Perfect Party Appetizer: How to Make Mini Cheeseburgers

Perfect Party Food: How to Make Mini Cheeseburgers, #appetizer Move over sliders, there’s a new- even-tinier – burger in town! It’s really shocking that I haven’t already turned this favorite food into the perfect party bite but alas, here we have the ultimate mini cheeseburgers.

My favorite part about these little cheeseburgers are the itty bitty burger buns.

They’re so easy to make and you can control just how small you make them. 

I should host a contest to see how tiny you can make a burger bun. For real though, tiny burgers mean you get to eat 10 because they’re so itty bitty. Score!

Perfect Party Food: How to Make Mini Cheeseburgers, #appetizerSo how exactly did I make these itty bitty burger buns?

Here’s my easy way (because life with a toddler and a puppy the size of a horse is a very unique blend of chaos and noise). It involves store bought dinner rolls!

Now, all my purists, stay with me. You can easily pick up the steps starting at #3 here with my brother’s homemade hamburger buns. Just shape them into itty bitty buns and follow along with my steps from there!

The brand I buy is Rhodes Dinner Rolls because they still need to rise so you’re able to form them into tiny buns.

How to Make Your Own Mini Burger BunsPerfect Party Food: How to Make Mini Cheeseburgers, #appetizer

I like to serve these mini cheeseburgers on a simple white tray with a toothpick to keep everything easy to “grab and eat”.

If you want to be sure they don’t topple over, carefully slice off a tiny bit of the bottom of the burger bun to ensure they sit up perfectly!

Perfect Party Food: How to Make Mini Cheeseburgers, #appetizer

Mini Burgers - Perfect Party Food!

Mini Cheeseburgers

Servings 20 mini burgers


  • 5 frozen Parker House I used Rhodes brand rolls, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 8-10 slices of bacon cooked
  • 10 cherry tomatoes sliced in half
  • 5 lettuce leaves
  • 5 deli slices sharp cheddar cheese


For the Buns:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Divide each thawed roll into four and roll into a round ball/disc shape. Place each mini roll on a parchment lined baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rise for 30 minutes.
  • Remove plastic wrap, and brush each ball of dough with a bit of melted butter and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Allow to cool before slicing in half.

For the Burger:

  • Combine ground beef, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well and divide into 20 patties.
  • Preheat grill to medium and cook each burger for 2-3 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Top each burger bun with a small piece of lettuce, cheese, small piece of bacon, and tomato!
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Cheers to cute mini party food! Check out more appetizer ideas here!

A few of my faves include shrimp and tomato pastry tartlets, sweet ‘n spicy meatballs, and layered BBQ in mini martini glasses!

Perfect Party Food: How to Make Mini Cheeseburgers, #appetizer

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  1. How would you keep them warm for a party? The bottoms would get hard on a warming tray. Do you think serving them in a foil pan over water warmed with stereo would work?

  2. They look very appetizing. Thanks for saving your recipe. I’ll try to cook it sometime.

  3. I am making them today, I prepared the bread last night because I doubled recipe for a party later today, we don’t care for Sesame seed buns came out good though and can’t wait to taste them

    1. Courtney Whitmore says:

      Thanks Alisha! You can leave the sesame seeds off.

  4. I loved these. I didn’t have sesame, but I used a tiny amount of garlic salt when I buttered the dough and it was SO good, and SO fun. I acknowledge that it might not be everybody’s ideal setting, but I kept some leftovers in the fridge for a couple of days and they still tasted good to me. Thanks for sharing !

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