Pizza Stuffed Rolls

Pizza Stuffed Rolls make an easy dinner your family will love.

All you need are Hawaiian Rolls, pizza sauce, cheese and your favorite pizza toppings. Top the stuffed pizza rolls with a garlic butter for a delicious snack or a super easy dinner!

Pizza Stuffed Hawaiian Rolls with garlic butter

What are the best rolls to make Stuffed Pizza Rolls?

There are many types of rolls that you can buy to make Pizza Stuffed Rolls. Plain dinner rolls, hoagie rolls, ciabatta rolls, or frozen rise and bake rolls, to name a few. You can also make homemade rolls.

But I think the best rolls to make any sort of slider sandwich in the oven, are Hawaiian Sweet Rolls!

They are super soft, savory and perfect for making Stuffed Pizza Rolls.

Hawaiian Rolls come in a few variations. They have regular sweet rolls, savory butter rolls and even a pretzel roll. There are several brands that are delicious. I stick with the name brand but even store brand rolls are super tasty (try Walmart/Sam’s Choice)!

Use the rolls your prefer (or the rolls that are on sale!).

Hawaiian Rolls in the package.

What makes these stuffed rolls vs. regular slider roll sandwiches?

Slider sandwiches that are made with Hawaiian rolls are really popular. They are soft, bake up perfectly and hold all of the yummy fillings perfectly!

Typically slider sandwiches are made with slicing the rolls right in half, adding the filling in the middle of the rolls (usually meat and cheese) and then baking them in the oven.

My Pizza Stuffed Rolls are made with the same Hawaiian Rolls but they are cut down the top/center of the rolls to make a “pocket”. Then the filling/toppings are stuffed down in the “pocket”.

A knife cutting the top center of Hawaiian Roll to stuff them with pizza toppings.
Hawaiian Rolls cut down the top center to stuff with pizza toppings.

You can cut the rolls in half like traditional sliders but making them with a “pocket” and stuffing them with the toppings make these rolls fast, easy and super fun!

What do I stuff the Pizza Rolls with?

Pizza Sauce is a must for pizza. I have a super yummy homemade pizza sauce recipe on the blog that is simple and perfect.

A bowl of Homemade Pizza Sauce with pepperoni and cheese next to it.
Homemade pizza sauce being mixed together in a bowl

To make these Stuffed Pizza Hawaiian Rolls I use a store bought pizza sauce that is in a squeeze bottle. The squeeze bottle makes it so easy to get the pizza sauce in the “pocket”. It’s also cheap, and really good for a store bought sauce.

Bottle of store bought pizza sauce in a plastic squeeze bottle

The cheese is kept simple as well. We use string cheese because it stuffs perfectly in the center of the rolls and is the perfect amount of cheese!

Shredded cheese can also be used.

Hawaiian Rolls cut open down the top center and stuffed with pizza toppings.
String cheese stuffed in a Hawaiian rolls with pizza sauce.

You can stuff these Hawaiian Rolls with whatever your favorite pizza toppings are. Pepperoni, sausage, Canadian bacon, ham, pineapple, mushrooms, peppers, onions or whatever you like!

We keep ours basic and stuff them with pepperoni and cheese.

Hawaiian Rolls cut open on top stuffed with pizza sauce, and pepperoni.

How To Make Stuffed Pizza Rolls

Stuffed Pizza Rolls are super easy. You can have them made and in the oven in 5 minutes!

You will use an 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish. It does not need sprayed or greased.

8x8 glass baking dish

Place the rolls in the pan. Keep them stuck together.

12 Hawaiian Sweet Rolls in an 8x8 baking dish.

Using a bread knife or sharp knife, cut down the center tops of the rolls, making a “pocket”.

Do not cut all the way through them. You want them cut just deep enough to stuff them without the toppings falling through the roll to the bottom of the pan.

A knife cutting the top center of Hawaiian Roll to stuff them with pizza toppings.
Hawaiian Rolls cut down the center of the rolls
Hawaiian Rolls cut down the top center to stuff with pizza toppings.

