Pepperoni Pizza Sliders

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Pepperoni Pizza Sliders — Pizza by way of supremely cheesy sliders!! EASY, ready in 15 minutes, and perfect for parties because everyone LOVES them! Totally IRRESISTIBLE!!

Pepperoni Pizza Sliders - Pizza by way of supremely cheesy sliders!! EASY, ready in 15 minutes, and perfect for parties because everyone LOVES them! Totally IRRESISTIBLE!!

Easiest Pizza Appetizer 

One of the most popular recipes on my site and Facebook over the past many years have been these Ham and Cheese Sliders. Between holiday parties, game day parties, or as an easy weeknight dinner option it’s not shocking why they’re popular.

Since pizza seems to be a universal favorite, it was an easy decision to make pepperoni pizza sliders and my family raved about them.

They said it’s the best thing I’ve ever made in the history of my 14+ years blogging. It’s bittersweet that something so easy and that’s ready in 15 minutes gets the highest compliment of all.

Hawaiian bread is one of my all-time favorite kinds of bread and it’s absolutely perfect for the sliders. 

Melted butter is spiked with onion, oregano, and garlic to deliver classic pizza flavoring. Throw in Parmesan and loads of melted mozzarella cheese and you’ll be in gooey, cheesy, buttery fingers heaven.

Pepperoni Pizza Sliders - Pizza by way of supremely cheesy sliders!! EASY, ready in 15 minutes, and perfect for parties because everyone LOVES them! Totally IRRESISTIBLE!!

Pizza Sliders Ingredients

To make these oh-so-easy and cheesy pizza sliders with Hawaiian rolls, you’ll need:

  • Hawaiian sweet rolls
  • Pizza sauce
  • Shredded mozzarella 
  • Mini pepperoni
  • Unsalted butter
  • Dried minced onion
  • Grated Parmesan
  • Dried oregano
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh parsley 

Note: Scroll down to the recipe card section of the post for the ingredients with amounts included and for more complete directions.

Pepperoni Pizza Sliders - Pizza by way of supremely cheesy sliders!! EASY, ready in 15 minutes, and perfect for parties because everyone LOVES them! Totally IRRESISTIBLE!!

How to Make Pizza Sliders

If you need a fast, easy, and foolproof recipe, this easy slider recipe has your name all over it!

Follow these easy and very straightforward directions:

  1. Slice the Hawaiian rolls in half so you have a “slab” of tops and a “slab” of bottoms.
  2. Place the bottom slab into a 9×13-inch foiled-lined baking dish. 
  3. Spread the pizza sauce over the bottom slab of rolls, followed by a sprinkling of mozzarella, a layer of pepperoni, and then the remaining mozzarella.
  4. Top with the remaining slab of rolls.
  5. Brush with a mixture of melted butter and herbs.
  6. Let the Hawaiian roll pizza sliders rest on your counter for 5 minutes before baking.
  7. I like to garnish these Hawaiian roll sliders with additional Parmesan and fresh parsley just before serving them.
Pepperoni Pizza Sliders - Pizza by way of supremely cheesy sliders!! EASY, ready in 15 minutes, and perfect for parties because everyone LOVES them! Totally IRRESISTIBLE!!

Tips for Making Pepperoni Pizza Sliders

When slicing the rolls in half horizontally, that’s as far as I go with slicing. I do NOT divide the 12 rolls into individual rolls and instead keep two “slabs” of 12 bottom rolls and 12 top rolls – all connected.

For me this is easier and far less “picky” of an assembly process and makes the prep go much faster. Plus the melted cheese is more contained as the easy pizza sliders bake.

I used store-bought pizza sauce, but you’re welcome to use your favorite homemade sauce as well. 

Pepperoni Pizza Sliders — Pizza by way of supremely cheesy sliders!! EASY, ready in 15 minutes, and perfect for parties because everyone LOVES them! Totally IRRESISTIBLE!

Recipe FAQs

Can I Substitute the Hawaiian Rolls? 

You could use regular dinner rolls if you’re in a pinch. But the Hawaiian bread stays soft and tender in the interior and the base of the sliders have an ever-so-slight crispiness from the buttery mixture that drips down during baking.

What’s the Best Pizza Sauce for Sliders?

Use your favorite store-bought brand, or make your own homemade pizza sauce in a couple of minutes. 

Can I Add Other Pizza Toppings?

Definitely! You can doctor up the pizza sliders with cooked bacon, sausage, or your other pizza fixing favorites. I kept this pizza appetizer basic since my family appreciates basic when it comes to pizza.

Can I Use Different Cheeses? 

Yes again! I personally prefer using mozzarella in the pepperoni pizza sliders because it becomes super stretchy and gooey once melted. But use any blend of cheese you’d like.

Can the mini pepperoni be substituted?

