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Pizza sliders are an easy snack to make. You can get creative and use all your favorite pizza toppings. Whether you’re planning a party or special get-together, or simply looking for new dinner ideas for the family, these Hawaiian roll sliders are sure to impress everyone with their wonderful flavors. The rolls taste like garlic bread and the toppings take your tastebuds on a trip to Italy! So, if you want comfort food but you can’t decide what kind, choose this recipe which blends them together to make a new fusion favorite!

Freshly baked easy pepperoni pizza sliders with a side of marinara sauce.

Pizza sliders pair Italian flavors with Hawaiian sweet rolls and a garlic butter topping. Spoil your loved ones with this amazing yet easy-to-make comfort food!

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Homemade pizza sliders with melted cheese and basil on a wooden serving board.

Why You’ll Love These

Delicious: These tasty pizza sliders are so tasty, pairing up sweet rolls with Italian sausage, cheese, pepperoni, oregano, and a garlic and onion topping.
Easy to make: There’s no need for the fun theatrics you might see in an Italian pizzeria, such as tossing dough in the air! The Hawaiian rolls make things easier, and this is a beginner-friendly recipe idea.
Feed a crowd: You can easily double or triple the recipe to feed a large group or for a party.
Customizable: The great thing about pizza sliders is you can make them however you want, using your favorite pizza toppings. Whatever you like to order on your pizza would also be tasty on these!

A homemade pepperoni and Italian sausage pizza slider on a wooden cutting board with fresh basil leaves and grated cheese, accompanied by a glass of lemonade in the background.

Easy Pizza Sliders Recipe Ingredients

A complete list of ingredients and amounts can be found in the recipe card below

Hawaiian rolls: Offering a sweet flavor and a fluffy, soft texture, Hawaiian rolls are great for making pizza sliders. Of course, if you find them too sweet, you can use any kind of buns or rolls you want.
Pizza sauce: Any tomato-based sauce is good here, perhaps a basic tomato sauce or one with basil and garlic, or even a spicy sauce if you want some heat.
Italian sausage: Use sweet or spicy sausage, as you prefer.
Cheese: The combination of parmesan, provolone and mozzarella cheese adds plenty of cheesy appeal to the sliders. Feel free to use others if you prefer.
Pepperoni: One of the most popular pizza toppings. Not a pepperoni fan? You can leave it off. Or sub turkey pepperoni.
Oregano: Dried oregano is a classic pizza seasoning. It pairs nicely with the basic in the topping.
Butter: This is for the topping. Unsalted butter is best if you have it, as some of the other ingredients, like the pepperoni, are quite salty.
Garlic powder and onion powder: These add flavor to the topping. Feel free to adjust the amounts to your taste.

Ingredients for pizza sliders laid out on a marble surface, including buns, cheeses, ground meat, and sauces.

How to Make Pepperoni Pizza Sliders

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card

Cook the sausage: Brown the sausage, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, in a skillet, and drain off the grease.
Add the sauce and cheese: Stir in the pizza sauce and parmesan cheese.
Assemble the sliders: Cut the rolls in half horizontally and arrange the bottom halves in a cooking spray greased baking dish. Top with the provolone cheese and the sauce mixture. Add the pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and oregano on top and then add the roll tops.
Make the topping: Mix the melted butter with the basil, garlic powder and onion powder. Brush the butter mixture over the rolls.
Cook the pizza sliders: Cover the baking sheet with foil and bake for 20 minutes in a preheated oven.
The finishing touches: Discard the foil, sprinkle parmesan cheese over the pizza sliders and cook for 5 minutes. Let them cool for 10 minutes, then serve.

A hand holding a slice of pizza sliders on Hawaiian rolls with visible layers of filling.

Substitutions and Variations

Gluten-free option: If you want a gluten-free version, you can sub any kind of gluten-free rolls.
Different toppings: Feel free to add whatever pizza topping you like – mushroom slices, corn kernels, spinach, tuna, bacon, ham, and olives are just some ideas to consider when you make pizza sliders.
Different seasonings: You might like to use Italian seasoning in place of the oregano or add some red pepper flakes for a spicy touch. You can also use marinara sauce or any kind of pizza sauce you prefer.

A baking dish containing a pepperoni pizza sliders made with Hawaiian rolls topped with herbs, butter and cheese.

Serving Suggestions

Appetizers:  If you’re making a selection of tasty snacks, you might also want to offer smoked brats in beer or potstickers.
Side dishes: 
Smoked asparagus, creamy corn or green goddess salad would be a nice pairing.

A tray of baked pepperoni pizza sliders with a spatula lifting one out.

How to Store Pizza Sliders

Store:  Keep these refrigerated for up to 3 days in an airtight container.
Freeze: They will freeze for up to 3 months. I like to freeze them individually so I can just thaw what I need.
Thaw: The best way to thaw these is overnight in the fridge.
Reheat: It’s best to reheat pizza sliders wrapped in foil in the oven so they don’t dry out or burn.

