These family-friendly Ham and Cheese Sliders are the ultimate hearty party snack. Make a tray (or two) for your next gathering and watch them disappear!

A baking dish of ham and cheese sliders.
Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Ham and Cheese Sliders Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for ham and cheese sliders.

Ingredient notes

  • Soft square dinner rolls: Any dinner rolls can be used (I like the Hawaiian Sweet rolls).
  • Worcestershire sauce: In a pinch, you can substitute soy sauce.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Place the oven rack in the middle position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Slice the bread rolls in half, horizontally. Spread 4 tablespoons of the yellow mustard evenly on the cut sides of the roll tops and bottoms.  Place the roll bottoms cut side up in a 13-inch by 9-inch baking dish.
Building ham and cheese sliders in a baking dish.
  1. Fold the ham slice into thirds, and then in half. Place one piece of ham on each bottom. Fold the Swiss cheese in the same manner as the ham and place on top of the ham. Season with freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Top with the roll tops.
Building ham and cheese sliders in a baking dish.
  1. In a medium bowl, combine butter, onion, and poppy seeds. Place in the microwave and heat until the butter is melted and the onions are softened about one minute. Whisk in the Worcestershire sauce, the garlic powder, and the two remaining tablespoons of mustard. Brush the sides and the tops of the sandwiches liberally with the poppy seed mixture using a pastry brush, and spoon the remaining solids over the tops.
Brushing butter topping on ham and cheese sliders in a baking dish.
  1. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and allow time for the sandwiches to absorb the sauce, about ten minutes. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake uncovered until the cheese has melted and the tops are slightly firm, about 7 to 9 minutes. Allow the sandwiches to cool, about 10 minutes.
A baking dish of ham and cheese sliders.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This cheesy dish makes 12 sliders; enough to feed 6 hungry snackers or 9 to 12 if served as part of a larger appetizer spread such as a tailgate menu.
  • Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 4 days.
  • Make ahead: Feel free to assemble and brush the sandwiches with poppy seed butter (complete through step 5), then cover the pan and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
  • Mix up your fillings: Ham and Swiss aren’t your only options. Try this same slider style with roast beef and cheddar, turkey and gouda, or chicken and Mozzarella.
A plate of ham and cheese sliders.

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A baking dish of ham and cheese sliders.

Ham and Cheese Sliders

These family-friendly Ham and Cheese Sliders are the ultimate hearty party snack. Make a tray (or two) for your next gathering and watch them disappear!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 6 servings
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 111

Ingredients 

  • 12 square soft white dinner rolls (see notes)
  • 6 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 12 thin slices Deli ham
  • 12 thin slices Swiss cheese
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions 

  • Place the oven rack in the middle position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Slice the bread rolls in half, horizontally. Spread 4 tablespoons of the yellow mustard evenly on the cut sides of the roll tops and bottoms.  Place the roll bottoms cut side up in a 13 inch by 9 inch baking dish.
  • Fold the ham slice into thirds, and then in half. Place one piece of ham on each bottom. Fold the Swiss cheese in the same manner as the ham and place on top of the ham. Season with freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Top with the roll tops.
  • In a medium bowl, combine butter, onion, and poppy seeds. Place in the microwave and heat until the butter is melted and the onions are softened about one minute. Whisk in the Worcestershire sauce, the garlic powder, and the two remaining tablespoons of mustard. 
  • Brush the sides and the tops of the sandwiches liberally with the poppy seed mixture using a pastry brush, and spoon the remaining solids over the tops. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and allow time for the sandwiches to absorb the sauce, about ten minutes. 
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake uncovered until the cheese has melted and the tops are slightly firm, about 7 to 9 minutes. Allow the sandwiches to cool, about 10 minutes. Serve.

Notes

  1. Soft square dinner rolls: Any dinner rolls can be used (I like the Hawaiian Sweet rolls).
  2. Worcestershire sauce: In a pinch, you can substitute soy sauce.
  3. Yield: This cheesy dish makes 12 sliders; enough to feed 6 hungry snackers or 9 to 12 if served as part of a larger appetizer spread such as a tailgate menu.
  4. Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 4 days.
  5. Make ahead: Feel free to assemble and brush the sandwiches with poppy seed butter (complete through step 5), then cover the pan and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
  6. Mix up your fillings: Ham and Swiss aren’t your only options. Try this same slider style with roast beef and cheddar, turkey and gouda, or chicken and Mozzarella.

Nutrition

Serving: 2sandwichesCalories: 111kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 332mgPotassium: 99mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 268IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 59mgIron: 1mg
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  1. SO GOOD. I made these last night for a small group and they went fast! I think I could’ve doubled the batch and still not had anything left. Thank you sooooo much for this great recipe.5 stars

  2. I think I posted these on my Facebook page the other day, Meggan, so it was nice to come back and take a closer look at the process. And in any case, I need my regular ‘Culinary Hill fix’.

    My, what a gorgeous-sounding recipe idea! I could even see these served as a BBQ side!5 stars

  3. Just look at those delicious looking things.  They should be xxxx rated.  I’m gonna make those babies GF.  Great idea.  5 stars