Ham and Cheese Sliders

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Buttery and delicious party food: Enjoy Ham and Cheese Sliders on sweet Hawaiian rolls, featuring deli ham or leftover holiday slices, Swiss cheese, and a delectably seasoned buttery topping.

With game day around the corner, indulge in easy, scrumptious finger foods! These sliders are the ideal complement to Pigs in a Blanket, Italian Sliders, and/or this Cheeseball. Prepare these sandwiches ahead and bake just before serving.

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

Ham and Cheese Sliders

Over the years, I’ve shared various slider recipes, but the ones we make most frequently are these Ham and Cheese Sliders and these French Dip Sliders. It’s high time I shared this particular recipe with you!

These mini sandwiches are not only insanely easy to create but also make the ultimate game day treat. With the Super Bowl on the horizon and February nearly upon us, these sliders are a must-add to your game-day menu.

I’ve included step-by-step photos that essentially lay out the whole recipe visually, reaffirming just how EASY this is!

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

Ingredients In Ham And Cheese Sliders

For the Sliders:

  • Sweet Hawaiian rolls: These are the soft, sweet layers holding the savory ingredients.
  • Cooked deli ham: Adds a savory, and potentially sweet or smoky, layer depending on the type of ham used.
  • Swiss cheese: Contributes a creamy, melty, and tangy element, helping to bring the sandwich components together.

For the Butter Topping:

  • Unsalted butter: This makes the topping, adds flavor, and helps crisp the rolls.
  • Worcestershire sauce: Adds a tangy, sweet twist that boosts the savory flavor.
  • Dijon mustard: Gives a slightly spicy taste, balancing the rich cheese and butter.
  • Combined seasonings (poppy seeds, dried minced onion, salt, and pepper): They add crunch, scent, and deep flavor, completing the sliders’ taste.

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

How To Make 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. Don’t separate individual rolls–right now, you want them all in a sheet.
  • 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 in 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!

What Side Dish Goes With Ham And Cheese Sliders?

You can serve these sliders as an appetizer, and they also make a great meal. Kids particularly enjoy the smaller size!  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.


Can you freeze Ham and Cheese Sliders?

Yes, you can! Here’s how:

  1. Assemble: Prepare sliders but don’t bake; include ham, cheese, and topping.
  2. Freeze: Place unbaked sliders on a tray, freeze briefly, then transfer to a freezer bag or wrap well in foil and plastic.
  3. Bake from frozen: Bake directly from the freezer, allowing extra time for them to heat through.

How do you store sliders?

  1. Cool: Let cooked sliders reach room temperature.
  2. Package: Place in an airtight container or wrap tightly in foil or plastic wrap.
  3. Refrigerate: Store for 1-2 days in the fridge.

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Ham and Cheese Sliders

4.96 from 25 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 25 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
Chelsea Lords
Calories 346kcal


  • 1 package (12 rolls total) sweet Hawaiian rolls
  • ¾ pound cooked deli ham, thinly sliced (I use honey ham or black forest ham)
  • 1 package (12 ounces) Swiss cheese, sliced
  • ½ cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • ½ 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 ¾ 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: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 495mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 483IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 269mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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  1. since wordpress updated, and easy recipe doesn’t work anymore (at least not for me) which recipe plugin do you use now? i switched to wp recipe maker. thanks!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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?

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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?

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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??

  13. 5 stars
    This is my son’s favorite recipe. He even asked me to make it for his graduation party! Thank you!! 🙂

  14. 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!!

  15. 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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