Ham and Cheese Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls!

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Savory ham and cheese sliders served on sweet Hawaiian rolls. They are cheesy and delicious, and it’s an easy recipe. These rolls consist of fluffy Hawaiian rolls with layers of ham, melted cheese, and a Dijon mustard Worcestershire sauce poured over the top.

Hawaiian roll sliders are an excellent recipe for an easy everyday snack, the perfect game-day appetizer, an easy weeknight dinner, and always the best side dish to make for any party

If you love these rolls, check out our mini lobster rolls on sweet Hawaiian rolls.

Ham and cheese sliders on Hawaiian rolls.

We made these ham and cheese Hawaiian sliders to serve at our tropical party, and they were GONE in the first 30 minutes. Not because we needed more, but because our guests kept returning for more and MORE! They are addicting, so beware! 

They’re baked with juicy ham and Swiss cheese on fluffy Hawaiian rolls. These sliders are topped with a buttery Dijon, onion, and poppy seed.

Layered of cheese and ham on a Hawaiian roll to make a slider.

Why We Love These Ham and Cheese Sliders

They’re made with thinly sliced ham, swiss cheese, butter, and spices. They are the best and can be served for many parties, from the Super Bowl to an Oscars party, a summer tropical party, or even a simple weekday dinner. Here’s why we love them:

  • They are super easy to make for a party or an easy dinner. 
  • Dijon and Worcestershire sauce’s flavor makes them savory and gives them so much flavor.
  • Hawaiian rolls add a sweet flavor and are pillowy and soft.
  • An easy ham recipe if you have leftover ham.
  • This recipe is perfect for large crowds. 
Ham and Cheese Sliders on Hawaiian rolls.

How to Make Ham and Cheese Sliders

We’ve slightly altered this classic recipe to make our own! It makes 12 rolls and individual sliders. You can find all of these ingredients at your local grocery store.

Cheese, ham, Hawaiian rolls, mustard, poppy seeds, butter and minced onions.

Ingredients

Here is a list of everything you need to make these sliders. The full recipe is in the recipe card below. 

Sliced Ham – A good quality ham. Have the deli slice it fresh for you.

Swiss Cheese – Any brand of cheese will work. We have the deli slice it. You can also try this with provolone cheese or cheddar cheese. However, it will change the flavor of the cheese sliders. We prefer them with Swiss cheese.

Kings Hawaiian Rolls – Hawaiian sweet bread comes in various shapes and sizes. From rolls and sliced bread to mini-subs and sliders. King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls are perfect for this recipe.

Dijon Mustard – Dijon mustard is the traditional mustard of France. It’s named after the town of Dijon in Burgundy, France. It has a little spice to the flavor, but it’s so delicious. You can also use yellow mustard if you don’t have dijon.

Worcestershire Sauce – This fermented liquid condiment was created in Worcester in Worcestershire, England. It’s made with anchovies and soy sauce. It’s a little sour but also has a sweet flavor to it as well. This can be substituted for soy sauce.

Poppy Seeds – Poppy seeds are the edible nutritious seeds of the poppy flower. They have a light, nutty flavor to them. These can be substituted with sesame seeds.

Dried Minced Onion – Essentially, this is a dehydrated onion that is mixed into tiny pieces. A good substitute for this is onion powder or garlic powder.

Directions

Combine butter mustard, poppy seeds, Worcestershire sauce, and dried minced onion in a small saucepan.

Simmer on low heat until the butter is melted.

Set aside while you assemble the sliders.

Hawaiian rolls are connected when removed from the bag. You can leave them connected and cut horizontally through the center to make a top and a bottom.

A large serrated knife works well for this step.

Seasonings in a saucepan to pour over ham and cheese sliders.

Leaving them connected helps because you can make one large sandwich and cut them at them after they bake instead of assembling 12 tiny sandwiches.

1 bag of King's Hawaiian rolls on a marble table.

Once you have the top and bottom rolls, place the bottom rolls in a 9 x 13 baking pan.

Add half of the deli ham on the bottom, half of the slice of Swiss cheese, ham slices, and the rest of the cheese.

Sliced Swiss cheese on top of ham.

Place the top of the rolls back on and pour the sauce all over. Use a silicone basting brush to spread the butter sauce over the rolls.

Pouring sauce over Hawaiian rolls.

Use a spatula to get the ingredients and poppy seeds out from the bottom of the butter mixture.

Since these are baked ham and cheese sliders, toss them in a preheated 350-degree oven for 20 minutes until the cheese melts and the ham is hot. When they’re done, cut each roll individually.

This perfect slider is best served warm when gooey cheese is melted, and the ham is hot.

This perfect slider is best served warm when gooey cheese is melted, and the ham is hot.

Baked ham and cheese sliders with seasoning over the top.

