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Gooey cheese and your favorite pizza toppings all between fresh slider buns make these pizza sliders a delicious option to whip up in a flash.
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  1. Pizza Sliders Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Pizza Sliders Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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These pizza sliders are a great way to enjoy everybody’s favorite food in a different and delicious new way. Mini buns are piled with rich pizza sauce, spicy pepperoni, and melted cheese for this tasty twist with the same classic pizza flavors we all know and love.

Our buffalo chicken sliders and roast beef sliders are two more favorite recipes that are perfect for the big game or easy meal.

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Pizza Sliders Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 1 (12-count) package Hawaiian rolls
  • 2½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese (divided 1 cup and 1½  cup)
  • ¾ cup pizza sauce
  • 20 slices deli-style dry-cured pepperoni
  • ⅓ cup salted sweet cream butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning

PRO TIP:

It is best to shred the mozzarella cheese yourself. Pre-shredded cheese often comes with a coating that prevents it from melting properly.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

PEPPERONI: You can substitute 1 (5-ounce) package of mini pepperoni for the full-size slices. If you are looking for a different option instead of pepperoni, Italian sausage, or even ground beef will work.

CHEESE:  You can substitute slices of provolone for the bottom layer of shredded mozzarella.

BUNS: You can substitute bakery rolls for the Hawaiian sweet rolls. Keep the rolls connected when slicing.

PIZZA SAUCE: In place of pizza sauce, marinara sauce would also work well in this recipe. Or what about BBQ sauce for a smoky option?

TOPPINGS: If you have other favorite pizza toppings, add those to these yummy sliders too. Green pepper, mushrooms, and black olives are all delicious additions to this easy recipe.

How to Make This Pizza Sliders Recipe

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Set it aside.

STEP TWO: Keeping the rolls connected, carefully slice the rolls in half horizontally. 

Pizza Sliders process shot of rolls cut horizontally

STEP THREE: Remove the top row of the connected buns and carefully set it aside.

Pizza Sliders process shot of buns placed on top of the baking dish

STEP FOUR: Place the bottom row of connected buns in the bottom of the baking dish.

Pizza Sliders process shot of mozzarella placed on top of the buns

STEP FIVE: Sprinkle 1 cup of the shredded mozzarella on top of the bottom buns.

STEP SIX: Spread the pizza sauce over the mozzarella.

Pizza Sliders process shot of pizza sauce spread on top of the mozzarella

STEP SEVEN: Layer 5 rows of 4 slices of pepperoni on top of the pizza sauce.

Pizza Sliders process shot of pepperoni placed on top of the pizza sauce

STEP EIGHT: Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella over the top of the layer of pepperoni slices.

Pizza Sliders process shot of mozzarella sprinkled on top of the pepperoni

STEP NINE: Lay the top half of the rolls on top of the shredded mozzarella.

Pizza Sliders process shot of the buns placed on top of the shredded mozzarella

STEP TEN: Using a pastry brush, brush the melted butter on top of the buns.

PRO TIP:

Don’t skimp on the butter. It soaks into all the nooks and crannies and adds a ton of flavor to both the top and the bottom half of the slider buns.

Pizza Sliders process shot of melted butter brushed on top of the buns

STEP ELEVEN: Sprinkle the grated parmesan on top of the melted butter.

Pizza Sliders process shot of grated parmesan sprinkled on top the melted butter

STEP TWELVE: Sprinkle the teaspoon of dried Italian seasoning on top of the grated parmesan.

Pizza Sliders process shot of Italian seasoning sprinkled on top of the grated parmesan

STEP THIRTEEN: Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes.

PRO TIP:

The tops of the rolls will toast on top quickly, so it is important to cover the full pan with a sheet of aluminum foil for the full 30 minutes to allow the cheese to melt all the way in the center of the dish. Once the rolls are hot and melty all the way through, remove the foil and continue cooking for just a few moments to toast the tops of the buns.

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STEP FOURTEEN: Remove the pan from the oven and carefully slice the rows to release the individual slider sandwiches. Serve while hot.

How To Serve

These easy pizza sliders will be a family favorite once everyone gets a taste of their cheesiness and flavor. Whip these up for pizza night if you are looking for something a little different.

These would also be an easy appetizer to serve to your guests while watching the big game. Add our crack dip and raw veggies for even more delicious offerings.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: These pepperoni pizza sliders don’t keep overnight well and are intended to be eaten when baked. But, if there are leftovers, flip the slider over so that the top bun is the bottom bun (the thinner bottoms tend to become soggy if left on the bottom) and keep them in the fridge for a day.

IN THE FREEZER: We do not recommend freezing these pizza sliders as the buns will get soggy, and they won’t reheat well. 

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These cheesy pizza sliders are a delicious and fun twist on your favorite pizza. Tangy pizza sauce, pepperoni, and of course, lots of cheese, all layered between soft buns for this quick dinner idea.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I freeze sliders?

We do not recommend freezing these Hawaiian roll pizza sliders as the buns will get soggy and they won’t reheat well.

Can I choose a different kind of cheese for these sliders?

These quick and easy pizza sliders would be yummy with any type of melted cheese on top to make them all gooey.

Can I make pizza sliders ahead of time?

These pizza pull-apart sliders are best made just ahead of serving so that the bottom buns don’t get soggy from the pizza sauce.

What are the best buns to use for slider buns?

Sweet Hawaiian rolls are just the right size for these but any other mini sandwich rolls can be used as well.

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Pizza Sliders

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Gooey cheese and your favorite pizza toppings all between fresh slider buns make these pizza sliders a delicious option to whip up in a flash.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 sliders

Ingredients
  

  • 12 count Hawaiian rolls
  • cups shredded mozzarella, divided 1 cup and 1½ cup
  • ¾ cup pizza sauce
  • 20 slices deli-style dry-cured pepperoni,
  • cup salted sweet cream butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Set it aside.
  • Keeping the rolls connected, carefully slice the rolls in half horizontally.
  • Remove the top row of the connected buns and carefully set it aside.
  • Place the bottom row of connected buns in the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Sprinkle 1 cup of the shredded mozzarella on top of the bottom buns.
  • Spread the pizza sauce over the mozzarella.
  • Layer 5 rows of 4 slices of pepperoni on top of the pizza sauce.
  • Sprinkle the remaining shredded mozzarella over the top of the pepperoni.
  • Lay the top row of connected buns on top of the shredded mozzarella.
  • Using a pastry brush, brush the melted butter on top of the buns.
  • Sprinkle the grated parmesan on top of the melted butter.
  • Sprinkle the teaspoon of dried Italian seasoning on top of the grated parmesan.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and carefully slice the rows to release the individual slider sandwiches. Serve while hot.

Notes

  • It is best to shred the mozzarella cheese yourself. Pre-shredded cheese often comes with a coating that prevents it from melting properly.
  • Don’t skimp on the butter. It soaks into all the nooks and crannies and adds a ton of flavor to both the top and the bottom half of the slider buns.
  • The tops of the rolls will toast on top quickly, so it is important to cover the full pan with a sheet of aluminum foil for the full 30 minutes to allow the cheese to melt all the way in the center of the dish. Once the rolls are hot and melty all the way through, remove the foil and continue cooking for just a few moments to toast the tops of the buns.

Nutrition

Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 346mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 392IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 1mg
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