Hawaiian Sliders: A Tropical Twist to Your Meaty Mini Burgers

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Indulge your taste buds in a burst of tropical flavors with our mouthwatering Hawaiian sliders. These delectable meaty mini burgers will take you on a culinary journey to the beautiful islands of Hawaii, where the sun, sand, and incredible food come together in perfect harmony.

Picture sinking your teeth into a juicy patty topped with a slice of grilled pineapple, a tangy teriyaki glaze, and a sprinkle of toasted coconut. Each bite is a delightful explosion of sweet and savory, leaving you craving more.

The combination of succulent beef, fresh ingredients, and our secret blend of seasonings creates a harmony of flavors that will transport you to a Hawaiian paradise. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or looking to add some excitement to your weeknight dinner, these sliders are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

So gather your friends and family, fire up the grill, and get ready to experience the taste of the tropics with our irresistible Hawaiian sliders. Get ready for a flavor-packed adventure your taste buds won’t soon forget!


Hawaiian sliders have a rich history that dates back to the early 20th century. These delicious mini burgers originated in Hawaii and were traditionally made with a blend of ground beef, spices, and other local ingredients. They were served on a soft and sweet bread roll known as a “sweet roll” or “King’s Hawaiian roll.” These rolls, with their slightly sweet flavor, perfectly complemented the savory fillings of the sliders.

The popularity of Hawaiian sliders grew over the years, not only in Hawaii but also across the United States. They became a staple at backyard barbecues, family gatherings, and even in restaurants. Today, Hawaiian sliders have evolved, with various creative toppings and sauces that add an extra layer of flavor and excitement.


To make delicious Hawaiian sliders, you’ll need the following ingredients:

1. Ground beef: Opt for a lean ground beef to keep the sliders juicy without excessive grease.

2. Sweet rolls: Look for King’s Hawaiian rolls or any other soft and slightly sweet bread rolls.

3. Pineapple slices: Fresh pineapple slices or canned pineapple rings work well for grilling.

4. Teriyaki glaze: You can make your own teriyaki glaze using soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and brown sugar, or use a store-bought version.

5. Toasted coconut: Toast shredded coconut in a pan until golden brown for a crunchy and nutty topping.

6. Lettuce and tomato: Fresh lettuce leaves and tomato slices add a refreshing element to the sliders.

7. Seasonings: Salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder for flavoring the beef patties.


1. Preheat your grill or oven to medium-high heat.

2. In a mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Mix well to evenly distribute the seasonings.

3. Divide the beef mixture into small portions and shape them into patties that are slightly larger than the size of your sweet rolls.

4. Grill or bake the patties until they reach your desired level of doneness. For a medium-rare patty, cook for about 4 minutes on each side.

5. While the patties are cooking, grill the pineapple slices until they have nice grill marks on both sides.

6. Once the patties and pineapple slices are cooked, lightly toast the sweet rolls on the grill or in the oven.

7. Assemble the sliders by placing a patty on the bottom half of each sweet roll.

8. Top each patty with a grilled pineapple slice, a drizzle of teriyaki glaze, a sprinkle of toasted coconut, lettuce, and tomato.

9. Place the top half of the sweet roll on each slider and secure with a toothpick, if needed.

10. Serve the Hawaiian sliders immediately and enjoy!

Tips for grilling or baking Hawaiian sliders

Creative toppings and sauces for Hawaiian sliders

– Make sure to preheat your grill or oven to the right temperature to ensure even cooking.

– Use lean ground beef to avoid excessive grease.

– When grilling the pineapple slices, brush them with a little oil to prevent sticking.

– Keep an eye on the sliders while grilling or baking to prevent them from drying out.

– If you prefer a cheeseburger twist, add a slice of your favorite cheese onto each patty during the last minute of cooking.

Serving suggestions and side dish ideas

While the classic combination of grilled pineapple, teriyaki glaze, and toasted coconut is a crowd favorite, you can get creative with your toppings and sauces to add your own twist to Hawaiian sliders. Here are a few ideas:

– Spicy Mayo: Mix mayonnaise with sriracha sauce for a creamy and spicy kick.

– Mango Salsa: Combine diced mangoes, red onion, jalapeno, lime juice, and cilantro for a refreshing and fruity salsa.

– Bacon Jam: Cook bacon until crispy, then finely chop it and mix it with maple syrup, brown sugar, and a touch of vinegar for a sweet and savory jam.

– Guacamole: Mash ripe avocados with lime juice, diced tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, and a pinch of salt for a creamy and flavorful topping.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different combinations and flavors to find your own perfect Hawaiian slider creation!

Variations of Hawaiian sliders – vegetarian and seafood options

Hawaiian sliders are fantastic on their own, but if you’re looking to round out your meal, here are some serving suggestions and side dish ideas:

– Sweet Potato Fries: Bake or fry sweet potato fries for a delicious and healthier alternative to regular fries.

– Coleslaw: Whip up a tangy coleslaw with cabbage, carrots, mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, and a touch of mustard.

– Tropical Fruit Salad: Combine fresh pineapple, mango, kiwi, and papaya for a refreshing and tropical fruit salad.

– Grilled Vegetables: Toss bell peppers, zucchini, and eggplant with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then grill them until tender and slightly charred.

These side dishes will complement the flavors of the Hawaiian sliders and create a well-rounded meal that will impress your guests.

Hawaiian slider recipes from popular chefs and food bloggers

If you’re looking to cater to different dietary preferences, Hawaiian sliders can be easily adapted to vegetarian and seafood options. Here are a few ideas:

– Vegetarian Option: Replace the ground beef with black bean patties or portobello mushrooms marinated in teriyaki sauce. Grill or bake the patties or mushrooms until cooked through.

– Seafood Option: Swap out the beef patties for grilled shrimp or seared ahi tuna. Marinate the seafood in a teriyaki glaze or a citrus-based marinade before cooking.

These variations will allow everyone to enjoy the tropical flavors of Hawaiian sliders, regardless of their dietary preferences.

Conclusion and final thoughts on Hawaiian sliders

If you’re looking for more inspiration and unique twists on Hawaiian sliders, here are some recipe ideas from popular chefs and food bloggers:

1. “Spicy Pineapple BBQ Sliders” by Chef John – This recipe adds a spicy twist to the classic Hawaiian sliders by incorporating a homemade pineapple BBQ sauce with a kick of heat.

2. “Teriyaki Chicken Sliders with Grilled Pineapple” by FoodieCrush – For a lighter option, this recipe uses grilled chicken breast marinated in teriyaki sauce and pairs it with grilled pineapple and a slaw for added freshness.

3. “Hawaiian Pork Sliders with Pineapple Slaw” by Damn Delicious – These sliders feature slow-cooked pulled pork with a tangy pineapple slaw, combining the best of Hawaiian flavors in one bite.

These recipes offer unique variations and flavor combinations that will take your Hawaiian sliders to the next level.