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Ham and Cheese Sliders

5 from 23 votes

posted: 08/15/20

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Ham and Cheese Sliders are the best solution for an easy dinner. These make the perfect party food, and will win over any crowd.

a ham and cheese slider being pulled out of a pan

Sliders are my favorite easy recipe ever. They are layer upon layer of deliciousness. They take minutes to make, but can feed a dozen people. And the flavor possibilities are endless.

Ham and Cheese Sliders are a classic. Made on Hawaiian rolls and with the best sauce on top, these are going to be a huge hit no matter who you serve them to.

Ham and Cheese Sliders Ingredients

These come together with simple ingredients. The ingredients for the sauce are easy to keep on hand.

  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Poppy Seeds
  • Dried Minced Onions
  • Hawaiian Rolls
  • Ham
  • Swiss Cheese

How to Make Ham and Cheese Sliders

These sliders are so easy to put together. Start by cutting the whole batch of rolls in half.

overhead of bottom half of rolls in a baking dish to make ham and cheese sliders

Add half of the ham, making sure that it is distributed evenly over the bottom of the rolls.

overhead of ham layered on the bottom of rolls to make ham and cheese sliders

Add all of the cheese.

Swiss cheese layered on ham to make ham and cheese sliders

Add the rest of the ham.

overhead of ham layered on Swiss cheese to make ham and cheese sliders

Top with the top of the rolls.

overhead of pan holding ham and cheese sliders recipe before baking

Now pour the sauce over the top.

sauce being poured over ham and cheese sliders before baking

The Importance of Foil

These need to bake long enough so that the cheese gets nice and melted in the sliders that are in the middle of the pan. Unfortunately, if you bake them too long the top will burn.

This is why it is important that for the first (little more than) half of the baking time they are covered with foil.

overhead view of hot ham and cheese sliders in a baking dish

Other Meats and Cheeses

I think that the flavors in this sauce work great with ham and Swiss cheese, but you could definitely use other meats and cheeses as well.

Here are some ideas:

  • Roast Beef and Cheddar
  • Turkey and Colby Jack
  • Salami and Provolone

Types of Rolls

While I used Hawaiian Rolls in this recipe, I’ve made sliders using all types of roll. This dinner roll recipe is a great recipe to use if you want to make your own rolls.

close up of Hawaiian ham and cheese sliders in a baking dish

How Many Sliders Per Person

If you use a package of 24 slider rolls, and you are serving this at a party with lots of other food and side dishes, I would count on 1 to 2 sliders per person.

At parties I host, most kids would eat one of these, and many of the adults would also only eat one. Think about who is coming, and what else you are serving.

a batch of ham and cheese sliders recipe stacked one on top of the other

Other Great Slider Recipes

If you love sliders as much as I do, try some of these other spins.

If you make this Ham and Cheese Sliders recipe, let me know what you think!

a ham and cheese slider being pulled out of a pan
5 from 23 votes

Ham and Cheese Sliders

Serves: 24
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Ham and Cheese Sliders are the perfect solution to an easy dinner. These make the perfect party food, and will win over any crowd.


  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion (or 1 1/2 teaspoons onion power)
  • 1 pound Hawiian Rolls 24 small or 12 large (my dinner rolls also work great)
  • 1 pound deli ham thinly sliced
  • 1 pound Swiss cheese


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 by 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Mix together the butter, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, poppy seeds, onion.
  • Cut the rolls in half and put the bottom in the prepared baking dish. Top with half the ham. Add the cheese, and top with the remaining ham.
  • Add the tops of the rolls and pour over the butter mixture. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and remove the foil. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, cut and serve immediately.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
a ham and cheese slider being pulled out of a pan

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  1. martha smith says

    Great recipes!! Enjoy them all

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy to hear this, Martha!

  2. Joanne says

    Can I make and refrigerate then cook just before serving

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Joanne! I haven’t tried that with this recipe, but my concern is that it will make the buns too soggy. These are super quick to make, so my suggestion would be to just make them right before you want to bake them.

  3. Erica says

    5 stars
    Such a simple, easy crowd-pleaser!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad it was a hit for you!

  4. Deb says

    I used this exact recipe from a Taste of Home magazine over a year ago. Is that where you found it?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Nope! But I’m not surprised you saw it there, it’s a pretty traditional recipe that has been passed down in families for years.

  5. Carol says

    I want to take these to a pot luck. I’m going to bake them then put them in my insulated carrier and hopefully they stay warm. Any other suggestions?

    • Lisa Longley says

      If there is an oven at the potluck, you might want to construct them at home and just wait (as long as it is only an hour or two) to bake them at the potluck.

  6. Leslie says

    5 stars
    I needed the ingredients in a hurry and couldn’t find poppy seeds so I used everything bagel seasoning. It was so yummy!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Sounds amazing!

  7. Nancy says

    Followed directions very carefully. Removed the foil, set the timer, and within 4 minutes, they burned to a crisp, probably because of the brown sugar. I won’t be doing this recipe again.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so sorry this happened, Nancy. I have to say, I think something else is at play here. This is the first comment like this I’ve gotten on these and I’ve had so many readers make them. Could the temperature on your oven be off?

  8. Lisa isa says

    I want to make these ahead. Can I refrigerate the night before and add the sauce before baking.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yes! If you don’t add the sauce until right before baking, that should work.

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