These easy Cheeseburger Sliders are what dreams are made of! Soft Hawaiian rolls stuffed with extra cheesy beef, and a butter and mustard glaze to go on top. They are so easy and come together in just a few minutes. Perfect appetizer for your Halloween party! Originally posted October 17, 2017.

Cheeseburger sliders pulled apart.
Table of Contents
  1. You will love this Cheeseburger Sliders Recipe
  2. Best Sliders Recipe Ingredients 
  3. How to make Burger Sliders with Cheese
  4. How to serve Cheeseburger Sliders
  5. How to store Cheese Burger Sliders
  6. Burger Sliders FAQs
  7. Hamburger Sliders with Cheese Recipe

Winco finally broke me. I bought a massive amount of Halloween candy today. I’ve been seeing it in stores for weeks of course, but kept thinking “too soon, too soon, you will just eat it all.” But Winco. I mean what was I supposed to do? It’s BULK CANDY, for heaven’s sake, even the Reese’s cups and Milky Ways! How can you pass up a deal like that?? I saved so much money I decided to buy a small mountain of it.

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Cheeseburger sliders with pickles.

Did I mention that we live at the end of a super long court, and probably get like 5 Trick-or-Treaters every year? So this choice makes perfect sense.

I got home and hid it. Not from the kids, from myself. But a few stragglers got left on the counter (those dang Reese’s, amiright?) so Eric knew I had caved.

Cheesy burger slider on Hawaiian roll.

“Where’s the Halloween candy?” he said. I said I hid it, we’re both trying to be better about eating healthier, right? “WHERE IS IT,” he said, “I’m not even going to eat it, I hardly ever eat candy.” Sure, sure. I told him it was in the cupboard above the washing machine, and I hadn’t even gotten the words out before he made a beeline for the stash. He ate more that I did, for the record.

You will love this Cheeseburger Sliders Recipe

I’m going to put the candy back in the cupboard and stuff my face with these Cheeseburger sliders instead, who’s with me?? They may not look like much, but trust me. I’ve been making these sliders for YEARS, they are SO good and so easy. It’s one of those “no duh” kind of recipes, it’s really simple, but that’s the thing; people love simple. These would be great to bring as an appetizer for any Halloween parties (or really any type of parties) you’re heading to! Or heck, even dinner on Halloween night. They are also great for tailgating and football watching.

Mixing filling of ground beef, mayo, and cheddar cheese.

Best Sliders Recipe Ingredients 

Here’s a quick shopping list to help you gather your ingredients. See the recipe card below for the full ingredients and instructions!

  • 80% lean ground beef
  • Onion soup mix
  • Hawaiian Dinner Rolls (1 package of 12)
  • Mayo
  • Sharp cheddar cheese
  • Butter
  • Minced dried onion
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Dijon mustard
  • Sliced dill pickles 

Cheeseburger Sliders Substitutions and Variations

These Cheeseburger Sliders are perfect just the way they are, but you can make changes to suit your tastes. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  • Substitute ground turkey for the ground beef if you like a leaner meat.
  • Instead of sharp cheddar, feel free to experiment with pepper jack for a spicy kick or monterey jack for a more mellow option.
  • If you love the classic melt of American cheese, lay out 12 slices on top of the beef instead of the shredded sharp cheddar. 

How to make Burger Sliders with Cheese

1 – You start by browning up some ground beef with some dry onion soup mix. You kind of always know it’s gonna be good when you start a recipe with these two ingredients, don’t you think?

2 – Once cooled you finish your beef filling with mayo and shredded cheese. Again – two more great ingredients for a crowd-pleasing recipe. This is what the people want!

Slicing Hawaiian rolls and adding cheesy beef mixture.

3 – Then you choose your favorite hawaiian rolls, pull out the whole bunch and, keeping them connected, slice them in half.

4 – Spread the filling over the bottom half of the rolls and replace the tops.

5 – Then you prepare the glaze with melted butter, minced dried onion, worchestire sauce, and dijon mustard. Liberally spread that glaze over the whole thing before wrapping in aluminum foil.

6 – Bake for 30 minutes and try and keep from burning yourself by ripping them apart.

7 – And don’t forget sliced pickles when you serve them! Of course, the appeal of sliders is that they are so small and greasy that they basically slide right down. That’s where the name came from!

Glazing top of sliders and wrapping in foil.

I promise they will disappear fast. I remember one time when I was a kid we were at a church potluck and somebody brought a huge basket of 29¢ hamburgers and 39¢ cheeseburgers from McDonald’s (29¢! remember those days??) There was a ton of amazing food at this potluck, all homemade and slaved over. And you guessed it, those McDonald’s hamburgers were the first thing to disappear from the potluck table. People just love familiar food! You know what you’re getting. What you’re getting in this case is a deliciously cheesy, beefy slider (that are way better than the fast food version :) Make them!!

