Want to make a bunch of bacon cheeseburger sliders at once for your holiday get-together or backyard party? Try these easy burger sliders with Hawaiian rolls on your flat top grill or outdoor griddle!
I’m sure you’ve seen people make a whole ton of sliders at one time using the store-bought King’s Hawaiian rolls. These rolls are already “stuck” together in a sheet of 12, and they’re perfect for creating a dozen mini burgers at once. So when the wife had the idea of using them to create some easy griddle cheeseburger sliders, I was on board.
These delicious griddle burgers were super easy to make, and they can be customized to your liking… Don’t want the onions? Just leave them off. Want to use Swiss cheese instead of American? Go for it!
Here’s how to make these super quick bacon cheeseburger sliders on the outdoor griddle:
Ingredients for Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders
Here’s what I used to make my griddle slider burgers. Of course, you can use your favorite burger toppings and seasonings, or create a sort of Krystal burger copycat like I did:
- 80/20 ground beef
- your favorite burger seasoning – I used Pit Boss Bold Burger Rub for mine
- diced onions (optional)
- King’s Hawaiian rolls – or slider buns of your choice – the buns or rolls that you choose should be connected in a “sheet” for this griddle burger recipe
- American cheese – or your choice of cheese
How to Make Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders on the Griddle
Step 1: Saute the onions and cook your bacon.
I chose to start cooking my bacon first, because then I could use that leftover bacon grease on the griddle to cook my onions… No fat left behind!
While your diced onions are cooking on the griddle, season them with your favorite burger seasoning. Then, move on to the next step to get your burgers ready.
Step 2: Prep your ground beef for the cheeseburger sliders.
The trick to making a lot of slider burgers at one time is to cook the meat all at once and then cut it as you serve it. It’s much easier flipping and smashing just one gigantic burger patty than 12 different patties.
To prep your ground beef to cook it this way, simply add about one pound of 80/20 ground beef between two pieces of wax paper. Then, press or roll it out until it’s evenly thin and rectangular shaped. Your rectangle of beef should be slightly larger than the rectangular shape of your Hawaiian rolls, because the meat will shrink up a bit as it’s cooking. I also chose to roll my meat out on a baking sheet, so that it was easier to flip it out onto the griddle surface in the next step.
Here’s the size of my big burger patty compared to the Hawaiian rolls for reference:
Don’t have a rolling pin? No problem! Just use a can of vegetables or any other cylindrical object in your kitchen to roll the meat out evenly. Just like I did in the video for these cheeseburger sliders!
Step 3: Cook the ground beef “sheet” in the diced cooked onions.
Once your ground beef is perfectly shaped to fit the Hawaiian rolls, it’s time to transfer it to the griddle… This is similar to cooking a bunch of cheeseburger sliders on a sheet pan in your oven, except we’re using the flat top grill as the heat source.
Since my beef was already in a small sheet pan lined with wax paper, I just turned the sheet pan over right on top of the grilled onions so that the large beef patty could cook right in the onions, similar to an Oklahoma Onion Burger.
Once your beef is on the griddle, go ahead and season the top side with your favorite burger seasoning… Remember, you already seasoned the diced onions in a previous step, so you don’t need to worry about seasoning the other side of the meat.
Step 4: Flip your giant burger patty to the second side and continue cooking.
Here’s where your spatula skills will be put to the test!
Once the first side of your giant burger patty is cooked and it’s had a chance to develop a bit of a crust, it’s time to flip it to the second side to continue cooking. Just do your best here, and if your patty breaks apart, no problem! Just form it back together in the rectangle shape.
Then, you can place sliced American cheese on top to help hold the meat together as the cheese melts.
Step 5: Toast your King’s Hawaiian rolls on the griddle.
If you like your burger rolls steamed or toasted, now’s the time to get that done.
Steaming your burger buns usually involves letting the buns heat up over top of whatever meat that you’re cooking… so if you’re making a cheesesteak, you would heat the bun cut side down on top of the steak as it’s cooking or the cheese is melting. The moisture from the meat rises and steams your buns.
Alternatively, if you prefer a toasted bun, then simply add butter or mayonnaise to the cut side of the buns and place them directly on the griddle… This will give you a bit of a “crustier” bun, more like a piece of toast.
I enjoy both types of heated buns, but for these griddle slider burgers, I chose to toast the Hawaiian rolls. Since there’s a lot of fat in these burgers, I didn’t want my buns to disintegrate too much or get too soggy from the extra moisture.
Step 6: Add the cooked cheeseburger to the rolls, add bacon, and slice to serve.
Next, it’s time to transfer your giant cheeseburger to the sheet of Hawaiian rolls, like this:
You’ll notice that I added some of the remaining fond and cooked onion bits from the griddle to the top of the cheeseburger sliders. You could have just scraped all of that goodness into your grease trap, but why waste the extra flavor?
Lastly, chop up your cooked bacon and sprinkle it on top of the cheeseburger patty. Add the top half of the sweet Hawaiian rolls, and use the cut marks of the rolls as a guide to slice your bacon cheeseburger sliders.
Other Griddle Burgers to Try
If you love this easy flat top grill burger idea, then check out some of my other burger recipes for the flat top grill:
Taco Smash Burgers on the Flat Top Grill – This easy smash burger is made with chorizo and all your favorite Mexican toppings!
Green Chile Cheeseburger on the Griddle – These easy smash burgers with fresh, roasted poblanos and jalapeno are packed with flavor… and this new method I show you for smashing your burgers turned out perfectly!
Oklahoma Onion Burger – If you love onions, then you’ve got to try this easy griddle burger recipe… easily one of my favorite burgers to make on the flat top grill!
Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders on the Griddle
- 1 lb 80/20 ground beef
- 1/4 sweet onion diced
- 8 oz. bacon
- 1 pack of 12 King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls
- burger seasoning of your choice
- 5 slices American cheese
- mayonnaise or butter for toasting the rolls
- Preheat your outdoor griddle on low.
- When the griddle is preheated, add sliced bacon and begin to cook. As the bacon cooks, it will produce fat. Move the bacon to the side of the griddle to continue cooking, and use the bacon fat to cook the diced onions.
- While the bacon and onions are cooking, prep the ground beef. Place the ground beef on a sheet tray lined with wax or parchment paper. Press and/or roll the beef into a rectangular shape slightly larger than the shape of the sheet of Hawaiian rolls. Set the ground beef patty to the side.
- Cut the sheet of Hawaiian rolls in half horizontally, so you have a top and bottom "bun" for each slider. Set to the side.
- When the onions are almost done cooking, season them with your favorite burger seasoning and position them into a rectangular shape about the same size as your burger patty.
- Carefully flip the burger patty on top of the cooked onions on the griddle.
- Allow the ground beef patty to cook on the first side in the sautéed onions until the meat is over halfway cooked through and a slight crust develops, then flip the patty to the second side.
- While the burger patty is cooking, spread mayonnaise or butter on the cut side of both "sheets" of Hawaiian rolls. Then, toast the rolls cut side down on the griddle. When the sheets of rolls are toasted to your liking, remove from the griddle.
- Top the burger patty with American cheese (or substitute cheese of your choice) and allow the cheese to melt and the burger to cook through.
- When the cheeseburger patty is cooked through, use two griddle spatulas to carefully transfer the whole patty to the bottom side of the toasted Hawaiian rolls.
- Chop the cooked bacon and sprinkle on top of the cheeseburger patty.
- Add the top sheet of Hawaiian rolls to the bacon cheeseburger patty.
- Use the score marks of the Hawaiian rolls to cut the bacon cheeseburger patty into individual sliders. Serve immediately with your favorite burger toppings.