Ham and Cheese Sliders (VIDEO)

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  • Ham and Cheese Sliders are my favorite Hawaiian roll sliders. I make them all the time and there’s NEVER any leftovers!

    pile of butter ham sliders on a white plate

    I first had Ham and Cheese Sliders at a baby shower about 10 years ago. I wanted to steal the pan, take them to a vacant bedroom and devour the whole tray.

    The hostess said the recipe ran in her family for years as I snapped a pic of the handwritten note card on my phone. Turns out, Ham and Cheese Sliders aren’t that secret. 

    side angle view of ham and cheese sliders on a baking sheet

    Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders

    These sliders sandwiches will for sure go down in history, but who gets the credit is a bit of debate. I found it very hard to find a full background so I had to piece it together.

    They go by several names, but the most popular are Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders, Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches, Baked Ham and Cheese sliders, King’s Hawaiian Sliders, Ham and Swiss and just Hawaiian Ham.

    hand holding ham and cheese slider with poppy seed topping

    They are a fusion of the popular hot ham sandwich Croque Monsieur (a buttery French grilled cheese) and American cold ham sandwich. Toss in famous King’s Hawaiian Slider Rolls and all the sudden they were now also Hawaiian.

    I did find some information that eluded to the fact that the ham used to be SPAM, which would indeed, make them decidedly more Polynesian.

    Hawaiian Roll Sliders

    If you aren’t familiar, the most popular brand is King’s Hawaiian Bread. They come in a bright orange package most commonly seen on end caps at the the grocery store.

    single slider on a piece of parchment paper

    These rolls are soft, fluffy, buttery and have a touch of honey which provides the unique flavor to other types of bread. They can be easily cut horizontally while still intact, making them perfect for building baked ham sliders.

    Other brands make sweet rolls and regular slider cut rolls will also work perfectly fine, but these complement the flavors of ham and Dijon dressing so well.

    The Meat

    Ham is clearly the star ingredients, but what type of ham gives your sliders personality. I like to play on the honey flavors of the bread, so honey ham straight from the deli is my first choice. I try to get it thinly sliced and then layer it on thick.

    ingredients for hawaiian ham and cheese slider sandwiches

    Baked, brown sugar or even boiled ham are all acceptable choices.

    As is swapping out the meat for sliced turkey, chicken or roast beef. Even bacon strips are a fun addition. If you are feeling totally experimental, make it into a club and use a combo!

    The Cheese

    They are commonly just called ham and cheese sliders, but the majority of recipes use Swiss cheese. I used Swiss cheese and white cheddar. Again, thinly sliced will give you the best meltability.

    close up of buttery ham and cheese sandwich

    Vary this by using sharp cheddar, Jarlsberg, provolone or even a spicy pepper jack.

    Dijon Butter Topping

    Aw, the topping. This is really what makes these decadent and the perfect party appetizer or snack. These sandwiches are drenched in melted butter dotted with Dijon mustard, poppy seeds, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder.

    Soaking into the bread, this transform a fairly plain sandwich into lick-your-fingers good.

    poppy seed butter topping for ham sandwiches

    Some folks don’t care for poppy seeds and they are optional. Swap them out for sesame seeds or just omit altogether.

    Other variations are minced dried onion or onion powder, garlic, crushed red pepper flakes and dried parsley.

    basting butter over ham and cheese sandwiches

    Can I leave off the butter topping? Sure! They won’t have as much flavor, but they will still be good. The butter topping is really what elevates this recipes from the others. 

    You can also add more toppings to the actual sandwich; caramelized onions, roast garlic, bread and butter pickles and roast tomatoes are also fabulous flavor combos.

    close up of hawaiian slider roll

    Make Ahead & Reheating

    Can I make them ahead of time? You can assemble the actual sandwich and mix the butter topping, but I would wait to cover in butter and bake until ready to serve. 

    Can I reheat them? You can reheat anything, but it rarely tastes as good as it did fresh. Microwave or a quick jaunt in the oven at 350 degrees wrapped in aluminum foil will do the trick.

    To be honest… you probably won’t have any leftovers! 

    Can I freeze ham and cheese sliders? I don’t recommend freezing these as a sandwich. They will most likely thaw being a soggy.

    plate of hawaiian ham and cheese sliders

    What can I serve with my ham sandwiches?

    Well, I guess you need to ask yourself if you are serving these as an appetizer with other munchies or for the entree of a brunch or lunch.

    If serving as an appetizer, I suggest pairing it with:

    If serving as an entree, pair with these easy dinner ideas:

    ham and cheese sliders for pinterest

    More easy slider recipes:

    BBQ Chicken Sliders
    Close up of BBQ chicken slider
    BBQ Chicken Sliders are made with 5 unique layers making them go above and beyond any other sandwich recipe. Fabulous for parties, potlucks and game day and can be served hot or room temperature! 
    Pizza Sliders
    three pizza sliders on a plate
    Cheesy Pizza Sliders are easy to make with just 4 ingredients and the best for parties. Loved by kids and adults!
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    Ham and Cheese Sliders

    Ham and Cheese Sliders are easy, cheesy and delicious! One of the best recipe for parties of all types, from baby showers and birthday parties to holiday parties and casual family get-togethers.
    Prep Time10 mins
    Cook Time25 mins
    Total Time35 mins
    Course: Appetizer
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: ham and cheese sliders, slider recipes
    Servings: 12
    Calories: 280kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola



    • Preheat oven to 350F°.
    • Place all 12 Hawaiian rolls onto a surface suitable for cutting. Using a serrated knife, slice in half while keeping tops and bottoms intact. It should be like one large sandwich.
    • Place the bottom layer of rolls in a 9×13 pan.
    • Evenly layer the Swiss cheese on first.
      swiss cheese on hawaiian slider rolls
    • Layer on ham.
      ham sliders
    • Add white American cheese.
      white american cheese on ham sliders
    • In a small bowl, combine unsalted butter, Dijon mustard, poppy seeds, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce and fine sea salt. Place in the microwave until butter has melted, approximatly 40 seconds.
      poppy seed butter mix for slider sandwiches
    • Baste over the tops of the rolls, trying to get as much on top as you can.
    • Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.
    • Remove aluminum foil and continue to bake until tops are slightly browned and cheese has melted.
    • Remove, cut into 12 individual sliders and serve hot.
    • If you've tried this recipe, make sure to come back and let us know how it went in the comments or ratings.



    Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 413mg | Potassium: 80mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Calcium: 164mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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