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. Serve with other great appetizer recipes like garlic parmesan wings and watch the rave reviews come in. You can also serve these mini sandwiches as a main course with a side such as Italian pasta salad.

Ham and cheese sliders on a serving plate, garnished with parsley.

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 weeknight dinner option. They’re also a great way to use up leftover ham.

Ingredients For Ham And Cheese Sliders

Ingredients including ham, cheese, bread, butter and seasonings.

To make this easy recipe, you will need Hawaiian sweet rolls, ham, Swiss cheese, melted butter, Dijon mustard, poppy seeds, dried onion, Worcestershire sauce and parsley.

How Do You Make Ham And Cheese Sliders?

Preheat the oven, and coat a baking sheet or baking dish with coking spray. Cut the rolls in half crosswise, and place the bottom half of the rolls on the pan. Place the ham and cheese on top of the rolls, then add the top half of the buns over the meat and cheese. Pour the butter into a small bowl, and whisk in the mustard, poppy seeds, onion and Worcestershire sauce. Brush the butter mixture over the top buns. Cover with foil, and bake until the cheese is melted. Uncover, and bake for a few more minutes until the sandwiches are golden brown. Add a sprinkle of parsley, then serve.

Process shots showing how to assemble ham and cheese sliders.

Tips For The Perfect Sliders

  • Not a fan of ham? Try sliced turkey instead!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I use Swiss cheese because it’s classic, but you can absolutely try a different type of cheese. Other great options are cheddar cheese, mozzarella, jack cheese or provolone.
  • You can assemble the sandwiches up to 4 hours in advance. Store them covered in the fridge until you’re ready to put them in the oven.
  • Leftover sliders will stay fresh in an airtight container for 2 days. Reheat the sandwiches covered in the oven until warm.
  • Ham and cheese sliders are best eaten immediately after they come out of the oven.

Quick Tip

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.

Step by step shots showing how to make seasoned butter and bake sandwiches.

Recipe FAQs

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.

What goes good with ham and cheese sliders?

While I typically serve sliders as an appetizer along with other hot and cold offerings, they also work well as a meal. If you prefer to serve the sandwiches as a meal, I recommend side dishes such as potato chips and a green salad. Fruit salad is also a nice option.

Can sliders be prepared the day before?

I do not recommend preparing this dish a day ahead of time, as the bread may get soggy. You can assemble the sandwiches up to 4 hours in advance. I recommend serving sliders immediately after they come out of the oven for best results.

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Baked ham and cheese sliders on a pan, topped with parsley.

Ham and Cheese Slider Flavor 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 chopped marinated artichokes.
  • Cuban: Add a layer of sliced pickles and a little yellow mustard.
  • French Dip: Use roast beef and Swiss cheese, and serve the sandwiches with store bought au jus for dipping.

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

AuthorSara Welch
Ham and cheese sliders on a serving plate, garnished with parsley.
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!
Time
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Serves 6

Ingredients 

  • 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

Instructions 

  • 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.

Notes

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 467kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 642mg | Potassium: 206mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 665IU | Calcium: 321mg | Iron: 0.7mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I am making a batch of these for Christmas, but I need to make a second batch for my one granddaughter who is vegetarian. I was thinking of sauteing sliced mushrooms in butter in place of the ham, them everything else the same as the ham sliders. Do you have any ideas? Thanks a bunch!

  2. 5 stars
    I made these for my daughter’s lacrosse team at the end of last season, and now I am back to print the recipe again to make for the field hockey season! It is so yummy and takes only a few minutes to prep! Thank you 😉

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe never goes out of style and tastes delicious! Everyone loved these rolls at our dinner yesterday!

  4. 5 stars
    Tried this recipe after the kids’ ball game yesterday and they loved it! Saving this recipe for our game day gathering, I’m sure the guys would love this too.

  5. 5 stars
    These sliders were so delicious! I served them when I had some friends over for dinner and they were a hit – love the way you dressed up regular Hawaiian rolls with that poppy seed butter mixture too – it worked great!

  6. 5 stars
    This is a classic recipe. I remember my mom making it for her Bunco parties 30 years ago. So yummy! Couple of twists I make are to use pepper jack cheese, honey mustard instead of Dijon, and I poke holes in the top of the buns so the flavor from the butter mix gets into the sandwiches. Such a great potluck or Super Bowl or game night recipe

  7. 5 stars
    Love this idea. The sliders are so easy to make and great when you have a house of hungry people.

  8. 5 stars
    I made these last week for Sunday football and they were SOOO good. I love the flavor of the Dijon mustard with the ham and cheese. Can’t wait to make again soon.

  9. 5 stars
    I don’t like onions or Swiss cheese, but I made them for a party and they were a huge hit! Most compliments I’ve ever gotten. Super easy too. Thanks for the recipe.

  10. 5 stars
    These are AWESOME!! I made them for a quick lunch and they were gone in no time. Even my daughter, who is the pickiest eater of them all, loved them and wanted me to make them again the next day. We ended up making them 3 days in a row! I agree with the reviewer who said “No additional ingredients necessary”. They are flavorful and super easy. Thanks for sharing your recipe!!

  11. Got to party hungry.
    Tried 1.
    Ended up eating six.
    Really good…
    Still missing somthing to make them phenomenal.
    Cannot put my finger on it.
    Really really good.
    I will add garlic and jalapeno and let you know.

  12. Yum! Yum! Yum!

    I made these as an appetizer when I had friends over. Everybody (including kids) LOVED it and were asking for the recipe. I made it without Parsley but they came out delicious! Will definitely make again!