Easy Ham and Cheese Sliders

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These easy ham and cheese sliders are the ultimate in party sandwiches! With savory ham and melted cheese on a sweet Hawaiian rolls, these ham sliders with a baked on buttery sauce are perfect for game day or an easy weeknight dinner.

Whether it is pizza slidersbreakfast sliderspulled pork slidersreuben sandwiches, little sliders on Hawaiian rolls are one of the best party foods!

two sandwiches stacked on top of each other

I’ve been married over 25 years and I remember making this ham and cheese sliders recipe in our early years of marriage. Although originally a Taste of Home recipe, they were too good not to share, especially since they’ve been a family favorite.

Along with the easy ham and cheese sliders recipe, you’ll get tips for keeping the little sandwiches warm and even making sliders as freezer meals!

Ham Sliders Ingredients

ingredients for ham and cheese sliders
  • Hawaiian Sweet Rolls. Use the soft dinner rolls or the pre-cut slider buns. 
  • Ham. Although deli ham such as black forest ham or honey ham is traditional, the Hawaiian roll sliders are great way to use up that leftover ham from Christmas or Easter. Slice the ham as thinly as possible for the best results.
  • Cheese. Swiss cheese or provolone cheese is preferred, but for a creamier cheese, use white American cheese.
  • Dried garlic, dried onion and poppy seeds. This flavor combo always reminds me of everything bagel seasoning. It’s so good!
  • Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard. A small amount of each add depth of flavor.
  • Butter. The star of the savory butter sauce. It is irresistible. 

Easy Ham and Cheese Sliders in 4 Steps.

  • Prepare. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet or 9×13″ baking dish with aluminum foil. Spray very lightly with cooking spray.
  • Make the butter sauce. In a small bowl, mix together butter, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, poppy seeds, dried onion and minced garlic.
  • Assemble the sliders. Use a large serrated knife to slice the rolls in half, separating the tops from the bottoms. Place the bottom of the rolls onto the prepared baking pan. Use a pastry brush to brush a few tablespoons of the butter mixture onto the bottom half of the rolls. Layer about half the ham onto the rolls. Arrange the slices of Swiss cheese over the ham, and top with remaining ham slices. Place the top half of the rolls onto the sandwiches. Brush the top of the rolls with the remaining butter.
unbaked ham sliders on a baking sheet
  1. Bake. Bake in the preheated oven until the rolls are lightly golden brown and the cheese has melted, about 20 minutes.
baked ham sliders with savory buttery sauce

Do you cover sliders in the oven?

For best results, cover the rolls loosely with foil. We tested uncovering the rolls during the second half of the baking process, but the tops got too brown. Keep them loosely covered the whole time during baking.

How can you keep ham and cheese sliders warm?

These baked sliders are best served warm, so how do you keep them warm when it is game day or a family party? The easiest way is to keep the sandwiches covered with foil in a warm oven (170º Fahrenheit) until serving. Pull them out right before guests start eating. Keep the sandwiches covered with foil even when they are sitting on the countertop.

Another option is to cut the sandwiches, wrap them individually in foil and place them in a slow cooker on the warm setting. This also will keep them perfectly warm.

a hand pulling a ham sandwich with melty cheese

Can you freeze ham and cheese sliders?

You can easily make ahead ham and cheese sliders. Make them to the point of baking, then double wrap in foil and place them in a freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. 

When you’re ready to serve, allow the sandwiches to at least partially defrost so they don’t have to be in the oven as long. You can bake the sandwiches straight from the freezer…just extra time to the baking time to make sure they are cooked all the way through. You want that melty cheese!

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Make it a meal.

Here are a few of our favorite sides to go with hot ham and cheese sliders:

two ham and cheese on hawaiian rolls
two ham and cheese on hawaiian rolls

Easy Ham and Cheese Sliders

4.67 from 45 votes
These easy ham and cheese sliders are the ultimate in party sandwiches! Savory ham and cheese on a Hawaiian bun with a baked in buttery drizzle.
Servings 12
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

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Ingredients
 

  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 12 Hawaiian dinner rolls
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced cooked deli ham
  • 6 slices thinly sliced Swiss cheese

Instructions
 

  • Prepare. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet or 9×13" baking dish with aluminum foil. Spray very lightly with cooking spray.
  • Make the butter sauce. In a small bowl, mix together butter, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, poppy seeds, dried onion and minced garlic. ½ cup melted butter, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 ½ teaspoons poppy seeds, ½ tablespoon dried minced onion, ½ tablespoon minced garlic
  • Assemble the sliders. Use a large serrated knife to slice the rolls in half, separating the tops from the bottoms. Place the bottom of the rolls onto the prepared baking pan. Use a pastry brush to brush a few tablespoons of the butter mixture onto the bottom half of the rolls. Layer about half the ham onto the rolls. Arrange the slices of Swiss cheese over the ham, and top with remaining ham slices. Place the top half of the rolls onto the sandwiches. Brush the top of the rolls with the remaining butter. 12 Hawaiian dinner rolls, ½ pound thinly sliced cooked deli ham, 6 slices thinly sliced Swiss cheese
  • Bake. Bake in the preheated oven until the rolls are lightly golden brown and the cheese has melted, about 20 minutes.
  • Serve. Slice into individual rolls through the ham and cheese layers to serve. Serve warm.

Notes

  • Store any leftover sliders in an airtight container.
  • These are excellent warmed up in an air fryer.
  • Refer to the article above for more tips and tricks.
  • The calories shown are based on the recipe making 12 sliders, with 1 serving being 1 slider. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. **

Nutrition

Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 421mg | Potassium: 68mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 259
Keyword baked ham and cheese, ham sandwiches, slider recipe, slider sandwiches

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Rebecca
4 years ago

5 stars
Oh my goodness….these are soooo good!
Thank you for sharing such yummy and easy recipe!

Kay
2 years ago

5 stars
I loved these sandwiches. The sauce is great. I used turkey instead of ham.