Hawaiian Roll Turkey Sliders with Maple and Bacon are salty, sweet, cheesy baked turkey sliders on Hawaiian rolls perfect for your party crowd. Easy to assemble, these sliders with Hawaiian rolls are ready in minutes and can be assembled in advance.
Bringing you a NEW slider recipe that has everything you ever wanted in a party bite. Cheesy, salty-sweet, smoky… turkey, bacon, and cheese in pillowy Hawaiian rolls, and a little crisp from butter.
These party sandwiches are perfect!
Oh dear Lord thank you for this inspiration! I know, I know… sliders are done. That corner of the market is Flooded.
But is it though? Is it really? Let’s be honest, because as far as I am aware, Hawaiian roll turkey sliders with MAPLE and BACON have not yet been invented. Not until now.
These Hawaiian roll sliders are SO good, SO delicious, and different from anything you have had before.
…just ended a sentence with a preposition. Sorry Mom.
But literally, seriously [and I cannot stress this enough], these turkey sliders on Hawaiian rolls are STELLAR for the reasons that they are party perfect, easy to make, balanced DELICIOUS flavors, and they bake up lickity split.
So Just What are Hawaiian Roll Sliders
Sliders using Hawaiian sweet rolls are super trendy, YUMMY little party sandwiches. But we don’t just take the Hawaiian rolls and make regular sandwiches with them. No no on.
No, we make sure we have plenty of cheese, assemble our sliders, brush with butter (generously), wrap in foil, and bake.
And what happens in the oven is magical. The butter soaks in and around the soft, sweet bread. The edges of the rolls get just a little crispy. The cheese gets melty.
It’s all perfect. Yummmm so good.
What was the Inspiration for these Hawaiian Bread Sliders
The idea for this recipe for sliders on sweet Hawaiian rolls came during a hurricane. Hurricane Irma hit Florida a couple years ago.
You know, it is amazing how the nesting instinct kicks in with approached doom. My house was Spotless. Because if my home is going to be destroyed, it’s going to be clean.
And… I cooked. I made cookies, cupcakes. Munchie stuff to have ready when the power went out. And I cooked to use up things in the fridge. Like ham and cheese pinwheels using crescent roll dough.
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And ^^these^^ pinwheels, cooincidentally, were very similar to the ham and cheese sliders you see all over the internet anymore.
Except obviously mine were in crescent roll dough because I didn’t have Hawaiian rolls. And I changed up the ingredients with Dijon and dill and such.
BTW, if you ever need a Hawaiian rolls recipe to make your own, here is my RECIPE.
Anyway, the pinwheels were so tasty, and given the kinda-slider-ish tone to them, I decided to come up with a new slider recipe, but I wanted mine to be completely different from the ham and cheese ones. I wanted it to be my own creation, and hence, this recipe was born.
For THIS slider recipe, my thought process was:
- Make fun party slider that hasn’t been done yet.
- Use bacon, just because.
- Add MAPLE because maple is magic with bacon.
It’s a foodie rule.
What are the Ingredients for Maple Bacon Hawaiian Roll Turkey Sliders
See the recipe card below for more detail on the ingredients plus full instructions.
The ingredients and my new take on these party sandwiches are thusly:
- Hawaiian sweet rolls
- maple syrup
- Dijon mustard
- deli turkey breast
- Swiss cheese
- maple bacon
- smoked paprika
A little sweet from the maple syrup, and a little salty from the bacon. I added Dijon mustard also to the mayonnaise mixture with the maple syrup to cut the sweetness a bit – we don’t want our Hawaiian roll sliders to be cloyingly sweet.
We want harmony, because balanced salty-sweet-tangy is a delicious thing.
For more slider ideas, check out these recipes
- Port Cheddar Stuffed BBQ Sliders
- Vegetarian Cheesy Chipotle Party Sliders << These are made with Hawaiian sweet rolls too!
- Thai Chili Meatballs Sliders With Peanut Slaw
- Barbecue Meatball Waffle Sliders
- Cajun Salmon Sliders With Remoulade
- Chinese BBQ Pulled Chicken Sliders With Red Cabbage Slaw
- Pumpkin Beer BBQ Pulled Chicken Sliders
Steps to Make Turkey Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls
- Slice the rolls to split.
