Easy Hawaiian Roll Turkey Sliders

Our Hawaiian Roll Turkey Sliders recipe with a brown sugar and poppy seed glaze is great to take to a party and they are an easy meal to make at home.

Smoky bacon bits sprinkled on sharp white cheddar cheese are the perfect complement to sliced or shredded turkey.  These baked turkey sliders will be gone as soon as they come out of the oven!

Hawaiian roll turkey sliders with bacon and ranch in a baking dish with a few piled on a yellow plate out front with a sweet and shinny glaze.

Hawaiian Roll Turkey Sliders Recipe

Turkey, Cheddar & Bacon Sliders are a great way to use leftover turkey or a pack of deli meat.  Everyone in our family enjoys these little sandwiches that are a spin on an oven-baked turkey melt.

The flavor combination of turkey, bacon and cheese with a hint of ranch spread on the slider buns is delicious!

There is always a package of deli meat or lunch meat in our refrigerator for an easy meal.  Life with kids and farm work is hectic and very unpredictable.  So when intentions to make a meal unravel we need to be able to make a warm and delicious sandwich quickly.

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We love that the options are endless for these little sandwiches. Sometimes we add turkey to these Farmhouse, Ham, Swiss and Ranch Party Sliders to make Ham & Turkey Melt Sliders.  These turkey sliders with Hawaiian rolls and our ham sliders are a couple of our most popular recipes on Pinterest! 

Foil lined 9 x 13 pan of turkey sliders on Hawaiian rolls with a shinny glaze.

Another favorite slider is using leftover turkey made in a roaster on this Shredded Chicken Sliders and adding barbecue sauce, cheese and bacon bits.

Why This Recipe Works:

  • Sliders make portion control is much better for a family.  The kids like one slider and the adults like two or three.
  • Lunchmeat sliders are so easy to customize.  Onions can easily be added or cheese can be left off.
  • Baked turkey sliders on Kings Hawaiian rolls are irresistible – the kids don’t fight about having to eat them!  Meals that keep peace at the table make life easier.
  • Leftover turkey after the holidays tastes great in this slider recipe!
  • Sliders are popular and you can find sweet Hawaiian rolls in almost every grocery store.  We love the Kings Hawaiian brand, but if there is a cheaper option or bigger roll we buy that one. 
  • Extra Hawaiian roll turkey sliders reheat well the next day for a quick lunch or snack.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Hawaiian Rolls – Kings Hawaiian brand are very popular, but usually 1/2 ounce smaller than other brands.
  • Turkey – We typically use thin slices of lunchmeat. To use shredded turkey tear or chop into small pieces for best results.
  • Ranch Dressing – An optional layer of goodness and extra herb flavor.
  • Cheddar Cheese – I like white cheddar, but yellow is fine too. Slices can be easier to use but shredded works fine.
  • Bacon Bits – The smoky meat provides a nice accent to turkey.
  • Butter – Helps spread the other glaze ingredients over top of the rolls and adds a nice richness.
  • Brown Sugar – Sweetens the little sandwiches.
  • Poppy Seeds – Diversity in flavor that is highly recognizable in party sliders.
  • Dijon Mustard – An optional addition that half of our family loves.
  • Worcestershirse Sauce – Creates a deeper flavor in a nice thin layer of glaze.
Ingredients needed to make easy Kings Hawaiian turkey sliders with cheese, bacon, ranch, butter, dijon mustard, brown sugar, poppy seeds and Worcestershire sauce on a brown counter top.

If you enjoy these turkey bacon ranch sliders you may also enjoy our Chicken Bacon Ranch Sliders.

How to Make Baked Turkey Sliders

  1. Line a 9×13 pan with foil and preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Slice slider rolls in half. Remove the top half and set aside. Place bottom half in lined baking dish.
  3. Spread ranch dressing on the bottom half of the rolls.
  4. Layer turkey on, then layer cheese on top.
  5. Set the bottom half of the rolls covered in meat and cheese in the oven to warm up while mixing up the sweet slider glaze.
  6. Make glaze by melting butter in a sauce pan and stirring in brown sugar, poppy seeds, mustard and Worcestershire sauce.
  7. Remove bottom half of sliders from the oven. Sprinkle bacon bits on top of the cheese. Place top half of sliders on the sandwiches.
  8. Pour sweet glaze mixture evenly over top of sliders and bake for 10 – 15 minutes until sandwiches begin to brown.

Tips for Making Easy Turkey & Cheese Sliders

  • Foil is really helpful since the glaze has a good bit of sugar and can easily burn on the baking dish
  • Leftover turkey can easily be used, just make sure there is an even layer
  • Sliced or shredded cheese can be used, I find sliced cheese as it is easier and faster to use
  • We like to use bacon bits, if using strips of bacon then chop it up so the sliders can be more easily cut after baking
  • Sliders will be easier to eat after letting rest for about 10 minutes after baking
  • Use a board scraper or long serrated knife to cut sandwiches
  • Use a long bread knife to slice slider rolls in half before baking
  • Sometimes the cheaper Hawaiian rolls are really small.  If it’s just our family eating them it’s not a big deal.  But if we’re making party food to share we usually like the bigger, fluffier name brand rolls.
Collage of turkey, bacon and cheddar sliders in pan and on a plate.

Can These Be Made Ahead?

