Pull Apart Cheeseburger Sliders

Caught in a summer rainstorm?  Move the party inside with a batch of these Pull Apart Cheeseburger Sliders!

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Caught in a summer rainstorm?  Move the party inside with a batch of these Pull Apart Cheeseburger Sliders!

As much as I love spending time in the back yard during the summer, sometimes Mother Nature has other plans.  A couple of weekends ago, I had planned to grill burgers for us for dinner.  Nothing crazy.  Just our good ole traditional backyard burgers.  I’m always excited when I get to pull the grill out, and I had all of my ingredients ready to go.  Then it rained.  A lot.  It was a combination of ‘raining cats and dogs,’ a ‘gully-washer,’ and a ‘real frogwash.’  (All of these are sayings that my grandpa used to describe heavy rain.  For real.)

Caught in a summer rainstorm?  Move the party inside with a batch of these Pull Apart Cheeseburger Sliders!

So when life gives you a frogwash, I say make Pull Apart Cheeseburger Sliders!  Needless to say, the rain derailed my plans to grill burgers for dinner.  But I had been looking forward to those burgers, so I decided to get a bit creative indoors…and that’s where these Pull Apart Cheeseburger Sliders came into play!

Caught in a summer rainstorm?  Move the party inside with a batch of these Pull Apart Cheeseburger Sliders!

Pull Apart Cheeseburger Sliders

These Pull Apart Cheeseburger Sliders are a cross between a classic burger and a sloppy joe.  To be fair, we ended up serving these on plates with a fork and knife as they would’ve been hard to eat standing up.  (Although, now that I think about it, if you make mini-burgers and then put one patty on each roll, then they should hold up better.  Maybe next time…) 

Either way, these Pull Apart Cheeseburger Sliders were a winner!  We each grabbed a couple of sliders and then served ’em up with leftover Black Bean Salad.  Aside from the fact that we were indoors, this was the perfect summer meal – the flavors were fantastic.  It might have been a real gully-washer outside, but we were nice and dry inside on the couch!

Caught in a summer rainstorm?  Move the party inside with a batch of these Pull Apart Cheeseburger Sliders!

If you’re craving a classic summer burger, but it’s raining cats and dogs outside, then these sliders might be the answer!  Cheers, friends, and stay dry in the summer storms!

Also, on a random side note, the photos with the pile of sliders totally remind me of Wimpy from the Popeye cartoons.  “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”  Do you remember that guy??

Caught in a summer rainstorm?  Move the party inside with a batch of these Pull Apart Cheeseburger Sliders!

Did you make these Pull Apart Cheeseburger Sliders at home?  Leave a comment.  Or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog)!

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Caught in a summer rainstorm?  Move the party inside with a batch of these Pull Apart Cheeseburger Sliders!

Pull Apart Cheeseburger Sliders

Caught in a summer rainstorm?  Move the party inside with a batch of these Pull Apart Cheeseburger Sliders!
5 from 11 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 sliders
Calories: 275kcal


For the Hamburger Filling

For the Sliders

  • 1 12-pack pull-apart dinner rolls can substitute with Hawaiian Rolls or Potato Slider Rolls
  • ½ cup dill pickles diced (or ½ cup dill relish)
  • 8 slices thick-cut bacon cooked and crumbled
  • cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese shredded

For the Glaze


For the Hamburger Filling

  • Using a large skillet, add beef, onions and garlic. Cook over medium-high, stirring occasionally, until beef is fully cooked. (Note: Drain any excess grease from skillet.)
  • Add diced tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, salt, black pepper and (optional) cayenne pepper; stir until well combined. Continue cooking until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  • Remove pan from heat and set aside.

For the Sliders

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Spray a 9”x13” baking pan with nonstick spray.
  • Without separating rolls, split the package in half horizontally and place bottom half cut-side up in the prepared baking pan.
  • Spread ground beef mixture, diced pickles, cooked bacon and shredded cheeses evenly on top. Place top half of the rolls on top.

For the Glaze

  • Using a small bowl, stir together the melted butter, mustard and Worcestershire sauce until well combined.
  • Brush this mixture over the tops of the dinner rolls; sprinkle sesame seeds on top of rolls.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, tenting with foil after 10 minutes to prevent the tops of the rolls from burning.
Caught in a summer rainstorm?  Move the party inside with a batch of these Pull Apart Cheeseburger Sliders!

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  1. 5 stars
    Brilliant rainy burger day idea. I love the idea of using the pull-apart rolls.
    So did you know that “raining cats and dogs” was first mentioned in print in 1651 in a collection of poems by Olor Iscanus. Don’t be impressed, I just Googled to learn where the phrase “raining cats and dogs” comes from. You can do those things when one is retired.

    1. Hahaha, you crack me up, Ron! I definitely didn’t know where the term ‘raining cats and dogs’ came from, but I appreciate that you took the initiative to find it. Google is amazing, isn’t it? 🙂 Thanks so much, my friend!

  2. 5 stars
    Funny you mention Popeye–I just saw that it’s his 90th birthday and some ice cream place created a spinach ice cream to celebrate. I’ll take cake for my bday over spinach ice cream please and thank you. . .but I digress. We get a lot of dust storms in the summer here and being outside during those is really unsafe, not to mention you’d get so much dust in your burgers they’d be inedible. I love the idea of these sliders as an alternative!

