These easy Hawaiian roll roast beef sliders with horseradish sauce are the perfect appetizer for game day! With melty cheese and crunchy poppy seeds, these savory beef & cheddar sliders really hit the spot.
While this isn’t a recipe I’d immediately file into the “healthy” category, we are always looking for easy recipes for filling party food to make for various occasions: New Year’s Eve, the Super Bowl, or any party with friends and family. Many appetizers don’t give me the hit of protein I need not to munch all night.
Hawaiian roll sliders these delicious Hawaiian Roll Roast Beef Sliders come in! Soft & fluffy sweet Hawaiian rolls layered with sharp cheddar and tender roast beef, topped with a savory melted butter mixture make this perfectly filling sandwich appetizer incredibly delicious.
The next great thing about these Hawaiian Roll roast beef sliders is how easy they are to make! These roast beef & cheese sliders use store-bought Hawaiian rolls, a pound of sliced roast beef deli meat, and some sliced cheddar cheese. Plus, assembly is a breeze.
These also make a great easy dinner for family fun nights. Something my family loves to do now and then is choose a Friday or Saturday night to be a family “Happy Hour” at home. We make a bunch of fun appetizers and enjoy our favorite drinks while we play a board game together. These roast beef & cheese sandwiches make a great main dish at our family happy hours, too!
To make this roast beef sliders recipe, gather the following ingredients:
- 16-pack Hawaiian Sweet Rolls (half of a Costco-sized Twin pack–you can also buy two 12-packs and take what you need).
- 1-lb Sliced Deli Roast Beef (need 16 slices) – I just get whatever is on sale at the grocery store for this.
- 8-oz package sliced cheddar – I love the roast beef & cheddar combo, but you can substitute your favorite cheese as needed.
- Butter – I use salted butter, but if you are sensitive to salt, you should choose unsalted butter.
- Worcestershire Sauce – Worcestershire sauce gives a
- Dijon Mustard
- Poppy Seeds, Dried Minced Onion, & Sea Salt – These spices add more texture and flavor to the sliders.
- Prepared Horseradish Sauce for dipping – Check out my easy recipe to make your own creamy horseradish sauce.
To assemble these oven-baked sliders, follow the steps below:
1. Slice Hawaiian Rolls
Remove the 16 Hawaiian rolls from the package, but leave them stuck together. Using a large serrated knife, slice through the middles of all of the rolls to create two slabs. Spray a 9×13″ pan with cooking spray. Set the bottom half of the buns in the pan and preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Layer with Cheese
On top of the bun bottoms, evenly layer half of the cheddar cheese slices. Break slices in half as needed so that every inch of the bread is covered in cheese.
3. Arrange Beef Slices
Fold each slice of deli beef into quarters and set on top of each individual Hawaiian bun. I like to do this because it makes it easier to slice the sliders apart at the end. However, feel free to layer the roast beef the same way you layered the cheese if that is easier for you.
4. Cover Beef with Cheese
Layer the rest of the cheese slices on top of the roast beef. Next, grab the top buns and place them on top of the cheese layer.
5. Make Butter Mixture
Melt butter in a microwave-safe small bowl. Add the Worcestershire sauce, dried minced onion, dijon mustard, salt, and poppy seeds. Whisk together.
6. Spread Butter Mixture
Pour the butter mixture evenly over the top of the rolls. Use a spatula to help you spread it out as needed. Try to make sure every square inch is covered.
7. Bake Sliders
Cover the sliders in aluminum foil and bake at 350 for a total of 25-30 minutes, or until the cheese is sufficiently melty. Remove the foil at the 15-minute mark to allow the tops of the rolls to crisp up.
8. Slice Sliders
Use a large knife to slice apart the sliders so they are easy for your guests to grab. Serve with some healthy homemade horseradish sauce (recipe here). Enjoy!
Tips & Variations
While we like to go with the beef & cheddar vibe most of the time, we also enjoy roast beef sliders with Swiss cheese and a layer of caramelized onions. Simply start by carmelizing an onion in a bit of butter or olive oil on the stove on low heat for 45-60 minutes until it’s rich and golden brown. Then replace the cheddar with slices of Swiss. Place the carmelized onions on top of the beef layer and under the final layer of cheese. Bake as directed in the recipe card.
Another version we like to make uses provolone and sauteed diced peppers and onions for a Philly cheesesteak flair. Seriously, there are so many ways you an make Hawaiian roll sliders. They are seriously the BEST appetizers!
If you don’t have poppy seeds, you can substitute sesame seeds.
Make sure you make my healthy horseradish sauce to serve with these sliders.
Another great idea is to serve these Hawaiian roll roast beef sliders along with some delicious soups, like my Minnesota Wild Rice Soup.
If you would like to serve these as part of a happy hour-style family event, you’ll love serving my Sausage Stuffed Mini Peppers, my Birria Nachos, and my Ultimate Chicken Ranch Poutine! That would make a delicious, healthy appetizer next to these Hawaiian Roll sliders.
This recipe makes 16 sliders. For one slider, the nutritional info is as follows:
- Calories: 211
- Protein: 12 grams
- Fat: 12 grams (7g saturated)
- Carbs: 17 grams (1g fiber)
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. These sliders reheat well in the microwave. I usually do 30-60 seconds to reheat one slider. I often enjoy leftover roast beef sandwiches for breakfast!
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Hawaiian Roll Roast Beef Sliders
- 16 Hawaiian Sweet Dinner Rolls
- 1 lb Sliced Deli Roast Beef
- 8 oz Thin Sliced Cheddar Cheese
- 4 tbsp Butter
- 1 1/2 tbsp Dried Minced Onion
- 1 tbsp Poppy Seeds
- 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
- 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- Prepared Horseradish Sauce for Dipping see notes for my homemade recipe
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
- Remove your Hawaiian dinner rolls from their package, but keep them together as a block. Use a large bread knife to cut through the center of all the rolls from one edge to the other. Place the bottom half of the dinner roll block into the 9×13 pan.16 Hawaiian Sweet Dinner Rolls
- Layer half of your cheese slices evenly on top of the Hawaiian roll bottoms.8 oz Thin Sliced Cheddar Cheese
- Take your slices of roast beef and layer them on top of the cheese. I like to fold each slice of roast beef into quarters and place it on each individual bun to make slicing easier, but you may also choose to layer them as flat slices.1 lb Sliced Deli Roast Beef
- Take the other half of the sliced cheddar cheese and place them in an even layer on top of the roast beef. Top the cheese with the top halves of the Hawaiian buns.8 oz Thin Sliced Cheddar Cheese
- Melt the butter in a microwave-safe dish. I like to do 30 seconds first, stir, and then do 5 to 10-second intervals to prevent splattering.4 tbsp Butter
- To the bowl of melted butter, add the dried minced onion, poppy seeds, sea salt, Worcestershire sauce, and dijon mustard. Whisk together to evenly combine.1 1/2 tbsp Dried Minced Onion, 1 tbsp Poppy Seeds, 1/2 tsp Sea Salt, 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard, 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- Pour the butter mixture evenly over the top of the sliders. Use a rubber spatula to spread the mixture around as needed.
- Cover the sliders with foil and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Remove the foil from the sliders after the first 15 minutes of baking.
- Slice apart the sliders and serve with my zesty horseradish yogurt sauce!Prepared Horseradish Sauce for Dipping