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Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders

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Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders

The first time I had a Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich, was in fact, in Kentucky. Imagine that? They’ve been around since 1926 created at the Brown Hotel in Louisville. But recently for a get together we were having, I was looking for something easy to make.

Something easy to eat and a Hot Brown is NOT truly that easy to eat. It’s almost more of a knife and fork sandwich. So why not Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders?

So what is a Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich?

Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders

The Hot Brown is an open-faced sandwich, which most of think of as knife and fork sandwiches. Made of turkey and bacon, covered in a Mornay sauce and baked or broiled until the bread is crisp and the sauce begins to brown. My mouth is watering and I am drooling just giving you this description.

There are a million variations of the Hot Brown, including some made with ham AND turkey, tomatoes or pimentos and sometimes the Mornay sauce is made with a commercial cheese sauce instead of the Mornay Sauce.

What is a Mornay sauce?

A Mornay sauce is a Béchamel sauce with shredded or grated Gruyère cheese and egg yolk added. This is what tends to make the sandwich so messy.

Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders

So let’s talk about these Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders. Since I wanted them to be as close to what I had when I visited Kentucky, I went with turkey and bacon, a winning combo regardless of where you are eating it. I also decided against the true Mornay sauce but only because I wanted these to be able to be eaten without a knife or fork. I instead used fresh slices of Gruyère cheese which melted beautifully and held everything together.

Building them was easy.

Simply slice the rolls in half and spread some mayo on.

Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders

Top with a slice of turkey. Yum!

Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders

Time for some cheese. Add a slice of Gruyère to each one and then sprinkle parmesan all over the whole mess of them. Don’t worry if some gets own in between them. It will stick to the bread and once cooked, add a lot of flavor to that too. I made a mess, but I don’t really care.

Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders

I love Pimentos. Funny story, took my 18 year old to the store with me to get some Pimentos.

They had them in a weird place, not where they would be in the actual grocery store where I am used to buying them. She is helping me look and gets all excited and hands me a jar. I look at the jar. It’s green olives with stuffed pimentos. It’s apparently the only way she’s ever seen them come, so she thought I’d just fish the extra ones out of the jar or unstuff the olives. I couldn’t stop laughing.

I found my jar of pimentos, by the way. Top each one with some.

Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders

Now it’s time for some bacon-y goodness. Yep, get that bacon on there. I used one slice per sandwich and just cut it in half and criss crossed it. The bacon was so hot and I might have eaten some. Make sure you fry up a little extra for you to eat.

Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders

Time to closer ‘er up. Just put the tops back on. Pretty simple. And we’re going to whip up some deliciousness to pour over the tops of them. Just to kinda give the whole thing a little more flavor. You don’t have to, but you’ll love them so much more if you do. Pour the sauce over the tops and pop ’em in the oven.

Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders

Pull ’em out when the cheese is melty and the tops are golden. Eat warm! So good!

Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders

You ready to whip up a batch of Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich Sliders?

Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders

Hot Brown Sandwich Sliders

Yield: 1 dozen
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Turkey, bacon and Gruyere combine to make a popular Kentucky favorite. All I did was mini size them in slider form! Yum!


  • 12 slider rolls or Kings Hawaiian Rolls
  • ⅓ cup of mayonnaise
  • 12 Slices of deli turkey
  • 12 slices of Gruyere cheese
  • ¼ cup pimentos
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon finely diced onions
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Parmesan Cheese


  1. Slice the rolls in half and spread some mayo on each side. Set the tops aside.
  2. Top each bottom with a slice of turkey.
  3. Add a slice of Gruyère to each one and sprinkle parmesan all over the top of the whole pan of rolls.
  4. Add some pimentos to each roll.
  5. Top each sandwich with a slice of bacon. I cut them in half and criss crossed them.
  6. Put the tops back on.
  7. Now we're whipping up some sauce to pour on top. Whisk together the dijon mustard, melted butter, finely chopped onions and worcestershire sauce. Pour over the top slowly. Let it run down the sliders. Yum!
  8. Cover the pan with tinfoil and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  9. Remove the tinfoil and bake for an additional 2 minutes until tops are slightly browned and crispy.
  10. Serve hot!

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Saturday 5th of September 2020

I made these for Kentucky Derby and let me tell you. My husband, who has grown up on hot browns took one bite and said "oh. My. .. It tastes like Kentucky". Thank you for the wonderful recipe. I will absolutely be bookmarking this one!!

Nicole Cook

Sunday 6th of September 2020

Jessica, thank you so much for the sweet comment. It always makes me smile when I can bring a little bit of "home" to someone through food. :) Enjoy!! <3


Monday 30th of April 2018

I'm going to make these for a 1 year olds/cinco de mayo/derby party this weekend they look amazing. My only question is about cutting the rolls. Do I need to cut the bottom in half but not the top? Just want ty o make sure I have that right. Do i have to cut ty he bottom?.I'm making 24 and was just GB oil oil oil to by a big back at Sam's club . Thanks in advance advance!!

Nicole Cook

Wednesday 2nd of May 2018

Hi Jason, Honestly they are really simple. You just slice them apart like you would a traditional hamburger bun. I hope that helps.


Sunday 17th of September 2017

This recipe is great, and guests couldn't get enough of them! Thanks!!!

Nicole Cook

Tuesday 19th of September 2017

Thank you!! I'm so happy that you and your guests loved these. They really are fab!! <3

resep kue kering

Wednesday 25th of May 2016

The recipe is good, maybe I'll try it at home. I will wait for the next recipe, just ask you to try to discuss the recipe in Indonesia. Greetings.

Lady A Janet

Monday 23rd of May 2016

Thanks Nicole for sharing this recipe with us, it looks incredible, i think i have found something special to prepare for my kids for this coming weekend, but i would like to ask that can i use mini chicken instead of deli turkey??? hope to hear from you soon. Awesome post

Nicole Cook

Tuesday 24th of May 2016

I believe you could probably use any meat you wanted. The flavor difference might be there, but honestly chicken is so similar to turkey in flavor and texture that I have a suspicion it would taste exactly the same! Enjoy and thank you for the sweet words!

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