Pepperoni and cheese-stuffed pizza sliders on Hawaiian rolls, presented on a wooden board with marinara sauce and a refreshing drink in the background.

Top Tips

Use block mozzarella: I like to shred my own mozzarella cheese from a block instead of using the ready-shredded cheese from the store. It just melts better.
Get creative: Whichever toppings you love on pizza are sure to be great in these tasty pizza sliders, so don’t be afraid to experiment!
Party Perfect: You can prep these ahead of time and also double or triple the recipe for a party, game day or family gathering.
Be Generous: Don’t go light on the butter on top as it is what gives them the beautiful golden color.
Let them cool: Don’t serve immediately because they get really hot! Let the pizza sliders rest for a few minutes and then you can use a knife or pizza wheel to cut along the roll seams and separate them.

A hand holding a piece of easy pizza sliders with layers of cheese and tomato filling visible.

Recipe for Pizza Sliders FAQs

What is a good alternative for Hawaiian rolls?

Hawaiian rolls are popular because they offer not only a soft texture but a sweet flavor. However, that doesn’t make them everybody’s cup of tea. If you prefer, you can use standard rolls (any kind) such as burger rolls. If you’re making these as a snack after the holidays, leftover Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner rolls would work just fine.

Is there a vegetarian version?

Pizza sliders are easy to make vegetarian. Simply sub your favorite vegetarian protein for the Italian sausage and pepperoni. I like sliced portobella mushrooms.

Can you make them vegan?

If you’re willing to be creative, you can absolutely make a vegan version! First choose vegan-friendly rolls and then your favorite vegan proteins and cheese alternatives. After that, the sky’s the limit and you can use any toppings, seasonings or veggies you want in there!

Easy pizza sliders with pepperoni and Italian sausage marinara sauce.
Garlic bread pizza sliders with tomato sauce and melted cheese, garnished with herbs on Hawaiian rolls.

Pepperoni Pizza Sliders Recipe

5 from 28 votes

Pizza Sliders

By: Bella Bucchiotti
Pizza sliders pair Italian flavors with Hawaiian sweet rolls and a garlic butter topping. Spoil your loved ones with this amazing comfort food!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients 

For the Sauce:

  • 1/2 Pound Italian sausage, ground
  • 1 Cup pizza sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

For the Sliders:

  • 12 Hawaiian rolls, halved lengthwise
  • 2 Ounces provolone cheese, sliced
  • 1/2 Pound pepperoni, sliced
  • 4 Ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 Teaspoon oregano, dried

For the Topping:

  • 1/2 Cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1/2 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degree F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside,
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the sausage, breaking it up into crumbles until there is no pink left, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain excess grease if there is any.
  • Stir in the pizza sauce and Parmesan cheese, take off the heat.
  • Place the bottom half of the rolls, cut side up, into the prepared baking dish.
  • Layer the sliced provolone on top of the rolls.
  • Add the sauce and spread it out in an even layer.
  • Layer the pepperoni on top of the sauce.
  • Top with the mozzarella and sprinkle on the oregano.
  • Place the top of the rolls on top.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the butter, basil, garlic powder, and onion powder until combined.
  • Brush the topping all over the rolls, use it all! Cover with nonstick foil or spray a piece of foil with nonstick cooking spray and place over the baking dish.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil. Sprinkle the Parmesan on top and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Let the sliders cool for 10 minutes in the pan then cut along the seams and serve.

Notes

Use block mozzarella: I like to shred my own mozzarella cheese from a block instead of using the ready-shredded cheese from the store. It just melts better.
Get creative: Whichever toppings you love on pizza are sure to be great in these tasty pizza sliders, so don’t be afraid to experiment!
Be Generous: Don’t go light on the butter on top as it is what gives them the beautiful golden color.
Party Perfect: You can prep these ahead of time and also double or triple the recipe for a party, game day or family gathering.
Let them cool: Don’t serve immediately because they get really hot! Let the pizza sliders rest for a few minutes and then you can use a knife or pizza wheel to cut along the roll seams and separate them.

Nutrition

Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 759mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 463IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 1mg
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These pizza sliders are so good. You can customize them however you want, adding your favorite pizza toppings and trying new variations! Although they’re a little messy to eat, that’s nothing that can’t be fixed with napkins, and these are ideal if you’re having a party or even as a weeknight dinner to change up your regular meal rotation. Whenever you crave comfort food but can’t decide between sandwiches, burgers and pizza, these are the perfect answer.

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.

 

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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I’m over the moon with how delicious this dish is. It’s definitely going to be a regular on our dinner table!

  2. 5 stars
    Me and my daughter made this yesterday and we really had fun! So flavorful! Thanks for the recipe!