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These Hawaiian Roll Baked Pizza Sliders are dang delicious and a perfect weeknight dinner or a flavorful game day meal. A great way to get pizza flavors in beautiful little slider sandwiches

Baked pizza sliders being pulled from the oven pan
These Baked Pizza Sliders are a perfect weeknight dinner or game day.

🍕 🍔 What makes this recipe special?

I love pizza, and not all flavors have to come in the traditional circular package we are used to. That is where these pizza sliders come into play! Pizza flavors in a baked sandwich!

We take inspiration from a traditional Chicago Deep Dish pizza for this one. Add some Italian Sausage to make this an excellent little baked sandwich that is great for a weeknight dinner or game day munchies.

You don’t think I love pizza? Check out this crispy Detroit Style Pizza recipePanzerotti Recipe (homemade pizza pockets), or this Coney Island Pizza recipe. We love pizza in our house!

🌭 Ingredients

Pizza Ingredients and Hawaiian rolls are the stars of this baked dish, but there is more to it. This is what you will need:

  • King’s Hawaiian Rolls
  • Block Mozzarella
  • Italian sausage
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Parmesan mixed

See the recipe card for quantities.

Bread in our Baked Pizza Sliders

We are going to be making our crust with King’s Hawaiian buns. King’s Hawaiian all the way. This recipe is comfort food, and I won’t skimp on the buns. 

King’s Hawaiian is like brioche buns in that they are made with plenty of butter and eggs. Additionally, there is a sweetness to them.

If I focused on this meal a bit more, I might try to make our own brioche or challah buns. We are not that ambitious today. 

Besides, I already really love the King’s Hawaiian sweet buns. Whenever I go to a potluck, I always watch for any sandwiches that might be made with these awesome little guys.

We will try and keep in the tradition of the Chicago deep dish, and the construction is pretty straightforward. There will be some mozzarella, crushed and drained tomatoes, sausage, and topped with our special sauce. 

The special sauce is butter, parmesan, garlic, and an Italian herb mixture. Pour the sauce over the top of this dinner bomb to finish it off with some big flavor.

🍲 Instructions

Assemble the sliders and then bake is the just of this recipe’s instructions. There is not much to it other than that.

For the bread, use a large bread knife to cut the entire set of buns in half. You can do them individually, but it is best if you can keep it all together and just cut them. 

Adding sausage to bread and cheese in an oven pan.
Cut the buns in half, lay the cheese down, and then add the sausage and tomatoes. Put the bun tops back on and coat with the butter mixture.

Then, add the slider meat insides. Cheese and sausage. I use Italian Sausage, but you can use any cooked ingredients here.

Then, put the top layer of buns on and brush the butter mixture on top. The butter mixture is just melted butter, garlic, Italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese.

🤷 Substitutions and variations

There are a few ways to change the recipe up.

  • Italian Sausage – I use basic Italian Sausage, but you could use Hot Italian Sausage. You could substitute ground beef, pepperoni or any other cooked meat to make this your own.
  • Vegetarian – Just get rid of the Italian sausage and substitute it with the veggies of your choice. I would cook a bunch of veggies on the stovetop with a bit of olive oil before putting them on the sliders.
  • Cheese – This can be changed up to use any meltable cheese. Pepper Jack would be great on the sliders.

📦 Storage

This will last in the refrigerator for up to three days if you accept that the bun may become a bit soggy. To best keep, place in an airtight container or bag.

To freeze, just wrap them in foil and place them in an airtight container or plastic bag. They will stay fresh in the freezer for up to 3 months. Before reheating, thaw in the refrigerator. 

To reheat, either put in the microwave until heated through or reheat in the oven at 300° Fahrenheit. In either case, cook until the sausage reaches a safe temperature of 160°.

🎓 History Tidbit

The origin of the term “slider” is uncertain. Still, it is believed to have originated in the US, possibly in the 1940s or 1950s. Some sources suggest that the term “slider” refers to the sandwich’s small size and ability to “slide” down easily. Others suggest that it may have originated from the practice of cooking the sandwiches on a “sliding” grill.

White Castle, an American fast-food chain, has been credited with popularizing the slider sandwich. Their small square burgers are called sliders. White Castle began selling sliders in 1921. The term ‘slider’ came after White Castle started making burgers.


How can I keep the pizza sliders warm if I’m serving them at a party?

You can keep the pizza sliders warm by placing them in a slow cooker on the “warm” setting, or by covering them with foil and keeping them in a warm oven.

Are there any dipping sauces that would pair well with pizza sliders?

A marinara sauce or a ranch dressing would pair well with pizza sliders.

Can I use King’s Hawaiian Rolls for sandwiches or burgers?

Yes, King’s Hawaiian Rolls are often used for sandwiches and burgers due to their soft texture and sweet flavor. You may have to adjust the size of your patty.

📝 Tips and tricks

  • While I recommend mozzarella cheese, really any meltable cheese could be a good substitute.
  • Italian Sausage is great, but try using other ground meats for different flavors.
Finished Baked Pizza Sliders just waiting the be eaten and sitting in a pan next to some forks.
Try these delicious pizza sliders with sausage.

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Baked pizza sliders being pulled from the oven pan

Quick and Easy Baked Pizza Sliders

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  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 40 Minutes
  • Yield: 12 Sandwiches 1x
  • Category: Sliders
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian
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These Quick and Easy Baked Pizza Sliders are tasty and can feed your whole pack with not very much time. Such a tasty meal to be made any night of the week.


  • 12 King’s Hawaiian Buns
  • 8 Ounces Mozzarella, sliced
  • 8 Ounces Ounces Italian sausage, crumbled and cooked
  • 14 ½ Ounces Canned tomatoes, petite diced and drained

For Butter Mixture:

  • ½ cup salted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan mixed


  1. Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit
  2. Using a bread knife, cut the entire slab of buns in half
  3. Place bottom halves (still connected) in bottom of oven safe pan. I used a 9-inch by 11-inch pan, but as long as it fits.
  4. Layer mozzarella to cover
  5. Spread Italian Sausage
  6. Spread Tomatoes
  7. Melt butter in microwave or stovetop and mix in the rest of the butter mixture ingredients.
  8. Place top on buns and spread butter mixture evenly over top
  9. Bake on oven middle rack for 20 minutes
  10. Cut and serve

To make Butter Mixture:

  1. Melt butter in bowl
  2. Add rest of ingredients and stir


  • While I recommend mozzarella cheese, really any meltable cheese could be a good substitute.
  • Italian Sausage is great, but try using other ground meats for different flavors.

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  1. Putting sliders on Hawaiian Buns is taking my name. I wouldn’t have thought to combine pizza flavors with the buns but they sound delicious!

  2. My sister loves these buns and serves them all the time when I go over to her house. I can just imagine how incredibly delicious these sliders are!! Great recipe Ben! I can’t wait to make it!

  3. My mouth is just watering looking at this amazing recipe. I’d like to bring this to the ofc. If I made them before I leave for work at 7 how will they hold up until lunch time?

    1. oooohhhh… I don’t know. I am guessing they might microwave alright to warm up? If you have an oven at work, I would use that.

  4. Do you put the tops back on the buns before you pour on the butter mixture like you do for some other slider recipes or do you pour the butter mixture over the meat and cheese and then add the tops?

  5. This sounds like a great recipe. Thanks! Also, that’s for the interesting info. I wouldn’t’ve guessed that the term goes back so far, and I guess maybe I knew that it was associated with White Castle, but had forgotten? Anyway, looks delicious!