These Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders are made with savory Hawaiian Rolls in the oven and are perfect for tailgating, the big game, or any party or gathering.
Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders Recipe
These sliders are loaded with bacon cheeseburger flavors….right down to the pickles.
When that cheese melts, it wraps up all of the flavors of ground beef, spicy mustard, smoky bacon, and fresh dill pickles in one little bite that explodes in your mouth.
They are soooo good, budget-friendly and customizable!
If you are making this for a crowd, it’s super easy to double this recipe for these sliders and make four pans at once.
- Ground beef
- Cheddar cheese
- Hawaiian buns or your favorite slider buns
- Diced tomatoes and green chilies
- Brown Sugar
- Worcestershire sauce
- Sliced hamburger pickles (sliced dill pickles)
- Sauces: Ketchup, Spicy brown mustard
- Sesame Seeds for garnish, optional
How to Make Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders in 5 Easy Steps
Make the ground beef cheeseburger mixture in a skillet, cooking until it’s fully done throughout.
Meanwhile, slice the slider buns in half, placing the bottom halves across the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 baking dish.
Top with shredded cheese.
Spread the cooked cheeseburger mixture over the slider bottoms in the baking dish, then top with shredded cheese, chopped bacon and sliced pickles.
Lastly, add the top slider buns.
Combine the glaze ingredients, then drizzle the glaze over the top of the sliders in the baking dish.
Bake the sliders, uncovered, in a preheated 350 degree F. oven for approx. 25 minutes or until hot throughout.
Serve at once.
Can I make sliders ahead and freeze them
Yes, but make sure to bake the sliders from frozen.
Don’t thaw them first since this can cause fogginess.
Instead, place the foil pan of frozen sliders into a 325 degree F. oven, covered, and bake for 30 minutes.
Remove the foil covering and continue to bake an additional 20-25 minutes or until the sliders are hot throughout. (165 degrees F. at the center)
To make it even easier, use foil pans for the sliders you are freezing so your glass baking dishes aren’t all tied up in the freezer.
Can I use regular hamburger buns to make sliders?
You can definitely use just plain hamburger buns, they just won’t be the nice small size of slider buns.
This is a great question, and I have encountered the same thing.
Can I freeze slider buns?
Yes! That is exactly what I do and freezing the buns works well.
They can stay in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Best way to thaw slider buns
I hang mine from a cupboard handle, or sometimes I place the end of the plastic bag beneath the edge of a plate in my cupboard, leaving the cupboard door open until the bag of bread or buns is thawed.
It works great!
I learned a great kitchen tip from my Grandma Lucille.
Never lay slider buns on the counter to thaw since this can cause any moisture from thawing to reach the area that’s flat against the counter.
This can cause sogginess and an area that’s no longer soft and tender, as we want bread and buns to be.
Instead, hand the package of buns or bread while thawing.
How do I know when the sliders are hot and safe to eat
When you feel the sliders should be fully cooked (at the end of the baking time), use an instant-read thermometer to test them.
Insert the thermometer into the center of the pan of sliders (coming in at an angle more from the side than the top).
Watch the dial to see when the temperature stops (it only takes a few seconds).
This will be the internal temperature and must be at least 165 degrees.
This tells you the sliders are fully hot throughout and also safe to eat.
Can I use other ground meats to make sliders?
Since we nearly always have ground venison in our freezer, I like to make these sliders with half venison or pork and half ground beef.
You can also use any type of ground turkey, ground chicken, or even ground bison, too.
Other Recipes to Enjoy
When we need some sliders in a hurry, I regularly turn to Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Sliders. These sliders are made with chicken breasts that I sometimes have to cook from frozen in my Instant Pot when dinner is an absolute emergency.
And, because we do love those ground beef recipes, as I mentioned above, we have fallen in love with this easy slider recipe – Beef Patty Melt Sliders with Secret Sauce. If your family doesn’t care for caramelized onions, you can leave those out but I sure hope you don’t have to since it adds such a great flavor profile.
- Tortilla Brat Wraps
- Good and Saucy Venison Bacon Poppers
- Beef Patty Melt Sliders with Secret Sauce
- Country Style Asian BBQ Pork Ribs
- Meatball Sub Sliders
Savory Sweet Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders
- 2 pkgs. Hawaiian sweet rolls, 12 oz. each
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese divided use
- 2 lbs. lean ground beef
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced may substitute 1 Tbs. dehydrated onion flakes
- 14 oz. can diced tomatoes and green chilies well drained
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- 2 Tbs. spicy brown mustard We love Holme's Made Smoked Cowboy Mustard
- 1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
- Sliced hamburger dill pickles
- 1 lb. center-cut smoked bacon cooked, drained, and chopped
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tbs. spicy brown mustard
- 1-2 Tbs. toasted sesame seeds, as garnish optional
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Spray two 9 x 13 pans with non-stick spray. Leaving the sheets of slider buns intact, cut each one horizontally in half, then arrange each sheet of bottom halves across the bottom of each 9 x 13 pan. (Reserve the top sheets of rolls for later in the recipe.) Sprinkle each pan of slider buns with 1/2 cup shredded cheese.
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, cook and crumble the ground beef with the diced onion (or onion flakes) until the beef is fully cooked throughout (no longer pink and 165 degrees F internal temperature). Remove the skillet from the heat and drain all fats from the beef mixture.
- Return the skillet to the burner over medium heat, stirring in the tomatoes, ketchup, mustard and Worcestershire sauce; stir until well combined and heated throughout, 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
- Spoon the prepared beef mixture evenly over the cheese and the rolls in each baking dish, then top the beef mixture with the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheese over each pan. Sprinkle the cooked, chopped bacon over the cheese; top the bacon layer with sliced pickles. Lastly, add the reserved sheets of slider buns as the top and final layer of the sliders.
- In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and mustard; drizzle the butter mixture over the sliders, then sprinkle the sliders with sesame seeds, if using.
- Bake the sliders, uncovered, until golden brown and heated throughout , 23-25 minutes. To serve, slice the sliders apart into 12 servings per pan and enjoy at once.