Sliders can be assembled, covered and refrigerated up to a day ahead of baking. This includes covering with the glaze.

I was surprised to find that the quality is the same as making them fresh as long as the ingredients don’t dry out in the refrigerator.

Remove the baking pan from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before baking before placing in a preheated oven. Or place the cold dish in a cold oven to allow the dish to warm up more slowly as the oven heats.

More Sandwich & Slider Recipes We Love

We have a few sandwich recipes that we love like Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes, and Sloppy Janes made with ground turkey.

Just like our Air Fryer Pizza Sliders and Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders we prefer this recipe fresh, but they can be reheated too!  We often make extra and reheat the leftovers in our air fryer toaster oven.  Sure, the quality of a sandwich decreases a bit but we still enjoy them.

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Printable Turkey, Cheddar & Bacon Slider Recipe

4 easy turkey sliders on Kings Hawaiian Rolls

Turkey, Cheddar And Bacon Sliders

Servings 12 sliders
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
We love how these sweet sliders are great to take to a party, but they are also an easy meal to make at home.  Turkey, Cheddar & Bacon Sliders are a great way to use leftover turkey or a pack of deli meat.  Everyone in our family enjoys these little sandwiches!
4.67 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 12 sweet Hawaiian rolls
  • 1/4 cup ranch dressing
  • 3/4 pound sliced or shredded turkey
  • 6 slices white cheddar cheese
  • 2 – 3 ounces bacon bits
  • 5 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard optional
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13 baking pan with foil.
  • Use a bread knife of a long serrated knife to slice slider rolls in half. Remove the top half and set aside. Place bottom half in lined baking dish.
    12 sweet Hawaiian rolls
  • Spread ranch dressing on the bottom half of the rolls.
    1/4 cup ranch dressing
  • Layer turkey on rolls, then layer cheese on top.
    3/4 pound sliced or shredded turkey, 6 slices white cheddar cheese
  • Set the bottom half of the rolls covered in meat and cheese in the oven to warm up while mixing up the sweet slider glaze.

Sweet Slider Glaze

  • Melt butter and stir in brown sugar, poppy seeds, mustard and Worcestershire sauce.
    5 tablespoons butter, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon poppy seeds, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Remove bottom half of sliders from the oven. Sprinkle bacon bits on top of the cheese. Place top half of sliders on the sandwiches.
    2 – 3 ounces bacon bits
  • Pour sweet glaze mixture evenly over top of sliders and bake for 10 – 15 minutes until sandwiches begin to brown.

Notes

  • Leftover turkey can easily be used, just make sure there is an even layer
  • Use a board scraper or serrated knife to cut sandwiches

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Nutrition

Calories: 319kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 15gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 515mgPotassium: 99mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 297IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 134mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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Originally posted on November 1, 2019 with updates made on November 14, 2022.

21 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love new ideas for turkey sandwiches!

  2. 5 stars
    These were delicious and gobbled up very quickly. I used horse radish sauce in place of ranch dressing. Will make again.

    1. So glad you enjoyed them! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Tammy Nickerson says:

    We really loved these! Anything that is on a Hawaiian roll gets our attention!

  4. Would I be able to prepare these ahead of time or will the ranch on the bread make these soggy?

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Great question! They definitely taste best warm out of the oven, so I would wait to bake until ready to serve. I haven’t tested assembling them ahead of time yet, but I wonder if you could put the dressing in between a layer of meat and cheese? If you give it a try please let me know. Thanks!

  5. Christina says:

    5 stars
    It was very easy and delicious!

  6. 5 stars
    These are great. I substituted ranch for blue cheese cause I do not like ranch.

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey there! Great question! I enjoy BBQ sauce or a really thin layer of ranch. The bread can be buttered and toasted in place of using a sauce too. Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do 🙂

  7. Elizabeth says:

    4 stars
    Yummy …. simple, quick and tasty

  8. Can you use 24 rolls and just double all the other ingredients? That’s what I usually do when I’ve made ham ones in the past?

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Yes! A double batch is extra delicious 🙂

  9. How are these the next day? Thinking of making these for my daughter lunch.

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey There! We have reheated these the next day and enjoy them. We have noticed that they can get a touch soggy depending how much butter or sauce is used. You might be able to slice rolls, toast with butter and assemble and refrigerate over night. Bake right before lunch. Please let me know if you give this a try. Hope you enjoy 🙂

  10. 5 stars
    Those sliders look so so good. I am going to make those for sure. I love your site. Thank you for sharing and I am proud of you for doing this on line. I loved your life story I read. I have been a widow too and had a daughter after my husband passed away. I love Jesus and he has always been with me through life and all the good with the bad/sad times. I don’t know where or what I would have done without knowing him.

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hi Vickie – Thanks so much for sharing your story and encouragement! Taking time to share these comments mean a lot. And I hope to share more than great sliders in the long run 🙂

  11. 4 stars
    This were a hit. Quick and easy to make, we will be making these again.

  12. 5 stars
    Made these tonight. Has the sweet and savory going on and we can tell ourselves it’s turkey

  13. Would it work to make ahead and freeze these?

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey There! We’ve tested prepping them 1 day ahead of time and refrigerating until baking, but have not tested freezing and reheating. I think the moisture in the freezing and thawing process may affect the quality of the slider.

      I hope you enjoy the recipe!

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