Ham and Cheese Sliders — Baked juicy ham and Swiss nestled in soft Hawaiian rolls and brushed with a buttery Dijon, onion, and poppy seed topping!! Fast, EASY, and a party FAVORITE!!

Six ham and cheese sliders topped with poppyseeds.

Best Ever Hawaiian Roll Sliders Recipe

If you’re in need of an easy comfort-food recipe for tailgating, holiday parties or events, or an after-school snack that everyone loves, these Hawaiian roll sliders will do the trick.

This recipe features baked juicy ham and Swiss cheese nestled in soft, sweet Hawaiian rolls with a buttery Dijon, onion, and poppy seed topping.

Hawaiian bread is one of my all-time favorite kinds of bread, and it’s absolutely perfect for the sliders.

It stays soft and tender in the interior and while the base of the sliders have an ever-so-slight crispiness from the buttery mixture that drips down during baking.

A ham and cheese slider on a Hawaiian roll.

There’s flavor galore from the juicy ham, savory cheese, sharp Dijon mustard, poppy seeds, dried onions, and Worcesteshire sauce.

While eating the sliders, the term ‘butter fingers’ may come to mind. Soft, white, warm bread covered in butter is never a bad thing.

As a bonus, your cuticles will be extra moisturized.

Ham and Cheese Sliders - Baked juicy ham and Swiss nestled in soft Hawaiian rolls and brushed with a buttery Dijon, onion, and poppy seed topping!! Fast, EASY, and a party FAVORITE!!

What’s in the Ham and Cheese Sliders? 

For these Hawaiian roll ham sliders, you’ll need the following: 

  • Hawaiian sweet rolls
  • Deli ham
  • Swiss cheese
  • Unsalted butter
  • Dijon mustard
  • Poppy seeds
  • Dried minced onion
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper 

Why Hawaiian Bread Is the Best Choice for a Sliders Recipe 

Although you could technically use regular slider rolls to make this easy recipe, I highly recommend using sweet Hawaiian rolls if at all possible. 

Hawaiian rolls are soft, buttery, and slightly sweet. They pair perfect with the melted Swiss cheese and salty deli ham! 

I also think the sweet Hawaiian rolls pair well with the sweet and salty honey mustard sauce that’s drizzled over top. The combination of textures and flavors is what makes these sliders so good! 

How to Make Ham and Cheese Sliders

Hawaiian roll ham and cheese sliders are a breeze to make! I’ve given the full set of instructions and ingredient ratios in the recipe card below. 

Here’s a look at how the hot ham and cheese sliders are prepared: 

  1. Using a large serrated knife, slice the rolls in half so you have a ‘slab’ of tops and a ‘slab’ of bottoms. Don’t pull the rolls apart and slice individually because you want to keep them connected. 
  2. Layer the ham and cheese onto the bottom ‘slab’ of rolls, then place the top ‘slab’ back on. 
  3. Whisk together the melted butter, mustard, poppy seeds, onion, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Brush over the top rolls. 
  4. Before baking, you MUST let the sliders sit for 5 to 10 minutes at room temperature. This gives the butter mixture time to soak into the bread and flavor it. 
  5. Then, bake the sliders in the preheated oven until the cheese is melted and serve! 

Should I Use Poppyseeds? 

Yes! Don’t omit the poppyseeds in the sauce. They cling to the tops of the rolls and add even more texture. It’s a subtle crunch, but it makes a difference. 

Ham and Cheese Sliders - Baked juicy ham and Swiss nestled in soft Hawaiian rolls and brushed with a buttery Dijon, onion, and poppy seed topping!! Fast, EASY, and a party FAVORITE!!

Can This Recipe Be Prepared in Advance? 

Yes, up to a point. You can cut the rolls into “slabs,” then layer on the ham and Swiss cheese.

Cover the pan tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you’re ready to add the butter mixture and bake. 

Can the Sliders Be Frozen? 

Technically yes, but with sliders recipes like this I recommend enjoying them fresh from the oven. 

However, if your options are to toss the sliders or try freezing them, I say freeze them. I imagine you’d want to reheat them from frozen in a hot oven. You may wish to brush a little more of the butter mixture on top if they start to look at all dry. 

Ham and Cheese Sliders - Baked juicy ham and Swiss nestled in soft Hawaiian rolls and brushed with a buttery Dijon, onion, and poppy seed topping!! Fast, EASY, and a party FAVORITE!!

Tips for the Best Hawaiian Roll Sliders 

  • When making baked ham and cheese sliders, you need to use Hawaiian rolls. Period, no discussion. They’re slightly sweet, which pairs perfectly with the salty ham and cheese! 
  • If you have leftover Christmas or Easter ham, this sliders recipe is a wonderful way to use it up. 
  • If making the hot ham and cheese sliders in advance, wait to brush on the butter mixture until you’re ready to bake them off. Otherwise the rolls will become soggy. 

What to Serve with Ham and Cheese Sliders

This easy sliders recipe can be enjoyed as an appetizer or as an entree.

If serving as an appetizer along with other nibbles, try pairing them with one or more of the following:

If serving the sliders as a main, try pairing it with one of the following sides: 

Ham and Cheese Sliders
Yield: 12

Ham and Cheese Sliders

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Baked juicy ham and Swiss nestled in soft Hawaiian rolls and brushed with a buttery Dijon, onion, and poppy seed topping!! Fast, EASY, and a party FAVORITE!!

Ingredients

  • one 12-count package Hawaiian sweet rolls, sliced in half (see directions for more details)
  • 3/4 pound cooked deli ham, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 pound Swiss cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons Worcesteshire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, or to taste

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9×9-inch or 9×13-inch pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
    2. Using a large serrated knife, slice the rolls in half so you have a ‘slab’ of tops and a ‘slab’ of bottoms; don’t pull the rolls apart and slice individually because you want to keep them connected.
    3. Place the bottom ‘slab’ of rolls in prepared pan.
    4. Evenly layer about half of the ham over the rolls.
    5. Evenly layer the cheese.
    6. Evenly layer the remaining ham.
    7. Add the top ‘slab’ of rolls; set aside.
    8. To a medium microwave-safe bowl, add the butter and heat on high power to melt, about 1 minute.
    9. Add the mustard, poppy seeds, onion, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and whisk to combine.
    10. Evenly and slowly pour the butter mixture over the rolls. Use a spatula to spread the mixture over the tops. Some of the mixture will pool at the base of the rolls.
    11. Cover with aluminum foil and allow rolls to stand at room temp for about 5 to 10 minutes.
    12. Bake covered for about 20 minutes or until cheese has melted.
    13. Uncover and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes, or until as done as desired. Baking time will vary based on the size of pan used, climate and oven variances, etc. Bake until as done as desired; watch to make sure they don’t burn since all ovens and ingredients vary.
    14. Slice into individual sliders and serve immediately. Sliders are best warm and fresh.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 156Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 514mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 13g

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Originally published August 2016, updated April 2019, and republished January 15, 2021. 

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