| | |

Ham and Cheese Sliders

This ham and cheese sliders recipe is the easiest dish to make for a potluck! It’s super easy to make and works perfectly as a quick bite. With the sweetness of the Hawaiian rolls, both kids and adults will love them – there’s never any leftover! Just a tip- I recommend doubling the recipe to make sure we have plenty to go around. 

Ham and Cheese Sliders Recipe

Have you ever made a recipe and realized that you pretty much made the perfect thing that everyone will love? Well, that’s what this is.

If you have a Pinterest board full of “recipes I have to make over and over again,” then this slider recipe needs to be on it.

I can say so many things about these ham and cheese sliders. 

  • It’s easy. That’s a huge win! You can put this recipe together in just a few minutes.
  • You can make multiple batches at once. 
  • It only needs 7 ingredients you probably already have in the fridge. 
  • It’s a classic combination of flavors that everyone loves! You really can’t go wrong with melted cheese and deli meat on a sweet Hawaiian roll. Kids, adults, teens – everyone loves them!

If you are looking for a fun new dinner idea or something familiar but different to serve at your next party, then you need to make these yummy ham and cheese sliders.

Making the sauce for ham and cheese sliders

Ingredients Needed

To make these addicting sliders, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Ham: To keep things easy, I just used pre-sliced deli ham. It is so much easier to grab and place on the rolls. For some extra sweetness, go for a honey baked ham. Yum!
  • Swiss Cheese: Deli cheese is already sliced, so I like to use it. The swiss cheese adds a deeper flavor to the sweet ham and rolls. If you don’t like swiss cheese, you can swap it out for a milder cheese like mozzarella or provolone. 
  • Hawaiian Dinner Rolls: You’ll need to slice them in half to use them, but they are already the perfect size for handheld baked sliders. Pssst… slice the whole pack of buns at once to save time!
  • Poppy Seeds: The poppy seeds go on top of the buns and add a salty and earthy taste that complements the sweet rolls.
  • Dijon Mustard: Dijon mustard balances out the nutty poppy seeds and the sweet ham and Hawaiian rolls.
  • Butter: Melted butter added on top of the buns will create a perfect crispy texture, and it helps the poppy seeds to stick to the top too!
  • Worcestershire Sauce: This sauce rounds out all the other seasonings and spices in the slider topping
  • Dried Minced Onions: the tangy onion flavor combined with the dijon mustard really complements the sweetness of this dish!
  • Brown Sugar: Go big with sweet flavor by adding in a little bit of brown sugar. This ingredient can be doubled or omitted depending on your dietary preferences.
Hawaiian rolls for ham and cheese sliders

What To Serve With Mini Deli Sliders

These deli sliders are delicious any time of day (yes, even for breakfast!). However, since they are so small, they are fantastic at a party or for a quick grab-and-go lunch.

But, if you are wondering what to serve alongside these mini sandwiches, there are plenty of options! Here are some more ideas of things you can eat with these sliders, just in case you need a little more help.

Ham and Cheese Sliders Recipe

Frequently Asked Questions About Ham and Cheese Sliders

Whenever I share this recipe, I get some of the same questions. Here are the most popular ones that people ask!

If you have a question that isn’t listed here, please leave them in the comments, and I’ll answer them as soon as possible.

How do you store leftovers?

The awesome thing about these sliders is that you can refrigerate leftovers and eat them later. They taste delicious even after you reheat them in the microwave.

The best way to store leftover ham and cheese sliders is to put them in an airtight food storage container. Then, keep this container in the refrigerator. They will stay fresh for up to 3 days. After three days, the texture will begin to get too soggy and it won’t really taste good. 

What kind of cheese can I use instead of swiss?

Even though ham and swiss are a classic pairing, you can use your favorite type of cheese in these sliders! Be exotic and use something different like Asiago or Gruyère. If you are lactose intolerant, swap the swiss cheese out for some dairy-free cheese. 

Ham and cheddar is another combo that everyone loves, using extra sharp cheddar for the most pronounced flavor. Some picky eaters might prefer American cheese or mild Provolone cheese.

The best thing about these sliders is that pretty much any type of cheese will taste great! 

Ham and Cheese Sliders Recipe

Why does this recipe use poppy seeds?

The poppy seeds have two functions. First, they provide a nutty flavor that rounds out the sweet Hawaiian rolls and brings out the tanginess of the Dijon mustard.

The second function is that it makes the rolls look fancy! I love how the dark poppy seeds pop against the light rolls, don’t you?

Can I replace the poppy seeds in this recipe?

Yes, you can replace the poppy seeds in this recipe if you don’t want to use them. Or just omit them altogether. Lots of people like to use a milder-tasting sesame seed on top.

Everything Bagel seasoning contains poppy seeds, but I love to use this mixture instead of just plain poppy seeds sometimes.

Is there a way to make ham and cheese sliders without ham?

Yes! You can use any kind of deli meat. 

What is your favorite type? Use it instead of ham! For example, use some roast beef or turkey instead. 

Any combination of meat and cheese on these sliders will pretty much work. 

Ham and Cheese Sliders

More Grandma-Approved Recipes To Try

If you liked this sliders recipe, you should try some other grandma-approved dinner recipes!

Want to Save This Recipe?
Enter your email below and I’ll send it directly to your inbox!
Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.
Your Privacy
Ham and Cheese Sliders

Ham and Cheese Sliders

This ham and cheese sliders recipe is the easiest dish to make for a potluck! It's super easy to make and works perfectly as a quick bite. With the sweetness of the Hawaiian rolls, both kids and adults will love them – there's never any leftover! Just a tip- I recommend doubling the recipe to make sure we have plenty to go around. 
5 from 1 vote
Print Pin Rate
Course: Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, breads, cheese, game day
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Laura


  • 9 x 13 Baking Dish
  • small saucepan
  • Aluminum Foil


  • 1 lbs. slices of ham
  • 12 sliced squares of Swiss cheese
  • 24 Hawaiian dinner rolls
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 Tbsp. poppy seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 ½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. dried minced onions
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Slice the rolls in half. I turn the whole thing of rolls on its side and slice them all together.
  • Layer ham and cheese on bottom half of the rolls and replace the tops of the rolls.
  • In saucepan, combine butter, poppy seeds, dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, dried minced onions and brown sugar.
  • Heat over medium heat until butter is melted all of the ingredients are mixed together.
  • Place all of the sliders in a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  • Pour or brush on the butter mixture evenly over top of all the sliders.
  • Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes is done, remove the foil and bake another 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted and the tops of the rolls are browned.
  • Serve hot! Enjoy!


  • To save time, don’t separate the rolls before you slice them. Turn the whole set of rolls on it’s side and slice them all together. Then separate them and place the ham and cheese inside. 
Ham and Cheese Slider Recipe

Similar Posts

One Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating