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. 5 stars
    These sliders are sooooo good and always a hit when I make them for guest!!
    I like to dice up lots of onions and caramelize them then add them on top of beef mixture!!

    1. That sounds so good Nicole!! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review – it means a lot :-)

  2. 5 stars
    I’m so happy I found you! I made the Cheeseburger Sliders exactly how you said and my family said it’s a 5/5 meal. This one is going into the rotation! Thank you for all of your hard work.

    1. Ahh you make my heart sing Mary!! I’m so happy you enjoy the writing on the blog, it’s my absolute favorite part of this whole gig 😂 thank you for reaching out, it’s so helpful and motivating to me!

    1. Hi Jessica! We haven’t tried freezing these after making them (they usually disappear way too fast). Usually, when these are made as a freezer meal, they’re prepared but not baked, frozen, and then defrosted, baked, and served fresh. If you try it, let us know how they are after freezing!

  3. 5 stars
    I made these for dinner tonight and they were fantastic! I’m a fairly new subscriber and I’m in love with your site. Every meal has turned perfectly, and I can now bake bread! I’ll have to see if you have a copycat for Kings Hawaiian rolls. I purchased a 12 pack yesterday for this recipe and they were over $5.00 a pack. Yikes! Thank you for all you do!

  4. Do you think this could be done in a toaster oven? Planned on making these tonight for a small group and my oven decided to go out last night… all other food plans were made around these and I already have the ingredients.

    1. Oh bummer Rebekah! I think you could, if it’s a pretty decent toaster oven. You might to do it in a couple batches? Everything is cooked before going in the oven so there are no safety issues. It’s just toasting the bun and melting the butter in. Let me know how it goes!

      1. 5 stars
        Ok YUM. These turned out great, even in a toaster over! I was able to fit 12 in at a time and cooked on 400 for about 40 minutes. They were such a hit!

  5. 5 stars
    Omg these are so delicious!! Better than White Castle in our opinion. This will be a repeat dinner for us. I don’t know what I was expecting but it definitely was better that I could have imagined. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I made them last night for dinner and even heated up the leftovers for lunch today. 

  6. Can these sliders be made ahead of time (and either refrigerated or frozen) and baked the following day? I’m going to a friend’s cabin and I’d rather be tipping a few back than cooking, but these sliders sound too good to pass up. So I would like to make them the night before, then throw them in the oven when I get there. TIA

    1. Hi Chris! Great idea, I think it would work ok. I’m worried about the bread getting soggy from the butter. If I were trying it, I would save the butter mixture in a container, and top the sliders with it right before going in the oven. Let me know what you try out and how it goes!

  7. 5 stars
    This was delicious! My boyfriend and grandma loved it and said it was better than White Castle 😂 I used the entire pack of onion soup mix and 16 rolls since that’s how many comes in the sams club pack. They were extra tasty with our homemade pickles. I will definitely make these again. 

    1. Better than White castle!! We have arrived, Alayna 😂😂 love it. And i’m super jealous of your homemade pickles! Yum! Thanks for reviewing :)

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