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By: Becky Hardin

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Cheeseburger Sliders are a fun and easy meal perfect for those busy school nights or fun game days! When I’m not sure what to make for dinner, my son Henry always requests these. There’s nothing better than these easy baked sliders for feeding a hungry crowd. It’s a recipe we make throughout the year and also one of our favorite game day recipes.

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What’s in this Cheeseburger Sliders Recipe?

I simply cannot get enough baked sliders in my life. Being a parent is busy, especially around back to school, and these cheeseburger sliders are just one way I make life easier. I tested several ways to make the burger part of these sliders, and once I developed this technique, I knew I’d found a winner. Here’s what I included in the recipe:

  • Ground Beef: These sliders are made using a huge ground beef burger patty! It’s easy to make and provides a tasty and juicy base for our cheeseburgers. We recommend using lean ground beef.
  • Sautéed Onion: Although optional, the sautéed onions are my favorite part of these sliders. We usually add them to half the pan to make sure everyone at the party can enjoy a slider.
  • Hawaiian Rolls: I love the subtle sweetness that using Hawaiian roll slider buns provides. You can use your favorite rolls if you prefer.
  • Quality Cheese: We used cheddar, Swiss, pepper jack, and provolone. It was fun to make every cheeseburger a little different. Use your favorite quality cheese slices and don’t be afraid to get creative! We might try pub cheese for the Super Bowl!
  • Sesame Butter Spread: This really takes the flavor profile up a notch! It’s a simple addition that we hope you try.

Pro Tip: I always check the internal temperature of the meat in the center of the pan with an instant-read thermometer. Use my burger temperature chart to find the perfect temp for you!

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Variations on Hawaiian Roll Cheeseburger Sliders

I’ve chosen to make our baked sliders with bacon, onion, and cheese, but there are so many ways you can change things up and keep things fun. Here are some ways we have customized this recipe:

  • Add some peanut butter! Have you ever heard of a goober burger? It’s a cheeseburger topped with peanut butter. Sounds weird but trust me; they’re delish. It’s a bit of a Missouri tradition (the Wagon Wheel Inn was somewhere we frequented in my childhood). I hope you give it a try because it’s truly fantastic.
  • Add other toppings such as tomatoes, bacon, pickles, or more! Any ingredients that won’t wilt (aka lettuce) would be a great addition to these baked burgers! I like to have a toppings bar on hand when feeding a crowd.
  • Get creative with the cheese selection. Cheeseburgers are meant to be made with all kinds of different cheeses. I want to try pub cheese on these next!
  • Use Chicken or Turkey instead of Beef.Any ground meat will work in this fun and easy recipe. Win! Buffalo Chicken would be a fun variation!
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How to Store and Reheat

Store leftover cheeseburger sliders in an airtight container, or wrapped tightly in aluminum foil for up to 4 days. Reheat in a 350°F oven for 15-20 minutes, or until warmed through.

How to Freeze

Freeze these baked sliders individually wrapped in 2 layers of plastic wrap and 1 layer of aluminum foil for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Serving Suggestions

The great thing about these cheeseburger sliders is that they’re so versatile. I serve them on their own as an appetizer, or serve them with everything from French fries to soft pretzels. Some of my favorite kid-friendly sides are avocado fries, baked sweet potato chips, tater tots, corn ribs, and loaded mac and cheese.

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5-Star Review

“This is bar none one of the most delicious recipes I have ever made. My husband was over the moon! Thank you!!” – Lisa

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Cheeseburger Sliders Recipe

4.57 from 476 votes

Author: Becky Hardin

Prep: 10 minutes minutes

Cook: 40 minutes minutes

Total: 50 minutes minutes

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Baked Cheeseburger Sliders are loaded with cheese, sautéed onion, sesame butter, and a juicy ground beef patty. These are a perfect Super Bowl recipe to feed your hungry crowd.

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Ingredients

For the Cheeseburgers

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ white onion diced
  • 12 slider-sized Hawaiian rolls (1 package)
  • 12 (¾-ounce) cheese snack bars any flavor — I used Borden

For the Glaze (Optional)

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter melted (½ stick)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ tablespoon sesame seeds

Recommended Equipment

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F

  • Combine the beef and spices in a bowl.

    2 pounds lean ground beef, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 2 teaspoons ground black pepper

  • Press the beef into the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish into a flat and even layer.

  • Bake for 20 minutes. Drain the liquid and set aside.

  • In a large skillet set over medium-high heat add the olive oil. Add in the diced onion and stir to coat. Cook until onion is translucent and fragrant. Drain excess oil fully and set aside.

    1 tablespoon olive oil, ½ white onion

  • Slice the rolls in half lengthwise. Place the bottom half in the same baking dish.