- Mix the Dijon, maple syrup, minced onion, and mayonnaise.
- Spread the mayonnaise mixture on the bottom level of bread.
- Top with turkey.
- Layer the Swiss cheese.
- Top with bacon.
- Top with the top level of Hawaiian bread.
- Brush with melted butter.
- Wrap in foil and bake.
- Dust with smoked paprika and serve.
Therefore, all we have to do is line up our ingredients — all of which are easy to find and affordable — and assemble our sliders assembly line-like.
Boom boom boom, knock it out, get it in the oven, and away we go.
Tips for these Baked Sliders with Bacon and Maple
Making this recipe for sliders with Hawaiian rolls is very straightforward as I outlined above, but that does not mean there aren’t a couple tips to make preparation even easier.
- Using a long, serrated bread knife is the easiest way to cut horizontally through the whole bank of rolls, without tearing them up, to make the top and bottom layer.
- Once cooked, these sliders do not just pull apart, and so knowing this, simply run a knife through the partitions before or after cooking.
- Assemble the sliders on a piece of foil. Then you just have to take a second piece of foil, lay it over, and crimp around the edges with the bottom foil to make a pouch for baking.
- I have made this with cooked strips of bacon and crumbled bacon, and I actually find the full strips of bacon faster for assembly. They make less mess.
- Dust LIGHTLY with the smoked paprika at the end. We don’t want a mouthful of dry spice when we bite into our slider, plus a little smoked paprika goes a long way anyway.
And can I just call point of order and add that in these photos where I am holding a slider in one hand, camera in the other, on a Sunday after having watched football for more than a few hours, that I got anything in focus is pretty damn good.
Just wanted to note that.
Above all, the stacking of the ingredients was done with PURPOSE and intention and in a particular order. First layer on the bread is the Dijon-maple-onion-mayonnaise to soak into the bottom layer of bread.
The turkey and bacon, and then the Swiss cheese is last so that when it melts it goes in and around the bacon as well as into the top layer of bread.
Everything has its place. Finally, we finish with melted butter that just soaks in around the edges and down around the bottom. The bottom layer of bread benefits the most, because it cooks up divinely crispy buttery. It is all so good!
Here are Some of My Favorite Party Food Recipes
- Banana Pepper and Bacon Hot Dip
- Cheddar Bacon Crack Dip
- Beer Brats in Blankets and Smoked Gouda Fondue
- Fried Salsa Verde Macaroni and Cheese Balls
- Beer-Battered Mushrooms with Poblano & Beer Queso
- Buffalo Bacon Chicken Dip
- Salami Cornucopia
- Garlic Sriracha Shrimp Topped Crackers
- Classic Velveeta Rotel Dip with Sausage
- Mediterranean Crescent Ring
So that’s it folks. Crazy delicious, buttery party sliders with turkey, bacon, and sweet maple syrup.
Easy to make and can be assembled in advance. Make my Maple Bacon Hawaiian Roll Turkey Sliders for any occasion or party, and especially football! That’s when I make them.
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Maple Bacon Hawaiian Roll Turkey Sliders
- Heat oven to 350F.
- Lay a piece of foil on a bake sheet.
- Lay the Hawaiian rolls on the foil. Use a large knife to slice horizontally through the bread to make a top and bottom layer.
- In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, syrup, Dijon, and minced onion. Spread on the lower layer of Hawaiian bread.
- Layer the turkey, cheese, and bacon.
- Top with the upper layer of Hawaiian bread.
- Spread/pour the malted butter over the assembled sliders. Let sit 5 minutes.
- Lay another piece of foil over the rolls. Fold and crimp the top layer with the bottom to seal the sliders in a pouch.
- Bake at 350F for 15 minutes.
- Remove the top layer of foil. Bake another ~3 minutes or until edges are just a little crispy.
- Use a sharp knife to cut along the division lines of the rolls to separate individual sliders. Serve warm.