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Hawaiian Sliders: Perfect on the Grill

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.

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I’ve been working to perfect this recipe. After several tries and tweaks, my EC 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  U.S. supermarkets, including Costco and Sam’s Club (Note 1). You can substitute 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 gastronomic joys that you and your guests are about to enjoy.

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

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Hawaiian Sliders

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. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 422kcal
Cost: About $10


  • 1 package Original King's Hawaiian 12-pack dinner rolls
  • 1 small sweet onion finely minced or grated
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 12 slices deli ham
  • 6 slices Swiss cheese


  • 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.
  • Do not separate rolls, simply remove the entire dozen from the packaging. Slice the whole thing in half horizontally, removing the tops and placing the bottoms on a foil-lined baking sheet. 

  • Place a spoonful of sauce on each roll, making sure to reserve some for later. 
  • Lay slices of ham overlapping as necessary, to cover the sheet of rolls. Do the same with the cheese, placing it on top of the ham. Place the top layer of rolls over the ham and cheese.
  • Slowly pour the remaining sauce right over the tops of these babies. 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.
  • Remove from oven, cut into 12 sliders and serve immediately. Yumm!


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.


Serving: 1slider | Calories: 422kcal
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12 replies
  1. Suzy Daigle says:

    That picture looks questionably exactly like the picture from this blog post dated on April 23, 2010 with no credit issued. I’m sure this is an oversight and it seems as though you always give credit where credit is due, Mary.


  2. Kandy says:

    Thank you for this recipe…I was wondering how Canadian bacon would do and the other recipe I had called for cream cheese and I don’t have any. Will not go buy a special ingredient and you have addressed all my questions! Will be using mini onion rolls, again Thank You!!!!

    • Kandy says:

      these were a big hit with my guys and I see so much that could be done with them….thank you for a great recipe!

  3. Diannia House says:

    I have a Green Egg and we love to cook pizza on it. It gives the pizza a wonderful smokey taste. We also did our Thanksgiving turkey on it…it was amazing! We stuffed the cavity with cut up apples and onions. We sprayed it often with an apple juice/orange juice mixture. Again to say it was very yummy is an understatement.

  4. SMC says:

    Delicious Adaptation Bruschetta:
    I cut twenty 3/8-inch slices of our family-friendly bread (baguette style) and filled a rimmed cookie sheet. Using 2/3 stick butter (instead of one whole stick), prepare sauce as directed, then spread sauce on each slice of bread. Top with ham and provolone cheese, pour remaining sauce over, and brown under broiler.
    Serve with a side of toothpicks to remove poppy seeds from between teeth afterwards!
    Delicious! Thank you, Mary!

  5. Jenn says:

    I’ve made pizza, grilled lettuce, and paella on the grill. All were good, though I learned that you have to put toppings on the pizza QUICKLY due to the heat and burning your arms.

  6. Chris J says:

    I’ve made these numerous times over the last several months since seeing them pinned on Pinterest! Just made them last Friday for my monthly Bunco group and they were a big hit, as always! Everyone wanted the recipe! My family loves them for dinner and they go well with a small salad or bowl of soup. I have also used different cheeses and they are just as good.


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