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One of our all time favorite recipe is this Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders recipe. The ham is baked perfectly in between the melted cheese and Hawaiian Roll. We love how quickly we can put these together for a party or an easy weeknight dinner.

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I have been making this easy lunch recipe for over a decade and it still one of our most popular appetizers recipes. From super bowl appetizers to the Holidays, these sliders are perfect for any occasion.

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Ingredients for Ham and Cheese Sliders

You only need a few ingredients to create this delicious ham sliders recipe.

Close up image of the ingredients for ham and cheese sliders.
  • Melted Butter – We like using unsalted butter.
  • Dijon Mustard – This is our favorite, but you can use horse radish sauce instead.
  • Worcestershire Sauce – This gives it a little kick to the buttery mixture.
  • Brown Sugar – Combines with the Worcestershire sauce so well and adds a nice sweetness.
  • Poppy Seed – Just the perfect touch to these sliders
  • Dried Minced Onion, or onion powder – We love adding onion to just about anything.
  • King’s Hawaiian sweet Rolls – The best rolls, but you can use what you have. Try Homemade Kings Hawaiian Rolls recipe.
  • Ham – You can use smoked ham, honey ham or any of your favorite types of ham.
  • Swiss Cheese – Swiss Cheese makes these sliders extra cheesy. But provolone or cheddar are good options too.

How to Make Ham and Cheese Sliders:

Step 1. First preheat oven to 350.  Then grease a 9×13-inch baking dish by spraying it with a non stick cooking spray.

Step 2. Combine butter, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, poppy seeds, and dried onions in a small bowl.

Step 3. Then slice the rolls in half lengthwise with a serrated knife to make sandwiches. Remove tops and set aside.

Step 4. After this place the bottom pieces into the prepared baking dish.

Step 5. Layer the thinly sliced ham onto the rolls. Top the bottom part of the rolls with the sliced ham.

Step 6. Top the ham with the sliced Swiss Cheese.

Step 7. Place the top half of the rolls onto the sandwiches. Brush or pour the butter mixture evenly over the rolls. I like to brush the butter sauce on to make sure it is evenly distributed.

Step 8. Bake 15 – 20 minutes or until the rolls are lightly browned and cheese has melted.

Step 9. Once they are done, separate into individual sandwiches to serve and enjoy!  The cheese will be perfectly melted and pull apart so easy.

They really are not hard to create and I promise that everyone will devour them in amount the same amount of time that they took to make.

Tips for the Best Hawaiian Roll Sliders:

  • Slice Rolls – You can slice the rolls with a knife or tear them apart with your hands. We recommend slicing with a knife for an even cut.
  • Melted Butter – For the melted butter on top of the rolls, you can use salted or unsalted. We like the salted to give it a hint of salty flavor.
  • Foil – If the tops of the rolls get a little too brown before everything is heated, you can top the pan with a piece of foil.

Toppings:

The topping on hawaiian roll ham and cheese sliders add a ton of flavor to this recipe and easily can be modified to your preference.  You can make Hawaiian ham and cheese sliders without mustard and poppy seeds or add a small amount of horse radish to the sauce instead.

There are tons of options to change up the topping to make these sliders perfect for your family.

How do you keep them warm at a party?

After these are done cooking, I cover them with foil over the baking dish to keep these sliders warm and perfect during any party or during the entire game.

Also, these are so good that they also taste delicious if they are slightly cool as well.

What to serve with ham sliders

When I make them for family night, I usually serve a side of roasted broccoli, chips and dip, and fruit. These sliders are really filling so they complete any meal.

For game a day party, a nice vegetable and fruit tray is the perfect side for your next get together. See What to Serve with Sliders for more ideas.

Substitutions:

  • Change out the Ham – As you you probably know, I am not a HUGE ham fan. My entire family loves ham, but my lunch meat of choice is turkey. I’ve made this exact recipe with turkey and I love it even more. Roast beef would also be a great substitute.
  • Switch the cheese – in this recipe, I love using provolone, but mozzarella, cheddar cheese, or pepper jack would be amazing.
  • Change the topping – I love the mustard glaze, but you can leave out the mustard and stir in garlic for another delicious flavor idea.

How to Make ahead of Time:

To make these sliders ahead of time, just prepare as indicated without the topping and place in the refrigerator in an airtight container with wrapped with plastic wrap. Then when you are ready to serve, top with the melted butter mixture and bake.

How to make without poppyseed

You can leave out the poppyseeds if you want. Mix together the slider topping together leaving out the poppyseeds and you will still have an amazing recipe. You can also mix in everything but the bagel seasoning.

