Cheesy Pepperoni Bratwurst Sliders {Game Day Food}

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Last Updated on August 3, 2020 by Deanna Samaan

Cheesy Pepperoni Bratwurst Sliders are easy game day appetizers! If you are looking for bratwurst recipes for game day food, then this slider recipe is for you. What is not to love about bratwurst sausage and pepperoni cheese.


Cheesy Pepperoni Bratwurst Sliders


Game Day Food

As I am going through recipes and updating the posts, I realized I only have one post you would consider game day food, Tailgate Crock Pot Pierogies with Kielbasa, Bacon, and Onions. So looks like I need more game day food recipes.


Cheesy Pepperoni Bratwurst Sliders


Bratwurst Recipes

When comes to football food, I know bratwurst recipes are perfect to make for tailgates. What can I do with bratwurst recipes?  I need something that would be an amazing game day appetizers!


Cheesy Pepperoni Bratwurst Sliders


Slider Recipes

The perfect game day appetizers are in my opinion is slider recipes. Can bratwurst recipes be turned into slider recipes? Yep, especially if they are cheesy slider recipes.


cheesy pepperoni bratwurst sliders


Easy Slider Recipe

What else can I do differently to these game day appetizers? I knew I wanted it to be an easy slider recipe. My sister love pepperoni cheese. Wait, pepperoni cheese and bratwurst recipes? Sounds like great game day food! 


Cheesy Pepperoni Bratwurst Sliders Seduction in the kitchen


Pepperoni Cheese

Pepperoni cheese was on sale at the store. So asked on Facebook, like I normally do when I want feedback, do you think pepperoni and bratwurst would go well together? I got an overwhelming yes!


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One thing I come to find is many do not know what pepperoni cheese is. Well, have to get pepperoni cheese at the deli at the grocery store. Ask your deli if they have pepperoni cheese you can sample it. Trust me it is good!



Game Day Food



Cheesy Pepperoni Bratwurst Sliders

I did a little playing with this pepperoni bratwurst slider. The bratwurst and pepperoni cheese was good together, however, this slider recipe needed something.  I decided this bratwurst slider needed to be even cheesier. Then the rest was history as this easy slider recipe was born and made into the perfect tailgate recipe.


Recommended Slider Recipes From Other Food Bloggers:

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  • Maybe you are craving something like these FRENCH ONION BEEF SLIDERS from Host The Toast
  • Now this PIZZA SLIDERS RECIPE from Rachel Cooks looks amazing!


cheesy pepperoni bratwurst sliders

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cheesy pepperoni bratwurst sliders
Yield: 12 servings

Cheesy Pepperoni Bratwurst Sliders Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Cheesy Pepperoni Bratwurst Sliders are easy game day appetizers! If you are looking for bratwurst recipes for game day food, then this slider recipe is for you.


  • 6 slices pepperoni cheese
  • 1 package Hillshire Farms smoked ready cooked bratwurst
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup smokey BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup cheese sauce
  • 12 slider buns
  • 2 tablespoons water


  1.  In a saute pan, melt the butter and add the onions.
  2. Cook the onions till they start to turn transparent.
  3. Then add the sugar and caramelize the onions.
  4. Remove from the pan, and set aside.
  5. Next cut up the bratwurst into pieces that will fit onto the slider buns.
  6. Add the water to the saute pan and then add the bratwurst.
  7. Cook the bratwurst for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  8. Add the BBQ sauce and let them simmer for about a minute more. The take off the heat.
  9. Heat up the cheese sauce according to the directions on the jar.
  10. Spread the cheese sauce on the bottom part the slider bun.
  11. Next, add the onions on top the cheese sauce.
  12. Then add the bratwurst,
  13. Taking the pepperoni cheese, break the slices in half, so that they can fit the sliders. Place one the halves of the pepperoni cheese on top the bratwurst. Heat the bratwurst sliders up in a broiler for a minute just to melt the pepperoni cheese.
  14. Then top it off with the top portion of the slider buns.
  15. Serve them up and ENJOY!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 193Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 419mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 7g

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  • Lisa | Garlic + Zest
    November 4, 2017

    I saw her tirade — and my immediate response was — “I think your Campbell’s soup just dinged in the microwave.”

    • Deanna
      November 4, 2017

      LOL I love that response!!! Awesome!!

  • Mary
    November 4, 2017

    It’s such a weird thing to complain about! Like scrolling is so onerous… Oof. I go to food blogs for a voice and a point of view. And if I’m in a hurry for a recipe I click the jump link if there is one or I just scroll down like I do on every website for everything.

