Ham and Cheese Sliders
Ham and Cheese Sliders are an easy recipe and crowd pleasing cheese sandwiches great for dinner, lunch, or potlucks. Layers of ham and melted Swiss cheese on soft Hawaiian rolls with a poppy seed butter sauce. For these Ham and Swiss Sliders you can use Hawaiian sweet rolls or any rolls you like.
HAM AND CHEESE SLIDERS RECIPE
I know what you are thinking…ham and swiss sliders; does that really require a recipe? The answer is YES it does.
These have so much flavor. Sure you have your classic hot ham slider recipes as the base of the recipe but then you top it with a flavorful poppy seed sauce.
The butter mixture is a combo of Worcestershire sauce, onion, mustard, and butter that makes these anything but ordinary.
These are great party food because they can be made ahead and are kid friendly because they are small and familiar. What better way to use up leftover ham and perfect for game day.
My son hates mustard but couldn’t taste the little bit of mustard in the sauce. You could use Dijon mustard or even honey mustard for a little more mild flavor.
I don’t know about you but sometimes I just want to cook something that I know my kids will eat without complaining about it.
This definitely would qualify for a “No Cooking” Friday meal because it’s so easy.
I make these right after Easter because they’re a great recipe for my leftover ham especially with these Scalloped Potatoes or some tomato soup.
WHAT KIND OF BREAD SHOULD I USE?
The most popular bread to use for these are Kings Hawaiian ham sweet rolls. Slider buns are a bit smaller than regular rolls so you may need less ingredients or you can simply make more sandwiches. These are great as an appetizer or make it a meal.
Other brands of individual sliders are a bit bigger.
DO I HAVE TO USE POPPY SEEDS?
These are great as an appetizer or make it a meal. You can definitely make these easy Ham Sliders with or without poppy seeds on top of the rolls because sometimes they can scare little kids.
CAN I USE A DIFFERENT KIND OF CHEESE?
Yes. You can use any cheese you have on hand like cheddar, Colby Jack, Havarti, or Provolone. Swiss cheese has a nice pairing with ham though.
OTHER HAM RECIPES:
- Ham and Swiss Stromboli
- Cuban Sliders
- Ham and Cheese Breakfast Enchiladas
- One-Pan Ham and Cheese Rice
- Ham and Cheese Pinwheels
- Ham and Cheddar Cheese Ball
- Creamy Ham and Potato Soup
- Breakfast Pizzas
Ham and Cheese Sliders
- 24 white dinner rolls or slider rolls, sweet Hawaiian rolls work well here
- 24 honey ham slices
- 24 small slices Swiss cheese
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup miracle whip
Poppy seed sauce:
- 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 Tablespoon minced onion
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Slice rolls lengthwise with a large serrated knife.
- In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise and miracle whip. Spread onto both sides of the center of each roll. Place a slice of ham and a slice of Swiss on the bottom half of each roll. Close rolls and place them into a large baking dish or heavy cookie sheet. Place very close together.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the poppy seed sauce ingredients. Pour melted butter evenly over all of the sandwiches. You do not have to use all of the sauce! Just use enough to cover the tops. Let sit 10 minutes or until butter sets slightly. Cover with aluminum foil and bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until cheese melts. Uncover and cook for 2 additional minutes or until tops of the rolls are slightly brown and crispy. Serve warm. Note: Sandwiches can be assembled ahead of time. I don't like to do it more than a day ahead because they can get soggy from the mayo mixture. Store leftovers in an airtight container.
Delicious! I made these for Superbowl Sunday, and they were a hit.
Can u make these with left over real ham?
Of course! great with it
Yeah so these were amazing. Made them for Super Bowl Sunday and they were GONE. I followed another commentators advice and put the butter mixture in the fridge for a little bit so that it stayed on top of the buns, good idea. Also the extra 2 minutes at the end where they are uncovered so they get a little brown and the cheese melts, absolutely a must. There was a noticeable difference after I did that step. Overall, would definitely recommend!
