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These Pizza Sliders with pepperoni are an easy and delicious appetizer! Filled with lots of cheese, sauce, and pepperoni, they’re perfect for game day, holiday parties, or any kind of get-together!

closeup: a large pan of pizza sliders topped with cheese and herbs

Pizza Sliders

If you’re on the hunt for an amazing appetizer that is super easy to make, these pizza sliders filled with pepperoni and mozzarella cheese are for you!

They make great game-day appetizers. They are also wonderful for barbecues, backyard parties… pretty much any get-together with a crowd! Every time I make these, someone asks me for the recipe, and there are rarely leftovers.

Made with a simple combination of Hawaiian rolls, pepperoni, fresh mozzarella, and a special homemade garlic butter rub on top, they truly are to die for. My kids love my pizza sliders recipe so much they have even started to request them for their birthday. Yes, they’re that good!

Some other great game day options to serve alongside these Hawaiian roll pizza sliders are these Reuben Sliders, Homemade Chili Cheese Dip, or Toasted Ravioli. It would make for quite the spread!

Why You’ll Love My Pizza Sliders Recipe

  • So easy to make
  • Ready in just 45 minutes
  • Perfect for a crowd
  • They’re like mini hand-held pizzas
  • Full of savory flavor thanks to the garlic and herb butter topping

Key Ingredients to Make Hawaiian Roll Pizza Sliders

  • HAWAIIAN ROLLS – My favorite for pizza sliders! Though, you can also use any small bun — they don’t have to be Hawaiian rolls. Just keep them small so they are appetizer-sized.
  • PASTA SAUCE – Use any brand and flavor you like.
  • PEPPERONI – I try to use a high-quality pepperoni as it has the best flavor, but you can use whatever you usually buy.
  • FRESH MOZZARELLA – I like the fresh because it’s easy to slice and place on the bun. Plus, it melts so nicely! It makes the best cheese pull. However, sliced or shredded mozzarella works just fine as well.
  • GARLIC BUTTER RUB – You’ll need Parmesan, butter, garlic powder, basil, and oregano. I combine them and then use the mixture to brush over the tops of the sliders. Don’t skip this step! It really adds a lot to the pepperoni sliders.
overhead: my pizza sliders recipe in a pan

Instructions to Make Pepperoni Sliders

RECIPE PREP: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease the bottom of a 9×13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside for now.

ASSEMBLE THE PEPPERONI PIZZA SLIDERS: Cut the buns in half and set the tops aside. Place the bottom half of the buns into the prepared pan and spread evenly with the pasta sauce. Top the sauce with pepperoni slices, then add the fresh mozzarella — you want to add one slice of cheese per pepperoni slider. Add the top half of the rolls to the top of the cheese.

COAT WITH GARLIC BUTTER: Add the melted butter, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, dried basil, and oregano to a small bowl and combine. Spread the top of the buns with the mixture.

BAKE: Cover the pizza sliders recipe with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 5 minutes. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Tips for Making Pepperoni Pizza Sliders

  • When assembling your pizza sliders, be sure to layer the ingredients evenly. This helps to distribute the flavors — you’ll get a little bit of something in every bite!
  • As this pizza sliders recipe requires minimal ingredients, high-quality ones are best. I already mentioned how much I love fresh mozzarella and good-quality pepperoni… the same goes for the Parmesan and butter. It really does make a difference!
  • Feel free to customize your Hawaiian roll pizza sliders with some extra ingredients. Sautéed mushrooms, bell peppers, or onions would work wonderfully.
3 hawaiian roll pizza sliders in a basket with parchment paper


How do you keep pizza sliders from getting soggy?

There are a few key steps you can take to prevent your Hawaiian roll pizza sliders from getting soggy. First, make sure your oven is fully heated to 350 degrees F. Secondly, add the pizza sauce carefully, and don’t be tempted to add too much. A thin layer is all you’ll need — anything more and the bottom buns will go mushy!

Can I use a different type of cheese?

If you can’t tell already, I love me some fresh mozzarella! That said, you can try provolone, cheddar, or even a blend of several Italian cheeses for a more unique flavor. Feel free to experiment!

Can I make pepperoni pizza sliders ahead of time?

Yes! Making your pepperoni sliders in advance is a great way to save time on the day of a party. I recommend assembling the sliders as instructed, then refrigerating them until ready to bake. It’s also best to add the garlic butter topping just before you pop them in the oven to keep them from going soggy.

What to Serve With My Pizza Sliders Recipe

For a game day spread of appetizers, I’d pair them with:

Or, for a more complete meal:

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Overhead view of sliders in a pan. Can see the melty cheese and yummy topping.

Pizza Sliders with Pepperoni

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy appetizer, sliders
These Pizza Sliders with pepperoni are an easy and delicious appetizer! Filled with lots of cheese, sauce, and pepperoni, they're perfect for game day, holiday parties, or any kind of get-together!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12 sliders
Calories: 172kcal
Author: Malinda Linnebur
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  • 12 slider buns or Hawaiian rolls
  • ¾-1 cup (175-235ml) pasta or pizza sauce
  • 1 (6 oz)(170g) package pepperoni slices
  • 1 (8 oz) (226g) package fresh mozzarella
  • ½ cup (60g) grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup (28g) butter melted
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease the bottom of a 9×13 baking pan and set aside.
  • Cut buns or sliders in half and set the tops aside. Place bottom half of buns in prepared pan and spread with pasta sauce. Top each bun with pepperoni slices using as many as desired (I used the whole package). Slice the fresh mozzarella into 12 slices and place a slice on each bun. Place the top half of the rolls back on top.
  • In a small bowl combine the Parmesan cheese, melted butter, garlic powder, dried basil and oregano. Spread over the top of the buns. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes. Serve immediately.


  1. Nutrition Facts: Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.


Serving: 1slider | Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 350mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 272IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 1mg

*Originally published January 2017. Text updated.*

4 thoughts on “Pizza Sliders with Pepperoni”

  1. You made the RIGHT CHOICE with that fresh mozzarella. Dang. I’ve been wanting to make sliders forever. nothing could be better than a pepperoni version!!

  2. These sound soooo good! Must get some pepperoni next time I go to store

    These sound soooo good. I must get some pepperoni next time I go to store.


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