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Cuban Sliders

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This Cuban sliders recipe is a mouthwatering twist on the classic Cuban sandwich, served in a convenient and shareable slider form. Ever since making these Cheeseburger Sliders, I’ve been on a slider kick. They’re just so yummy, fun to make, and everyone always devours them!

These delicious mini sandwiches capture all the flavors and essence of the traditional Cuban sandwich but in a smaller, more manageable size.

They are perfect for parties, game day gatherings, or as a quick and satisfying meal. My buffalo chicken dip and sheet pan nachos are a couple other game day favorites!

sliders in a white baking dish.

What is a traditional Cuban sandwich made with?

  • A Cuban sandwich or Cubano is made with Cuban bread; it’s a long, white, and somewhat crispy bread with a soft interior. It’s filled with a slow-roasted and marinated pork, often seasoned with garlic, cumin, and other spices, which is a key ingredient. It’s known for its tenderness and savory flavor. Also filled with slices of ham for a salty and savory element, layers of Swiss cheese which melts beautifully, yellow mustard and thinly sliced dill pickles. I’ve even seen genoa salami added to them as well but I don’t think it’s traditional!
ingredients needed to make cuban sliders in small glass dishes.

Ingredient Notes

For the ingredient measurements and entire recipe, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the blog post where the recipe card is located.

  1. Hawaiian Rolls: These sweet and fluffy rolls provide the perfect base for your sliders. I usually use King’s Hawaiian but any 12 count dinner roll works well.
  2. Pulled Pork: Slow-cooked and seasoned pork is a traditional filling for Cuban sandwiches. For convenience, you can purchase pre-made lightly seasoned pork at most grocery stores (not ones with bbq sauce).
  3. Ham: Slices of ham add a salty and savory element to the sliders. Feel free to use a honey ham or a black forest ham.
  4. Swiss Cheese: Swiss cheese melts beautifully and complements the other flavors.
  5. Mustard: A classic Cuban sandwich includes yellow mustard for a tangy kick. You can also use Dijon mustard if you prefer.
  6. Pickles: Thin slices of dill pickles add crunch and a hint of acidity.
  7. Butter: Brushing the tops of the rolls with melted butter mixed with parsley before baking gives them a golden crust.
  8. Dipping sauce: made with mayonnaise, Dijon, garlic, lemon juice and cumin. It’s an optional dipping sauce but I love it with these sliders!
pulled pork and pickles on slider buns in a white baking dish.
butter and parsley being brushed on slider rolls.
dipping sauce in a bowl.

Step by Step Directions

Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card for the full recipe instructions.

  1. Carefully cut the rolls in half.
  2. Spread mustard on bottom half of rolls.
  3. Add the ham, cheese, pork and pickles in even layers.
  4. Add mustard on top half of rolls them place on top.
  5. Pour or brush melted butter mixture over the rolls.
  6. Cover with foil and bake until hot and cheese is melty.
cuban sliders filled with pulled pork, ham, pickles and cheese.
cuban sliders on a serving spatula.

Expert Tips

  • Layer Ingredients Evenly: When assembling the sliders, make sure to distribute the ingredients evenly. Each bite should have a balanced mix of roast pork, ham, cheese, and pickles.
  • Toothpick Securing: If your sliders are falling apart during grilling or serving, use toothpicks to secure them. This helps keep all the delicious fillings in place.
  • Warm the Fillings: To ensure that the fillings are warm and the cheese is melted, you can warm the roast pork in the microwave and ham before assembling the sliders.
  • Serve Fresh: this cuban sliders recipe is best enjoyed fresh and hot. Try to assemble and serve them as close to your guests’ arrival as possible to maintain their quality.
cuban sliders on a plate with aioli sauce on it.

Storage & Reheating

  • My Cuban sliders recipe are best served fresh, but if you do have leftovers, store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
  • Reheat in the oven or toaster oven at 325°F for about 10-15 minutes or until heated through. Or zap them in the microwave, I like to heat them in 30 second intervals until warm.

FAQ

Can I double the recipe?

Yes! Use a rimmed baking sheet than can fit 24 rolls.

Can I use different cheese?