    12 slider-sized Hawaiian rolls

  • Top the bottom half of the rolls with the cooked beef, then the onions, then slices of cheese in a single layer. Top with the top half of the rolls.

    12 (¾-ounce) cheese snack bars

  • In a small bowl combine the melted butter and all other ingredients for the butter topping. (optional, see note)

    ¼ cup unsalted butter, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, ½ tablespoon sesame seeds

  • Brush the tops of the rolls liberally with melted butter (or pour it over) mixture and sprinkle the sesame seeds on top.

  • Bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melty.

  • Slice into individual sliders and serve hot. Enjoy!

Last step! Don’t forget to show me a pic of what you made! Upload an image or tag me @thecookierookie on Instagram!

Becky’s tips

  • The Sesame Butter is optional. You can use as little or as much as you’d like. It helps to keep the bread from getting too dry and toasted. Alternatively, you can tent the dish with foil to keep the tops from burning.
  • Check the internal temperature of the meat in the center of the pan with an instant-read thermometer. Use my burger temperature chart to find the perfect temp for you!

Storage:Store cheeseburger sliders in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 2sliders Calories: 736kcal (37%) Carbohydrates: 40g (13%) Protein: 46g (92%) Fat: 43g (66%) Saturated Fat: 20g (125%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 14g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 161mg (54%) Sodium: 1057mg (46%) Potassium: 595mg (17%) Fiber: 3g (13%) Sugar: 10g (11%) Vitamin A: 672IU (13%) Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) Calcium: 392mg (39%) Iron: 6mg (33%)

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Meet Becky Hardin

Becky Hardin is a wife and mother living in Saint Louis Missouri. She founded The Cookie Rookie in 2012 as a creative way to share recipes. Now, she is a trusted resource for easy cooking around the world, being featured in Taste of Home, The Kitchn, ABC’s Home and Family, and more. Here at The Cookie Rookie she is the editor in chief of all recipes and continues to enjoy sharing her passion for cooking for busy families. She has since founded two additional food blogs, Easy Chicken Recipes and Easy Dessert Recipes.

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Briana McManus

Posted on 3/18/2024

I enjoyed this recipe! For those who did and it turned out “soggy” more than likely you undercooked your meat, and didn’t drain the grease. I personally like to over cook the meat too well done and then bake to avoid any sogginess! But that’s just me :) as well as using higher grade cheese prevents any extra grease and the glaze is a GLAZEEE not a SAUCE please just drizzle to liking! But 10/10 !Cheeseburger Sliders (Baked Sliders Recipe) - The Cookie Rookie® (15)

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Nick

Posted on 2/11/2024

Took the show for superbowl!Cheeseburger Sliders (Baked Sliders Recipe) - The Cookie Rookie® (17)

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Tonya

Posted on 2/11/2024

My husband said over and over again these are the best sliders he’s ever had. After reading the reviews, I purposely undercooked the burger to medium. I was careful to use a small amount of the sauce, and I used a fresh pan to bake the sliders, once assembled. I also cooked them at 425 for 12 minutes and they came out perfect!!Cheeseburger Sliders (Baked Sliders Recipe) - The Cookie Rookie® (19)

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Sherry Walker

Posted on 2/1/2024

I made these for dinner this evening and I agree that they were a mess all the way! I went by the instructions and the bottoms were hard as a rock. I cooked them in a thick glass baking dish. They were soggy, tasteless and just not good. I’m becoming weary of these online recipes! I regret the money that I put into this! If you’re thinking about making these, DON’T!!

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Jenn

Posted on 1/18/2024

I made these last week and since then my husband hasn’t stopped asking when I am making them again!! Absolutely delicious!!Cheeseburger Sliders (Baked Sliders Recipe) - The Cookie Rookie® (22)

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Casey

Posted on 1/7/2024

I made these today but I seasoned the meat to my liking before cooking and used ghost pepper Monterey Jack, sautéed onions and pickles on top of the meet. I used light glaze on top with sesame seeds and I used a tent foil on top of the sliders while they were cooking as some of the commenters said there’s burned or were too dry. They turned out perfect, husband and kids loved them.Cheeseburger Sliders (Baked Sliders Recipe) - The Cookie Rookie® (24)

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Heather Brandt

Posted on 12/19/2023

These were a mess all the way around to meat not done. To the temp off. To the buns sticking, to the buns being too crispy. It was a deconstructed burger by the end.

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Samantha Marceau

Posted on 12/20/2023

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We’re sorry to hear this recipe didn’t work out as expected, Heather!

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Mike

Posted on 1/20/2024

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Same issue here. Epic fail!

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Samantha Marceau

Posted on 12/18/2023

Hi Briana, we’re sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy this recipe! The glaze is intended to be brushed lightly on the rolls, not coat them like a sauce. This could be why they turned out soggy!

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