Ham and Cheese Sliders

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Make your next gathering a hit with these simple yet delicious ham and cheese sliders: soft buns filled with ham and melted Swiss cheese, all smothered in a tangy butter sauce.

Ham and cheese sliders on a plate.

Ham and cheese sliders are a personal favorite of mine for any casual gathering, big or small. Soft, fluffy buns (such as King’s Hawaiian rolls) are filled with sliced ham and melted Swiss cheese, but the real star is the tangy butter sauce brushed on before baking. Made with Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, and poppy seeds, the sauce gives the sliders a bold, buttery flavor that’ll have everyone coming back for more.

The sliders are also super convenient for hosting since you can make a big batch at once (double the recipe if you need to) and prep them ahead of time. Whether I’m serving them at a party, a game day tailgate, or just a night in with family, they go quickly. Trust me, make extra!

What You’ll Need To Make Ham And Cheese Sliders

ingredients for ham and cheese sliders
  • Sauce (Melted Butter, Dijon Mustard, Worcestershire Sauce, Poppy Seeds, Garlic Powder, Salt): Adds a rich, tangy, and savory flavor to the sandwiches, and keeps them moist.
  • Soft White Dinner Rolls: Provide a slightly sweet, soft base that complements the savory filling. Their texture and flavor are ideal for sliders, making them easy to eat.
  • Dijon Mustard: Adds a sharp, tangy layer of flavor directly to the sliders; cuts through the richness of the ham and cheese.
  • Swiss Cheese: Melts nicely, adding a nutty flavor that pairs well with the ham.
  • Black Forest Ham: This dry-cured, smoked ham that originally comes from the Black Forest region of Germany has a savory and slightly sweet flavor.
  • Jump to the printable recipe for precise measurements

Step-by-Step Instructions

Begin by making the tangy butter sauce. In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt and poppy seeds. Stir to combine.

Using serrated bread knife, cut the rolls in half, leaving the top and bottom halves intact. Spread Dijon mustard over the cut side of the rolls.

Place the bottom half, cut side up, in a 9-inch square metal baking pan. Place half of the cheese in an even layer over the bottom. Follow with all of the ham. Finally, add the remaining cheese.

Cover with the roll tops. Evenly spoon the butter sauce over the top, letting it drip down the sides.

Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, until the top is golden brown and toasted.

baked ham and cheese sliders

Let cool for 15 to 20 minutes in the pan. Using a large spatula, carefully transfer the sandwich block to a cutting board.

Whole ham and cheese sliders on a cutting board.

Using a serrated knife, slice into mini sandwiches. Serve warm or room temperature.

cut ham and cheese sliders

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make ham and cheese sliders ahead of time?

Yes, you can assemble the sliders a day ahead and top them with the butter sauce, refrigerate overnight, and then bake the following day.

What makes Black Forest ham special for these sliders? Can I use another type instead?

Black Forest ham is prized for its distinctive smoky flavor and seasoned exterior, which adds depth and character to the sliders. However, if you can’t find Black Forest ham or prefer a different type, other smoked hams like honey ham or Virginia ham are excellent substitutes.

My supermarket doesn’t carry King’s Hawaiian rolls. What else can I use?

King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls are known for their soft texture and mild sweetness, and they conveniently come in pre-connected sheets that make assembly and baking easy. If you’re looking for alternatives, potato rolls or brioche buns are a fantastic option, offering a similar softness and sweetness, and they can sometimes be found in pre-connected sheets. If those aren’t available, individual slider buns are also suitable.

If using individual buns, you can still recreate the convenience of a sheet. Simply place the individual buns closely together in your baking pan, mimicking a connected sheet, and assemble your sliders on top. To ensure you can remove the sliders easily as one whole unit, line your pan with a foil sling.

Plate of ham and cheese sliders.

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Ham and Cheese Sliders

Make your next gathering a hit with these simple yet delicious ham and cheese sliders: soft buns filled with ham and melted Swiss cheese, all smothered in a tangy butter sauce.

