Ham and Cheese Sliders are a crazy good combination of ham and Swiss cheese baked to golden perfection. They’re hands down the BEST appetizer around!
Everyone loves these ham and swiss sliders. They’re a classic appetizer that’s perfect for serving a crowd. Layers of ham, Swiss cheese are sandwiched between soft Hawaiian Rolls and topped with a savory, buttery sauce and baked until golden! My mouth is watering just thinking of it.
Normally I use deli sliced ham for these sliders, but around the holidays I grab some extra ham from dinner and use that instead. Want to make it a soup and sandwich night? Try our Leftover Ham and Lentil Soup for a delicious take on vegetable soup!
HAM AND CHEESE SLIDERS
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I’m totally into sliders! I think they are one of the easiest appetizer recipes to make, and they are perfect for feeding a crowd on game day. You can make just about anything into Hawaiian roll sliders.
Some of my go-to slider recipes include my Philly Cheesesteak Sliders and Copycat Big Mac Sliders. They both have all of the flavors of their namesake and are always a hit. But these Ham and Cheese Sliders started it all for me.
They are the OG baked slider, and they are still a family favorite for a reason. Serve them when everyone arrives and bring out another pan during halftime to feed all of your hungry football fans!
These easy-to-make Ham and Cheese Sliders are perfect for potlucks and parties. They’re a favorite with the whole family for a quick and fun pull-apart weeknight meal too.
- Slider buns – I prefer sweet Hawaiian rolls with this recipe, they compliment the ham and Swiss cheese so well!
- Deli sliced ham
- Swiss cheese
- Dijon mustard
- Onion powder
- Worcestershire sauce
- Poppy seeds
The butter, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, and Poppy seeds combine to baste and soak into the Hawaiian rolls. This gives them both a new flavor and a crunchy bottom bun crust!
These ham sliders are great as is, but feel free to make it your own with different cheeses, sauces, or dinner rolls! For me, all sliders are great sliders.
How to make Ham and Cheese Sliders
- Start off by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Then you’ll cut your slider buns in half and place the bottom half of the buns in a greased casserole dish. Don’t pull the buns apart, this makes it easier to put the sliders together.
- Next, mix the mayo and Dijon mustard together in a small bowl. Then spread the sauce over the cut side of the bottom buns.
- Now it’s time to layer. Top the sauce with overlapping layers of sliced ham and then Swiss cheese. I like these sliders to be all nice and gooey, so I put a little extra Swiss cheese. 🙂
- One the meat and cheese are one, place the tops of the slider buns on (cut side facing the cheese).
- After that, make the savory butter sauce. Mix together melted butter, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, and poppy seeds in a small bowl. Then you’ll pour this delicious mixture all over the top of the rolls. You can use a basting brush to evenly cover the tops, but make sure you let the excess drip between your sliders to the bottom.
- Then, cover the casserole dish with foil and bake the sliders for about 10 minutes. Carefully remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes, until the cheese has melted. (20 minutes of cooking time total.)
- You can now remove your sliders from the oven. Grab a sharp knife and cut the sliders apart. I usually serve them right in the baking dish, but you can transfer them to a serving patter as well. They’re best served warm, but room temperature is okay too.
Prepping for a party? The night before, you can assemble the Ham and Cheese Sliders right up to the point where you add the melted butter mixture. Instead, cover the sliders and place them in the refrigerator.
On party day, make your butter mixture, and pour it over your sliders. Then bake and pull them out of the oven right before guests arrive!
How to Make Ham and Cheese Sliders
A slider is traditionally a steam-grilled sandwich. Possibly originating with the White Castle small slider burgers, but many people refer to sliders as any kind of smaller sandwich on a bun.
These days, both are right, but there’s something about a steamy, crunchy steamed slider, oozing with melty cheese! The requirements for a slider are a bun and a filling. This means you can make sliders with any combination of meats, cheeses, and toppings to wow your guests and family.
Don’t eat ham? Turkey, roast beef, and chicken are all great on sliders!
Trying to stay away from dairy? Skip the cheese, use melted vegan butter, and slather on your favorite sauce!
What sides to serve with Ham and Cheese Sliders
Party foods always call for party sides! When you don’t have room for everyone at the table, stick to handheld sides like our Crispy Homemade Onion Rings.
Pasta salad is my first stop at every party. This Easy BLT Pasta Salad will give you new ideas about what pasta salad can be. Casseroles are easy party favorites, and our Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole brings the richness and fluffy potatoes to the table.
