These rich Ham and Cheese Sliders are made with sliced ham and Swiss cheese on Hawaiian sweet rolls with a buttery Dijon topping. There's a secret ingredient in the topping that sets this recipe apart from the others and gives these tasty sliders so much flavor. Use sliced ham from the deli or leftover ham from a holiday dinner.
Why this recipe is so great:
- Game day grub - Everyone loves a good slider while watching the game, and a platter of hot ham and cheese sliders is sure to be devoured.
- Leftover ham - You can certainly buy sliced ham from the store or deli, but if you made a holiday ham and have leftovers, these sliders are easy to make!
- The topping is everything - There are a ton of ham and cheese slider recipes that are very similar, but there's a secret ingredient in the topping that gets poured over the Hawaiian rolls that gives these sandwiches amazing flavor.
Exact quantities are listed in the recipe card below, but here is a summary.
- Sandwiches - Ham, Swiss cheese, Hawaiian sweet rolls
- Topping - butter, Dijon mustard, poppy seeds, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, and fried onion pieces
How to make ham and cheese sliders:
Detailed step by step instructions are listed in the recipe card below, but here is a summary.
- Prep work: Line a baking dish with parchment paper. Slice the Hawaiian rolls in half, separating the top from the bottom but leaving each individual roll still connected.
- Assemble sliders: Spread Dijon mustard onto the rolls, top with ham and cheese, and place top half of rolls over everything.
- Add topping: Melt better and stir in remaining topping ingredients. Spoon over the ham and cheese sliders.
- Bake: Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake until heated through and cheese has melted. Slice and serve hot and fresh!
Recipe tips for perfect results:
- Substitutions: This recipe also works great with leftover turkey. The Swiss cheese can be replaced with other cheese(s), however it is recommended to choose one that melts well like gruyere, jack, or mozzarella. Cheddar tastes great, but won't melt nicely.
- Make ahead directions: Ham and cheese sliders can be prepared ahead of time, wrapped in foil, and refrigerated until ready to bake. If made ahead, allow to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes prior to baking, or plan on extending cook time.
- Storage: Store any leftover sliders in an air tight container in the refrigerator. To reheat, wrap in foil and bake in oven. If sliders are reheated in the microwave, they will be extremely soft, therefore the oven is recommended.
Recipes that use leftover ham:
If you're trying to get creative with leftover holiday ham, or you have too much lunch meat on hand, you may want to try these favorites.
- Ham Salad
- Ham and Pea Pasta Carbonara
- Leftover Ham Bean Soup
- Hawaiian Ham Skewers
- Cheesy Ham and Broccoli Tater Tot Casserole
- Ham, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches
- Ham and Brussel Sprout Pasta
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Full Recipe Instructions
Ham and Cheese Sliders
- 12 ounces Hawaiian sweet rolls (one 12-count package, sliced in half to separate top from bottom)
- 1 pound ham (thinly sliced (deli ham or leftover holiday ham))
- 12 ounces Swiss cheese (thinly sliced)
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- ½ cup unsalted butter (melted)
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 4 tablespoons fried onion pieces (crushed)
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13-inch pan (or smaller if it fits the rolls) with parchment paper. Alternatively, use aluminum foil sprayed with cooking spray.
- Cut: Using a large serrated knife, slice the rolls in half to separate the top from the bottom. Do not separate individual rolls.
- Spread mustard: Place the bottom half of the rolls and cover with 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard.
- Add ham and cheese: Cover with ham and cheese. You can alternate layers, if preferred, as long as it is evenly spread across all the sliders. Set top of rolls on top.
- Heat butter: In a medium microwave-safe bowl, add the butter and melt in microwave. For best results, heat in one minute increments (or less) using 50% power.
- Mix: Add the remaining Dijon mustard, poppy seeds, garlic powder, crushed fried onion pieces, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir to combine.
- Add topping: Spoon the butter mixture over the rolls to cover evenly. Use all of it.
Bake in oven:
- Cover and heat: Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes until cheese has melted. This might take even longer depending on starting temperature of ingredients, size of pan, etc. Cheese around edges will melt much faster than the cheese in the center.
- Toast: Uncover and cook for just a few minutes to slightly toast the tops.
- Slice and serve: Remove from pan by lifting parchment paper, slice into individual sliders using a large sharp knife, and serve immediately.
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