Family favorite!! Thanks for the recipe, my family loves them and it’s a simple warm quick meal.’
I made these on New Year’s Eve and they were wiped out in minutes, with three friends asking for the recipe. So simple, easy and goooood. I also made your Au Gratin Potatoes at Christmas and they were freaking amazing. So glad to come across your blog!
I mean your scalloped potatoes!
Yay!! That makes me happy!
IT was great, simple to make, I made double the sauce, I put extra sauce on them after that came out of the oven but, failed to cook them long enough, they were a bit cold, but my bad., my stove must run cold. We put them in the microwave prior to eating and it was great. Next time I will bake them longer but there will be a next time!
Thanks for the great recipe.
We have served these for years in our church. They’re a favorite and known as the “funeral sandwiches” because they’re always requested. They are also wonderful with a dash of Everything Bagel on top!
Yes, so good!
Fixed them for lunch today and they are easy and delicious! Half Ham and American and half Turkey and Swiss! Delicious. I put them together last evening. Added the Butter sauce just before baking. Thank you for the recipe!
This is a great recipe! Refrigerate the butter sauce while assembling the sliders. It stays on the back and better.
how long will these keep in the fridge?
A couple of days.
This is a favorite in our home for an easy, delicious dinner served with a side of veggies. My 13 year old kept saying how amazing it was and insisted that I make it on a regular basis 🙂 I make it with havarti cheese since my kids are not big swiss fans
Havarti is a great option.
I’ve come across several of your recipes, which I’ve really liked. So when searching for a slider recipe, I found yours. I added extra layers of ham and cheese (swiss, pepper jack & colby) along with an extra dash of poppy seeds. For football game day, my husband loves them. He said they are an amazing explosion of flavor. Thanks for all your sharing.
You are welcome!
Made these sliders tonight for a Christmas Party and they were delicious. Super easy to make and everyone at the party enjoyed them. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe
So glad to hear that!
Seriously, you messed up and you give an actual recipe a mediocre rating even though you’ve never made it?!?! Douche move, Mike.
These look delicious! I’m wondering if you’ve ever made them ahead of time and froze them? I think they would be great for lunches.
These are delicious and everyone loved them. Easy to put together at the last minute. I usually make ahead of time and bake when I want to serve them.
Glad you liked them!
This recipe is so uncomplicated, I use it time & time again.
It’s one of my go-to recipes as well.
These are a total crowd pleaser, everyone loved them! I used Havarti cheese and skipped the Miracle whip. Also, I didn’t have poppy seeds so I used Everything but the bagel seasoning blend from Trader Joe’s and it was delicious!
Genius! I don’t have poppy seeds either and never would have thought to use Everything But The Bagel! Thanks for the tip
This is genius! I’m going to try the everything bagel seasoning too!
wait 3 stars because you found the wrong recipe? Dude!! Come one.
Helpful information. Lucky me I discovered your site
unintentionally, and I am surprised why this twist of fate did not happened earlier!
I bookmarked it.
These are so amazing! I made them with Ciabatta bread, but I suggest cutting them in half or fourths. Also I played with different cheeses such as Swiss, Jalepeno, and American. Planning on making them again and freezing them for easy after school snacks/dinners. Thanks for the recipe!
Is there a way to do this when you don’t have an over or even a toaster oveb?
So simple and so good 🙂
This looks delish for when visitors come over.
These are so good!❤
Christy – I want to serve these to a large crowd and plan to use a chafer after baking. Do you think they will get soggy in the chafer if I use heavy duty foil on the bottom of the pan? Thanks!
No! I don’t think they will get soggy. You may want to go a little lighter on the butter sauce and just not add it all to guarantee it not to be soggy.
Do not miss out on these…they are DELICIOUS!!! And very easy!!!
