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A Game Day Treat…. Sliders on Hawaiian Bread

All right… I will admit it… I don’t do football… I’m not even sure I know most of the rules. I typically do not even know, who is playing. But my husband loves it and when we host game day at our house, a pizza party is not the way we go about it.

This recipe was created one year ago during a Super Bowl weekend, when instead of having 4 people we ended up with 12. I had a mere hour before game time and had to think on my feet. I happened to have some mini Hawaiian Rolls that my hubby picked up from Costco as a random purchase. …And some ground beef in the fridge that I needed to do something spectacular with. I also had some pretty sad looking onions that were about to go bad stashed in the pantry that I had to do something with.

An hour and 2 beers later I was feeling happy, and my sliders were looking cheesy. My trusty Vitamix helped me whip up a quick batch of zesty aioli all while hubby sipped chatted away and grilled my sliders. Some sliders, however, showed proof of more chatting and less grilling. Hence, why I always make extra.

Surprisingly… I actually watched the game… well, not all of it… but definitely some… After all someone had to do the dishes…

Sliders on Hawaiian Bread Rolls 

 INGREDIENTS (*makes 12 sliders):

1 1/3 pound ground chuck

1/4 onion, grated

1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

salt and pepper to taste

1 tbsp. garlic powder

1 tbsp. onion powder

2 tbsp. olive oil

12 King’s Hawaiian bread dinner rolls

3 pieces Gouda cut, each slice cut into 4 pieces

2 homemade caramelized onions

arugula for garnish


1. Combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours.

2. Make 12 little sliders, ensuring that the edges are thicker than the middle.

3. Coat a grill pan (or your outside grill) with spray oil.

4. Sear on both sides and let rest, until ready to serve. Add smoked Gouda slices and finish them off right before serving in a 450-degree oven for about 5-7 minutes, until pink in the middle and cheese is melty.

5. Cut rolls in half and smear zesty aioli sauce (*see below) on the top buns.

6. Place burger onto bun, layer up with some caramelized onions, arugula and top off with the top bun.

Zesty Aioli


½ cup mayonnaise

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tsp garlic chili paste

1 tsp good hot sauce

½ tsp cayenne pepper

½ tsp lemon juice

salt and pepper to taste


Combine all ingredients and use as a schmear on anything from burgers to panninis!

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