    1. Hold your horses. Spinach ice cream!? I mean I guess I’d give it a shot, but it sounds really strange. I think I’m with ya. I’ll take regular birthday cake and vanilla bean ice cream instead. Or French Vanilla. That would be an acceptable substitute here!

      Dust storms, eh? Like tumbleweeds rolling down the street? Where in the heck do you actually live, Kelsie!? I’m starting to think it’s next door to the saloon and across from the general store. 🙂

  3. Hi David! I make sliders using your the same roll technique when we get together with friends. These are called loose meat sandwiches here, but whatever they are called I’ll gladly eat them!

    1. Loose meat sandwiches! I like that name. To be fair, though, sliders sound a bit “fancier,” right? Either way, they’re delicious! And sometimes you just gotta be prepared when your plans at the grill get derailed thanks to a summer thunderstorm. These loose meat sammiches do the trick! Thanks so much, my friend, and I hope you have a wonderful long weekend if we don’t chat before!

  4. 5 stars
    I’m totally stealing ‘frogwash,’ lol! Love it and it’s so appropriate! Growing up, we had a bug zapper on our front porch and when a swarm of something or especially big bug would hit it, my mom would always say, “It’s the frog’s annual BBQ!”

    Anyway, these cheeseburger sliders look awesome, David! Great way to feed a crowd this summer, rain or shine!

    1. Laura always looks at me crossways when I use terms like “frogwash.” I like to think I’m keeping the memory of my Grandpa around. 🙂 I’m not planning on stopping anytime soon! A good frogwash is what the summer is all about…that and the smell right after a summer thunderstorm. It’s so unique!

      I also digress! These sliders are great for a crowd, and they’re also great when the rain chases you indoors. Thanks, Marissa!

  5. 5 stars
    You know the song, “it never rains in California “, we had rain here almost every day and snow in the mountains. Your sliders are perfect.

    1. Haha! There’s a similar saying down in Baton Rouge, LA. “It never rains in Tiger Stadium.” Of course, that’s not entirely true as I’ve been to games where it’s rained so hard that I had to lay my wallet and all of its contents out on the counter for 2 days to dry it out! Those are the days when you just want to stay indoors and make these cheeseburger sliders! 🙂 Thanks so much, my friend!

    1. Hah! I didn’t even think about sloppy joe not transferring over. Sloppy Joes are a classic sandwich with ground beef, tomato sauce and seasonings served on a bun. They’re, well, sloppy. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sloppy_joe) There’s even several brands here in the States that sell sloppy joe filling in cans. Just add buns!

      I’ll take these cheeseburger sliders any day! 🙂

    1. These sliders really are great for summer entertaining! You can make a whole pan in no time flat…and they’re great for when the summer rains chase you back indoors. 🙂 Thanks so much, Kathy!

    1. I’m right there with ya on the cheeseburgers, Kelly! I think I could eat cheeseburgers every.single.day and not get tired of ’em. These sliders are a fun (and easy) way to serve a crowd…or just me. 🙂 Haha! I hope you have a great long weekend ahead, my friend. (And I hope the weekend involves a cheeseburger on the grill!)

  6. 5 stars
    Haha…Wimpy…yes 😉 It’s been terrible weather here too. I’m familiar with raining ‘cats and dogs’. What does it mean if we have snow too because we had snow yesterday. Ugh. Well, it turned out a-ok for ya because you made these delicious sliders! I’ll take 6 please! Have a wonderful weekend, David! Fingers crossed for nice weather 🙂

    1. Wait. You had snow yesterday!? Ok, that’s just too much. I mean it’s been chilly here, but at least it’s chilly and wet…not chilly and frozen. Hopefully the weekend will warm up a bit?? If not, make a batch of these sliders indoors and turn the heat up! 🙂 Thanks so much, my friend!

  7. 5 stars
    Do you know one of the reasons I’m excited about summer each year (Besides lavender, of course)? Your grilled recipes including different burgers! This one looks and sounds super delicious – just the perfect combination of all the delicious ingredients! It’s been a very rainy and relatively cold (We might have had only a few days around +15 C in May) spring in our area, but forecast finally looks a little more promising now. So please don’t be shy and send these sliders over 🙂

    1. Haha! Well I’m glad I can help you get excited about summer, Ben. It’s been a chilly start to the spring this year, but I think summer is coming…maybe. (It’s also been really, really rainy here, too. I’m tired of the rain!) I think the weather is starting to improve, though, In the meantime, we can make a batch of these sliders indoors. They’re a fun way to enjoy summer…even if summer is taking some extra time to get here. Hope you have a great weekend, my friend!

    1. Yes! I totally agree, Alexandra. These sliders are delicious…and they’re perfect for when summer grill-outs get rained-out. 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend ahead, my friend!

    1. So you’re saying this recipe would be perfect for Scotland then! Those summer rains just pop up so quickly…and the ones around here tend to be pretty big storms. These pull-apart sliders let you just move the party indoors instead! 🙂 Thanks, Neil!

    1. Oh man, these sliders were so tasty, Valentina! I had my heart set on the grill, but I’ve gotta say that these turned out really well. Thanks so much, my friend!

    1. Sometimes you just have to think fast! I wasn’t about to stand out there in that rainstorm. I mean I love grilling…but this was a serious storm. Fortunately, these sliders worked out well. Thanks so much, Karen!! 🙂

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