    • Deanna
      November 4, 2017

      Exactly! I could not agree more! I do the same, I either scroll or use jump to recipe

  • Thanh | Eat, Little Bird
    November 4, 2017

    People who don’t want to read food blogs for recipes can always find their recipes elsewhere – there’s no point in bashing food blogs! Food blogs are also a personal space, so the author can write about whatever he or she wants, which means that their style won’t suit everyone out there. She obviously just wanted to create some click-bait for her own website 😉

    • Deanna
      November 4, 2017

      EXACTLY! Like someone said to me she has to entertain her followers somehow, so bashing food blogs was her way of doing it. We are blogs and they have personality, that is why we are not like AllRecipes and such.

  • Elaine @ Dishes Delish
    November 4, 2017

    Deanna, I know exactly who you are talking about! Yes, I’d like to knock some sense into her too. I honestly don’t care if it was forbidden to write stories before the recipes, I’d still do it because it basically comes down to this – I write my food blog for me and my family. It’s great if others read it too, but the stories will live on and the younger generation will have something to look back on! But let’s talk about your delicious recipe! I love bratwurst and these sliders with the cheese and pepperoni look soooooo good. I really look forward to making your recipe!!

    • Deanna
      November 4, 2017

      Same here I will always do a story of some sorts before the recipe. This blog started out as a therapy for me. I get told it has a lot of heart, I don’t want change that! Thank you! I really have been wanting to do something with pepperoni cheese for a while now 🙂

  • Matt @ Plating Pixels
    November 4, 2017

    Awesome flavors going on. Looks like the perfect party food.

    • Deanna
      November 4, 2017

      Thank you! They do come together so nicely in this slider!

  • sue | theviewfromgreatisland
    November 5, 2017

    I like how your mind works, girl! These sliders are pure cheesy heaven :))

  • Ginny McMeans
    November 5, 2017

    It’s will be great to have this recipe for small sandwiches on hand. There seems to be so many little get togethers this time of the year.

    • Deanna
      November 5, 2017

      I love small plates, They to me pack a lot of punch! Thanks!

  • Traci @ The Kitchen Girl
    November 5, 2017

    I’d make a beeline for these at any party. Yummy, cheesy, goodness!

  • Trang
    November 5, 2017

    Ooo yum! I love bratwurst. Sliders are so versatile, I can serve them as appetizer or dinner!

    • Deanna
      November 5, 2017

      Same here! I can eat anytime 🙂

  • Sarah
    November 5, 2017

    I’m pretty sure my hubs would eat a whole plateful of these things!

    • Deanna
      November 5, 2017

      They are very addicting!

  • Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons
    November 7, 2017

    I love these messy, fun sandwiches!

  • Julie
    November 7, 2017

    What sets us apart is what we have to say otherwise why ever go to a blog. That’s what Pinterest is for. I don’t understand the abuse some people deliver. Social Media, you just got to love it. If people knew how caring and talented you were they would be flocking to your blog! This recipe is just amazing. It is totally perfect for tailgating or even lunch!

    • Deanna
      November 9, 2017

      Thank you so much, Julie!

  • I read that twitter thread! I guess we can’t blame the general public for being clueless to the millions of things we need to do behind the scenes. Doesn’t excuse the rudeness though!

    • Deanna
      November 9, 2017

      I agree! She was very rude the way she did it. As one blogger said, you got entertain your fans somehow, right?

  • Laura
    November 8, 2017

    These sliders look fabulous!

  • Angela
    November 9, 2017

    These look amazing!! Totally adding them to my menu for the next game day!

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)
    November 9, 2017

    Looks good!!

  • Dan
    November 10, 2017

    This is my kind of slider recipe! All kinds of meat and cheese!

    • Deanna
      November 10, 2017

      That was my thoughts, I wanted to create a slider that a man would love 🙂

  • Dan from Platter Talk
    September 19, 2018

    These look super fun and cheesy! I like the combo of pepperoni with bratwurst; what a great flavor boost!

  • debi at Life Currents
    September 20, 2018

    I have never even heard of pepperoni cheese before. This looks delicious. I wonder, if I can’t find it can I just chop up some pepperoni and toss it in cheese?

  • Angela
    September 24, 2018

    Oh my goodness!! These sliders sound out of this world amazing!!! That cheesy-ness is perfection!

  • Jennifer A Stewart
    September 24, 2018

    These sliders have so many great flavors going on I don’t know where to start!

  • Sandra Shaffer
    September 24, 2018

    Ok, now I’m going to hit up my deli for pepperoni cheese. I’ve never had it, but what a delicious way you found to add it to sliders! Perfect game day munchie!

  • Michele
    September 24, 2018

    this sounds so good! We love having sauerbraten for Oktoberfest but this is super easy to make for a low key day!

  • Michaela
    September 24, 2018

    Loving this game day fare!! Nothing better than a dressed up brat at tailgate!

  • Kathy
    September 25, 2018

    I think this would be a hit at any party. Looks so delicious!