Easy to Make Tailgate Food Ideas: Mustard Burger Sliders

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Need recipe ideas for celebrating the Big Game? Try these easy to make Mustard Burger Sliders for the win.

Mustard Burger Sliders and Kings Hawaiian Rolls

When it comes to planning the menu for your Big Game and Tailgate Fun, it’s time to give them a burger that will leave them wanting more. Foods that are finger food worthy, yet full of flavor are always a hit.

That’s where these loaded mustard burger sliders come into play with big flavors in a neat and tidy little burger. They are layered with simple to find ingredients from your local Kroger, making my grocery shopping straightforward and stress-free.

Mustard Burger Sliders for the Big Game
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What ingredients you’ll need:

  • Plenty of KING’S HAWAIIAN® Original Hawaiian Sweet Rolls and KING’S HAWAIIAN® Original Sweet Slider Buns! They’re perfect for your Big Game celebrations, and besides, everything tastes better between King’s Hawaiian Bread.
  • Ground beef, I usually go with about 80 – 85% lean meat
  • Dijon mustard and/or yellow mustard
  • Mayonnaise or a nice garlic aioli
  • Red onions to make a jar of quick pickled onions
  • Crispy Bacon, smoked is best.
  • Baby lettuce or arugula
  • A nice bit of cheddar cheese slices, not American cheese, this recipe deserves real cheddar.
  • Dill pickles or gherkins, the itty bitty baby pickles.
  • Optional toppings, such as slaw, tomatoes, hot sauce, or whatever you love on your burger.
Kings Hawaiian Breads
Ingredients for Sliders

To find King’s Hawaiian Bread, check your local Kroger in the deli/bakery area. You’ll also be happy to know that not only will you find King’s Hawaiian Original Hawaiian Sweet Rolls and Sweet Slider Buns that are loved, but King’s Hawaiian also offers hotdog buns, sliced bread, and mini sub rolls! All are a delicious addition for any time of day from breakfast to lunch and those afternoon snacks that will keep you happy until dinner.

What’s really cool and makes me enjoy King’s Hawaiian Bread even more is to know that they are a family-owned business and have been since the 1950s, making 2020 their 70th anniversary!That’s an impressive milestone for this Hilo, Hawaiian born favorite.

Building a slider
Topping off the slider
Mustard Crusted Burger Slider
Kings Hawaiian Mustard Crusted Hamburger Slider

How to make mustard burger sliders:

Mustard Crusted Burger Slider

Mustard Burger Sliders

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

You can easily double this mustard burger slider recipe as needed. It's perfect for your Big Game celebrations or any time of the year!


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons yellow or dijon mustard, divided
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Pickled red onions, recipe below
  • 6 slices smoked bacon, cooked and crispy
  • Dill pickles or baby gherkins (baby pickles)
  • Baby mixed lettuce or arugula
  • 4 thinly sliced Mild Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise or garlic aioli
  • 12 King's Hawaiian Original Sweet Slider Buns or Original Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

Optional topping ideas:

  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Hot sauce
  • Coleslaw

Pickled Red Onions:

  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf


  1. In a large bowl, add the beef, 2 tablespoons mustard, salt, and pepper, mixing well. Divide into about 12 patties, 3 inches wide and about 1/4 inch thick. Place patties in the fridge until ready to cook.
  2. Cook the smoked bacon until crispy. Get the 1/4 cup of mustard and cheese ready, then heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. I use little or no oil to cook the patties in my non-stick skillet, but if needed heat the skillet with 1 - 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  3. Once the skillet is hot, cook beef patties for about 2-3 minutes, flip the burgers and cook for another 2 - 3 minutes, brush each cooked side with mustard. Cook another minute on each side to sear the mustard
  4. Top the cooked patties with a couple of slices of crispy bacon and a slice of cheese. allowing the heat to just melt the cheese, about 30 seconds.
  5. Split open each King's Hawaiian Sweet Slider Buns, and spread a little mayonnaise or garlic aioli on the inside of both the top and bottom. Toast mayonnaise side down in a hot dry skillet for about 30 seconds until just golden.
  6. Top each bun with a bit of lettuce, the burger patties, add pickled onions, dill pickles if desired, more mustard, and enjoy!

To Make the Pickled Red Onions:

  1. Heat the vinegar, water, salt, sugar, peppercorns, and bay leaf in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar and salt dissolve, about 1 minute. Let cool for about 5 minutes.
  2. In a pint-size jar, fill with the thinly sliced red onion rounds, then pour the vinegar mixture over the onions. Set aside to cool to room temperature, then store the onions in the fridge.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 328Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 408mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 24g

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