Hanky Panky Sliders


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 lb. hot or mild pork sausage
  • 1 lb. Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 1 (12 ounce) pkg. King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls, halved lengthwise
  • ½ cup (1 stick) salted butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Optional garnish: poppy seeds; chopped fresh herbs


  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook ground beef and sausage until the meat is no longer pink. Drain off excess grease.
  • Add the Velveeta cheese to the skillet with the meat. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium-low heat until the cheese melts. Set aside.
  • Line a deep 11 x 7-inch baking dish with parchment paper, allowing some of the parchment to overhang the sides like handles. Place the bottom half of the rolls in the prepared dish.
  • Assemble the sandwiches by spooning the meat mixture onto the bottom of the rolls. Place the top half of the rolls on top of the meat.
  • In a small skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until tender.
  • Whisk in the brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder. Continue whisking until brown sugar is dissolved.
  • Pour butter sauce over sandwiches. Sprinkle with poppy seeds.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, but not more than 4 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Bake, covered, 25 minutes.
  • Remove foil and bake uncovered for an additional 5 minutes or until golden brown. Let the sliders rest in the pan for about 10 minutes. Lift the sliders out of the pan onto a serving board, or serve them directly from the dish. Cut the sliders and pull them apart.


  • For the best results, let the sandwiches sit in the butter sauce for at least 1 hour before baking. This allows the rolls time to soak up all of that flavor. I don’t recommend keeping them in the sauce for more than about 4 hours before baking.

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