These ham and cheese sliders are Hawaiian rolls topped with plenty of sliced ham, swiss cheese and an onion poppy seed butter, then baked to gooey perfection. The ultimate party snack to feed a crowd!
Sliders are one of go-to options for easy entertaining. From buffalo chicken sliders to Cuban style sliders, we love them all! This ham and cheese version is a classic recipe that never goes out of style.
Raise your hand if you love sandwiches! My family happens to adore sandwiches, especially when they’re bite sized like these delicious ham and cheese sliders. I make these tasty snacks for parties, game day, or even for an easy dinner option.
How do you make ham and cheese sliders?
The first step is to choose your slider rolls. For this recipe, I recommend using Hawaiian buns. The sweetness of the Hawaiian bread goes perfectly with the natural sweetness of the ham. The rolls are topped with ham and swiss cheese, then brushed with a savory butter and baked until the cheese is melted and bread is toasted.
The seasoned butter is a mixture of poppy seeds, mustard, minced dried onion and Worcestershire sauce. I know not everyone has a jar of dried onion in their spice cabinet, so you can substitute a pinch of onion powder if need be.
How long do you cook ham and cheese sliders?
These sliders take about 20 minutes to bake in the oven. You’ll want to cover your sandwiches so that the tops don’t burn while you’re waiting for the cheese to melt. After the cheese has melted, you can uncover your sliders and let them bake for a few more minutes until golden brown.
Tips for ham and cheese sliders
- Not a fan of ham? Try sliced turkey instead!
- You can use any variety of ham – I typically use honey ham or smoked ham, the key is to make sure it’s thinly sliced.
- I use swiss cheese because it’s classic, but you can absolutely try a different type of cheese. Other great options are cheddar, mozzarella, jack cheese or provolone.
- These sandwiches can be assembled up to 4 hours in advance. Store them covered in the fridge until you’re ready to put them in the oven.
- Ham and cheese sliders are best eaten immediately after they come out of the oven.
Ham and cheese slider variations
While ham and cheese are a perfect pairing on their own, you can add more ingredients to these sliders to adapt them to your taste preferences.
- Spicy: Add a layer of pickled jalapenos in between the ham and cheese.
- Club: Add turkey and bacon to the sandwiches.
- Italian: Use provolone cheese and add sun dried tomatoes and artichokes.
This recipe as written makes 12 sandwiches, I find that most people eat about 2 sliders. You can easily double or triple the recipe to feed a crowd.
Ham and cheese sliders are a welcome addition to any gathering. The seasoned butter really takes these sandwiches over the top and turns them into something special!
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Ham and Cheese Sliders
- 12 Hawaiian style rolls cut in half crosswise, do not separate the rolls
- 3/4 lb deli ham thinly sliced
- 1/2 lb swiss cheese sliced
- 6 tablespoons butter melted
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried minced onion
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- cooking spray
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Coat a sheet pan with cooking spray. Place the bottom half of the rolls on the pan.
- Layer the ham on top of the rolls, then layer the cheese over the ham.
- Place the tops of the rolls over the cheese.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the butter, mustard, poppy seeds, dried onion and Worcestershire sauce.
- Drizzle the butter mixture over the tops of the rolls.
- Cover the sandwiches with foil and bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Uncover the rolls and bake for an additional 3-5 minutes until the tops of the rolls are lightly browned.
- Sprinkle parsley over the top. Cut into individual sandwiches and serve immediately.