This easy ham and cheese sliders recipe is made with tasty homemade Hawaiian rolls, deli honey ham, and sliced provolone.  Brush on the hot butter sauce with brown sugar and spices.  Cover these crowd pleasing sandwiches with foil and bake to perfection in the oven.  They're super simple to make ahead for your next game day party, and are the best snack idea for kids.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
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Ham and Cheese Sliders

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If you’re looking for a snack or game day appetizer, try these addicting ham and cheese sliders.  These buttery, crisp sliders are a pleasant mix of sweet from the glaze, savory from the ham and provolone, and a tangy kick from the Dijon.  Make them look irresistible by adding toppings and baking them to perfection.  These ham and cheese sliders are an easy party sandwich that is simple make, a lot of fun to eat, and are always well received.

lifting one of the ham and cheese sliders from the pan

What is a slider?

Sliders are a small steamed American sandwiches that are typically two inches across.  They are popular as appetizers, snacks, or game day food.  To steam the buns, the pan of sliders is covered with foil and baked in the oven for 15 minutes at 375 F.  This technique allows the cheese to melt and the inside of the buns to stay soft.

What cheeses goes best with ham?

Any good melting cheese will do, but the following are very popular.

  • Swiss
  • Provolone
  • White American
  • Mozzarella
  • Gruyere

What ingredients are in a ham and cheese slider?

  • Buns: Hawaiian, potato, or soft dinner rolls
  • Ham: black forest, honey ham, or smoked
  • Cheese: any white melting cheese
  • Spread: Dijon with mayo, plain Dijon, garlic herb cream cheese
  • Glaze: Butter, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, dried herbs
  • Toppings: poppy seeds, grated cheese, minced onion, fresh herbs
  • Garnish: sliced pickles, olives, cherry tomatoes

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How to Lighten up the Traditional Ham and Cheese Slider

  • Reduce the butter down to two tablespoons.  Brushing it on will make it go further.
  • Cut the cheese in half.  Use only 12 slices of Provolone or 1/2 pound.
  • Cut the meat in half by using 1/2 pound of deli sliced ham.
  • Use only Dijon mustard and leave out the mayo.
  • Add sautéed onions or sliced dill pickles.

Can you make ham and cheese sliders in advance?

Yes, it’s really easy to do.  For the best results, assemble the sandwiches, but don’t apply the butter glaze.  Cover tightly with foil and refrigerate overnight.  When ready to eat, make the glaze, brush it on, sprinkle on your toppings, and bake covered for 15 minutes and uncovered for 10 minutes.

How long do you cook ham and cheese sliders?

Sliders are best when they are steamed.  To achieve this, tightly cover the pan of sliders with aluminum foil.  Bake covered for 15 minutes at 375 F, then uncover and bake for 10 minutes.  This extra cooking time will brown the tops of the sliders.

closeup of ham and cheese sliders on a plate

How can you keep ham and cheese sliders warm?

  • Cover with foil and place in a 170 F oven until ready to serve.
  • Keep them loosely covered with foil while sitting in the pan on the countertop.
  • Wrap them individually in foil and place in a large slow cooker set to warm.

Can you freeze ham and cheese sliders?

You definitely can!  Make them ahead, but stop before the butter glaze and don’t bake.  Wrap well in foil and place in a large freezer zip top bag.  Press or suck out the air.  Label with recipe title and date.  Store in the freezer for up to 2 months.  You can choose to defrost in the fridge overnight, partially defrost, or bake from frozen.

How to Bake Frozen Sliders

Take the sliders from the freezer zip top bag and temporarily remove the foil.  Preheat the oven to 375 F.  Make the butter glaze and brush it on.  Sprinkle on the poppy seeds, minced onion, grated Parmesan, and chopped parsley, then cover the pan with the same foil.  Bake for 20 minutes covered, then uncover the sliders and bake until golden brown and heated through, roughly 15 minutes.  If they are browning too fast, loosely cover with foil to prevent the tops from getting too dark.

How to Make Ham and Cheese Sliders

Gather all the ingredients.  Melt the butter, mince the onion, and grate the cheese for the topping.

ingredients for ham and cheese sliders

We used homemade Hawaiian rolls, so they are bigger than the store bought ones (3 inch square).  Slice the 12 rolls in half horizontally and place in a 9×13-inch pan.

