Tuna Sliders are the perfect addition to any dinner table.  They are small enough to be an appetizer, large enough for a small meal, and delicious any time of year.  Toasted Sweet Hawaiian Buns pair perfectly with the savory tuna salad mixture and the oh-so-creamy, melted Havarti Cheese.  If you like these sliders, you have to try my Italian Sliders and French Dip Sliders too!

Tuna Sliders with Melted Havarti Cheese

Tuna Sliders

The idea for this recipe came from my open-faced tuna melt recipe.  When we made that, we thought that a sweet roll would complement the tuna salad recipe nicely.  Oh, boy were we right! 

We used Kings Hawaiian Buns because they have that sweet flavor that we were looking for.  Another alternative would be to use our homemade Amish potato dinner rolls!

Tuna Melt Sliders

Tuna Sliders Recipe

Served alone, with a bag of potato chips, or a with a cup of the best ever homemade tomato soup, these sliders are a sure-fire crowd-pleaser.  The entire dish is put together in just minutes and can serve up to 12 people in one setting.  That is assuming that everyone just has one!

Depending on how you plan to serve these, you could double the recipe to make sure you have enough. I promise they won’t last long!

Tuna Melt Sliders

How to Make Tuna Sliders

The best thing about tuna melt sliders is how easy they are to prepare.  Chop, mix and bake!

  • Start by chopping up your pickles, garlic, and shallots.  Add them to a medium bowl and then mix together the remaining tuna salad ingredients (tuna, mayo, celery salt, lemon juice, salt, and pepper).  Be careful with the seasonings, this dish can get a little salty if you get too generous in your measurements.  I like to err on the side of caution and taste a small bite before I add more.
  • Next, take your Hawaiian Dinner rolls (store-bought or homemade Hawaiian rolls) and cut the whole loaf in half.  Do not tear apart the individual buns just yet.  This will make the assembly and the baking process much easier (and its also kind of fun at the end to tear them apart!).  To cut the rolls, place one hand on top of the loaf, and then, using a sharp bread knife cut through the center, removing the top half of the rolls.  Set that aside, for now, we will come back to this in a second.
  • Place the bottom half of the dinner rolls in a baking dish.  Spread the tuna salad mixture over the top of the buns, add the Havarti Cheese and then top with the other half of the buns.
  • Finally, brush on the melted butter and sprinkle on the celery seed.  Cover this with tinfoil and pop it into the oven for about 15 minutes.    Remove the foil and bake for another 5 just to make sure the cheese is melted through.

That’s it! Set the pan on the table and watch the tuna sliders disappear before your very eyes!

Tuna Melt Sliders

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5 from 1 vote

Tuna Melt Sliders

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Tuna Sliders are the perfect addition to any dinner table.  They are small enough to be an appetizer, large enough for a small meal, and delicious any time of year.  Toasted Sweet Hawaiian Buns pair perfectly with the savory tuna salad mixture and the oh so creamy, melted Havarti Cheese. 


  • 1 package Kings Hawaiian Buns
  • 2 (5 ounce) cans tuna, drained
  • ½ cup (119.5 g) mayonnaise
  • ¼ tablespoon celery salt
  • 2 tablespoons shallot, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon dill pickle, finely diced
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 slices Havarti cheese
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon celery seed


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a medium bowl combine tuna, mayonnaise, celery salt, shallot, pickle, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  • Set aside.
  • Split your rolls in half, place one half in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish.
  • Top the buns with the tuna mixture and the slices of Havarti cheese.
  • Place the top half of the rolls on top of the tuna and brush the rolls with the melted butter. Sprinkle with celery seed.
  • Cover the dish with tinfoil and bake for 10-15 minutes
  • Remove foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until the cheese is hot and bubbly
  • Serve immediately.

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  1. Watery tuna; I don’t have celery nor dill pickles; i am staying away from Mayo; I used salad dressing. Chopped up some onions; & 1 jalapeño. I had used 2 different kinds of cheese because I was limited with one particular kind of cheese. I put more onion slices on top of the cheese. How do people reheat the sliders?

  2. 5 stars
    Fantastic recipe! I made this tonight with coleslaw and it was a perfect combination! The only difference I made was using relish (about 1-2 teaspoons) instead of dill pickles, simply because I couldn’t open the pickle jar. I found it added a nice, sweet flavor, and would make the recipe again with relish. Additionally, I doubled the amount of shallots, and it was delicious!

    I didn’t have much patience, so I baked the tuna melt sliders for 10 minutes with foil and 5 minutes off. However, I wasn’t able to get the Havarti cheese completely melted in the middle, so if someone else would like that satisfying cheese pull, I recommend baking for 15 minutes (as the recipe calls for 10-15 minutes).

    Thank you for this recipe! I will definitely make more of these sliders in the future!

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