If you can’t find mini pepperoni at your grocery store, regular sized may be substituted. Likewise, you can use turkey pepperoni or another pepperoni alternative if you don’t eat the regular kind. This pepperoni pizza sliders recipe is fairly flexible. 

Can I Make Pizza Sliders in Advance? 

No, these Hawaiian bread sliders are best eaten right away. If you bake these in advance and then reheat them for guests, I fear the rolls would become soggy

How to Reheat Leftover Sliders 

Although this pizza appetizer is best made and eaten right away, leftovers will keep for about three days in the fridge. Reheat gently in the microwave or pop into a warm oven.  

Recipe Video Tutorial

Pepperoni Pizza Sliders — Pizza by way of supremely cheesy sliders!! EASY, ready in 15 minutes, and perfect for parties because everyone LOVES them! Totally IRRESISTIBLE!!

Love Pizza Appetizers? Try These Next!

I have no doubt you’re going to LOVE these ultra cheesy Hawaiian roll pizza sliders. After you make the sliders, try one of my other reader-favorite pizza flavored appetizers next:

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Pepperoni Pizza Sliders

By Averie Sunshine
Pizza by way of supremely cheesy pizza sliders!! EASY, ready in 15 minutes, and perfect for parties because everyone LOVES them! Totally IRRESISTIBLE!!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12
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Ingredients  

  • one 12-count package Hawaiian sweet rolls, sliced in half (see directions for more details)
  • 1 cup pizza or marinara sauce
  • about 2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • one 5-ounce package mini pepperoni, regular size may be substituted
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted (1 stick)
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnishing to taste
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh Italian flat-leaf or regular parsley, optional for garnishing

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 375F. Line a 9×13-inch pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  • Using a large serrated knife, slice the rolls in half so you have a ‘slab’ of tops and a ‘slab’ of bottoms; don’t pull the rolls apart and slice individually because you want to keep them connected.
  • Place the bottom ‘slab’ of rolls in prepared pan.
  • Evenly add the pizza sauce to the bottom slab of rolls.
  • Evenly sprinkle with about 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese; set remainder aside.
  • Evenly layer the pepperoni over the cheese.
  • Evenly sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella cheese.
  • Add the top ‘slab’ of rolls; set aside.
  • To a medium microwave-safe bowl, add the butter and heat on high power to melt, about 1 minute.
  • Add the onion, 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, oregano, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and whisk to combine.
  • Evenly and slowly pour or spoon the butter mixture over the rolls. Use a spatula or spoon to spread the mixture over the tops. Some of the mixture will pool at the base of the rolls.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and allow rolls to stand at room temp for about 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Bake covered for about 12 to 15 minutes or until cheese has melted.
  • Evenly garnish with Parmesan cheese to taste and optional parsley. Slice into individual sliders and serve immediately. Sliders are best warm and fresh.

Notes

Adapted from here, here, here.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 192kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 36mg, Sodium: 405mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Hi. I’ve just found you site which is amazing!
    I’m in Australia. Can you tell me what the Hawaiian Sweet Rolls are please & thanks.
    Regards Suzy

    1. I would make them as close to the time you plan to serve them as possible. I don’t recommend making the night before – I suspect they’d be soggy as well.

  2. These were great! I made two kinds. One straight from the recipe, but the other I added Italian sausage, banana peppers and sliced jalapeno. Both were hits with all my guests.

  3. These look really yummy and easy to make ! I’m all for it and love these Hawaiian rolls! Big party coming up I think these will be a hit! Thank you !❤️❤️

  4. These were fun and fast! I think I will make these again but with the regular dinner rolls next time. I guess I prefer savory with my cheese and pepperoni and not sweet bread. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. I LOVE Hawaiian bread…the sweetness is my thing but glad you enjoyed them overall and of course regular dinner rolls would be great too!

  5. I need to slide one or two of these right into my mouth. They look SO good. Especially with that herb and cheese topping.

  6. This is one of the best sites I have seen. The recipes look amazing! Thank you for all your recipes!

  7. DAMMIT my life won’t be happy or complete until I am eating one or five of these. PEPPERONI FTW

  8. How did I miss this the other day? Sliders are my favorite! I actually have a recipe I’m trying tomorrow…hope it goes well. Love these so much!

    1. Hope it goes well and if it doesn’t, try this one. The family literally told me these were one of the best things I’ve made in years. Sad? but true. Not the fancy cakes or expensive salmon, etc….the sliders ruled the world.

    1. Thank you! They would go great with the cherry sangria I saw you post today! Thanks for pinning!

  9. Although it’s a little hard to find Hawaiian sweet rolls in Hungary, but somehow I have to make this, it looks so delicious.

  10. These look so good! I am also a sucker for those hawaiian rolls…especially when they have butter drizzled over them and gooey melty cheese inside.

    1. Thanks! And warm rolls slathered with butter are pretty irresistible, I agree! :) Happy Memorial Day!