Have I got a treat for you. I’d have you close your eyes and hold out your hands, but we’ll save that for another time. Right now, I want to help you add another winner to your ever-growing collection of recipes that set you apart as a cook and make people think you are a genius.

A “slider” is a small sandwich that is served in a bun. Typically we think of sliders as small hamburgers, but the term can also cover any small sandwich served on a slider roll.

Hawaiian Sliders

I’ve been working to perfect this recipe. After several tries and tweaks, the DPL office staff has now declared it to be a home run and ready to share with you. And with no time to spare just in case you’re looking for something very easy but showy to pull out of your culinary bag of tricks for a July 4th celebration. 

Now before we get into the details, let me warn you that these sliders are a decadent treat. When you see the ingredients you may shy away. But just remember that they’re small. And you could decide to bring them out only for special occasions. And who’s to say that every Friday is not a special occasion?

These sliders are served on King’s Hawaiian Bread dinner rolls, available in most ever US supermarkets, including Costco and Sam’s Club. But you can substituted any kind of small, soft dinner roll. The rest of the ingredients are at best, quite random and not too exciting. But when strategically combined and heated properly? Oh my. Words cannot describe the joys of eating that you and your guests are about to enjoy.

Hawaiian Sliders
Serves: 6 or 4. Or ... 2?
  • 1 package Original Hawaiian 12-pack dinner rolls
  • 1 small sweet white onion, minced or grated
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 package deli sandwich ham, cut into 12 small squares
  • 6 slices Swiss cheese, each cut in half
  1. Melt butter in a small skillet over medium high heat. Add onion, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, poppy seeds and brown sugar. Allow to sauté for a few minutes, until onions are translucent and tender. Remove from the stove.
  2. Cut the rolls in half horizontally, removing the tops and placing the bottoms on a foil-lined baking sheet. Place a spoonful of sauce on each roll, followed by a slice of ham and piece of cheese. Place a roll top on each. Move the sliders closely together. Slowly pour the remaining sauce right over the tops of these small beauties.
  3. Cover with aluminum foil and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Bake at 350F or place on an outdoor grill over low heat, for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Uncover and bake for another two minutes until the tops are slightly browned and crisp. Serve immediately.
I have tried making these with Canadian bacon instead of ham, French Swiss cheese and country-style Dijon mustard. All three “tweaks” made these babies even better, as if it’s possible to improve on perfection.

Question: What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever prepared on an outdoor grill?