Ham and Cheese Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls

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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! 

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!!

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: 

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Yield: 12

Ham and Cheese Sliders

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!!

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

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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  1. I made these for my family game night on Christmas Eve. They were absolutely delicious. They were gone in a blink of an eye. I came looking for the recipe to make again this weekend and realized I never commented on how good they turned out.

    Rating: 5
  2. This recipe is FABULOUS!! It is a family favorite that we make every New Year’s Eve with friends and every Easter night after enjoying ham for lunch. They make incredible make ahead sandwiches which can be easily reheated or eaten cold. So much flavor and goodness!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad you love these and are a family holiday favorite!

  3. Hi Averie,Thank you for sharing this recipe. Another kitchen success. You help make “Kelley’s Kitchen” my kids favorite place for dinner.Love the new photo!Kelley

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad this was a hit! And thanks for the photo compliment, I appreciate it!

  4. The ham and cheese sliders are so yummy!  Easy to make and left overs are even good reheated!  I’ve made these many times and always a big hit! 

    Rating: 5
  5. Didnt have the mustard but made these any way. Added some garlic and they were a big hit! Thanks for the recipe

    Rating: 5
  6. Wanted to know how they “traveled” and if they are not served right out of the oven, are they still OK. Need to bake then carry to an event about 1 hour away. Will they get soggy if they are covered up.
    thanks for any advice!

    1. My friend made these, put the butter mixture on, and refrigerated for 24 hours, then baked. They tasted great! I’d just do that, then pop them in the oven when you reach your destination.

      Rating: 5
      1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad that method worked out great!

  7. Made these today and they are really yummy! I only used 1/2 of the butter mix and it was just right for us!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad they turned out yummy and that you only needed half the buttery mixture!

  8. There are few foods that make me throw my head back and make “yummm” sounds, especially home made foods, but this is one of them. I could eat these for every meal, every day. Seriously insanely deliciously sweet and savory. Bless you for sharing this!!!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad you love these so much and could eat them for every meal – I think most people feel that way!

  9. These are such an easy delicious slider! We made these for Super Bowl Sunday, my husband was a bit skeptical.They are just yummy and the perfect size slider with such great flavor! Instead of using poppy seeds, I opted tosprinkle Everything Spice to the top before putting them in the oven. Husband did not want Everything Spice, butyup, he loved the spice. Made just 6 for just the two of us, then a couple days later the other 6. Thinking of making a couple trays for Easter. Thank you for the great recipe.

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad your husband enjoyed them after being skeptical to start with! I bet the Everything Spice was great here!

  10. These Sliders were easy to make and SO delicious! I always hesitate to try new recipes for the first time when I’m having company, but I hosted a party today and gave this recipe a try. The directions were perfect and they turned out so well! These Sliders were a huge hit and everyone LOVED them. Thank you so much!

    Rating: 5
  11. Made these last year for Super Bowl party making them again this year but making twice as many everyone loved them and they did not last long ,great recipe very yummy

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad that these are a Superbowl party hit and you’re making them again today!

  12. Have had them before when someone else made them for a party so glad I was able to find a recipe. It was really good but waaaay too much butter to the point of it not being finger food because its so greasy and the bread taste like pure butter. I’m making these for a super bowl party this weekend and whenever I make a new recipe for other people, I always try it first a few days before. Still really good but I’m going to halve the amount of butter for next time. Thanks for the recipe.

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review despite the butter issue. Honestly, this recipe gets tons of positive comments on it, but no one has ever mentioned that. Yes no doubt they are super buttery and on the greasy side but not impossible to eat in my experience. Maybe your bread just didn’t absorb well? Who knows but glad you tried it in advance and will halve the butter.

  13. My daughter in law made these for Christmas Eve. My husband fell in love with them. I have made some before, but he thought these superior. I’m going to make them today. Can hardly wait. Thanks

    Rating: 5
    1. Hi, Averie, well let me start by saying I came across your recipe during our unfortunate time of stay at home. This is a magnificent slider recipe, I actually made it with left over honey baked ham, and my husband enjoyed it. With that said I will be preparing it again. Thank you for sharing., -:)

      Rating: 5
  14. We have made these sliders several times and they are awesome.We have used colby cheese before & we tried them with hot pepper jack cheese….this is a slider that has many variations.