King Hawaiian Rolls

We can’t resist squishy Hawaiian rolls! We use King’s Original Hawaiian because they’re perfectly sweet, fluffy, and moist. The perfect bun for these ham and cheese sliders! Here are some flavors you can use to make your sliders:

  • Original Hawaiian 
  • Savory Butter
  • Honey Wheat 

Recipe Variations 

You can easily customize this recipe to your liking. Here are some ideas for variations:

  • Swap the ham for roast beef, turkey, or chicken slices to create a different flavor profile.
  • Add sliced pickles, thinly sliced onions, or roasted red peppers for an extra crunch and tangy flavor.
  • Use different types of cheese, such as cheddar, swiss, gouda, or pepper jack, to switch up the taste.
  • For a vegetarian option, omit the ham and add roasted vegetables such as zucchini, mushrooms, and bell peppers instead.
Ham and cheese sliders in a baking pan.

Expert Tips

Ask the deli department to slice thin slices of ham for the sliders. This will save you time and ensure that the slices are evenly cut.

You can use regular dinner rolls or soft bread for this recipe if you don’t have Hawaiian rolls. Just make sure they are small enough to fit in your baking dish.

To make these sliders ahead of time, assemble them, but wait to pour the sauce over the top until ready to bake. Cover and refrigerate, then bake as directed.

Serve these ham and cheese sliders as a party appetizer, game day snack, or a quick lunch or dinner. They are versatile, easy to make, and always a crowd-pleaser.

Hawaiian rolls with butter, mustard and sesame seeds.

How to Keep Hawaiian Roll Ham and Cheese Sliders Warm

Keep the sliders wrapped in tin foil on the table. You can also wrap them individually to keep them extra warm. Furthermore, some go as far as tossing them in a heated crockpot wrapped in foil. 

I don’t love the look of that at a party, but you can also turn the oven to 200 and keep the wrapped sliders in there, too. Take them out right before serving.

How to Store

If any sliders are left over, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will be good to eat the next day warmed up. We do not recommend freezing any leftovers, as melted cheese and meat are involved. 

Ham and cheese sliders on a white plate.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many Hawaiian rolls come in a package?

12 rolls come in one package, and this recipe is for 12 sliders. Just double the serving size to make more.

Are King’s Hawaiian Rolls supposed to be baked?

They are already baked rolls, but you can warm them in the oven as we did for these sliders. They taste better warm with melted butter.

Why are King’s Hawaiian rolls so good?

KING’S Hawaiian Dinner Rolls have a melt-in-your-mouth texture. They are soft and fluffy with a slight sweetness. They are the perfect size sliders and complement any meal. What makes them so good is their super fluffy texture and lightly sweet flavor.

Can you Make Ham and Cheese Sliders in Advance?

These sliders can be assembled in advance. However, they should be baked right before serving. The cheese should be melted and gooey when these are served. If they’re baked too far in advance, the cheese hardens.
To make them in advance, assemble them in a baking dish covered. Store them in the refrigerator for no longer than 5 hours.

When to Serve Ham and Cheese Sliders

These ham and cheese sliders are great year-round! Here are some occasions you can serve them:

What to Serve with Ham and Cheese Sliders

Here are some dishes that pair well with these ham sliders:

Ham and cheese sliders on fluffy Hawaiian Rolls.

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Ham and Cheese Sliders

Savory and beyond delicious ham and cheese sliders on Hawaiian rolls! They are simple to make and perfect for parties! 
4.58 from 38 votes
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Course: Appetizer, dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
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Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 Sliders
Calories: 164kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 1 bag King's Hawaiian Rolls
  • 1/2 lb Swiss cheese, sliced
  • 1/2 lb ham, sliced
  • 5 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp dried minced onion
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  • Melt the butter mustard, poppy seeds, Worcestershire sauce and dried minced onion in a bowl. Set aside while you assemble the sliders.
    melting butter and mustard in a saucepan
  • Hawaiian rolls are connected when removed from the bag. You can leave them connected and then just cut horizontally through the center to make a top and a bottom. 
    ham and cheese on Hawaiian rolls
  • This helps because then you can make one large sandwich and cut them at them after they bake!
  • Once you have the top and bottom, place the bottom rolls in a 9 x 13 baking pan.
  • Add half of the ham on the bottom, then half of the cheese, then ham and cheese again. 
  • Place the Hawaiian roll tops back on, and then pour the butter mixture all over the top. Use a spatula to get all of the ingredients and poppy seeds out.
    pour butter over ham and cheese
  • Since these are baked ham and cheese sliders, toss them in a preheated 350-degree oven for 20 minutes until the cheese is melted.
    the best ham and cheese sliders
  • When they’re done, cut each roll individually. Serve warm!

Nutrition

Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 327mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 159mg | Iron: 1mg
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