Reuben Sliders are great for game day or dinner because they’re so easy to make and hard to resist. These cheesy, baked corned beef-loaded party sliders with a tangy sauce disappear fast, good luck eating just one!

If you love a slider sandwich like we do, you can always serve a variety of baked sliders to feed a crowd. We love Pepperoni Pizza Sliders and Ham And Swiss Sliders in our house, along with elevating the simple sandwiches with versions like Flank Steak Sliders and Beer Battered Buffalo Shrimp Sliders.

Be sure to sign up for my email… to get new recipes and ideas in your inbox!

baked slider sandwich on a plate with a bowl of dipping sauce

Why We Love Reuben Sliders

If you like to chow down on a good Reuben sandwich at a restaurant, you’ll love this fun twist on the traditional version. Slightly salty corned beef is smothered with melty cheese and topped with tangy sauerkraut and creamy dressing, all in between buttery, crusty, warm buns.

  • Baked Reuben sliders have everything you love in a classic Reuben sandwich.
  • They make a great party appetizer.
  • Hands-on prep time is quick.
  • They can be prepped ahead and then pop the corned beef sliders in the oven when you’re ready.
  • You just need a handful of simple easy-to-find ingredients
  • Serve Reuben sliders on St. Patrick’s Day or for game day!
ingredients for making reuben sliders

What You Need For Reuben Sliders

With just a handful of easy-to-find ingredients, you can quickly put together this traditional corned beef sandwich transformed into slider form.

For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Sweet Hawaiian rolls – You can find these slider buns in the bread aisle at most grocery stores. 
  • Deli corned beef or pastrami – Make sure that the meats are sliced thin for the sliders.
  • Swiss cheese or provolone – You’ll also want to make sure the cheese is sliced thin. While Swiss cheese is traditional, you can use provolone if you prefer.
  • Sauerkraut – Thoroughly drain your sauerkraut so that the sauce does not have too much liquid. You can use a strainer or even soak up extra liquid with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel.
  • Thousand Island Salad Dressing – You can make your own thousand island dressing or use whichever brand you prefer.
  • Butter – melted
  • Dijon mustard – This style of mustard helps to impart a somewhat earthy flavor.
  • Garlic powder – Using the powder makes it easy to whip up the butter mixture and helps to make sure the garlic flavor is evenly dispersed in the butter mixture.
  • Poppy seeds – These are optional but add a little flavor and texture. They also help to make the sliders more visually interesting.

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy here.

How To Make Baked Reuben Sliders

Baked sliders are one of the easiest appetizer recipes to make, and they are great for feeding a crowd on game day. You just need a few tools to make Reuben Hawaiian roll sliders. Grab a serrated knife and a 9×13 or 7×11 baking dish to fit all of Reuben Sliders in one pan. Metal or glass is fine, as long as the buns cover the bottom.

When you are making these sliders, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.

  1. Using a long serrated knife, slice the entire loaf in half, lengthwise. Do not pull the rolls apart.
  2. Place the bottom portion of the rolls into the baking dish prepared with cooking spray.
  3. Cover the rolls with layers of cheese, meat, and sauerkraut with Thousand Island Dressing.
  4. Place the remaining layer of rolls on top.
  5. Brush the butter sauce over the top layer of rolls. Sprinkle poppy seeds on top, if desired. 
  6. Cover the Reuben sliders with foil and bake in preheated oven until the cheese has melted. 
  7. Allow the sandwiches to cool slightly before serving them while still warm. Serve extra dressing on the side for dipping.
toasty baked sliders on Hawaiian rolls

Recipe Notes & Tips

These Reuben sliders are so easy you’ll hardly believe how quickly they come together but there are a few tips to make them even better.

  • Prepare the sliders in a pan ahead of time, cover with foil, and keep them in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before baking. It’s a great make-ahead meal for busy weeknights or parties.
  • While you can use a plain, unseasoned style of sauerkraut from a bag, try choosing a seasoned version in a jar for added flavor. Make sure to fully drain the sauerkraut to avoid soggy sandwiches.
  • Wait to slice the sandwiches until you’re ready to serve them. This will keep the sliders warm (and helps to keep the cheese melted).
slider sandwiches on a platter

Oven Baked Reuben Sliders FAQs

What is the difference between a Reuben and a Rachel?

A Rachel is a take on a Reuben that uses pastrami and coleslaw instead of corned beef and sauerkraut. A Rachel can also incorporate turkey pastrami instead of pastrami or corned beef.