I used Lea and Perrin white wine sauce instead of the regular and left off the seeds. The white wine sauce gives ham and cheese a grown up taste that kids can eat, too.
Ooh. I bet that would be great.
Has anyone served these cold? Did you heat and then refrigerate so cheese was melted or just put together with the sauce in the sandwich and then didn’t heat? I want to take these to a picnic potluck, but couldn’t think of a good way to keep them hot for as long as I would need to without the bread getting soggy. Figure wrapping them in foil or putting in crockpot would cause condensation to make it soggy.
Why is it that you used a stock photo from kingshawaiian.com and not your own photo? The recipe is almost the same too.
Unfortunately you have it backwards. They stole my photo and my recipe. I contacted them to let them know.
They took my photo. Check the link again dude.
How much can you make in a batch? 🙂
This recipe makes 24 sliders! Is that what you mean?
Is the Yellow Mustard referring to the spice or bottled (like French’s)?
Bottled like French’s
I love making these! I use them all the time for entertaining (lunch, super bowl, etc.). They all disappear no matter what crazy quantity I make. Plus, besides one person who can’t eat pork and one who can’t have poppy seeds, everyone will eat them, even picky eaters!
I know! They’re a crowd favorite!
Excellent tip, I will prepar that with panela cheese, because that cheese has less fat and the ham I will change for turkey ham low in salt. Good day
Does it make a big difference if you don’t use miracle whip? I only have mayo.
No, just adds a little tang.
Can I make these and freeze them. If so, how do I defrost them? Put them in the oven or microwave?
I haven’t tried freezing them but I would freeze them. Definitely reheat in the oven.
These are called HAM DELIGHTS! My mother has made them for years for Christmas morning breakfasts. They freeze well also! I ditch all the mayo products and use mustard for my poppy seed sauce, mixing it with lots of butter and spread this on the inside of the rolls before layering meat (ham or turkey) and cheese. Your choice of cheese, but I like jalapeno jack!
Do you freeze before or after baking? Thanks!
Do you freeze before baking? Thanks!
I skimmed comments, but I didn’t see mention of the minced onions. Do I reconstitute the minced onions or no? Thank you!
They are not dry minced onions but actual onions diced finely. They go in the butter sauce.
This is SO good! I have made it twice and the whole family has devoured it! It is simple to make but the sauce adds so much flavor. Definitely a recipe keeper!
Made these for our HS tailgating last night – they were a hit!!!!! I didn’t use the onion because of allergies and I used the Hawiian Sweet rolls – so good!!!!!
These look great, I don’ use mustard on anything. Can’t even stand the smell of it. Can I leave out the mustard and substitute it with creamed cheer. Or sour cream? Do you have any other suggestionzs.??
You can leave off the mustard. They’re still good. I wouldn’t sub anything for it.
My goodness these look delicious!! I’ve made a note of this recipe for my upcoming baby shower, so I may make them :).
I received this recipe as a new bride almost 50 years ago from a very experienced cook and entertainer…I still use lots of her recipes, but somehow this one is not in the rotation any more…So nostalgic…I am going to bring it out again and use some of your readers’ suggestions about freezing and making ahead…Thanks for a tasty blast from the past…
Haha. Thanks for the memories. I love it!
This is so good! It is super simple and my go to recipe!
This recipe sounds very easy and scrumptious!
Delicious! I also made these for a baby shower and they were gone in about 20 min! Thank you! These are easy and fast. Since my favorite thing in the world is homemade bread, I made them with my favorite homemade wheat rolls. This made them even better. Thanks for your posts!
found your recipe on Pinterest. I mixed poppy seed sauce up before meeting, (left out melted butter-added after meeting when Teen girls made sliders according to your directions except with 1/4 cup melted butter. Turned out great & quick, served with pasta salad, tea, & desserts. All 12 girls copied your recipe from your blog. Thanks for a great, easy recipe.Big Hit.
Thanks for sharing!
