Turkey sliders are the ultimate party appetizer, ready in just 30 minutes! Made with sweet Hawaiian rolls, these irresistible turkey and cheese sliders are coated in a buttery mustard and onion sauce and then baked until warm.
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Why You’ll Love This Turkey Sliders Recipe
Everyone who tries these raves about the flavor – they’re so decadently delicious! Here’s why you’ll love ‘em.
- So Flavorful: With rich havarti, juicy turkey, buttery dijon and onion topping, and sweet Hawaiian rolls, this combination of flavors is impossible to resist.
- Best Party Food: These warm turkey and cheese sliders are the ideal party food! They are small, easy to handle, and can be prepared ahead and made in large batches to easily feed a crowd.
- Kid-Friendly: Kids love turkey sliders because they’re so tasty and fun to eat.
- Easy to Make: Slice the bread, fill with turkey and cheese, top with your sauce and into the oven they go! With only about 15 minutes of prep, these are a super simple appetizer to toss together in a moments notice.
Most of the ingredients needed are pantry stables, hopefully you only have to grab the turkey, cheese and rolls! For full ingredient amounts and directions, scroll to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Turkey: I use deli sliced turkey, but you can also use thin sliced turkey leftover from Thanksgiving.
- Hawaiian Rolls: You can use store bought rolls or make your own Hawaiian rolls. Don’t separate them, leave them in a sheet.
- Cheese: I used sliced Havarti cheese. (For substitutes, see the Tips section below!)
- Butter: Unsalted butter is my go-to, although you could use salted if you prefer. In that case, I recommend omitting half of the salt in the sauce.
- Dijon Mustard: The complex flavor of Dijon is scrumptious here, but you can use any mustard that you like.
- Brown Sugar: You could also use honey.
- Worcestershire Sauce: Remember, worcestershire sauce is very strong, so measure carefully or the whole dish will taste like worcestershire.
- Dried Onion: Dried minced onion flakes add so much flavor, and there’s no chopping needed!
- Everything Bagel Seasoning: Optional, but so yummy sprinkled on top. If you don’t have it, you can also use poppy seeds and sesame seeds.
How to Make Turkey Sliders
I am not kidding when I tell y’all, these cheesy turkey sliders are so easy to make, and always one of the first things gone during a party! Here’s how to make them:
- Slice the Rolls: I recommend slicing the entire package in half, so that you have a sheet of the top halves all connected, and a sheet of the bottom halves all connected.
- Fill: Place the bottom sheet of rolls in the baking dish, and add a layer of cheese, followed by turkey, followed by more cheese. Place the top sheet of rolls over the top.
- Sauce: Microwave the topping ingredients to melt the butter. Stir to combine and pour the sauce over the sandwiches. Sprinkle bagel seasoning over the topping.
- Bake: Cover the sliders with foil and bake at 350°F for 14 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Then uncover and bake for 3 more minutes. Slice and serve the turkey sliders warm.
Do You Have To Cover These Hawaiian Roll Turkey Sliders When Baking?
I highly recommend that you cover the sliders with foil to trap in heat and moisture while they bake. This will ensure these turkey and cheese sliders turn out perfectly soft, melted and luscious. Removing the foil from the sliders for the last few minutes of baking allows the topping to sizzle a bit, turning everything the perfect golden-brown.
Tips and Variations
I just know that this easy turkey sliders recipe is going to be an instant hit that you will want to make again and again. These helpful tips and variations will help to guarantee success:
- Cheese Options: If you aren’t a Havarti cheese fan, I recommend switching it out for Swiss or provolone cheese, however you can use any sliced cheese you prefer.
- Different Proteins: These particular flavors would also work well with sliced ham, roast beef, or chicken, so feel free to use any kind of protein you enjoy!
- Serving Sizes: How many sliders do you need? If you’re serving sliders for an appetizer or side, plan for about 2 to 3 sliders per person. If you’re serving them as a main course, most adults will enjoy 4 sandwiches on average.
- Fresh Herbs: Consider adding fresh herbs like parsley or chives to your sliders after baking for a burst of freshness and color!
What to Serve with Turkey and Cheese Sliders
These versatile little sandwiches go with just about everything! Here are a few suggestions:
- Fries: These baked sweet potato fries would be amazing with baked turkey sliders! Or if it’s game day, how about some chili fries?
- Salad: You can go with a classic green side salad, or go all out with this dill pickle pasta salad, easy three bean salad, or refreshing broccoli salad!
- Party Appetizers: If you’re hosting a party, I highly recommend you also add a batch of my favorite crockpot grape jelly meatballs, a batch of this best Texas caviar, or these easy walking tacos.
Storing and Reheating
These sliders are best served fresh and warm, however leftovers can be save and enjoyed again, they will just be a little soggy compared to fresh.
To store these turkey sliders, let them cool to room temperature, and then wrap them tightly in foil or plastic wrap. Refrigerate them for up to three days.
You can reheat the sliders in the microwave in 30 second bursts, but I recommend the oven or air fryer for best results. Just bake at 350°F for 5 to 10 minutes, until melty and warmed through again.
Can I Prepare These Ahead?
Yes! If I am going to make these ahead for a party, I prepare the sandwiches and topping separately. I wrap the sandwiches in plastic wrap or foil, so they don’t go stale, and then store the sauce in an airtight container in the fridge. When ready to bake, microwave the sauce and stir to combine, pour over the sandwiches and bake as directed.
More Easy Appetizers
- Fried Pickles
- Easy Bisquick Sausage Balls
- Chicken Taquitos
- Texas Cheese Fries
- Mexican Bean Dip
- Hot Spinach Dip
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13 baking dish.
- Cut the entire pack of hawaiian rolls in half, horizontally (keeping all top and bottom halves separately in tact). (Watch the video below to see what I mean.)
- Place the bottom of the rolls into the prepared baking dish. Distribute the turkey and cheese evenly over the rolls. I like to do two thin layers of cheese with the turkey in the center. Place the tops on the rolls. Set aside.
- In a medium sized microwave safe bowl, melt the butter. Whisk in the mustard, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, chopped onion and salt, until combined.
- Pour sauce evenly over the top of all of the sliders. Sprinkle tops with everything bagel seasoning.
- Cover with foil and bake for 14 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Uncover and cook for 3 additional minutes. Serve warm!
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