Hawaiian sweet rolls in a pan for ham and cheese sliders

To assemble the sliders, start by adding two layers of deli honey ham.

putting ham on rolls for ham and cheese sliders

Next, add two layers of sliced provolone, roughly 24 slices.

layering cheese on rolls for ham and cheese sliders

Add another two layers of honey ham and evenly spread on the Dijon mustard.

spreading ham and cheese sliders with Dijon mustard

To make the glaze, whisk the brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and black pepper with the melted butter until well combined.

whisking the glaze for ham and cheese sliders

Place the tops of the Hawaiian rolls on the filling.

putting the tops of the rolls on the ham and cheese sliders

Liberally brush on the butter glaze, making sure to get into the cracks.

brushing ham and cheese sliders with butter glaze

Finish off with a generous sprinkle of poppy seeds, minced onion, grated Parmesan, and chopped parsley.

topping ham and cheese sliders with cheese, onion, parsley, and poppy seeds

Cover the 9×13-inch pan tightly with aluminum foil and bake at 375 F for 15 minutes to melt the cheese.  Uncover and bake for 10 minutes to brown the tops.

covering ham and cheese sliders with aluminum foil

Gather the ingredients for garnishing the ham and cheese sliders.  You’ll need 12 toothpicks, 12 dill pickle coins, and 12 pimento stuffed green olives.  The juicy grape tomatoes and the crunchy jalapeño kettle chips will round out the meal.

garnishes and sides for ham and cheese sliders

When you are ready to serve, garnish by spearing a pimento stuffed olive and a dill pickle coin with a pretty toothpick.  Center it on top of the ham and cheese slider and you’re all done.  Sliders taste best when served warm.

plate of ham and cheese sliders with chips and sweet tea

Pro Tips

  • Make cleanup easy by lining the baking pan with parchment paper or foil.
  • Don’t like Dijon mustard?  Try whole grain, yellow or honey mustard.
  • Can’t find Hawaiian rolls?  Make your own with our recipe, use potato slider buns, or another small dinner roll.
  • Need fewer rolls?  Divide the sliders into two pans.  Freeze one and bake one.
  • Need other sides? Serve salad, fruit, roasted vegetables, veggies and dip, or hand cut fries.
  • Don’t like poppy seeds?  Use sesame seeds.
  • Don’t want the brown sugar?  Use honey or your sweetener of choice.
  • Want extra ham and cheese?  Increase the cooking time.  Make sure the cheese is melted and the sliders are heated through.
  • Want different spices?  Try minced shallots, dried thyme, and basil.
  • Let the sliders cool for 15-20 minutes before removing from the pan.

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Ham and Cheese Sliders


  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 sliders 1x

Description

This easy ham and cheese sliders recipe is made with tasty homemade Hawaiian rolls, deli honey ham, and sliced provolone.  Brush on the hot butter sauce with brown sugar and spices.  Cover these crowd pleasing sandwiches with foil and bake to perfection in the oven.  They’re super simple to make ahead for your next game day party, and are the best snack idea for kids.


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Ingredients

For the Glaze

  • 1/3 cup butter, melted (76g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worchestire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

For the Sliders

  • 12 Hawaiian sweet rolls, cut in half
  • 1 pound deli thinly sliced honey ham (453g)
  • 1 pound provolone sliced cheese (453g)
  • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard (80g)

For the Toppings

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon onion, minced
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese (15g)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

For the Garnish

  • 12 slices dill pickles
  • 12 green olives

Instructions

Making the Glaze

  1. Cut the butter in 1 tablespoon slices and place in a medium bowl.  Cover the bowl and microwave for 30 to 40 seconds, until melted.
  2. Add the brown sugar, Worchestire sauce, garlic powder, and black pepper to the butter and whisk until blended.

Assembling the Sliders

  1. Cut the rolls in half and place the bottom half in a 9×13-inch pan.  The buns should fit tightly together.
  2. Cover the rolls with two layers of ham slices, then one layer of provolone slices.  Top with another two layers of ham slices.
  3. Spread the Dijon mustard on top of the ham, then put on the top of the buns.
  4. Brush the glaze on top of the buns, making sure to get it in the cracks too.

Topping the Sliders

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Sprinkle poppy seeds, minced onion, grated Parmesan, and chopped parsley on top of the buns.
  3. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes, then uncover and bake for another 10 minutes to brown the top of the buns.
  4. Let it cool in the pan for 15 minutes before cutting them apart.

Garnishing the Sliders

  1. Spear a pimento-stuffed green olive through the side so the red pimento will be visible, then push the toothpick into a sliced dill pickle coin.  Center the garnish on top of the ham and cheese slider bun and press down to keep it in place.
  2. To make this an easy meal, serve the sliders with grape tomatoes and jalapeno kettle potato chips.

Notes

  • The pleasure of a 5-star review for this ham and cheese slider recipe would be greatly appreciated.
  • Category: Sandwiches
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: brown sugar, oven baked, easy

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2 thoughts on “Ham and Cheese Sliders

  1. These are gorgeously cheesy. The ham is delicious spread with the mustard and the poppy seeds with the cheese on top of the browned buns is simply mouthwatering.

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