Turkey and cheese sliders are the perfect appetizer or quick meal for those who crave a delicious and satisfying bite. These mouthwatering sandwiches are typically made with Hawaiian rolls, come together in a snap, and offer a delightful combination of flavors and textures
This Turkey and Cheese Sliders Recipe is a delicious and versatile option for serving as an appetizer, lunch, or even a simple weeknight dinner. These sliders are not only easy to make but also incredibly satisfying, making them a perfect party food or a quick meal for your family. They are a tasty, versatile, and time-efficient option for gatherings or casual dinners.
This recipe was inspired by my turkey apple brie wrap and turkey club wrap on this site, and pairs well with this fabulous list of sides in what to serve with reuben sandwiches or what to serve with egg salad sandwiches. Both lists are great!
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- This budget-friendly, crowd-pleasing Turkey and Cheese Sliders recipe is easy and quick to prepare, so you can have a delicious meal ready in no time.
- These sliders work well as appetizers and main dishes, making them perfect for various occasions such as parties or family dinners.
- Feel free to get creative by adding your favorite ingredients, such as different types of cheese, vegetables, leftover turkey, roast beef, or ham.
This easy slider recipe only takes a few simple ingredients that you can find at any grocery store. It only takes a quick in-and-out trip, and you're all done.
Everything you need is listed below, but you'll find the exact ingredients in the recipe card at the end of the post.
- Sweet Hawaiian Rolls - Use equivalent rolls like potato rolls or homemade yeast rolls. Your favorite variety as long as they are sturdy enough to hold your fillings together.
- Butter - Use garlic butter (store-bought or homemade) or an egg wash instead.
- Provolone Cheese Slices - Use thinly sliced Swiss, provolone, cheddar, havarti, mozzarella, monterey jack or pepper jack cheese, or a combination, instead.
- Thinly Sliced Turkey Breast - Use sliced leftover turkey, chicken breast or your favorite sandwich meat like ham, bacon or roast beef will work in a pinch. You can also use a combination of meats as well.
- Garlic Powder - Onion powder is a great substitute, if necessary.
- Everything Bagel Seasoning - Use sesame seeds, poppy seeds, flaky sea salt, onion flakes, or just melted butter instead, if desired.
Substitutions and Variations
When it comes to turkey and cheese sliders, the possibilities for toppings and extras are endless.
- Add a Sauce: Add mustard, especially Dijon mustard, for some tangy flavor, mayo for creamy texture or honey mustard that adds a sweet and tangy flavor. Also, leftover cranberry sauce for a festive touch, spicy aioli, or barbecue sauce.
- Add Vegetables: Add sliced onion, green onion, tomatoes, sliced pickles, shredded carrots, cucumber or sweet peppers.
- Spicy: Add a sprinkling of chili pepper flakes, diced jalapeno peppers, our jalapeno powder, smoked jalapeno powder, or chipotle powder to the sliders for a bit of heat. You can also serve up our homemade hot pepper sauce on the table as well.
This is a super easy recipe that only takes a few minutes and a few simple steps to make. You'll be in and out of the kitchen in no time!
The recipe highlights are right here, but you'll find the exact instructions in the recipe card at the end of the post.
1: Cut the rolls in half and place the bottoms in a baking dish. Cover them with butter.
2: Top with cheese, turkey, and more cheese.
3: Add the tops of the rolls, brush them with butter, and sprinkle with seasonings.
4: Bake until golden and a bit crunchy on top.
Hint: Let your sliders cool for a few minutes after they've finished baking. This makes them easier to handle and gives the flavors time to meld together.
Leftover sliders can be stored inside your fridge for up to 2 days. Allow to come to room temperature before reheating in the oven or microwave.
Wrap individual sliders in plastic wrap and store in an air-tight container or heavy-duty freezer bag for up to 2 months.
Let the sliders come to room temperature. Then, bake them at 350 on a baking sheet for 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and the bread is slightly crispy on top.
You can also reheat the sliders in a microwave for about 1 minute, but this method may result in a softer texture.
To prepare turkey and cheese sliders in advance, simply assemble the sliders and store them in the refrigerator before baking.
Place the assembled sliders on a rimmed baking sheet or in a baking dish, then cover with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Store in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before baking.
When you're ready to bake the sliders, preheat your oven and remove the sliders from the refrigerator. Allow them to come to room temperature for about 15 to 20 minutes, then follow your recipe instructions for baking.
What to Serve with Turkey and Cheese Sliders
- Mashed potatoes or Scalloped
- Mixed green salad
- Roasted Vegetables
- Potato Salad
- Rosemary Macaroni and Cheese, Jalapeno Ranch Macaroni and Cheese or Slow Cooker Macaroni Cheese and Bacon
- Grandma's Coleslaw or Jalapeno Coleslaw
- Baked Beans
When it comes to preparing the perfect turkey and cheese sliders, following these tips will ensure your sliders taste and look great every time:
- After the bake time is up, remove your turkey and cheese sliders from the oven and let them cool slightly before serving. This will allow the flavors to meld together and make handling the hot, cheesy sliders easier.
- Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise or another sauce on the inside of the rolls to add more flavor and keep the sliders from becoming dry.
- Arrange sliders on a platter with a garnish like fresh herbs or a dipping sauce to make them look even more appealing to your guests or family.
- Keep an eye on them while they bake to ensure the cheese is melted, and the rolls are golden brown on top.
Do you have questions about turkey and cheese sliders? Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about this easy turkey sliders recipe.
The baking time for turkey sliders can vary depending on the recipe, but it generally takes around 15-20 minutes at 350°F or 12-15 minutes on 375°F.
Adding a flavorful spread like mayo or mustard can create a barrier that helps prevent moisture from soaking into the bread.
When preparing sliders for a gathering, a general rule of thumb is to make two to three sliders per person. This amount should be sufficient, especially if other food items are being served. However, it's always better to make extra, as these tasty bites tend to disappear quickly!
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Turkey and Cheese Sliders
- Preheat oven to 375ºF.
- Cut tops of rolls off and separate each roll.
- Place bottoms into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish, or equivalent.
- Spread 1 tablespoon of butter over bottom layer of rolls.
- Place 6 slices of cheese on top of butter.
- Spread sliced turkey breast evenly over top of cheese.
- Add remaining 6 slices of cheese over turkey.
- Place tops of rolls on top of cheese.
- Melt remaining butter and brush it over top of sliders.
- Sprinkle garlic powder and Everything Bagel seasoning on top.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and tops of rolls are a bit crunchy.