Swiss is traditional, but jack cheese (or pepper jack for heat) mozzarella or provolone works well!

Do I have to use the King’s Hawaiian rolls?

No, use your favorite dinner roll 🙂🤗

What kind of pulled pork should I use?

I buy a 2 lb. container from Costco and heat in the microwave or you can make your own and use it!

Swiss cheese or Pepper Jack?

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5 from 2 reviews

Cuban Sliders

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 12 sliders
These small but mighty Cuban Sliders feature a perfect marriage of tender pulled pork, savory ham, Swiss cheese that melts to creamy perfection, mustard, and zesty dill pickles. Nestled between soft slider buns, these sliders take all of the components of a Cuban sandwich and pack it into a convenient and delicious slider form; you're going to love them!

Ingredients

For the sliders

  • 12 count package King's Hawaiian Rolls
  • 1/4 cup Dijon or yellow mustard, divided
  • 8 oz. thinly sliced deli ham (I like a honey ham or black forest ham)
  • 1 lb. pulled pork*
  • 7 oz. thinly sliced Swiss cheese, about 12 slices
  • 3-4 dill pickles, thinly sliced lengthwise

For the melted butter topping

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

For the dipping sauce (optional but yummy)

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Dijon
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed with a garlic press or finely minced
  • 1/2 lemon, ~2 tsp.
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • salt and pepper, to taste

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Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13 pan with spray or a little softened butter.
  • Without separating the rolls, cut them in half horizontally with a serrated knife. Place the bottom half of the rolls in a 9×13-inch baking dish.
    12 count package King's Hawaiian Rolls
    rolls in a white baking dish.
  • Spread 2 tbsp. mustard on the bottom half of the rolls.
    1/4 cup Dijon or yellow mustard, divided
  • Add the ham in an even layer, folding and overlapping slices as needed.
    8 oz. thinly sliced deli ham (I like a honey ham or black forest ham)
    ham slices on dinner rolls in a white baking dish.
  • Arrange a layer of cheese on top. 
    7 oz. thinly sliced Swiss cheese, about 12 slices
    swiss cheese on top of ham on dinner rolls in a white baking dish.
  • Add the pulled pork on top.
    1 lb. pulled pork*
    pulled pork on slider buns in a white baking dish.
  • Then add the pickles. 
    3-4 dill pickles, thinly sliced lengthwise
    dill pickles on top of pork for cuban sliders in a white baking dish.
  • Spread the last of the mustard on the top half of the rolls and place on top. 
    sliders in a white baking dish.
  • Melt the butter in the microwave (cover with a paper towel so it doesn't splatter) and stir in the parsley, salt and garlic powder. Brush/pour butter mixture on top of the rolls and cover with foil. Bake until heated through and the cheese is melty, about 20-25 minutes. Uncover and bake for about 5-10 more minutes until the tops are golden brown and rolls are heated through. You can brush a little more melted butter to add on top when they come out of the oven to give them a glistened look.
    1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted, 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped, 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
    melted butter and parsley being brushed on top of slider buns.
  • Whisk together ingredients for the aioli.
    3/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup Dijon, 4 cloves garlic, pressed with a garlic press or finely minced, 1/2 lemon, ~2 tsp., 1/4 tsp. ground cumin, salt and pepper, to taste
  • Slice and serve warm with aioli sauce on side for dipping if desired. 
    freshly baked sliders in a white baing dish.

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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1slider, Calories: 330kcal (17%), Carbohydrates: 24g (8%), Protein: 14g (28%), Fat: 26g (40%), Saturated Fat: 7g (44%), Trans Fat: 0.03g, Cholesterol: 49mg (16%), Fiber: 0.5g (2%), Sugar: 7g (8%), Iron: 1mg (6%)

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is automatically calculated. It should only be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Kroll’s Korner can’t make any guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

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Danika

Made these for the Super Bowl & I’m obsessedddd! My mom made them a few weeks ago so I knew I wanted to give them a try. So simple to throw together. But definitely don’t miss out on the Dijon sauce. I doubled the batch so I’d have lots of sauce leftover – it is SO DANG GOOD.

Highly recommend this recipe!!

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