Ham and Cheese Sliders

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Buttery and delicious party food: Ham and Cheese Sliders with sweet Hawaiian rolls, deli (or leftover holiday) ham, Swiss cheese, and a deliciously seasoned buttery topping.

As game day approaches, there’s nothing better than easy and delicious finger foods! These sliders make the perfect appetizer accompaniment for pigs in a blanket, Italian sliders, and/or this cheeseball! These sandwiches can be prepared in advance and baked right before you’re ready to serve them.

Close-up image of Ham and Cheese Sliders stacked on top of each other.

Ham and Cheese Sliders

I’ve shared several slider recipes over the years, but the ones we tend to make the most frequently are these Ham and Cheese Sliders or these French Dip Sliders. So it’s definitely about time I shared this recipe with you all!

These mini sandwiches are ridiculously easy to make and they are the perfect game day snack. With the Superbowl rapidly approaching (how are we almost to FEBRUARY already?!) you’ll definitely want to add these to your list of game day eats.

I’ve got step-by-step photos that basically tell you the entire recipe in pictures; I told you these are EASY!

Step-by-step process shots making Ham and Cheese Sliders -- adding cheese and ham to the rolls.

How to make Ham and Cheese Sliders:

  • Separate the rolls. Using a sharp, serrated knife, slice the rolls in half so you have a top and bottom — you want the bottom slightly thicker than the top.
  • Add cheese and meat. Put down a layer of cheese, a layer of ham, and another layer of cheese. Top with the other half of the rolls right back on top.
  • Make buttery topping. Melt some butter + a few seasonings + Dijon mustard to a bowl. Whisk together and pour over the rolls.
  • Bake. Cover the rolls and bake! Slice ’em up and enjoy these hot ham and cheese sandwiches straight out of the oven!

Step-by-step process shots making Ham and Cheese Sliders -- adding butter mixture to the top and baking.

What side dish goes with Ham and Cheese Sliders?

You can serve these sliders as an appetizer, and they also make a great meal. Here are some of our favorite side dishes to pair with these sandwiches.

Finished Ham and Cheese Sliders after baking -- one slider being pulled up with cheese stretching from it.

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Ham and Cheese Sliders

4.96 from 23 votes
Buttery and delicious party food: Ham and Cheese Sliders with sweet Hawaiian rolls, deli (or leftover holiday) ham, Swiss cheese, and a deliciously seasoned buttery topping.
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Ham and Cheese Sliders

4.96 from 23 votes
Buttery and delicious party food: Ham and Cheese Sliders with sweet Hawaiian rolls, deli (or leftover holiday) ham, Swiss cheese, and a deliciously seasoned buttery topping.
Course Appetizer, Dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword Ham and Cheese Sliders
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 sliders
Calories 342kcal
Author Chelsea, highly adapted from AllRecipes


  • 1 package (12 rolls total) sweet Hawaiian rolls
  • 3/4 pound cooked deli ham, thinly sliced (I use honey ham or black forest ham)
  • 1 package (12 ounces) Swiss cheese, sliced
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • salt and pepper, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Using a sharp serrated knife, slice the rolls in half (see pictures in post) while keeping individual rolls intact. Place the bottom half of the rolls in the prepared pan. 
  • Add half of the cheese in an even layer on top of the rolls. Next, add an even layer of ham. Top with the remaining cheese in an even layer on top. Finish with the top half of the rolls.
  • Melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Set aside to slightly cool. Whisk in the Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, poppy seeds, minced onion, and salt and pepper to taste. (I add a good pinch of each) 
  • Slowly pour the butter mixture over the rolls. Use a pastry brush or spatula to evenly spread the mixture over the tops. Some of the mixture will pool at the bottom of the rolls which you want to make the bottoms crispy! You don't need to use all the butter mixture, we usually use just over 3/4ths of it.
  • Cover the rolls with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and (watching closely) bake for another 3-5 minutes or until tops are slightly crispy and cheese is melty.
  • Serve these sliders straight out of the oven!


Nutrition Facts

Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 495mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 483IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 241mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Chelsea: Love this recipe! I made these for a work-related potluck and everyone went crazy over them! They could not believe how delicious they were, plus how easy they were to make. I also discovered that any leftovers (if you are lucky enough to have any) can be frozen and are just as awesome as fresh-baked. Thank you!!

    1. Yay! I’m so thrilled to hear these sliders were a hit! 🙂 Thanks so much for the comment and review Stephanie!

  2. love how this can be made in production line style! Just one huge slice of bread that is already pre-sliced kinda into rolls, nice and thank you!

  3. Has anyone tried these in a crock pot or turkey roaster? I was hoping to do these at a work potluck but don’t have access to an oven – any suggestions?

  4. 5 stars
    So tasty! These are perfect for holiday get-togethers and birthday parties, and the Superbowl in February! Love this!

    1. I wouldn’t recommend making them too far in advance, they will get soggy! These are best made right before baking/eating

  5. 5 stars
    Made these for the boys tonight they turned out awesome. I made half ham and pepper jack and the other half roast beef and swiss also I only put fresh garlic and salt and pepper in the melted butter . Yummmm!! Thank you for the recipe will be making these a lot in the future!

      1. I’m a little late to the comments here, but I bet you could make the sandwich portion ahead of time (cover and refrigerate) and then just add the sauce and bake when you’re ready? I’m snowshoeing with friends today and plan to bring with me, then when we’re done, heat the sauce there and bake and serve there… hope it works!

  6. 5 stars
    I’ve made these a LOT OF TIMES! I like to cut rolls as you describe but also cut across both ways (makes them far easier to extract). Remove tops in order – add a little seeded mustard then ham. I use whole sliced ham – cut into squares to fit individual roll – 2 squares per roll. I cut sliced cheese, swiss and cheddar, into 4 squares – 2 squares per roll. Add little Dijon mustard and replace top. My topping is same as yours. I call these Bronco Rolls and folks LOVE them. Thanks for getting me started!

  7. Making these tonight but I don’t have dried minced onion. I do have an actual onion and onion powder. Will that work? If so, how much do you recommend I add?

  8. 5 stars
    They were delicious! We have leftovers and I am very happy about that! I thought our crowd would eat more so I had made a triple batch. And I used ham that we had left from our Christmas dinner.

  9. 5 stars
    This is fantastic, I’ve made it several times. This last time I didn’t have poppy seeds so I substituted everything bagel mix, turned out equally delicious.

  10. I have made these before but lost , but lost receipe for sauce. I would like to have the receipe again. Again

  11. On the Hawaiian roll package one roll has 90 calories and 14 grams of carbs but your nutritional info says 113 calories and 1.5 grams of carbs?? So how does that work??

  12. 5 stars
    This is my son’s favorite recipe. He even asked me to make it for his graduation party! Thank you!! 🙂

  13. 5 stars
    I love how easy this recipe is! I replaced the poppy seeds with Everything but the Bagel seasoning and it was ah-mazing!!

  14. 5 stars
    These are always in our monthly rotation. So good! Do you think I could make everything up until baking and then freeze for later? Would love to have these as a post-baby freezer meal.

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