Pizza Sliders

Your family will love these easy pizza sliders! Baked Italian sandwich on Hawaiian rolls baked with a savory, buttery sauce. Perfect for parties.

I’m always thinking up new ways to enjoy the flavors of pizza. Friday night is pizza night, but my family loves when I take those much-loved pizza ingredients and make something a little different. So when my kids requested baked sliders, I knew a pizza version had to happen!

These hawaiian roll pizza sliders will quickly become a family favorite. And you’ll love how easy they are to make!

brushing butter on top of hawaiian roll sliders

A special thank you to Challenge Butter for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • Only about 10 minutes prep time and 25-30 minutes in the oven.
  • Prep the sandwiches in the morning so they are ready to bake when dinner time comes.
  • Perfect for parties, showers, reunions and summer picnics.
  • Buttery glaze for the middle and tops of the sandwiches with cheese and spicy seasonings.
ingredients for pizza slider sandwiches

How to Make Pizza Sliders

The key to this recipe is the buttery sauce you spread on the cut rolls, then right before and after baking. We love Challenge Butter for the base of this sauce. Challenge Butter is churned fresh daily (since 1911!) and made with the freshest milk and cream. There are no additives, hormones or fillers, so you can be confident serving Challenge Butter to your family.

  • Prepare. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Spray very lightly with cooking spray. Use a large serrated knife to slice the rolls in half, separating the tops from the bottoms. Place the bottom of the rolls onto the prepared baking pan.
  • Mix. In a bowl, mix together butter, sesame seeds, Italian seasoning, parmesan, red pepper flakes and garlic powder.
  • Assemble. Brush ⅓ of the butter mixture onto the bottom buns. Layer on half of the cheese, then all of the pepperoni, salami, the remaining cheese and then the ham. Place the tops of the rolls onto the sandwiches. Brush another ⅓ of the butter mixture evenly over the rolls.
  • Bake. Cover the rolls loosely with foil. Bake in the preheated oven until the rolls are lightly browned and the cheese has melted, about 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 3-5 minutes or until lightly browned and cheese is melted.
overhead shot of challenge butter with sliders
  • Brush with butter. Add the freshly snipped parsley to the leftover butter. Brush the remaining butter sauce over the rolls.
golden brown pizza sliders

How can you keep sliders warm?

These baked sliders are best served warm and fresh from the oven. So how do you keep them warm if you’re preparing them for a party?

The easiest way is to keep the sandwiches covered with foil in a warm oven (170 degrees Fahrenheit) until serving. Pull them out right before guests go through the buffet line. Keep the sandwiches covered with foil even when they are sitting on the countertop.

Another option is to cut the sandwiches, wrap them individually in foil and place them in a slow cooker on the warm setting. This will keep them perfectly warm and you can travel easily with them this way as well.

hand holding a pizza slider with stretching cheese

Can you freeze sliders?

You can easily make pizza sliders in advance as a freezer meal.

  • Make them to the point of baking.
  • Then wrap them well in foil and place them in a freezer bag.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months. I like to allow the sandwiches to at least partially defrost so they don’t have to be in the oven as long. Removing them from the freezer and placing them in the fridge the day before baking works great.
  • You can bake the sandwiches straight from the freezer…just add extra time to the baking time to make sure they are cooked all the way through.

You may also love our breakfast sliders!

stack of pizza sliders with meat and cheese
stack of pizza sliders with meat and cheese

Pepperoni Pizza Sliders

4.50 from 4 votes
Your family will love these easy pizza sliders! Baked Italian sandwich on Hawaiian rolls baked with a savory, buttery sauce. Perfect for parties.
Servings 12
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1/2 cup Challenge Butter salted butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 12 Hawaiian dinner rolls 18 ounces*
  • 12 slices sliced provolone cheese 8 ounces
  • 8 slices large thinly sliced pepperoni 3 ounces
  • 6 slices thinly sliced Genoa hard salami 2 ounces
  • 6 slices thinly sliced deli ham 2 ounces
  • 1 tablespoon freshly snipped parsley
  • ¾ cup pizza sauce for serving

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Spray very lightly with cooking spray.
  • In a bowl, mix together butter, sesame seeds, Italian seasoning, parmesan, red pepper flakes and garlic powder.
  • Use a large serrated knife to slice the rolls in half, separating the tops from the bottoms. Place the bottom of the rolls onto the prepared baking pan.
  • Brush ⅓ of the butter mixture onto the bottom buns.
  • Layer on half of the cheese, then all of the pepperoni, salami, the remaining cheese and then the ham.
  • Place the tops of the rolls onto the sandwiches.
  • Brush another ⅓ of the butter mixture evenly over the rolls.
  • Cover the rolls loosely with foil.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until the rolls are lightly browned and the cheese has melted, about 25 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and bake for an additional 3-5 minutes or until lightly browned and cheese is melted.
  • Add the freshly snipped parsley to the leftover butter.
  • Brush the remaining butter sauce over the rolls.
  • Slice into individual rolls through the ham and cheese layers to serve immediately with sauce on the side.

Video

Notes

*Some brands of Hawaiian rolls are smaller (12 rolls at 12 ounces for the package). We chose rolls that were larger than this (12 rolls at 18 ounces for the package). If you choose smaller rolls, you may have slightly more leftover butter and not need as much meat.  The smaller rolls may also bake more quickly so set the timer for 5 minutes less to start.
The calories shown are based on the recipe making 12 sandwiches, with 1 serving being 1 sandwich. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**

Nutrition

Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 622mg | Potassium: 99mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 414IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 291
Keyword easy dinner idea, hawaiian roll sandwiches, italian sandwiches

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can you make these in an air fryer?

Yes! Start them at about 300º Fahrenheit and heat for 3 minutes, then up the temp to 350º and heat for another 2-5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Can I use unsalted butter?

Yes. Challenge Butter has unsalted butter and you can use that if you’d like.

Do I have to use all three kinds of meat?

No. If you don’t like one of the meats, you can replace it with the same amount of another kind of meat.

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Mary Ann
1 year ago

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Do you know that inside the Carton of Challenge butter there is a 55 cents off coupon… bonus