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Grilled Hawaiian Burger Sliders Are the Two-Bite Hit of Your Summer Cookout

published Jun 20, 2023
Grilled Hawaiian Burger Sliders Recipe

These mini burgers layer juicy grilled teriyaki beef patties, grilled pineapple, and Swiss cheese onto fluffy, sweet Hawaiian rolls, and are perfect for parties or outdoor gatherings.

MakesMakes 12 sliders

Prep15 minutes

Cook10 minutes to 15 minutes

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Credit: Photo: Armando Rafael; Food: Brett Regot

Every great cookout has two things: really good burgers and really good sides. One of our favorite ways to serve those burgers is in slider form so guests can enjoy a mini burger and still have room for the other delicious things on the table. These fun and easy sliders feature soft, sweet Hawaiian rolls as a base for grilled pineapple, juicy teriyaki beef patties, and Swiss cheese. It’s a sweet–and–savory combination that’s sure to be the hit of any summer grilling gathering.

Budget-friendly, versatile ground beef is the heart of these sliders, and all you need to do for prep is season it with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. As Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. on behalf of the Beef Checkoff advises, use a gentle touch when seasoning and shaping the patties so they don’t get overworked and cook up too firm. And rather than shaping the ground beef into small individual slider patties, shape it into four square patties and cut them later. This will save you time and effort, and the patties will be easier to cook and flip on the grill. You can even season and form them up to a few hours ahead so that they’re ready to pack for a cookout.

Credit: Photo: Armando Rafael; Food: Brett Regot

How to Make Grilled Hawaiian Burger Sliders

  1. Prep the toppings. Drain a can of sliced pineapple and cut the Hawaiian rolls in half. Instead of separating the rolls, just cut the whole slab in half so they’re easier to grill.
  2. Make the burger patties. Season ground beef with garlic and onion powder, then form it into four (4-inch) square patties. If you have an 8-inch square baking dish, an easy way to do this is to gently press the ground beef mixture into it, then flip it out of the pan before you cut it into four perfectly square patties.
  3. Toast the buns. Toast the Hawaiian rolls on the grill first. They’ll toast up quickly, so keep a close eye on them.
  4. Grill the patties and pineapple. Grill the pineapple and patties at the same time if your grill is large enough. After the first side is cooked, flip them over and brush them with some teriyaki sauce. When the patties are almost done, top each with a slice of Swiss cheese.
  5. Assemble the sliders. Brush some more teriyaki sauce on the top half of the rolls, then layer the beef patties and pineapple on top. Insert a toothpick into each slider to hold it together before you cut the whole thing into individual sliders.
Credit: Photo: Armando Rafael; Food: Brett Regot

A Few Tips for Making Grilled Hawaiian Burger Sliders

  • Keep the beef cold. Don’t take the ground beef out of the refrigerator until you’re ready to season it. Once formed into patties, refrigerate or store in a cooler until ready to cook.
  • Line the baking dish with foil. If you’re forming the patties in the baking dish, line it with aluminum foil first so that it’s easier to take the slab out.
  • Use a thin spatula. A thin metal spatula works best for sliding under the patties and pineapple to loosen them from the grill before flipping.
  • Wait to brush the rolls. Brush the rolls with teriyaki sauce right before assembling the sliders so that they don’t get soggy.
  • Use a serrated knife. A large serrated knife works best both for splitting the Hawaiian rolls and cutting the assembled sliders.
Credit: Photo: Armando Rafael; Food: Brett Regot

These sliders require very little prep and just a few ingredients, but they deliver plenty of flavor. Served on a hot summer day, perhaps with a tropical drink, they might just make you feel like you’ve armchair-traveled to a beautiful Hawaiian island.

Grilled Hawaiian Burger Sliders Recipe

These mini burgers layer juicy grilled teriyaki beef patties, grilled pineapple, and Swiss cheese onto fluffy, sweet Hawaiian rolls, and are perfect for parties or outdoor gatherings.

Prep time 15 minutes

Cook time 10 minutes to 15 minutes

Makes Makes 12 sliders

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1 (20-ounce) can

    pineapple slices in 100% juice

  • 1 (12-ounce) package

    sweet Hawaiian rolls

  • 1 1/2 pounds

    ground beef

  • 1 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon

    garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon

    onion powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    freshly ground black pepper

  • Vegetable oil, for oiling the grill

  • 3 tablespoons

    store-bought or homemade teriyaki sauce, divided

  • 4 sandwich-sized slices

    Swiss cheese

  • 12

    toothpicks

Instructions

  1. Heat an outdoor grill for medium-high, direct heat (about 425ºF). Meanwhile, prepare the slider ingredients.

  2. Drain 1 (20-ounce) can pineapple slices in 100% juice. Place 1 package Hawaiian sweet dinner rolls on a cutting board; do not separate the rolls. Cut in half horizontally with a serrated knife; keep on the cutting board.

  3. Place 1 1/2 pounds ground beef in a large bowl. Sprinkle evenly with 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Mix with your hands until just evenly combined.

  4. Divide into 4 portions (6 ounces each), and form each portion into a 4 1/2-inch square that’s about 3/4-inch thick. (Alternatively, transfer the beef into an aluminum foil-lined 8-inch square baking pan. Pat into an even layer, going all the way to the edges and corners. Grasping the foil, remove the slab from the pan and cut the slab into 4 pieces; separate the pieces so that you have 4 square patties.) Refrigerate until ready to grill.

  5. When the grill is ready, scrape the grill grates clean if needed. Oil the grill grates with a paper towel dipped in vegetable oil. Slide the Hawaiian roll halves cut-side down onto the grill. Cover and grill until the cut sides are toasted, about 30 seconds. Slide a thin metal spatula underneath the rolls to loosen, then transfer back onto the cutting board cut-side up.

  6. Oil the grill grates again. Grill the burger slabs and pineapples at the same time if there's enough room (otherwise, grill the burgers first). Place the burger patties and pineapple rings onto the grill grates. Cover and grill until dark grill marks form on the bottom, 4 to 5 minutes.

  7. Slide the spatula underneath the patties and pineapple rings to loosen, then flip them over. Brush the pineapple and patties with 2 tablespoons of the teriyaki sauce. Cover and continue to grill until the patties are just cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes more for medium. About 1 minute before the burgers are ready, top each patty with 1 slice Swiss cheese, cover, and continue grilling. Transfer the patties and pineapple onto a clean baking sheet or plates.

  8. Assemble the sliders: Brush the top half of the rolls with the remaining 1 tablespoon teriyaki sauce. Arrange the burger patties onto the bottom half of the rolls, then top with the pineapple, tearing them as needed to fit in a single layer. Close with the top half of the rolls. Insert a toothpick down the center of each slider to keep it together. Cut into individual sliders with a serrated knife before serving.

Recipe Notes

Make-ahead: The burger mixture can be made and shaped up to 2 hours ahead, covered, and refrigerated.

Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days.