    Rating: 5
  15. I use this recipe as an inspiration for deliciousness! You can use any meats (including loose ground beef for a burger style) and any cheeses! I use less butter, but add whatever seasonings match the sandwich. Sliced chicken and mozzarella? Garlic and Italian seasonings in the butter! I like to use sesame seeds on my burger version! Of course ham and Swiss are the classic, but the possibilities are endless! Thanks for the recipe!

    Rating: 5
  16. I want to make these for a potluck at work but am worried they will get cold. Can they be re heated in microwave?

    1. Yes although as you know the microwave can alter the texture of things. I personally would just eat at room temp rather than microwave-reheated but do what you think is best.

    2. I’ve made these several times. I would bake them as usual, but then serve them cold! They’re excellent “leftover!”

    3. I made these ahead of time for a workshop. No way to reheat, but we did have access to a refrigerator so I served them cold. Attendees asked for the recipe!

      Have also added six scrambled eggs (made with salt and pepper) and added as a layer on top of the cheese, and served for breakfast. Delicious.

      1. Glad that people seemed to really like this and that you were asked for the recipe and that it has turned out deliciously for you!

  17. This is my favorite potluck dish to make.. both my coworkers and my husbands coworkers always request for it! I always prepare it the night before to let the mixture soak and it’s delicious hot or cold!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad it’s your new fave potluck recipe and that everyone requests it!

  18. I usually assemble these the day before but I don’t put the sauce on until I preheat the oven the next day to bake them. They are good on ?Christmas morning, Super Bowl Sunday (pair them with soup) and tonight I am making them for my Bible study main dish.

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and I am glad that this are a favorite of yours and that you can assemble them a day in advance.

  19. My daughter made these for a party. My husband and I loved them, and the next weekend I made them. So easy to make, and absolutely perfect.

    Rating: 5
    1. These are a favorite of ours and our picky eaters will eat them. We also like to take these to family get togethers and there are never any left. Sometimes we add a tad bit of honey to our mix. Thank you for always having delicious recipes!

      Rating: 5
  20. Your Ham and Cheese Sliders are the best in the world. We are cooking them today in Culinary Class at Kotzebue High School in Kotzebue, Alaska. SOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOD!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the five star review and I’m glad you’re cooking them in culinary class in h.s. today!

  21. Ummm, not to be contradictory…but, I have made these the night before & baked them the next day, because it does take me longer than 5 min to put together. They Are Yummy !!! 😁

    Rating: 5
  22. Can you prepare these the night before and bake in the morning? If so, Would you pour the sauce on the night before or right before baking?

    1. It is literally 5 mins of prep – just assembling a sandwich with meat and cheese. I would do it all the day of, before you plan to serve them.

  23. I have made this recipe a couple of times. It is always a hit with the family. I have altered the sauce for my son, who doesn’t like a lot of things. I make a regular batch and one with just melted butter on the top. Recently, my husband needed something to take for a scouting competition. I made this in the morning and put it in the fridge so her could just cook it when he got home. Took first prize! ❤️

    Rating: 5
  24. Made them for a work potluck and a baby shower. Definitely a huge hit. Added Parmesan cheese and garlic powder on top and it was AMAZING! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Rating: 5
  25. Averie, I have to say, my friend Joni and I loved these. Easy to make and delish. I’m not a big fan of sweet rolls, I used Winco rolls. The same but not sweet. I ate two and was full. Thank you for this receipe. Tom PS they reheated very well.

    Rating: 5
    1. I would definitely then skip the salt. It will be salty but I don’t think ridiculously so.

  26. These were so easy and delicious! I made them for a brunch. Everyone loved them! I was concerned that they would be soggy after pouring on the butter/mustard sauce, but I was totally wrong. They were aoooo yummy!!!

    Rating: 5
  27. I am looking for recipes to make ahead and freeze. Has anyone frozen these to serve later? If so how did they turn out and do you have any tips on preparing and freezing? Thanks!

  28. Oh my goodness, I can’t think of anything that sounds better right now, MASSIVELY craving a couple of these!

    Rating: 5
  29. I really enjoy your recipes. I made these a few months ago, and everyone ate them (without picking apart or taking anything out of them). I have a ton of Easter ham left, so this is my go to recipe for tonight. Thank you.

    Rating: 5
  30. I served these for Easter Brunch 3 years now. I make a double batch and they are all gone in minutes. Easy to prepare ahead, then just pop in oven. I will try with Turkey and provolone this year for those who don’t eat ham.

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and I’m glad these are on your Easter menu for the past 3 years! Turkey and provolone sounds great too.