How to serve Cheeseburger Sliders

I like serving these cheeseburger sliders as an appetizer during the Super Bowl, a New Year’s Eve party, or anytime I’m putting out a spread. They’re also great for a super easy, crowd-pleasing dinner. If you do make them for dinner, plan on kids eating 2 and adults eating 3 (what I’m saying is, you might need to double the recipe if you have ravenous teens or a big group of people).

Best side dishes with Sliders

These sliders make an easy and tasty last minute dinner all by themselves, but if you’d like to add a side, here are some great options.

Roasted Red Potatoes << these crispy reds are the perfect combo with sliders! 

3 Ingredient Roasted Potatoes with Crunchy Onions << while you’re at it with the onion soup mix, make these too!

The Best Macaroni Salad Recipe << now you’re basically having a cookout.

Easy Broccoli and Bacon Salad << what if veggies, but bacon?

Easy BLT Pasta Salad << a full plate of fresh summer vibes. 

Dipping beef slider in sauce.

How to store Cheese Burger Sliders

These sliders are best fresh and warm, but if you’d like to save leftovers, you can keep them in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. I recommend that you warm them up by wrapping them in foil and placing them in the oven at 350 for 20 minutes or so. You can also just microwave individual sliders, wrapped in a single paper towel. 

If you’d like to freeze leftover sliders, it’s best to wrap them individually so you can also warm them up that way. Wrap them tightly so they don’t dry out! 

Burger Sliders FAQs

What makes a burger a slider?

Sliders are smaller than burgers, usually about 2 inches across. They often feature onions, like the onion soup mix and minced dried onions here. They can be served as a main dish (with multiple sliders per person) or as an appetizer. 

What is the difference between slider and sandwich?

Sliders are a form of mini sandwich, usually served on small buns. All sliders are sandwiches, but not all sandwiches are sliders. While sliders originally referred exclusively to small hamburgers (or cheeseburgers), today the term “slider” may refer to any small bun sandwich. 

How big should patties be for sliders?

If you were making traditional sliders with little burger patties, they’d be about 2 inches in diameter – the perfect size to fit tiny buns. The sliders we’re making today are super easy and don’t require you to make patties at all! Just cook the ground beef with the dry onion soup mix, combine with mayo and cheese, and spread the mixture onto the sliced Hawaiian rolls. So easy, so delicious.

More tantalizing appetizers and sandwiches! (Great for tailgating!)

The Best Chipotle Mayo << I just made these sliders to go with this sauce – a great combo!

Canadian Bacon and Havarti Cheese Sliders with Pesto Glaze << Havartiiiii!

How to Make the Best BLT Sandwich! << My take on this essential recipe.

Cuban Sandwiches (Cubanos) << you guys HAVE to make these.

The Best Grilled Cheese of Your Life << Speaks for itself :)

Classic Stromboli << More perfect game day food!

Banh Mi Sandwich << A classic with some spice!

Pimento Cheese, Tomato, and Biscuit Sandwiches << Another deceptively simple and delicious sandwich you’ll eat four at a time!

Caprese Slider Sandwiches from The Salty Side Dish

Cheddar Bacon Onion Sliders from The Little Kitchen

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Hamburger Sliders with Cheese

4.95 from 60 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 12 sliders
These Cheeseburger Sliders are what dreams are made of! Soft Hawaiian rolls stuffed with extra cheesy beef, and a butter and mustard glaze to go on top. They are so easy and come together in just a few minutes. Perfect appetizer for a party!


  • 1 pound 80% lean ground beef
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons onion soup mix, 1/2 package onion soup mix
  • 1 package Hawaiian Dinner Rolls, 12
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

For the butter glaze

  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon minced dried onion
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • sliced dill pickles, to serve with


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • In a skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef and DRY onion soup mix.* 
  • When the meat is browned, drain the fat. 
  • Transfer the ground beef to a bowl and let cool a bit.
  • Meanwhile, remove the rolls from the package and discard the cardboard.
  • Spray a large sheet of aluminum foil generously with nonstick spray.
  • Use a serrated knife to slice the rolls in half so that they have a “top” and a “bottom.” Do not separate them into individual rolls. Place the “bottoms” onto the aluminum foil that has been sprayed.
  • Stir the mayonnaise and cheddar cheese into the ground beef.
  • Spread the beef mixture all over the bottom half of the rolls. Replace the top half of the rolls to make one giant sandwich.
  • In a small bowl, melt 3 tablespoons butter. Add the minced onions, Worcestershire sauce, and dijon. Stir it together, then use a pastry brush to coat the top of each roll with the butter mixture.
  • Wrap the sliders in foil; fold up the one that it’s sitting on, then spray more foil and cover the top. 
  • Place the foil-wrapped sliders directly on the middle oven rack. (No sheet pan is necessary. It makes the bottoms get too crispy.)
  • Bake for about 30 minutes. 
  • Remove from the oven and serve with plenty of dill pickles!
  • I don’t think these sliders need any sort of dipping sauce honestly, but if you are feeling like you want to dip, mix together 1 part mayo and 1 part ketchup. Serve with the sliders.