How can I keep my Reuben from getting soggy?

Making sure to get all of the extra moisture out of the sauerkraut will prevent the buns from becoming soggy. Serving them promptly so that they do not have time to sit for too long will help as well.

Should I serve Reuben sandwiches hot or cold?

While there’s no rule against serving a Reuben cold, it’s usually much better when it’s warm so that the cheese is melted. The flavors also mix together much better when warm.

a stack of baked slider sandwiches

How To Store Reuben Sliders

Refrigerate/Leftovers

Wrap leftover sliders in aluminum foil, or store them in an airtight container. When ready to reheat, just brush the tops of the rolls with a bit of butter and pop them in the oven at 350 F — bake until the cheese melts.

Freeze

We don’t recommend freezing sliders since they won’t retain their texture when defrosted.

close up of a Reuben Party Slider sandwich

Variations on Reuben Sandwich Sliders

With the exception of using Hawaiian rolls instead of rye bread, this is a fairly classic Reuben recipe. You can switch up some of the ingredients to make it your own.

  • Buns – Reuben’s are traditionally made with marbled rye bread. You can swap out the sweet Hawaiian rolls in this Reuben slider recipe for rye, white, or whole wheat dinner rolls.
  • Pickles – Try adding dill pickles or relish for added flavor.
  • Russian dressing – Swap out the sweet tang of Thousand Island dressing for this spicier style.
  • Blue cheese – Add some funky flavor by sprinkling blue cheese over the meat.
  • Coleslaw – While the corned beef (or pastrami) and sauerkraut is a classic combination, you can trade the sauerkraut for some creamy coleslaw instead. 
  • Meat – Try a different meat like deli turkey or roast beef in place of pastrami or corned beef for a milder flavor profile.
  • Caraway seeds – You can add these to the sauerkraut or sprinkle them on top of the sandwiches in place of poppy seeds.
a pan of baked reuben sliders

What To Serve With Ruben Sliders

Like This Recipe? Pin It!

a stack of Reuben Sliders
baked slider sandwich on a plate with a bowl of dipping sauce

Reuben Sliders

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Reuben Sliders are great for game day or dinner because they’re so easy to make and hard to resist. These cheesy, baked corned beef-loaded party sliders with a tangy sauce disappear fast, good luck eating just one!

Ingredients

  • 1 (12-count) package sweet Hawaiian rolls
  • ½ pound deli corned beef or pastrami, sliced thin
  • ½ pound swiss cheese or provolone, sliced thin
  • 8 ounces sauerkraut, drained
  • ½ cup Thousand Island Salad Dressing (plus extra for dipping)
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. The rolls will look like a large solid piece of bread. Leave the rolls intact and slice the loaf in half with a long serrated knife to form a top layer and a bottom layer. Do NOT pull the rolls apart, you want to keep them connected. Place the bottom half of the rolls in the prepared pan
  3. Add ½ of the cheese on the bottom rolls. Then layer corned beef (or pastrami) slices on top of the cheese and top with the remaining cheese slices.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, mix together Thousand Island dressing and the sauerkraut. Layer the mixture overtop of the cheese.
  5. Place the top layer of rolls over the sauerkraut and set aside.
  6. In a small bowl add melted butter, mustard, and garlic powder, and whisk to combine. Use a silicone brush to evenly spread the mixture over the rolls. Sprinkle with poppy seeds.
  7. Cover with foil and bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted. Remove the foil and bake until the tops are golden brown (about 5 minutes).
  8. Let them cool slightly before cutting. Serve warm.

Notes

  • To keep the sandwiches from getting soggy you want to drain the sauerkraut using a mesh strainer and then use a paper towel or clean kitchen towel to squeeze the sauerkraut really dry. (remove as much liquid as possible)
  • Make sure the cheese is fully melted before removing from the oven.
  • Use a serrated bread knife to cut the loaf in half and again when cutting into sandwiches.
  • Do not slice into sandwiches until ready to serve, this will help keep them warm.
  • Store leftovers covered with foil or in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat in the oven. Just brush the top buns with a little melted butter cover with foil and place in a 350° F oven until heated through.
  • Thousand Island Dressing is a little sweet and tangy. You can use Russian Dressing if you prefer a little spicy.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 504mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 9g

Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin, and freshness of ingredients used and are just estimates. We encourage, especially if these numbers are important to you, to calculate these on your own for most accurate results.

Reuben Sliders photo collage