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Pizza Sliders (Quick & Easy!)

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Pizza Sliders make it easy to have pizza night any night of the week! These simple Hawaiian roll sliders can be made with your family’s favorite pizza toppings for a meal that will put a smile on everyone’s face.

Pepperoni pizza slider next to a green salad on a white plate.

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We’re in that home stretch of the school year when it feels like there is something going on every single day.

Special lunches. Recitals. Karate tests. Field days. The list goes on and on.

By the time we get to dinnertime, we either barely have time to eat before we have to get to the next thing, or I’m so drained I don’t really want to think about cooking.

On nights like this, it’s a “sliders to the rescue” kind of dinner.

Sometimes we turn to our favorite Ham and Cheese Sliders. Sometimes it’s Cheeseburger Sliders. Lately it’s been these incredibly easy Pizza Sliders.

No matter which recipe we choose, I can always count on Hawaiian roll sliders to be quick and easy for me to make and to be a meal we will all enjoy.  

Pepperoni pizza slider ingredients arranged on a gray countertop.

SUPER EASY PIZZA SLIDERS

I feel like it’s practically a rule that if you have kids, you have a designated pizza night. 

To be honest, pizza night at our house doesn’t usually include homemade pizza. As much as I like making my homemade Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza, that’s usually more of a special treat around here these days.

But Pizza Sliders or Pepperoni Bread? Now those are simple versions of “pizza” I can throw together to make any weeknight into homemade pizza night.

Hawaiian rolls sliced in half to turn into sliders.

These Pizza Sliders come together in about 10 minutes and only need about 20 minutes to bake. That means that I can have dinner on the table in 30 minutes.

With a quick green salad with homemade ranch dressing or homemade blue cheese dressing, you’ve got a full meal that will make everyone happy.

Pizza sauce spread on the bottoms of hawaiian roll slider buns set on a rimmed baking sheet.

HOW TO MAKE PIZZA SLIDERS

Don’t believe me that these come together in 10 minutes? Let me show you how we make our favorite pepperoni version of these sliders!

Slider ingredients

My family’s favorite version of Pizza Sliders is with lots of pepperoni. To make this version, you’ll need:

  • King’s Hawaiian rolls: I haven’t found a better bun for sliders than King’s Hawaiian rolls. The size is perfect and I love the slight sweetness they bring to the sandwiches. They also make actual slider buns that you can use, too, if you prefer.
  • Pizza sauce or marinara sauce: You can use your favorite store-bought pizza sauce or marinara or a simple homemade tomato sauce.
  • Sliced pepperoni: Any sliced pepperoni will do here, but if I’m feeling fancy I will use a mix of traditional pepperoni and thinly sliced deli pepperoni.
  • Mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese: I love using both cheeses in this recipe. The mozzarella cheese is super melty and the parmesan brings all of that great nutty flavor.
  • Pizza seasoning: My favorite pizza seasoning is the King Arthur Flour Pizza Seasoning, but use whichever one you like best.
  • Butter: We need butter for brushing over the top of the buns!
  • Garlic and Italian seasoning: A little garlic and Italian seasoning add some nice flavor to the tops of the sliders, too.

Skip down to “More Topping Ideas” to learn more about using your family’s favorite pizza toppings in this recipe.

Pepperoni and cheese layered on the bottoms of Hawaiian roll sliders buns on a rimmed baking sheet.

Making this recipe

If you can sprinkle cheese and layer pepperoni, you can make these sliders.

Start by prepping your rolls. Don’t pull them apart; simply use a big serrated knife to slice them in half, just as you would slice a bagel, so you have separate tops and bottoms.

Place the bottoms of the rolls on a greased baking sheet or in a large greased baking dish. Spread on about half of the pizza sauce.

Mix the two cheeses together in a bowl. Sprinkle half of the cheese over the sauce. Layer on the pepperoni, then top with the rest of the cheese.

Herbed butter being brushed over the tops of unbaked pizza sliders.

Spread the rest of the pizza sauce on the underside of the roll tops and place the tops on the sliders.

Melt the butter and mix it with the garlic and Italian seasoning and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Brush this evenly over the tops of the sliders.

Bake the sliders for 15-20 minutes. You want the tops to be slightly browned and the cheese to be nice and melty.

I like to grate some extra parmesan cheese over the tops of the sliders right after pulling them out of the oven. You can never have too much cheese!

Assembled Hawaiian roll pizza sliders on a rimmed baking sheet.

MORE TOPPING IDEAS

My family really loves pepperoni pizza, so we love Pizza Sliders with lots of cheese and pepperoni. But you can use your family’s favorite pizza toppings!

You can either layer extra toppings on top of the pepperoni or omit the pepperoni altogether.

Baked pizza sliders on a rimmed baking sheet.

Some toppings that would work really well in this recipe include:

  • Thinly sliced green bell peppers
  • Roasted red pepper
  • Thinly sliced onion
  • Cooked and crumbled sausage
  • Thinly sliced mushrooms
  • Sliced jalapeño
  • Black olives
  • Canadian bacon
  • Crushed pineapple
  • And more!

Just make sure that any vegetables you add, especially raw veggies, are thinly sliced.

Hand pulling a pepperoni pizza slider off a baking sheet.

REHEATING TIPS

I guess if you’re a fan of cold leftover pizza, you might not mind eating these leftover sliders cold.

But I personally like to reheat the leftovers. 

You can reheat Pizza Sliders by wrapping them in foil and baking them at 350°F for about 10 minutes. You can also use your air fryer to reheat them – I usually put them at 350°F for about 5 minutes.

Two pepperoni pizza sliders plated next to a green salad on a white plate.

Ingredients

  • 2 (12-count) packages King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls
  • 1 (13-ounce) jar of pizza sauce or marinara sauce OR about 1 ½ cups homemade sauce
  • 8 ounces sliced pepperoni
  • 16 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 6-8 ounces freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pizza seasoning

For the topping:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 clove fresh garlic, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Pinch of salt & pepper

Additional optional toppings:

  • Thinly sliced bell pepper
  • Roasted red pepper
  • Thinly sliced onion
  • Cooked and crumbled sausage
  • …and more!

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a large baking dish or a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Do not pull the rolls apart; simply use a large serrated knife to slice the rolls in half as you would slice a bagel, separating the tops from the bottoms. Place the layer of bottoms into the prepared baking pan, cut side up.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the mozzarella and parmesan cheeses with the pizza seasoning.
  4. Evenly spread about half the pizza sauce on the bottom layer of the rolls and sprinkle half of the cheese mixture over the sauce. Layer the pepperoni over the cheese and top with the remaining cheese. Top with the roll tops.
  5. Melt the butter in a small bowl and combine with garlic, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper.
  6. Brush the tops of the sliders with the mixture.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the cheese is nice and melty and the tops are slightly browned. Optionally grate some additional parmesan cheese on top immediately after removing the sliders from the oven.

Notes

  • Try using a combination of traditional pepperoni and thinly sliced deli pepperoni!
  • If adding additional toppings, add them after layering on the pepperoni, or omit the pepperoni altogether if you prefer a different mix of toppings.

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Nutrition Information

Yield 12

Serving Size 2 sliders

Amount Per Serving

Calories 765Total Fat 53gSaturated Fat 27gTrans Fat 2gUnsaturated Fat 19gCholesterol 150mgSodium 2913mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 1gSugar 4gProtein 47g


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