This recipe is great! Note: As she mentions, you don’t have to use all of the sauce! The first time I made these, I used too much sauce as I only made half of the amount of sliders and it collected at the bottom of the pan and made the sliders slightly soggy.
Well, I’m almost afraid to ask for fear of appearing most dense. However, I must ask – Do you start with uncooked rolls? I have leftover Mother’s Day ham just itching to become sliders!
Not a dense question. The rolls should be baked already.
Thanks for posting this! I made it last minute because we had all the ingredients on hand. My husband was doing most of the cooking for dinner and that left me with time to make dessert. I must say, we were stunned with how wonderful it tasted.
These are soooo good!! Grateful for a crowd pleasing recipe! Thanks!
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These were delicious. Super easy to do and great for bringing over to parties.
Taking these to our church’s Trunk-or-Treat pot luck tonight! Can’t wait to taste them!
I like to use mustard, worcestershire, and onion on the inside and then just brush the tops with butter and poppy seeds.
Everyone loves these sandwiches! BUT!! 24 slices of ham; 24 slices of swiss cheese – are you kidding? Who does a recipe this way (unless you have leftovers)? I bought 2/3 pound of ham (.62 to be exact; thinly sliced) – that was plenty; one 6 oz. package of swiss cheese – that was plenty. I cut the purchased deli (honey) ham into pieces about the size of the bread and used 2 pieces of the cut ham per sandwich; did the same with the cheese. Dinner rolls (the kind that look barely baked) are better than Hawaiian rolls because they soak up the “sauce” better. I added a little oil – about 2 – 2 1/2 tablespoons to extend the sauce. You can use mayo or miracle whip alone or leave it off – to me it did not add that much to the sandwich.
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Need to add more than 1 slice of ham.
With me doing a ham tomorrow for my Birthday. I’ll have plenty of fresh ham to try these out for my lunch this next week. Have a great Labor Day weekend.
Someone brought these to a party at school and I’ve been desperately searching for the recipe since then. Finally found it on Pinterest! These are really amazing! I don’t even like sandwiches of any sort but ohhh these are good.
Huge hit in my house of 4 boys! Easy and delicious. Didn’t make enough though! Next time. Thank you.
These look so yummy! But…you lost me at honey ham and miracle whip. I’d like to try these w/o the sweetness, though.
These are MUCH better if you let them sit overnight in the sauce!! Cover with the foil and pop them in the oven the next day and they might take a little longer because it’s colder. I’ve never tried it with the MW and Mayo. Might have to do that! SO SCRUMPTIOUS!!! WINNER!!
Nice recipe. Thanks so much.
If you are making for the next day…do you go ahead and pour poppy seed mixture over it or wait until before you bake?
I personally would wait but I know others have done it before.
When it says “Note: Sandwiches can be assembled a day ahead and kept in the fridge ready to bake,” does assembly including pouring the sauce on before refrigerating, or do you wait to put the sauce on till before you bake? Want to take them to a bible study but dont want them to be too soggy.
I personally wouldn’t pour on the sauce until right before but I know some people do it ahead of time.
What’s the recipe for just two people? I need a smaller batch. But don’t know how to break down the measurements.
Well assuming you would each eat 2 I would do four rolls, four slices of cheese, and four slices of ham. Just lather those with 1/2 miracle whip and half mayo.
For the sauce: 3/4 teaspoon poppy seeds
2 1/4 teaspoons yellow mustard
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
3/4 teaspoon minced onion
dash Worcestershire sauce
These are great and it makes a good assembly line in putting them together. I might suggest adding a sliced tomato on top of the cheese before sealing the sandwich. That added some great flavor.
I have made these 4 times since finding the recipe a few months ago. I had a party after my daughter’s musical at school, so, I prepared these in a small sub roll and wrapped each one in foil and when I got home put in the over for about 15 minutes while I heated up the potato soup, and they came out so crunchy and yummy, Everyone loved them
thanks so much!