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These simple yet satisfying Pizza Sliders are perfect for parties or quick weeknight dinners. Deliciously saucy and cheesy, you can customize the toppings and add whatever you love on your pizza!

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About This Pizza Sliders Recipe

  • Easy to Make: Pizza Sliders are incredibly simple to whip up, requiring just a few ingredients and minimal cooking skills. They’re perfect for both kitchen novices and experts.
  • Perfect Party Food: Their small size and easy portability make these yummy sliders a crowd-pleaser at any gathering. They’re great for serving large groups and are super easy to eat—no utensils needed!
  • Customizable: You’ll love how customizable they are. From the choice of sauces to the variety of toppings and types of cheese, you can tailor each batch to fit your own flavor profile or dietary needs.
  • Versatile Meal: Whether it’s dinner on a busy weeknight, a lunchbox treat, or party finger food, these pizza sliders fit the bill. They’re versatile enough to suit many occasions and settings.

Ingredients

  • Hawaiian Dinner Rolls – Keep the rolls commented for easy assembly and baking. You can also use regular dinner rolls.
  • Mozzarella Cheese – Freshly grated off the block. You want these to be extra cheesy and pre-shredded cheese doesn’t melt the same.
  • Marinara Sauce Homemade or your favorite brand. You can also use regular pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce.
  • Butter – Melted and ready to brush on top of the rolls for added flavor.
  • Parmesan Cheese – Sprinkled on top of the rolls.
  • Italian Seasoning – For flavoring the rolls.
  • Optional toppings: pepperoni, cooked sausage, veggies, etc.

How To Make Pizza Sliders

See the recipe card below for full, detailed instructions

Prep – Preheat your oven. Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.

Slab of hawaiian rolls with a serrated knife on a wooden cutting board.

Slice the rolls – Use a serrated knife and slice through the just middle of the rolls so you have a slab of tops and a slab of bottoms. Don’t pull them apart – leave the rolls connected for easy assembly.

Two bottom slabs of hawaiian rolls with shredded cheese.
Two bottom slabs of hawaiian rolls with shredded cheese, red sauce , pepperoni, bell peppers, olives and sausage.
Two bottom slabs of hawaiian rolls with shredded cheese.

Assemble the sliders – Layer the bottom slab with shredded Mozzarella, marinara sauce, toppings, and more cheese, then top with the slab of rolls.

Hawaiian rolls with a pastry brush and melted butter.

Brush with butter – Melt the butter and brush onto the rolls, then sprinkle with Parmesan and seasoning.

Top view of slabs of sliders with parmesan and seasoning.

Cover and bake – Cover the rolls with a sheet of foil and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake for a few more minutes.

Serve – Cool slightly, then cut apart and serve. Have some extra marinara and ranch dressing on the side for dipping.

A hand holding one slider and dipping it in pizza sauce.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make these in advance?

You can, but I would be careful with the amount of sauce you add. You don’t want them to sit for too long and become soggy.

Do I have to cover when baking?

Yes, it’s recommended that you cover the sandwiches with foil to prevent overbrowning. Uncover them during the last few minutes to give them a little color.

Do I need to cook the vegetables?

You don’t have to, but they will be more on the crisp side. If you prefer softer veggies, you can quickly cook them in the microwave.

What are the best pizza toppings for sliders?

It depends – what are YOUR favorite pizza toppings? You can use anything you would enjoy on your pizza. I like pepperoni, sausage, extra cheese, green peppers and olives. My husband loves mushrooms and pineapple. If using pineapple, let it sit for 10 minutes on some paper towels to soak up a bit of the moisture so they don’t make your sliders soggy.

Storage

If you happen to have leftovers, you can wrap them up and keep in the fridge for a few days. If possible, reheat in the oven or in an air fryer. They will get soggy as they sit, so keep that in mind.

Stack of 3 sliders on a small black plate.

Helpful Tips

  • Use a serrated bread knife to slice – When cutting the Hawaiian rolls into two slabs, it’s easiest to use a serrated bread knife and slice through them slowly.
  • Grate your own cheese – Opt for freshly grated cheese for better melting.
  • Cover with foil – Don’t skip this step! Leaving the rolls uncovered leaves them at risk of burning.
  • Halve the recipe – You can make this recipe with just 12ct Hawaiian rolls, just half the rest of the ingredients. 
  • Cover the sheet pan – Parchment paper really helps clean up and prevents cheese from overcooking directly on the baking sheet. Aluminum foil would work too, but I prefer parchment for this one. 
  • Don’t break apart the rolls – For this recipe, it works best to keep the Hawaiian rolls attached, slicing only horizontally. This keeps the sauce and cheese in place and also prevents the butter from melting through over the sides. 
  • Customize the toppings – This recipe can be made with whatever toppings you prefer, just be sure to add them right after sauce before the next cheese layer so they stay in place. 
  • Adding veggies – If adding veggies to the sliders, make sure they are thinly sliced.

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Pizza Sliders

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These simple yet satisfying Pizza Sliders are perfect for parties or quick weeknight dinners. Customize the toppings and add your favorites!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 24 sliders

Ingredients
  

  • 24 Hawaiian dinner rolls
  • 4 cups freshly shredded mozzarella divided
  • 23 ounces jarred marinara or pizza sauce
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • Optional toppings: pepperoni, cooked sausage, veggies, etc.
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Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Slice the Hawaiian dinner rolls horizontally, and place the bottom half side by side on the prepared baking sheet reserving the tops of the rolls for later.
  • Sprinkle 2 cups of the freshly shredded mozzarella cheese onto the sliced Hawaiian rolls.
  • Carefully spoon the sauce over the cheese and add desired toppings during this time.
  • Top the sauce with the remaining 2 cups of mozzarella and replace the top half of the Hawaiian rolls.
  • Brush the tops of the rolls with melted butter and sprinkle the parmesan cheese and italian seasoning on top.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and sliders are heated through. Remove foil and bake for a few additional minutes or until the tops are golden brown.

Notes

Make sure to cover your baking sheet. Parchment paper really helps with clean up and prevents cheese from overcooking directly on the baking sheet. Aluminum foil would work too, but I prefer parchment for this one. 

Nutrition

Calories: 170kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 8gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 337mgPotassium: 97mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 308IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 104mgIron: 0.4mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of “Yellow Bliss Road” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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