These savory and slightly sweet sliders turn all of the big flavors of Hawaiian pizza into a quick, delicious lunch or appetizer that can feed a crowd. These sliders combine spicy peppers and mozzarella with sweet pineapple chunks and melty mozzarella cheese for the perfect spicy sweet combination.
Have you ever had Hawaiian pizza? It’s probably the most hotly debated pizza flavor out there.
You either love it, or well, not so much.
I personally fall into the I love it camp, which I know will anger all the pizza purists out there. But Hawaiian pizza combines so many flavors that I just can’t get enough of.
These easy Hawaiian pizza sliders take those flavors and puts them on sweet, buttery Hawaiian rolls. It’s seriously an over the top amazing Hawaiian pizza experience.
And if you’d rather make a Hawaiian pizza instead of sliders, I got ya covered. Just follow my easy homemade pizza dough recipe and top the dough with all the toppings in the recipe below. Boom, an easy Hawaiian pizza recipe is ready instead. I love versatile, adaptable recipes like that- especially when pizza’s involved.
WHAT IS HAWAIIAN PIZZA?
Not everyone knows Hawaiian pizza, although it has amassed a large, almost cult-like following.
It’s basically a classic pizza with spicy marinara sauce and mozzarella. Sweet chunks of pineapple and salty pieces of ham top the pizza.
It gives you sweet, salty, and spicy all at once. That’s why I love it so much.
Fun fact: Hawaiian pizza is not actually from Hawaii. The only connection to Hawaii that the pizza has? The man Time Magazine credits with creating Hawaiian pizza named the pizza after the brand of pineapple he put on top of the pizza.
In fact, the inventor of Hawaiian pizza, Sam Panopoulos, was born in Greece and moved to snowy, (not tropical) Ontario, Canada.
He opened a restaurant there, and in 1962, he put pineapple on his pizza to try to attract new customers. And so Hawaiian pizza was born as a glorious, controversial experiment.
WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE NEEDED TO MAKE HAWAIIAN PIZZA SLIDERS:
- pineapple chunks
- Hawaiian sweet rolls
- mozzarella cheese
- marinara sauce
- jalapeno pepper
- garlic salt
Pretty common ingredients, and most of them standard pizza stuff. When I see them all laid out on my counter when I’m prepping, they seem a bit bland to me. Then they combine into this magical Hawaiian pizza sliders recipe with very little work, and I’m always just as impressed.
HOW TO MAKE HAWAIIAN PIZZA SLIDERS:
I love making sliders. They are so incredibly easy to put together and make. Take a package of sweet Hawaiian rolls and slice them in half with a serrated knife.
Make sure you keep the rolls connected when you slice them! Trust me on this. That makes them easier to fill and so much more fun to pull apart when the sliders are ready.
After the rolls are sliced into a top and bottom piece, place the bottom of the rolls onto a 9×13 baking dish lined with parchment paper. Then just spread the marinara sauce over the bottom part of the rolls.
Next, spread half of your mozzarella cheese on top of the sauce evenly. Now you can sprinkle on your pineapple, ham, and jalapenos on top of the first layer of cheese before you add the rest of the cheese.
Lastly, top the open faced sandwiches with the top slab of the rolls before you bake them in a 375 degree oven for about 15 minutes. Just before serving, brush the top of the rolls with melted butter.
And then these easy Hawaiian pizza sliders are ready for everyone to enjoy. They make a fantastic lunch or appetizer, or serve them up with a side salad for a fun take on a pizza night dinner.
OTHER EASY HAWAIIAN ROLL SLIDERS TO ENJOY:
- Fiesta Tuna Salad Sliders
- Easy Buffalo Chicken Sliders
- Crockpot Chicken Parmesan Sliders
- Hot Italian Sub Sliders
- Cuban Style Sliders
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Oven Baked Hawaiian Pizza Sliders
- 1 cup chopped ham
- 1 cup pineapple chunks drained
- 12 Soft Hawaiian Sweet Rolls – sliced in half
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup spicy marinara sauce
- 1 jalapeno - diced seeds removed
- 2 Tbsp Butter – melted
- 1 tbsp Oregano seasoning
- 1 tbsp Garlic salt
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Line a 9×13-inch pan with parchment paper.
- Set to the side
- Using a large serrated knife, slice the rolls in half so you have a ‘slab’ of tops and a ‘slab’ of bottoms.
- You want to keep them connected.
- Place the bottom ‘slab’ of rolls on the baking pan.
- Spread the marinara evenly on the bottom part of the rolls.
- Add 1/2 of your mozzarella cheese all over, on top of the sauce.
- Spread your chopped ham, pineapple chunks, and jalapeños evenly over the cheese.
- Top with the remaining cheese.
- Bake 10-15 minutes.
- Brush sandwiches with melted butter mixture.
- Pull apart & serve.