Check out other awesome appetizer recipes!
- Jalapeno Popper Crescent Rolls
- Chorizo Queso Fundido
- Bacon Ranch Cheesy Bread
- Fruit Goat Cheese Bruschetta
- Spinach Artichoke Dip Sliders
- More Appetizer recipes…
Tools used to make Ham and Cheese Sliders
Casserole Dish: This simple and elegant serving dish goes from oven to table! It’s a staple at our dinner table and I know it will be at your table too!
Mixing Bowl: These mixing bowls are perfect for mixing and serving. I love the varied sizes so I always have the right size bowl for all my mixing needs.
*This post originally posted on 01/19/2019.
- 12 slider buns (Hawaiian rolls are recommended)
- 12 slices deli ham
- 8 slices Swiss cheese
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 cup butter melted
- 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Cut slider buns in half and place the bottoms in a greased casserole dish.
- Mix together mayo and Dijon mustard then spread over the bottom buns.
- Place the ham on the slider buns, overlapping the pieces.
- Place the Swiss cheese on the ham, and then place the tops of the slider buns.
- In a small bowl, combine melted butter, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, and poppy seeds.
- Pour the butter mixture over the sliders and cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove the foil and continue baking for 10 more minutes, or until the cheese melts.
- Remove from the oven. Use a sharp knife to cut the sliders apart. Serve warm and enjoy!
Made this tonight w/leftover ham, didn’t have poppy seeds, but turned out great! Thank you so much for a great, simple reciepe!
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Pool GMA says
These are easy to make and terrific tasting! I used honey mustard, (didn’t have Dijon) and subbed the onion powder with BADIA complete seasoning. I only used half of the butter and omitted the poppy seeds. I’ll be making these for our Mother’s Day brunch. Delish!
Made these for my daughters baby shower, big hit. Some of the sliders i sprinkled the everything seasoning on them . I make these a lot, fast and easy
Carla Alli says
This was a good lunch idea. Didn’t like the mustard and the Worcestershire sauce didn’t do anything great for mine. Also used sesame seeds instead based on what I had at the time!
Good, but the amount of poppyseeds was a bit excessive. Also, they could have used more ham.
I’ve been making some variation of these since the 80’s. My original recipe called for chopping the ham and cheese and mixing it with the mayo, mustard and butter and poppyseed mixture.
I followed your recipe and used a combination of country ham and Virginia ham. This was our Christmas morning breakfast. My son loved it so much he had me make another tray yesterday!
These were delicious and my family loved them. I reduced onion powder to 1 tsp and poppyseeds to 1 Tbs. I would definitely make them again. Thank you!
This is a simple and quick recipe that you can though together in a snap. Word of caution you may want to double the recipe because it is such a hit and they disappear quickly. Thanks for sharing.
These sliders were a hit!!! I made two batches. The second batch was better because I brushed the top with the butter mixture instead of poring it over the top. The brushing kept the bottom of the rolls from being soggy. We will definitely be making more!!!!
Tastes yummy but way too many poppyseeds! We were scraping them off because of how thick it was. I’m wondering if you meant teaspoons instead of tablespoons?
My husband absolutely loves these little sandwiches! It’s a hit for the whole fam actually!!
So bad! The Dijon mustard and mayonnaise spread is overpowering and slimy. I would never make this again
Georgia R. says
I haven’t tried this version, but it sounds great. I make mine minus mayo and onion powder. Mine I mix the butter, Dijon, worsteshire poppy seed and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, pour it all over sliders. It’s very good too. Checking out all of your recipes now. 🌴
Do you leave it covered with foil? I just made it with the brown sugar addition and after taking the foil off and cooking it for 4 minutes it was already burnt. Darn.
Oh my goodness, I can’t think of anything that sounds better right now, MASSIVELY craving a couple of these!
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Charlene Perry says
You didnt put the dijon mustard in the recipe.
Julie Kotzbach says
Hi Charlene. OMG, I can’t believe we missed that. Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention. I’ve updated the recipe card. 🙂
LESLIE R ALDRIDGE says
There’s no mention of dijon mustard in the actual recipe itself, yet the directions mention it once or twice. I had to guess on how much to add so I hope they turn out ok!!
Jennifer Kimmel says
Hello Leslie! Thanks for letting us know. We have updated the recipe card. It is 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard.