Turkey Pesto Onion Cheese Poppyseed Sliders Recipe

Our guests rave over these sliders for Game Day or special events: Turkey Pesto Onion Cheese Poppyseed Sliders Recipe. Not only are they gooey, sweet, and savory, you can’t stop at just one. Be ready for everyone to be asking for the recipe, and to be coming back for seconds. They are that good!

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Turkey Pesto Onion Cheese Poppyseed Sliders Recipe

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Friends, are you ready for the weekend? We made this Turkey Pesto Onion Cheese Poppyseed Sliders Recipe over the holidays, and for a recent Game Day party that we hosted.

So good. I originally posted this back in 2013, so it’s been a family favorite for 5 years!

Turkey Pesto Onion Cheese Poppyseed Sliders Recipe

This is what I love about this recipe: Prepare the night before, cover with foil, and store in the fridge until game day arrives!

I usually get one of our family members to help me get a few pans ready. A few of our favorite sliders are: Shrimp Bacon Sliders, Sweet Onion Pizza Sliders, and then of course this Turkey Sub is fantastic, too.

Turkey Pesto Onion Cheese Poppyseed Sliders Recipe

Turkey Pesto Onion Cheese Poppyseed Sliders Recipe

I like it when my kids or husband cooks alongside me, because there’s a deeper appreciation for the food we’re eating! :) Oh, by the way, you can buy deli turkey meat or a turkey breast (and slice thinly).

My husband’s tip? Use an electric knife to cut the dinner rolls in half (remember to keep them attached).

We also use Costco or DeLallo pesto! YUM, YUM! My friend, Aggie, recently shared a post on recipes using pesto! So good!

Turkey Pesto Onion Cheese Poppyseed Sliders Recipe

Grill the onions, and of course you can use your favorite cheese. This recipe calls for Swiss.

Turkey Pesto Onion Cheese Poppyseed Sliders Recipe

You can only imagine the variety of ingredients to add to “make it your own,” and that’s exactly what we did.

Turkey Pesto Onion Cheese Poppyseed Sliders Recipe

Inspired by Costco’s Turkey Provolone Pesto Sandwich, we made my own creation! Turkey, Pesto, Onion & Cheese Poppyseed Sliders!

There are 2 things that I think make this recipe: the Hawaiian sweet rolls, and the sweet poppyseed sauce!

If you decide to make these,  come back and let me know if your guests devoured them like mine did? :)

What is your favorite dish that you make for Game Day?

Turkey Pesto Onion Cheese Poppyseed Sliders Recipe

Turkey Pesto Onion Cheese Poppyseed Sliders Recipe

TIP: Use an electric knife to cut the rolls in half horizontally! Easy! Make ahead of time and pour the sauce on right before baking.


  • 1 lb deli turkey thinly sliced (or sliced turkey breast)
  • ½ lb swiss cheese slices
  • 2 pkg hawaiian sweet dinner rolls
  • 1/2 cup pesto
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 medium sweet onion, sliced and sautéed
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 Tbsp prepared mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire
  • 1 Tbsp poppyseeds
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar


  1. Heat 2 Tbsp. butter in medium pan. Thinly slice the onion; sauté in the butter for about 5 minutes, or until clear and cooked.
  2. Leaving the (24) rolls attached, horizontally slice the top off; set aside. Place the bottom (attached 24 pieces) rolls in a 9×13 foil-lined baking pan. (You may need to squeeze them into the pan, or remove a row if you choose.)
  3. Spread the pesto evenly over the bottom bread.
  4. Next layer on top of the pesto the turkey, sautéed onions, and cheese slices.
  5. Place the top section of the rolls that you already removed back on top of the sandwich.
  6. In a medium sauce pan bring the 1/2 cup butter to a soft boil. Add mustard, worcestershire, poppyseeds, and brown sugar.
  7. Pour sauce over the 9×13 sandwiches.
  8. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 20. Remove foil and bake another 10 minutes.
  9. Serve hot or cold.
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More slider recipes: Chopped Cheeseburger Sliders [Belly Full], Turkey Bacon Ranch Sliders [Wine and Glue], Hawaiian Burger Recipe [Aloha Sliders – TidyMom], and HOT PASTRAMI Sliders [one of our favorites!].

