk together the butter, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, and sesame seeds. Set aside.

    Hamburgers

    • 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.

    Notes

    Variation:
    • 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

    Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 572mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 270IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 1mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: Appetizer
    Cuisine: American

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