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Ham and Cheese Sliders

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posted: 01/28/23

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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.

Reader Review

These were a huge hit when I brought them to the party. Not only are the flavors delicious together but it’s a breeze to make!

How to Make Ham and Cheese Sliders

This is a brief overview of how to make these delicious hot ham and cheese sliders. For the full recipe with all of the measurements, please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  1. Cut the Hawaiian rolls in half. I like to use a large serrated knife for this and place one hand on top of the rolls while cutting with the other hand.
  2. Add the filling. Layer the bottom half of the rolls with half the ham, all of the cheese, and then the rest of the ham.
  3. Add the top half of the rolls.
  4. Pour the sauce over the top of the rolls. Cover the baking dish with foil and then bake.

Ham and Cheese Slider Sauce

One of the best parts of this recipe is the sauce that you pour over the top. It brings so much flavor to these and takes them from a sandwich to a recipe that you will make for parties over and over.

The combination of butter, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, poppy seeds, and dried minced onions is perfection. If you are making this recipe ahead of time, you will want to wait until right before baking make and pour on the sauce.

sauce being poured over ham and cheese sliders before baking

How to Bake Sliders

These need to bake long enough so that the cheese melts throughout the whole pan of sliders. However, if you bake them too long the top will burn.

It is important that for the first 15 minutes of the baking time they are covered with foil. In the last 10 minutes of baking, the foil comes off and it allows the tops of the sliders to crisp up in the best way.

Substitutions and Variations

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.

  • Roast Beef and Cheddar
  • Turkey and Colby Jack
  • Salami and Provolone
overhead view of hot ham and cheese sliders in a baking dish

Rolls for Sliders

These Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders are made with Hawaiian rolls. The subtle sweetness of the rolls pairs perfectly with the rest of the ingredients in this recipe. That being said, you can definitely use plain rolls with this recipe and it will be delicious. Additionally, my dinner roll recipe is a great to use if you want to make your own rolls.

Dinner Rolls For Sliders

Dinner Rolls that come together in about an hour are basically magic. These homemade dinner rolls are easy to make, light and fluffy, and perfect for weeknight dinners or holiday meals!
an oval baking dish with a cloth napkin and then piled high with dinner rolls
close up of Hawaiian ham and cheese sliders in a baking dish

Making Ahead

If you want to prep these ahead of time, make them up to the point of putting on the sauce. Hold off on making the sauce until right before they are going to go in the oven. Be sure to store the sliders, covered, and in the refrigerator if you make them in advance.


How many does this serve?

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. If this is dinner for your family, you might want to bank on 3 sliders per person.

How do you keep sliders from getting soggy?

It is all in the way you bake it. Covering with foil for part of the baking time keeps them from burning, but removing the foil for the last portion of baking is what keeps them from getting soggy.

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

What Goes with Ham and Cheese Sliders

When Sliders are Dinner

If you are serving these for dinner with your family, here are a few sides that would pair very well with these. Since your oven will be occupied with the sliders, none of these require baking.

When Sliders are Party Food

If this is part of a spread for a party, here are a few other dishes that would be fantastic to put out. All of these can be made ahead of your party.

I love being a small part of your dinners and celebrations. If you make this ham and cheese sliders recipe, or any of my recipes, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

a ham and cheese slider being pulled out of a pan
5 from 155 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 Hawaiian 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.
Serving: 1slider Calories: 220kcal (11%) Carbohydrates: 12g (4%) Protein: 11g (22%) Fat: 14g (22%) Saturated Fat: 8g (50%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0.2g Cholesterol: 46mg (15%) Sodium: 359mg (16%) Potassium: 79mg (2%) Fiber: 0.1g Sugar: 4g (4%) Vitamin A: 276IU (6%) Vitamin C: 0.2mg Calcium: 176mg (18%) Iron: 0.2mg (1%)
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.

  9. TRB says

    5 stars
    I made this one time before after trying them at a family get together and loved them. But when I attempted to make them from a recipe on Pinterest and it called for triple the amount Worcestershire Sauce and it was not so good to say the least.
    I absolutely loved your recipe and my family went nuts over them. I like the brown sugar as apposed to honey that some recipes call for.
    Thank You so much.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed it!

  10. Justice says

    I’ve made these a bunch of times and I absolutely love them. But I’ve recently started tracking my meals, and the nutritional information won’t load. Do you have the calories and macros?

    • Lisa Longley says

      The nutritional information is in there now.

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5 Secrets to Stress Free Dinners



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