Use up that leftover corned beef in these easy reuben sandwiches. Layers of beef, cheese and sauerkraut top these sweet Hawaiian rolls. Reuben sliders make a great party food!
Yesterday we shared an easy Instant Pot corned beef. If you have leftovers of that, you’ll love this easy slider recipe!
Reuben Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls
Hawaiian roll sliders are one of the best party foods around. You can make a large tray of sliders of all varieties. Because the sandwiches are small, guests can try more than one flavor. These reuben sliders give you a chance to use up leftover corned beef or leftover sauerkraut. And that buttery sauce on top? Delicious!
Where does the reuben sandwich come from?
Over the years I’ve started finding food history fascinating. I always want to know the hows, whys and whens that recipes came to be! The reuben sandwich was created in Omaha, Nebraska, for a group of poker-playing friends. The sandwich was created by a chef for a man named “Reuben” (one of the poker players)…and Reuben loved the sandwich! The rest is history. You can read more about the story here.
What is on a reuben sandwich?
There are several layers to a traditional reuben sandwich, most of which are on these easy sliders. Reubens are usually on rye bread, but we’re using small Hawaiian rolls today. If you can find rye slider buns, definitely use those!
Here are the other layers:
- thousand island dressing (sometimes we switch this up for mustard…spicy brown mustard is good!)
- corned beef
- swiss cheese
How do you make reuben sliders?
Start with a package of Hawaiian rolls. Leave the rolls stuck together, but slice them through the middle to create a top and a bottom. Place the bottom of the rolls on the pan.
Spread the thousand island dressing (or mustard) over the top of the bottom of the sweet rolls.
Spread drained sauerkraut over the dressing. Make sure it is well drained or the sandwiches might come out soggy.
Top with a layer of corned beef.
Place the swiss cheese evenly over the corned beef.
Place the tops of the sweet rolls on top to close the sandwich.
In a small pan over medium high heat, melt butter, beef broth base, garlic, cheese, and thyme. Cook for a minute, or until butter becomes a little browned.
Brush the top of the sweet rolls with the butter mixture.
Bake for 10 minutes at 375º Fahrenheit or until the cheese has melted and the top is a beautiful golden hue.
You’ll want to serve these sandwiches right away. They are best when they are warm and slightly crisp from baking.
How do you reheat reuben sliders?
To reheat the sliders after they’ve gotten cold, preheat the oven to 350º Fahrenheit. Place the sandwiches on a baking pan. Brush the tops with little bit of melted butter. Then bake until the sandwiches are heated through.
What goes with reuben sliders?
For the sandwiches:
- 2 cups shredded corn beef (cooked)
- 1 ½ cups sauerkraut (drained)
- 3 tablespoons thousand island dressing
- 6 slices swiss cheese
- 12 Hawaiian sweet rolls
For the topping:
- 1/4 cup butter
- ¼ teaspoon beef broth base (powder)
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese (grated)
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Slice sweet rolls in the middle to create a top and bottom. Place the top to the side.
- Place the bottom part of the sweet rolls to an oven safe pan. Spread the thousand island dressing over the top of the bottom of the sweet rolls.
- Spread sauerkraut over the dressing, then top with a layer of corned beef.
- Place the swiss cheese evenly over the corned beef and then place the tops of the sweet rolls on top to close the sandwich.
- In a small pan over medium high heat, melt butter and add the remaining topping ingredients. Cook for a minute, or until butter becomes a little brown.
- Brush the top of the sweet rolls with the butter mixture.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the top is a beautiful golden hue.