Turkey Pesto Onion Cheese Poppyseed Sliders Recipe

54 comments on “Turkey Pesto Onion Cheese Poppyseed Sliders Recipe”

  1. How fun! The sliders look amazing, Sandy! I’ve never had that sandwich from Costco, but your version of it sure looks good! I am serving lots of our favorite appetizers for the Super Bowl, so it’s hard to pick just one. Have fun on Sunday!

  2. We’ll definitely have some queso dip around here…but I may skip that and come to YOUR house instead! These sandwiches look CRAZY good!

  3. Wow!! Just wow!!!! I love turkey and pesto – these look mouth watering!!

  4. OMG! Those look so good!

  5. These are so perfect for gameday. I love the pesto!!

  6. Yummo! My son’s birthday is on Super Bowl Sunday. His favorite sandwich is turkey/pesto. I’ll definitely be adding this recipe to our party! Thanks for the great idea!

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  8. Looks messy, but oh, so worth it. Hand me some napkins, please!

  9. This is one awesome recipe, Sandy. I can almost taste it from here. These will definitely grace my kitchen and my guests at some point!

  10. You just rocked my world on this one. I can not even wait to make these!

  11. I was lucky enough to be at this play-off party and let me say that these sliders are AMAZING!

  12. wow. Those look amazing. I’ll be making my hot layered taco dip and texas caviar

  13. Yes!! these are soo good. I have had this with ham… and love to make them. But, I’m going to have to try it with the Turkey and Pesto.

    Great idea.

  14. Sandy these look amazing!! I can’t wait to make them at my next get together. So good, so easy!!

    Our Super Bowl eats will probably be leftovers from L’s big 40th bash night before. Or pizza :)

  15. I love little baked sandwiches! So good.

  16. These look amazing! I am putting in my “Try Soon” folder right now.

  17. This looks like the best sandwich ever! My family would eat these every day!

  18. These sound great. I make hot sliders with ham, cream cheese and strawberry jam.

  19. I want to watch football (and eat sliders) at YOUR house!!!

  20. Holy Pesto! These look amazing..

  21. We will have a big array of things but my favorites are the Crab Cake Lollipops.

  22. These are so beautiful and epic, Sandy!!!

  23. What a great idea! I love that you used an electric knife, makes it so easy!

  24. I made these last night. Your recepie was spot on and the sliders were out of this world. Thanks for sharing. I’ll be making these for our super bowl spread. Peggy

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  26. We make the ham sliders with soup all the time but we do the “sauce” a little differently…Dijon mustard + honey + poppy seeds. Thanks for sharing the turkey sliders recipe, can’t wait to try them!

  27. Ummmmmm holywow those look AMAZING. *drool*

    Gayle | Grace for Gayle

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  29. I made these last night for dinner and they were a big hit! So warm and gooey. In the future I think I might eliminate the sauce and mix the mustard and worchesterhire into the sautéed onion. It’s a lot of sweetness (and extra calories) especially since the Hawaiian rolls are already pretty sweet themselves. But oh, so good.

  30. OMGosh!!!!! These are the most incredibly easy to make sliders (yet are the most incredibly DELICIOUS sliders we’ve ever tasted)! Thank you so very much. Can’t wait to make these again on Father’s Day.

  31. It was great to meet you last week (in Iowa.) I’m just browsing your turkey recipes and this one looks GREAT!

  32. Made these last night for THE big game (Colts vs. Broncos) and they were a hit! I have made the ham and cheese recipe before, we love pesto; gave it a try. They were very good. The sauce is sweeter than the other i have made. I will experiment further. I think I will try with cranberry sauce, a good way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers? Maybe with a Gruyere cheese? What about those new pretzel rolls, hmmm, endless possibilities!

  33. I’ve made these twice now, and they were a hit both times!! They are so easy to put together and are the MOST delicious sliders we’ve had! Thank you for this recipe!

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  36. Thank you so much for an awesome recipe! I made these for New Years Eve and they were a delicious hit!

  37. A question… do these poppy seed sliders have a sweet taste???

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  41. These look wonderful! Wondering if the sauce makes them soggy?

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  47. Still sounds as good as when you originally posted it…lol. I may need to try it. I usually make a big pot of chili if we have company for game days.

  48. These look perfect for game day or hosting big crowds. Way better than the cold turkey roll-ups I’m used to. YUM!

  49. perfect timing……I was looking for a good slider recipe for super bowl!!

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