Close up image of ham and cheese slider stacked on top of each other.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are my ham and cheese sliders soggy on the bottom?

The moisture from baking covered with foil can make the bottom soggy. Some recommend covering sliders when baking, but we prefer not to cover to insure the bottom half of the rolls are not soggy.

Can you Freeze Ham and Cheese Sliders?

You can freeze these ham and cheese sliders but we do not recommend it. They do not hold up well when thawing.

How many sliders per person?

If you are serving this as an appetizer, I recommend 2 rolls per person. If you are serving this as a meal, I recommend 3-4 sliders per person.

Are ham and cheese sliders good cold?

I prefer these hot, but they do taste great cold too!

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Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders

4.93 from 329 votes
This hawaiian ham and cheese sliders recipe are easy to make. They are the best Hot Ham and cheese sliders! Easy ham sliders recipe.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Appetizer
Calories 348

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Combine butter, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, poppy seeds, and dried onion?.
  • Slice the rolls to make sandwiches. Remove tops and set aside.
  • Place the bottom pieces into the prepared baking dish.
  • Layer the ham onto the rolls. Top the ham with the Swiss cheese.
  • Place the tops of the rolls onto the sandwiches. Brush or pour the liquid mixture evenly over the rolls.
  • Bake 20 minutes or until the rolls are lightly browned and cheese has melted.
  • Separate into individual sandwiches to serve.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is easy to whip up in a hurry for a crowd – making it the perfect food for any occasion.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 348kcal, Carbohydrates 21g, Protein 13g, Fat 23g, Saturated Fat 12g, Cholesterol 61mg, Sodium 634mg, Potassium 137mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 510IU, Calcium 241mg, Iron 1.9mg

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  1. Pat says:

    5 stars
    Amazingly simple and delicious. They’re ALWAYS A FAVORITE!

  2. Robin C. says:

    Excellent and easy to make!!!

  3. Sandee Rusiniak says:

    5 stars
    Made these for a recent party, put provolone cheese on bottom instead of swiss, and sprinkled mozzarella cheese on top of ham. Added a dill pickle slice also. Doubled the number of sliders, but kept the butter topping the same. They were the hit of the party!

  4. Jessica says:

    5 stars
    My kids love it. Best dressing recipe. I’ve tried others and this one has the right balance.

  5. Tania says:

    4 stars
    I love these! The only sub was less butter, way too much.

  6. Annette says:

    5 stars
    Awesome recipe. Something I can make my entire family will eat. I have some very picky eaters in my family.

  7. Melissa P says:

    5 stars
    Family favorite and never any complaints!

  8. Shanna says:

    This and turkey slider on Hawaiian sweet rolls yum in our home.

  9. Carrie Barnard says:

    I’m so glad you loved it.

  10. Nancy says:

    5 stars
    Made this for my hubby and in-laws tonight. It was a hit. Will make it again and try with turkey leftovers too.

  11. Jerry Whiteley says:

    Made these sliders for a get together, everyone loved them!!! And they were so easy to make!!!, definitely a recipe that I will repeat time and time again!!! Thanks so much for this recipe!!!!

    Jerry

  12. Julie says:

    5 stars
    Very delicious, I used everything bagel seasoning instead of poppy seeds.

  13. brian says:

    5 stars
    Very good sandwiches .we have made them twice. …. but te butter omg. Did one stick the first time. Half a stick the second. Will reduce again when we make them again.

  14. Jacki says:

    5 stars
    Love to keep these in the freezer! Defrost then pop in the oven. Never any leftover!

  15. Linda Kirsop says:

    So glad I came across your recipe ! I was served these 40 years ago and I still remember how much I loved them and still do! Although this is the first time with brown sugar – amazing! WinWin!!!

  16. Carrie says:

    That sounds delicious! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe!

  17. Joann says:

    We use “Everything Bagel” topping on the sliders….EXCELLENT!

  18. Pat says:

    This recipe is delicious! It is always a big hit when I make it! You can freeze it and cook it later.

  19. Patty says:

    5 stars
    I love this recipe! It tastes really good, and is quick and easy to make! Huge hit with my family and friends!

  20. Beverly says:

    5 stars
    These are one of our go-to sandwich recipes. Served them at a baby shower. They were a huge hit! I want to try making them on “50-cent” size rolls (for a smaller, cuter size) and maybe using less sauce so they won’t get soggy. If I ever get around to trying it, I will have to let you know how they turn out. Would highly recommended this recipe to anyone.

  21. Amy says:

    5 stars
    My kids are always begging me to make these. They also make a good “on the go” meal.

