Saturday, October 9, 2021

Italian Sliders (Sausage and Pepper) + Video

Italian sliders are loaded with sausage, red and green peppers, onions, and a boatload of cheese. Enjoy these mini sandwiches any time of year!

Party sliders are the ultimate comfort food for game day, get-togethers, or just a good hearty meal. You can put them together with very little effort and get them on the table quickly.

And if you’re feeding a crowd, simply double or triple the ingredients and bake several pans at once!

Looking for more easy slider recipes? Continue your Italian streak with chicken parmesan bites or try this delicious combination of sausage and coleslaw.

There’s even a breakfast version with eggs and cheese! It’s a grab-and-go option for busy mornings or an easy way to feed overnight guests.

Italian Sliders (Sausage and Pepper) on a serving plate

How To Make Italian Sliders

  • Have everything prepped and ready. Melt the butter and slice the buns while the meat and veggies are cooking. That way, you can quickly assemble and get the pan in the oven.
  • Use ground sausage. This simply saves time - you can use links if you prefer, but it takes extra time to remove the casings.
  • Don’t skimp on cheese! You need a layer on each side of the filling to hold everything together. Nothing worse than a slider falling apart when you take a bite!
  • Keep individual rolls attached. This keeps the tops from sliding around in the oven. It’s much easier to cut up the mini sandwiches after they’ve cooked, or you can let guests tear each one off by hand.
  • Tip for easy cleanup: Line your pan with foil or parchment paper before assembling the Italian sliders. When they’re cooked, you can lift them straight out of the pan before slicing and minimize messes!
mini sandwiches - slider buns in pan with cheese

Video: Party Sliders

To see us make these from start to finish, watch the video at the top of this post.

party sliders in pan with cheese, sausage and peppers

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

  • 11x7 Baking Dish - I prefer glass, but metal is fine too. This size fits the package of buns perfectly!
  • Bread Knife - Makes quick work of slicing the slab of rolls in half!
  • Skillet - This is my go-to pan that I’ve had for over a decade. It heats evenly and is easy to clean too.
  • Basting Brush - Useful for everything from greasing pans to basting food.
italian sliders in a baking dish - cheese on top of sausage mixture

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

Which buns are best for party sliders?

I love using Hawaiian sweet rolls since they’re connected and easier to work with. That said, any slab of rolls or slider buns will work well.

If you use individual buns, be sure they fit nice and snug in the pan or the filling might melt out the sides in the oven.

mini sandwiches being brushed with butter

Can I save leftovers?

Absolutely! Transfer any remaining mini sandwiches to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Heat them in the oven or air fryer until warmed through - either method will get them toastier than the microwave.

What goes with Italian sliders?

These are enough for a meal on their own, but you can always throw together a salad or add a handful of crispy chips.

If you’re feeding a crowd, prep a big bowl of antipasto pasta salad earlier in the day and add it to the table when it’s time to eat!


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party sliders on a plate

Yield: 12
Author: Allison Miller
Italian Sliders (Sausage and Pepper)

Italian Sliders (Sausage and Pepper)

Italian sliders are loaded with sausage, red and green peppers, onions, and a boatload of cheese. Enjoy these mini sandwiches any time of year!
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 30 MinTotal time: 45 Min


  • 12 slider buns, split (we love Hawaiian)
  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage (hot, mild or sweet)
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. On stove saute together your Italian sausage, peppers and onions until no longer pink and vegetables are tender, remove from heat, drain and set aside.
  3. Place the bottom half of your sliders in your baking pan and sprinkle with one cup of cheese.
  4. Top with your sausage and pepper mixture.
  5. Spread your marinara over the top and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Place top of your buns over your cheese.
  6. In small bowl mix together your melted butter, Italian seasoning and garlic powder.
  7. Spread over the top of slider buns, reserving just a little bit to brush on after they are done baking.
  8. Bake, uncovered, 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and heated through.

Italian Sliders (Sausage and Pepper) close up

Originally published January 2018, updated and republished October 2021

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  1. I am going to try this tonight. I am 1/2 Polish and 1/2 Italian. My husband is German. So, needless to say, we eat a lot of sausage. I'm always looking for new sausage recipes!

    1. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianJanuary 19, 2018 at 6:20 AM

      Awesome! Enjoy and let us know how it goes!

  2. Replies
    1. All of the instructions are above. Bake, uncovered, 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and heated through. Enjoy!

  3. hubby enjoyed them!!!!! He is going for a 3rd one :)

  4. These sliders were quite tasty. I added diced cremini mushrooms while sauteeing the peppers & onions then added the marinara to the peppers & onions. I had potato rolls on hand instead of Hawaiian rolls. Thanks for the recipe.

  5. Do you spread some of the butter mixture over the buns while they are baking? And then add the remainder after they are done.

  6. It says mix melted butter after you bake, then it says add remaining butter after you bake? Doesn't make sense


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