Pizza Sliders: Copycat Pizza Hut Recipe

Like most families, we love going out for Pizza. And while it’s not always a lot of money to grab a Pizza from our local store, it obviously much cheaper, and healthier to fix it at home. And really, it’s pretty fun too!

We like to set up a pizza station and let the boys add their own toppings, pop them in the oven and enjoy a fun family night together. Recently Pizza Hut released Pizza Sliders, so we indulged and gave them a try. The verdict…most of us liked them. So Doug set out to master a recipe that we could fix at home.

Starting with the same pizza dough recipe that we use for Pizza Pockets and Pizza Rolls, it’s a copycat Pizza Hut recipe with the right blend of spices, flour and yeast.

Let me show you how to put these Pizza Sliders together…

After the dough is made {we make ours in the bread machine}, roll it out and cut it with a round 4 inch cookie cutter. You can certainly use a different size, we found this one to be a great size though.

Place the dough on a cookie sheet or pizza stone, and form the ridge with your fingers. The middle should be pushed down a bit and there should  be a ridge around about 1/4 inch high.

Then brush each of the pizzas with an egg wash mixture.

Now it’s time to add your toppings, we added a couple teaspoons of Homemade Pizza Sauce, then freshly grated mozzarella cheese, sausage or pepperoni and another layer of the cheese.

Then into the oven they go for about 9 – 11 minutes at 400 degrees.

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Pizza Sliders

Just like your favorite Pizza Restaurant, these Sliders are easy and fun to make! Original recipe from

  • Total Time: 26 minutes




  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons corn meal
  • 3 1/4 cups flour {we used all-purpose}
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon yeast {about 1 package}

Egg Mixture for brushing

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon of water

Pizza Sauce

  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½1 cup of water


  • Sausage and Pepperoni, or your favorites
  • Mozzarella Cheese


Pizza Dough for Bread Machine

  1. Place ingredients in bread machine according to manufacturers instructions. We add the dry then the wet in ours.
  2. After the bread machine is done, roll dough onto floured surface.

Pizza Dough by Hand

  1. Mix dry ingredients together
  2. Add wet ingredients and stir until combined

Pizza Sauce

  1. Melt butter over medium heat in a small sauce pan.
  2. Mince garlic and add to pan and saute for 2 minutes.
  3. Add tomato paste and dried herbs and combine.
  4. Stir in water to achieve desired consistency, usually takes at least ½ cup.
  5. Simmer for 5 minutes to join flavors.

Pizza Sliders

  1. Roll out dough and cut with 4 inch cookie cutter
  2. Form the dough making a ridge around about 1/4 inch
  3. Brush with egg mixture
  4. Add 1-2 teaspoons Pizza Sauce
  5. Top with your favorite toppings
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for about 9 – 11 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 11 minutes



  1. These look amazing!

  2. Those look delicious! I pinned this recipe for later…my kids would love this!

  3. Can these crusts be premade and frozen??? And if so, are the final cooking instructions the same?

    Thanks 🙂

    • Hi Marie, we have not tried them that way, but I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t. And yes, I would add some time to the cooking time if the crust are straight from the freezer.

  4. These look great! I have a question about the dough (since I’m totally inexperienced in dough making)… when making it in your bread machine, does the dough go through a rising stage? About how long does it take to make the dough in the machine? Is this a meal that needs to be planned ahead of time because of the dough? Thanks!!

    • Hi Tina, yes your bread machine should have a rising stage for the pizza dough. Ours takes about 90 minutes, I believe every bread machine is different though, your owner’s manual should say.
      You could make the dough ahead and freeze it, and then let it thaw to make the pizzas. We have not done it that way, but I know several cooks who have great success with it.
      Happy Cooking!

  5. Thank you so much for posting your monthly menu and recipes. My family has loved everything we have tried, and I have loved the ease and budget friendly recipes. Thank you so much for sharing. This is better than most pay sites.

  6. Wonderful idea to make an easy homemade pizza. Will try it soon!

  7. How many does this recipe make?

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