Ham and Cheese Sliders (On Hawaiian Rolls)

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Ham and cheese might be a classic, but these sliders are so much more than those lunchbox sandwiches. These sliders are made on toasty, delicately sweet Hawaiian rolls, brushed with everything bagel seasoned butter. They’re warm, meaty and cheesy, with a layer of honey mustard that cuts through the richness.

Why You’ll Love These Ham and Cheese Sliders

  • So easy. So delicious. They’ll be hot and ready in 1 hour, with just 20 minutes of that time to prep.
  • One pan wonder. No mess with multiple pots and pans. Just one pan and done!
  • Serve hot or left out during the party. These little sliders are great hot out of the oven or left at room temperature for up to 2 hours.

All about sandwiches? Try my Turkey Sandwich or the Best Salami Sandwich ever. You won’t regret it!

How to Make Ham and Cheese Sliders

Learn how to make the best ham and cheese sliders! Full instructions in the recipe card; this is just an outline!

  1. Prepare.

    Grease a 9×13” pan.

  2. Slice.

    Slice rolls in half crosswise.

  3. Bottoms.

    Place the bottom roll layer in your pan.

  4. Ham.

    Add ham in an even layer.

  5. Mustard.

    Mix together mustard, honey, and salt and pepper to taste. Spread honey mustard evenly on top of the ham.

  6. Cheese.

    Add cheese slices evenly on top of the mustard layer.

  7. Tops.

    Place top roll layer on the cheese.

  8. Butter.

    Mix together butter, everything bagel seasoning, and parsley. Brush the tops of the buns with the seasoned butter.

  9. Bake.

    Bake for 40 minutes, covered tightly with foil, or until the cheese in the center of the pan is melted and hot. Remove foil and bake, uncovered, for 3-4 more minutes.

  10. Serve.

    Slice and serve.
    Slice sliders and serve sliders.

Ingredients for Ham and Cheese Sliders

  • Hawaiian rolls – I buy classic King’s Hawaiian Rolls (a party pack of 24) right in the grocery store. This is not an ad! You can use any other soft slider rolls if preferred.
  • Deli sliced ham – you can use slabs of ham steak, but I honestly prefer the good ole, tried and true deli sliced ham.
  • Swiss or cheddar cheese slices – I like sharp cheddar cheese but Swiss cheese is the classic (and provides more of a stringy cheese result).
  • Dijon mustard – mixing Dijon with honey gives you a nice homemade honey mustard.
  • Honey – I use just a little honey with the mustard to complement the sweetness of the Hawaiian rolls.
  • Butter – a dash of melted butter brushed on the tops of the rolls (mixed with everything bagel seasoning and dried parsley) flavor our rolls and help them get nice and golden brown in the oven.
  • Everything bagel seasoning – everything bagel seasoning is the best seasoning to garnish ham and cheese sliders! You can typically find everything bagel spice in the grocery store (try Whole Foods or Trader Joes). Make your own everything bagel seasoning if you can’t find it by mixing together even amounts of sesame seeds, salt, garlic flakes, onion flakes, and poppy seeds.
  • Dried parsley – you can use fresh parsley, but dried parsley mixes nicely with our melted butter.
Ham and cheese sliders ingredients

Ham and Cheese Slider Variations

Try these variations on ham and cheese sliders, that shake things up!

  • Different condiments other than mustard: try BBQ sauce, mayo, etc.
  • Add a layer of cooked bacon: yes please!
  • Try Chicken Parmesan sliders with Homemade Tomato Sauce. Use this recipe for bake time and seasoned butter.
  • Pulled pork and cheese
  • Turkey and cheese
  • Pastrami and cheese
  • Roast beef and cheese
  • Oven Brisket and cheese

Tips for Ham and Cheese Sliders

  • Need 12 sliders instead of 24? You can use 12 rolls instead of 24 rolls.You may need to adjust your pan size. You’ll also want to halve all quantities of ingredients, and the baking time!
  • Make ahead: These sliders are great served hot or left out on the counter during a party for up to 2 hours!
  • Storage: keep leftover sliders in the fridge for up to 4 days. I don’t recommend freezing them.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can sliders be prepared the day before?

Yes, but I do like them best made same-day (they can get soggy otherwise). You can leave them out at room temperature for up to 2 hours, and they’re delicious!

How do you reheat ham and cheese sliders?

Reheat sliders by wrapping them in foil in a 350 degree oven until hot (time depends on how many you’re reheating). Then unwrap them and let the tops crisp up for 2-3 minutes.

What do you serve with ham and cheese sliders?

Serve sliders with other party snacks like Garlic Parmesan Wings, chips and Corn Salsa. You can also serve them with a salad like this Shredded Brussels Sprout Salad or homemade Pickles and chips!

Can you use 12 rolls instead of 24?

Yes, but make sure to halve all quantities of ingredients, and the baking time! You may also need to adjust your pan size.

Can you use different rolls other than Hawaiian rolls?

Yes, you can use any kind of soft slider rolls.

How do you keep ham and cheese sliders warm for a party?

You can keep sliders warm in a 170 degree oven, covered (although they may get a bit soggy over time). I also like the sliders at room temperature. They can be safely left out for up to 2 hours.

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Ham and Cheese Sliders (On Hawaiian Rolls)

Ham and cheese might be a classic, but these sliders are so much more than those lunchbox sandwiches. These sliders are made on toasty, delicately sweet Hawaiian rolls, brushed with everything bagel seasoned butter. They’re warm, meaty and cheesy, with a layer of honey mustard that cuts through the richness.
5 from 20 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Appetizer, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: spring, winter
Servings: 24 sliders
Calories: 184kcal
Author: Tastefully Grace

Equipment

  • 9×13" pan

Ingredients

  • 24 pack Hawaiian rolls party pack
  • 1 pound deli sliced ham
  • ½ pound Swiss or cheddar cheese slices
  • 3 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 ½ teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 ½ teaspoons everything bagel seasoning
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 9×13” pan.
  • Slice rolls in half crosswise so all bottoms are attached and all tops are attached.
  • Set tops aside. Place the bottom roll layer in your pan. It’s a snug fit, but it works well!
  • Add ham in an even layer.
  • Mix together mustard, honey, and salt and pepper to taste. Spread honey mustard evenly on top of the ham.
  • Add cheese slices evenly on top of the mustard layer.
  • Place top roll layer on the cheese.
  • Mix together butter, everything bagel seasoning, and parsley. Use a basting brush to brush the tops of the buns with the seasoned butter.
  • Bake for 40 minutes, covered tightly with foil, or until the cheese in the center of the pan is melted and hot. Remove foil and bake, uncovered, for 3-4 more minutes.
  • Slice and serve.

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Notes

  • You can typically find everything bagel spice in the grocery store (try Whole Foods or Trader Joes). Make your own everything bagel seasoning if you can’t find it by mixing together even amounts of sesame seeds, salt, garlic flakes, onion flakes, and poppy seeds.
  • You can use 12 rolls instead of 24 rolls. You may need to adjust your pan size. You’ll also want to halve all quantities of ingredients, and the baking time!
  • These sliders are great served hot or left out on the counter during a party for up to 2 hours!
  • Don’t like mustard? You can spread on a thin layer of a different condiment if preferred (BBQ, mayo etc).

Nutrition

Serving: 1slider | Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 415mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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