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Tuna Melt Sliders

A classic tuna melt goes to the next level when it’s served on a sweet Hawaiian roll and baked in garlic butter sauce! These Tuna Melt Sliders are a convenient, make ahead lunch or easy dinner recipe that the whole family will love!
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword sliders, tuna melt
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Chilling Time 3 hours
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 sliders
Calories 231kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


For the Tuna Salad:

  • 10 ounces canned tuna, drained
  • ½ cup finely diced celery
  • ½ cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Remaining Ingredients:

  • 1 (12 ounce) package of King's Hawaiian sweet rolls, split
  • 3 slices American cheese, quartered
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder


To Prepare Tuna Salad:

  • In a medium bowl, use a fork to mix the tuna, celery, mayonnaise, pickle relish, salt and pepper.

Assemble the Sliders:

  • Spread tuna salad on bottom of rolls. Place ¼ slice of American cheese on each. Replace tops.
  • Arrange sandwiches in a single layer in a greased 8-inch-square baking pan.

Prepare the Garlic Butter Sauce:

  • In a small skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 1-2 minutes.
  • Whisk in the brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder. Continue whisking until brown sugar is dissolved.
  • Pour butter sauce over sandwiches.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (or overnight).
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake sliders, covered, for 25 minutes.
  • Remove foil and bake uncovered for an additional 5 minutes or until golden brown on top.


  • Don't forget to allow enough time for the sandwiches to soak up the garlic butter sauce before baking. I recommend at least 2 hours, but you can leave them in the refrigerator overnight!
  • What do you put in a tuna melt? Additional tuna melt toppings that you can add to your sandwiches include sliced fresh tomato, avocado, bacon, sliced apple, capers, sliced dill pickles, sliced or diced hardboiled egg.
  • How do you make a healthy tuna melt? Make a tuna melt healthy by using light or nonfat mayonnaise, reduced fat cheese, and less of the garlic butter sauce.
  • Do you put mayonnaise in a tuna melt? Yes, my classic tuna melt recipe calls for mayonnaise. That said, if you don't like mayonnaise, you can make a tuna melt without mayonnaise by substituting with an equal amount of plain Greek yogurt and a bit of Dijon mustard.
  • Serve Tuna Melt Canapes by offering a tray (or two) of these sliders at your next party!
  • Switch up the cheese! Try making a tuna melt with Swiss, a tuna melt with provolone, or a tuna melt with cheddar cheese.
  • Prefer a tuna melt without cheese? Simply omit the cheese from this recipe. The sliders will still taste amazing!
  • Make a tuna melt without celery by simply omitting the celery from this recipe. You can add diced sweet bell pepper if you'd prefer an alternative crunch!


Serving: 1slider | Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 438mg | Potassium: 66mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 340IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 0.5mg