  22. Myla says:

    These are Delish!!!! They are good for a party or just an easy night dinner. We have even done this & taken then to the beach. Every time my daughter’s friends either have a bridal shower or birthday get to they the always ask her to bring these. We have made these with smokes turkey too.

  23. Linda says:

    5 stars
    I’ve had these at a friends house and I’ve made them too. We love them! Easy to make. Good every time! Thanks for the recipe!

  24. Bree says:

    5 stars
    After I buttered the top (I used a lot less butter than called for), I sprinkled “Everything Bagel” seasoning on the top. Delish!

  25. Gabi says:

    5 stars
    We tried these for dinner and they were really good! We only used about half of the butter mixture though. Easy, quick and delicious!

  26. Melissa McDonald says:

    5 stars
    These are on our dinner rotation menu! Perfect for anytime of the year. I love that they can be cooked in the toaster oven!

  27. Melissa Prigel says:

    5 stars
    Ez & delicious!

  28. Carrie says:

    Yes, I love that idea! I love making a variety for everyone in the family!

  29. Ann Eaton says:

    I love deli turkey and my husband loves deli ham. So, when I make these I think I will either make a batch of each or divide the recipe in half.

  30. Carrie says:

    Thank you so much!

  31. Peggy says:

    LOVE your recipes! Love the easy quick recipes and the seasonings you put together to make them so flavorful. Thank You!

  32. Amanda says:

    4 stars
    I have these in the oven and they look delicious!

    The only comment I have is that I can’t imagine using 3/4 cup of butter for these. I used 1/4 cup because I knew I wouldn’t want so much butter on them, and I still didn’t even use half of the mixture I made (and they were still dripping with butter). Next time around I will use 2 tbsp so I’m not wasteful.

  33. Carrie says:

    That sounds delicious!

  34. Mendris says:

    We make ours with leftover steak. They are so good!

  35. Carrie says:

    Sesame seeds would be delicious or just leave them off. Thanks.

  36. Sandra Marble says:

    Is there anything you can use instead of poppy seeds?

  37. Lindsey says:

    5 stars
    I used onion powder instead of fresh onion and it turned out great! I have had little luck with enjoying Pinterest recipes I have made, and am not a huge ham fan in general, but loved it on these!

  38. Amira says:

    Could you assemble in crockpot, pour sauce over right before lunch and then warm?

  39. Carrie says:

    Penny – I love serving sliders with a large salad and then chips or french fries. It makes for a quick and easy dinner. Thank you.

  40. Penny says:

    I’m a homecook, and I plan the monthly menu for our church community dinner’ s. I’m always looking for recipes to feed up to 120 people. I love the idea of making sliders, but what would I serve with them to round out the meal? Penny from N.C.

  41. Carrie says:

    I haven’t tried that before. Thank you.

  42. Jackie R De Groot says:

    Have you ever frozen them for baking later?

  43. Crystal says:

    5 stars
    I just use the butter, worchestershire sauce, & onion powder. And I usually have shredded cheddar on hand. Still quick, easy, & good

  44. Debbie says:

    5 stars
    I’m going to make these Christmas Day. I’m thinking I will assemble the sandwiches ahead of time, make the sauce and put it together right before baking. Has anyone tried honey mustard in place of the Dijon?

  45. Stephanie says:

    Made these tonight… a definite hit! Next time will cut the sauce/spread in half as I thought it was too much!

  46. Patricia D Starbuck says:

    5 stars
    Could sliced turkey breast be used also for the sliders?

  47. Laurel says:

    5 stars
    Great recipe. Love your Money Saving Tips.

  48. Lori says:

    These look yummy! you know I’ve never thought about freezing cheese. Such a great way to save money.

  49. Carrie says:

    Bake uncovered, but really you can do either way. I do let them cool about 10 minutes before serving.

  50. Janet Schneiderman says:

    Do you bake these covered or uncovered? Also, do you let them cool awhile before serving?

  51. Carrie says:

    I think they will get soggy.

  52. Carolyn says:

    Can I prep them ahead with all the trimmings then bake later? Or will it get soggy?

  53. Carrie says:

    Oh that sounds amazing! I love that idea of using a spicy cheese.

  54. Lisa says:

    Made these tonight for Superbowl. I used a white cheddar horseradish cheese instead of swiss for a bit of a kick. They were a huge hit. Will definitely make again!!!

  55. Katie says:

    I used apricot jam under the ham and omitted the brown sugar!

  56. Carrie says:

    We do too Victoria

  57. Victoria says:

    I found your recipe on pinterest and it is amazing! Thank you! I want to eat it all the time. So delicious!

  58. Carrie says:

    Great idea Gwen!

  59. gwen says:

    I cheated and used a onion poppy seed salad dressing and they were still awesome .