These Baked Turkey Sliders are hot, buttery, sweet, and savory! Fluffy Hawaiian rolls are layered with sweet jam, gooey cheese and turkey, then drizzled with an herb butter sauce.
Hi. My name is Jennifer and I LOVE sandwiches! Have you checked out these ham and cheese croissants yet?! I could literally eat sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — sometimes I do! These turkey sliders *might* just be my new favorite. Why? Because they’re hot, buttery, sweet, savory, AND cheesy — they’ve got it ALL going on!
What are turkey sliders?
Sliders are small sandwiches made with buns. Turkey sliders are just that, but the meat of choice is turkey!
Turkey sliders can be filled with anything you like, but in this case we’re using two types of jam, two types of cheese, sliced turkey, and a melted herb butter sauce.
There are two parts to today’s recipe: the butter sauce and the turkey sliders! Both are quick and easy to make — and of course, flavorful!
- Unsalted Butter – the base for the butter sauce. Use unsalted butter so you can control the amount of salt going into the sauce. If you only have salted butter, reduce the salt in half.
- Finely Grated Parmesan – provides a nutty, cheesy flavor. There’s no need to spend money on fresh parmesan for this recipe. The parmesan you find in the green container in the pasta aisle is just fine.
- Diced Parsley and Diced Basil – adds a fresh flavor to cut the richness of the butter. Feel free to play around with the herbs used. Substitute cilantro for the parsley and/or mint for the basil. Fresh herbs are preferred, but dried will work in a pinch. If using dried, you’ll only need 1 teaspoon each.
- Minced Garlic – adds a kick of nutty flavor. The recipe calls for 1/2 tablespoon which is equal to about 2 cloves. Use pre-minced jarred garlic to save on prep time!
- Salt and Black Pepper – enhances flavors and adds a touch of heat.
- Hawaiian Rolls – I love the fluffy texture and sweet, buttery flavor of Hawaiian rolls but slider buns can be used if preferred.
- Blackberry Jam and Apricot Jam – adds sweet, yet tart fruity flavors that go so well with the buttery buns and savory turkey. Feel free to use one or the other, or use YOUR favorite combination of jams instead.
- Cheddar Cheese and Pepper Jack Cheese – cheddar adds a sharp taste while pepper jack is more mild with a kick of heat. Like with the jams, feel free to use one or the other, or use your favorite combination of cheeses.
- Turkey – any cooked, sliced turkey will do. I prefer thinly sliced turkey (packaged or from the deli), but leftover thicker cut turkey (thanksgiving leftovers anyone?!) will work as well.
How to make
These sliders couldn’t be easier and there’s enough to feed a crowd, especially when paired with a soup and/or salad.
- Place melted butter, parmesan, parsley, basil, garlic, salt, and pepper into a medium-sized bowl and whisk until combined. Set aside.
- Slice the group of 12 rolls in half horizontally so you have one bottom “slab” and one top “slab”. Don’t pull them apart.
- Place the bottom “slab” into a greased baking dish and spread with blackberry jam. Spread the top “slab” with apricot jam.
- Top the bottom rolls with cheddar cheese, then layer on turkey and pepper jack.
- Place the top rolls on top, then spoon the butter mixture evenly over the rolls.
- Cover with foil and bake at 350ºF for 30-45 minutes or until the turkey is hot and the cheese has melted.
What buns to use
Hawaiian rolls were originally used for this recipe, because their sweet, buttery flavor goes so well with the other ingredients in this recipe.
If you don’t like Hawaiian rolls, feel free to use plain slider buns, sliced dinner rolls, or even mini croissants instead.
What cheese goes best with turkey?
Cheddar and pepper jack were used, but really any cheese will work. You don’t want a cheese that’s too flavorful so you don’t overpower the other ingredients. You’ll also want to make sure you’re using a cheese that will melt well.
If you don’t want to use cheddar and pepper jack, try provolone, gouda, colby jack, brie, gruyere, you name it.
What to serve with turkey sliders
These turkey sliders are a delicious next to a soup and/or salad, but you can also bulk your meal up with a couple of side dishes!
How to store
Leftover sliders will last in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. To enjoy again, warm in the microwave or bake at 350ºF until heated through.
- Assemble the sandwiches as directed in a freezer safe baking pan, but don’t add the butter sauce.
- Wrap the pan tightly in plastic wrap, then foil.
- Freeze for up to 3 months.
- Thaw in the fridge overnight.
- Drizzle with the butter sauce, then bake as directed. The sandwiches will likely need extra time to warm all the way through.
Equipment for this recipe
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
- 1 tablespoon finely grated parmesan
- 1 tablespoon finely diced parsley
- 1 tablespoon finely diced basil
- 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 (12 oz) package hawaiian rolls
- 1/4 cup blackberry jam
- 1/4 cup apricot jam
- 6 slices cheddar cheese
- 1 (16 oz) package sliced cooked turkey
- 6 slices pepperjack cheese
- Place melted butter, parmesan, parsley, basil, garlic, salt, and pepper into a medium sized bowl.
- Whisk until well combined, then set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- Slice the group of 12 rolls in half horizontally so that you have one “slab” of tops and one “slab” of bottoms. (Do not pull the rolls apart.)
- Place the bottom “slab” into the prepared baking dish.
- Spread the bottom rolls with blackberry jam and the top rolls with apricot jam.
- Top the bottom rolls with cheddar cheese.
- Layer on all the turkey, then top with pepperjack cheese.
- Place top rolls on, then spoon butter mixture evenly over the rolls.
- Bake, covered, for 30-45 minutes or until the turkey is hot and the cheese has melted.
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*Note: Nutrition information is estimated and varies based on products used.