Servings: 12 sliders
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Total Time: 40 Minutes, plus 15 to 20 minutes to cool

Ingredients

For the Butter Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1½ tablespoons poppy seeds
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Heaping ¼ teaspoon salt

For the Sandwiches

  • One 12-count pack square soft white dinner rolls, such as Kings Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • ⅔ pound sliced Swiss cheese
  • ½ pound sliced Black Forest ham

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and set an oven rack in the middle position.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients for the butter sauce. Set aside.
  3. Using a serrated bread knife, slice the rolls in half horizontally, keeping the top and bottom halves separately intact. (Don't worry if the rolls fall apart; you can piece them back together in the pan.) Spread the Dijon mustard evenly over the cut sides of the roll tops and bottoms.
  4. Place the bottom half of the bread, cut side up, in a 9-inch square baking pan. Place half of the cheese in an even layer over the bread. Top with all of the ham, followed by the remaining cheese. Cover with the roll tops.
  5. Evenly spoon the butter sauce over the top of the rolls, letting it drip down the sides.
  6. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, until the top is golden brown and toasted. Let cool for 15 to 20 minutes in the pan. Using a large spatula, carefully transfer the sandwich block to a cutting board. Slice into sandwiches and transfer to a serving plate. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  7. Make-Ahead Instructions: The sliders can be assembled a day ahead and topped with the butter sauce, refrigerated overnight, and then baked the following day.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 1 slider
  • Calories: 338
  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 33g
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 16g
  • Sodium: 648g
  • Cholesterol: 45mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Edamam.com. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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Comments

  • These sliders have amazing umami! We made them for a Father’s Day brunch and doubled the recipe. There were only a few left! They were also good left over!! I did bake them a little less than the recipe called for as they were browning. So good! Another amazing recipe Jenn!

    • — Heather D on June 16, 2024
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  • Excellent! Quick, easy and delicious!

    • — Nada Saoud on May 11, 2024
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  • These sliders sound wonderful. I am wondering if you could make them in a Panini grill? Has anyone tried it?

    • — Jane Meehan on April 2, 2024
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  • Could I substitute Pepper Jack or Swiss Cheese?
    Thank you

    • — Grandma on March 29, 2024
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    • Sure!

      • — Jenn on April 1, 2024
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  • I love this but PLEASE reduce the cooking time in the recipe. In different ovens I used, at 20 mins they burn and happened to 2 of my friends I have sent this recipe to. I would rather have to add a minute or 2 versus burning the tops.

    • — Iisa rambo on February 11, 2024
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  • Hi Jenn! Can’t wait to make these for my Super Bowl party today! How thick should I have the ham and cheese cut? (Thank you!) Debbie

    • — Debbie on February 11, 2024
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    • Hi Debbie, I’m sorry I’m weighing in too late to help and hope the sliders came out nicely. I generally get the ham and cheese thinly sliced.

      • — Jenn on February 12, 2024
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  • I’ve made these several times. Mmm, so buttery, so savory. I just love’em!

    • — Regina on February 7, 2024
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  • Could I bake these on a sheet pan as I’d like to double or triple the recipe? Could I use shaved ham?

    • — Angela Sadler on December 6, 2023
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    • Sure, I think you can do both.

      • — Jenn on December 7, 2023
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  • Love, love, love these–and so do my family and friends. Although wonderful straight from the oven, they’re great as a make-ahead to serve at room temp. I’ve even left some without the ham when I know there are vegetarians in the group. Only disappointment is that there are never any leftovers!

    • — Karen on December 3, 2023
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  • Someone already asked about subbing out the dijon. You suggested mayo or ranch. Can I also use that same sub for the sauce? Or maybe use yellow mustard? Neither of my kids like Dijon mustard. 🙁 Thanks!

    • — Melissa B. on October 26, 2023
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    • Sure, Melissa, that should be fine. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on October 27, 2023
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  • Hello Jenn,
    Can I omit the Worcestershire sauce? I have made these sliders before but this time I’m making these on Halloween night for a big group of kids and one has a Worcestershire sauce allergy. Any suggestions or substitutions?
    I appreciate it!
    Elaine

    • — Elaine S on October 21, 2023
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    • Yes, you can just omit the Worcestershire. Hope the kids enjoy!

      • — Jenn on October 25, 2023
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  • No salt is needed. It’s too salty.

    • — - jenny on October 14, 2023
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  • Hi Jenn, this is a great recipe! My family always enjoys. I would like to make ahead and bake early Saturday morning before tailgating (about 2 1/2 hours away). Do you have any tips on how best to do this? I can use hot pacs and keep in a cooler. . .just concerned about the bread getting soggy. Any advice you can give me would be great! Thanks so much.

    • — Sarah F on September 19, 2023
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    • Hi Sarah, so glad you like the sliders! If the tailgate was this past Saturday, I’m weighing in too late to help (sorry)! If that’s the case, for future reference, could use hot packs as you described. The rolls would be soft, but I don’t think they’d be soggy. Also, you could just transport them in a cooler on their own. Although I like them best hot, they’re good at room temperature too.

      • — Jenn on September 25, 2023
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  • I’ve made these a few times and they’re awesome! I reviewed these last week on my new YouTube channel, The Real Deal Recipe Reviews. I also posted them on my Instagram (with a tag). I was surprised that I liked these with the poppy seeds, they were great. My grandson loves sliders and can’t wait for me to make these for him!