Next, spread (or squeeze) some pizza sauce in the “pocket” of the rolls. You can add as much or as little as you want. I like to add enough that is squishes out a bit!

Pizza sauce in a squeeze bottle being squeezed in the cut rolls.
Hawaiian Sweet Rolls cut Dow the center filled with pizza sauce

Next add your toppings. We stick to pepperoni. Stuff them down in the pocket.

Hawaiian Rolls cut open on top stuffed with pizza sauce, and pepperoni.

Then add the cheese. I use string cheese and push it down on top of the pepperoni (or whatever toppings you have stuffed in the rolls).

Finish off the stuffed pizza rolls by topping them with a tasty garlic butter.

Making the Garlic Butter Topping

Use softened or partially melted butter. It needs to be soft but not fully melted so you can smear it on the rolls.

Softened butter in a dish with a spoon
Soft butter squished with a spoon to make a butter spread

Next, add the seasonings and give it a stir.

Softened butter with garlic salt, garlic powder and Italian seasoning to make a garlic butter
Garlic Butter in a dish

Spread the butter on top of the rolls.

Garlic butter smeared on top of pizza rolls

Baking Stuffed Pizza Rolls

Cover the pan of pizza rolls with foil and let them bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Then, uncover the rolls and let the tops brown in the oven for another few minutes.(optional).

Baked pizza rolls with browned tops and melted cheese

The stuffed pizza rolls are warm, gooey and the garlic butter topping will wow your tastebuds!

Baked Stuffed Pizza Rolls  out of the oven with melted garlic butter on top

Cut the rolls apart.

A knife cutting the stuffed rolls apart for serving

Enjoy these tasty stuffed pizza Hawaiian rolls for an easy snack or dinner.

 Hand holding a Hawaiian roll stuffed with pizza toppings
Pizza Stuffed Hawaiian Rolls with garlic butter

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Pizza Stuffed Rolls

Pizza Stuffed Rolls are made with Hawaiian rolls that are stuffed with your favorite pizza toppings and topped with garlic butter! They are a fun take on your classic sweet roll sandwich sliders.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 Stuffed Rolls

Equipment

  • 8×8 baking dish *9×9 baking dish works also

Ingredients

  • 12 count Hawaiian Sweet Rolls *any variation/flavor
  • 1 cup pizza sauce *you may end up using less, use as much or as little as you like
  • 5 string cheeses *use shredded mozzarella cheese in place of string cheese if desired
  • Pizza toppings of your choice *I used about 24 pepperoni slices

Garlic Butter Topping

  • 1/4 cup butter, partially melted or softened at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning *or more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt *or more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder *or more to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350℉.
  • Place the sweet rolls in the 8×8 (or 9×9) baking dish. You do not need to grease the pan.
    *Do not pull the rolls apart, leave them in one big piece.
  • Using a bread knife or sharp knife, cut down (part way) into the tops of the rolls making a “pocket”. See the blog post above for photos of how to do this.
    Make sure you do not cut down all the way through the rolls, you want to just create a “pocket”.
  • Squeeze or spread the pizza sauce in the pocket of the rolls. You can use as little or as much as you like.
  • Stuff the toppings in the roll and then top with the string cheese (or shredded cheese).
    *If you are using string cheese, you may have to cut some pieces in half to fit in the rolls. You most likely will have part of a string cheese leftover. See blog post above for photos on how to add the cheese.
  • Mix your seasonings into your partially melted/softened butter and then spread the butter on top of the pizza rolls.
    *You can adjust the seasonings in the butter to your liking.
  • Cover the pan of rolls with foil and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
    Once the cheese is melted, take the foil off of the pan and let the tops brown to your liking (usually about 5 minutes).
  • Cut the rolls apart, using the original pull apart cuts. Then enjoy these tasty pizza stuffed rolls.
  • Cover and store any leftovers in the fridge. You can reheat the rolls in the microwave or in the oven at 350℉.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated and should only be used as an approximation.

Serving: 1 Roll | Calories: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 382mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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