*Don’t make onion soup, just use the dry mix. I know it’s annoying to only use half the package. If you are making this for a crowd, you could easily double the whole slider recipe and use 1 whole package of soup mix for 2 lbs. of ground beef.
Goes great with this Chipotle Mayo recipe.
This recipe is slightly adapted from


Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 500mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 187IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Calories: 289
Keyword: cheeseburger, Cheesy, easy, sliders
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  1. Made these, but put a twist!   Italian hot sausage, fresh mozzarella and a tomato!!  Pickle on side was so delicious 

  2. 5 stars
    I can’t complain about this one!! Let’s just say it was added to my dinner recipes because I will definitely make it again. My family absolutely loved these! We loved how they were steamed in foil which made them super delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  3. 5 stars
    Thanks for a great easy recipe! I felt a little old when you mentioned your church potluck as I was working at McDonald’s during the 29/39 cent hamburger/cheeseburger promotion haha! Those were definitely busy days lol

    1. I bet it was super crazy busy Jamie!! who can pass up that deal! and you are not getting older, just getting better 😂😉 so glad you liked this slider version, thanks for coming back to comment!

  4. Made these last night for family dinner. Everyone loved them! They smell as good as they taste! Delicious sliders and easy to make. Definitely replacing my old hamburger slider recipe with this one.

    1. Hooray, so happy to hear that Shirley! I’m so glad you found a recipe you love. Thanks a ton for commenting!!

  5. The recipe sounds wonderful, but I don’t care for mayonnaise in any shape fashion or form. Is it okay just to leave it out.

  6. Karen,
    I have been following you for well over 2 yrs now and absolutely love your blog and recipes. You are so entertaining that I’ll burst out laughing and hubby wants to know what I’m laughing at…I’ll read him a couple of your lines and then we both are laughing so hard we’re in tears. Besides your really cool witty tell it like it is personality, your recipes are yummy delicious! I have printed out A LOT and added to my recipe notebook! These sliders are wonderful and so satisfying. I made them as you wrote, served them with homemade French fries and my own special dip: mayo, sour cream, sriracha, and lemon juice! Dipped the sliders and fries in this Dee’s Heavenly Heat. It’s a little warmth to it, but not too hot, sooo perfect with this slider! Keep-’em coming Karen; you rock girlfriend!  

  7. These were super easy to make, and they taste fabulous! My pickiest eater loved them too. I served them up with some oven fries for an easy weeknight dinner.

  8. I’m trying this tonight! my boyfriend is a very picky eater so i’ll be making a few changes ( mainly with the butter glaze) but I’m excited to try !

  9. As soon as I saw these I had to make them, with such a busy household they seem perfect… making them now

      1. They came out amazing, the pickle makes them complete, in my opinion. The whole family loves them, I doubled the recipe and it was all gone.

  10. Just found this recipe:). They look YUMMY😋 I wanted to make this for a gathering of friends but…a few are not onion lovers😑 So, I was wondering what could be used instead of the onion soup mix, any ideas? Thanks! So glad I found your blog! I’ve tried many recipes that were a hit!!! Thank you!

    1. Hey Mary! Honestly, I would make it as is and see if anyone notices. I bet they won’t. It’s not like you’re using fresh onions that are really potent. BUT if you don’t want to risk it, I would look up a recipe for homemade onion soup mix and add that, but omit the onion flakes. I can’t guarantee that it will taste as flavorful though!! Let me know how it goes!

  11. Hi Karen, Made these tonight and my husband couldn’t stop raving about how good they were (me, too)! Believe it or not, I’ve never made sliders before– this recipe hit it out of the park. Thanks for your great recipe and blog!

    1. Hey Kathy! I’m so happy to hear you guys liked the sliders! Now that you’ve started you won’t be able to stop :) SO many good combos out there! Thanks for commenting, I love hearing from you!

  12. I’ve followed your blog for over a year now. I love how you write- just like you are talking to me! I’ve tried many of your recipes; they are all delicious. But I knew I had to comment on this one. After my husband took his first bite of these sliders, he exclaimed, “Where have THESE been my whole life?!” LOL!! And my 5 year old said they are “better than McDonald’s!”, so there ya go! Two of the best compliments! :) Thanks so much for sharing! Also, I used non-stick foil, and that worked great (vs spraying the foil).

    1. Tawny, your comment means so much to me! I’m glad you like reading my posts as well as making the recipes :) You’re the best. Now I have to tell you the real story about these sliders: they aren’t meant to be McDonalds knock offs, they are supposed to be like White Castle (or so the original recipe says). I’ve only had White Castle once, when I was 11 years old. My family took was on a trip to Chicago and we tried it out. We weren’t impressed…and then we went to visit some old family friends. We gave the leftovers to the dog. And the dog DIED the next day. No joke. Can you believe that?? Never eating there again! Buuut this recipe is epic. And won’t kill any pets. :)

  13. These look great Karen! Can’t wait to try them! I’ve decided that sliders, along with tacos and pizza are perfect vehicles for any kind of leftover meat, cheese, veggies, etc. Put the leftovers on sliders, add cheese and top with flavored butter and dinner is in the oven!

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