    • — Daryl on July 31, 2023
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  • Jenn, I made your ham and cheese sliders for a wine and appetiser night we hosted for friends. I followed your recipe exactly as written. They were so easy to make and were the “hit” of the party. I have made many of your recipes and loved them all. I especially appreciate your step by step instructions with photos. It makes it so easy to follow. Thank you for making me look like a good cook😊

    • — Cindy Maestri on July 23, 2023
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  • Hi Jen, I am ALWAYS so impressed with your recipes and cannot thank you enough! Yesterday we had appetizer night and I served your slider recipe. OMG, it was so good. I was concerned that it would be mushy but not a chance. EVERYONE loved it. The only change that I had to make was to swap the Swiss cheese for white cheddar. I also made your salsa and it was excellent as well. I did cut back on the crushed red pepper and thought that after it set for 8 hrs I should have added more pepper. Am I glad I didn’t, as the next day it was PERFECT. The longer it sits, the spicier it gets. Thanks again

    • — Diana hubbard replyuk on July 11, 2023
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  • Question?
    I have served these sandwiches at home and everyone loves them!
    I plan to make 2-3 pans of these to serve at an event (a dog show) where the only means to warm the sandwiches is a microwave.
    Would it be reasonable to prep and bake them the night before, refrigerate overnight, and warm in the microwave oven before serving?
    Any other helpful suggestions?

    • — Kathy on May 10, 2023
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    • Hi Kathy, Glad these have been a hit. It’s definitely not optimal, but I think you could microwave these briefly to reheat them.

      • — Jenn on May 10, 2023
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  • Hi Jenn:
    Thank you for this very versatile recipe. This is one of the freezer staples I make often. Ham with provolone and cheddar are our favorites. We also used whatever leftover meat we may have roast beef and swiss; turkey with cheddar or shredded bbq chicken and colby jack are options also. We often add banana peppers or pickle slices. Popping these from the freezer into a 350 oven still wrapped in foil paired to reheat and serve with a soup or salad makes a quick lunch or easy dinner. I am the only one who doesn’t like worcestershire so the compromise is to cut it to 1 tablespoon. Works well with or without the seeds too. My entire family thanks you!!

    • — Penny on April 30, 2023
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  • Hi Jenn
    I am making these for my sons birthday party tomorrow. Would it be possible to assemble them today and wait and top and bake them tomorrow ?
    Thank you so much
    Melissa

    • — Melissa Pickard on March 30, 2023
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    • Yep, that’s fine! You could even top them today, refrigerate overnight, and bake tomorrow. Happy birthday to your son!

      • — Jenn on March 30, 2023
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      • Oh that would be even better for time management ! Thank you so much! Turning 9!

        • — Melissa Pickard on March 30, 2023
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  • hi jenn, could i use raw sesame seeds instead of poppy seeds? will baking at 175 C for 20-25 mins be ok for raw sesame seeds, ie the seeds will not burn? and cheddar cheese slices instead of swiss cheese ok for this recipe? Thanks in advance for yr reply !

    • — helen on February 14, 2023
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    • Hi Helen, I’ve never tried with sesame seeds but I do worry they’d burn. If you’re not a fan of poppy seeds, you could just omit them. And cheddar will work perfectly fine. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on February 15, 2023
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  • Amazing! So buttery and tangy. Loved this recipe. Definitely a keeper! Perfect for casual parties, lunches, sporting events, or just because!

    • — Micho on February 13, 2023
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  • Quick question Jenn,
    Is there any way to add avocados to this recipe? Or is that prohibited b/c they can’t be heated?

    Thx for all of your help in the kitchen. My favorite recipes are your Marry Me Chicken, Chicken Marsala, vinaigrette, strawberry cake which I make with frozen raspberries and your corn salad.
    All the best & my family thanks you, too!
    S Haskin

    • — Sandra Haskin on February 12, 2023
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    • Hi Sandra, I can’t think of a good way to add avocado here – sorry! So happy your family is enjoying the recipes!

      • — Jenn on February 13, 2023
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  • Hello, unfortunately here in Canada, we do not have kings Hawaiian sweet buns, or at least I can’t find any at the grocery store. What are some other options for bun? Regular dinner rolls?
    Thank you,
    Sonia

    • — Sonia on February 12, 2023
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    • Hi Sonia, Yes any dinner rolls will work.

      • — Jenn on February 13, 2023
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    • Hi Sonia,

      We do! If you are near a Save-On-Foods, they carry them. 🙂

      • — Melanie on May 2, 2023
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