hawaiian ham and cheese sliders

hawaiian ham and cheese sliders

hawaiian ham and cheese sliders

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Ham is pork from a leg cut that has been preserved by wet or dry curing, with or without smoking.[1] As a processed meat, the term “ham” includes both whole cuts of meat and ones that have been mechanically formed.

Ham is made around the world, including a number of regional specialties, such as Westphalian ham and some varieties of Spanish jamón. In addition, numerous ham products have specific geographical naming protection, such as prosciutto di Parma in Europe, and Smithfield ham in the US.

Hawaiian Ham & Cheese Sliders

Sliders are always, always, always a game day winner: they’re scrumptious, they’re finger food, and they’re tiny, so you can have more than one. In our humble opinion, this might be the world’s most perfect slider. It’s a delightful little stack of Swiss cheese, honey ham, and Dijon mustard on an ultra-soft Hawaiian sweet roll — and it’s drenched in an onion-mustard butter. It’s crispy, mouthwateringly sweet, soft, salty, ooey-gooey, and chewy all at the same time.

Best of all, they come together in under 30 minutes, which is great because you’re going to want to make a lot of them. The recipe says to start with two packages of rolls, which may sound like a lot in Covidian times — but these sliders go down easy. We told our crew of tasters, “Have two, they’re small,” but most of them came back for thirds. Or tried to: as supplies dwindled, folks were heard to say, “How many have you had?” and “That’s mine!”

Ham and cheese sliders are a natural for game day, but we’d roll them out for any gonzo snacking occasion, from siblings on the patio to bad TV night. For beers, think about something with plenty of hoppy character, like a Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits.


24 King’s Hawaiian Original Hawaiian Sweet Dinner Rolls

⅓ cup mayonnaise

24 slices honey ham

6 slices Swiss cheese, quartered

1 Tbsp poppy seeds

1 ½ Tbsp Dijon mustard

½ cup butter, melted

1 Tbsp onion powder

½ tsp Worcestershire sauce

hawaiian ham and cheese sliders
hawaiian ham and cheese sliders

How to Make the Ham & Cheese Sliders

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º.
  2. Without separating the rolls, slice them in half and set the bottom portion in a baking dish measuring 7 x 11 inches.
  3. Spread the mayonnaise on the bottom side of the rolls. Place a slice or two of ham and a slice of Swiss cheese on each roll. Replace the top of the rolls.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the poppy seeds, Dijon mustard, melted butter, onion powder, and Worcestershire sauce.
  5. Pour the sauce over the top of the rolls. Cover the baking dish with foil and let the sliders sit for 10 minutes.
  6. Bake the sliders until the cheese melts, about 10 minutes. Uncover and cook until the tops are slightly brown and crisp, about 2 minutes. Serve warm.



  • 12 count package Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
  • 12 ounces thin sliced honey ham
  • ½ lb. swiss cheese sandwich cut
  • 6 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onions
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Slice the Hawaiian Rolls in half. Do not separate the individual rolls. Spray an 11×7 or 13×9 inch casserole dish with nonstick spray. Place the bottom half of the rolls in the prepared casserole dish.   Layer the bottom half with smoked ham, then Swiss Cheese, then more smoked ham. Add the top portion of the Hawaiian Rolls.
  3. In a small saucepan over low melt the butter. Remove it from the heat and add the poppy seeds, honey, minced onions, Dijon Mustard, and Worcestershire Sauce. Pour over the sandwiches and using a pastry brush spread it over the tops of the sandwiches.  Cover the dish with aluminum foil.
  4. Bake covered for 15 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until lightly browned on the top and the cheese is melted. Remove the sandwiches from the pan to a cutting board. Using a sharp knife cut into individual sandwiches along the edges of the rolls.


  • Very thin sliced ham works best for this recipe. I like to use the sweet honey smoked ham but any ham will work with this recipe.
  • To prepare in advance assemble the sandwiches but reserve the butter honey poppy seed glaze until right before baking. See below for more hints on preparing in advance.
  • For a change of pace substitute Pepper Jack, Cheddar, or American for the Swiss Cheese.
  • Fresh finely minced onion can be substituted for the dried minced onion.
  • These sandwiches are best served promptly however they can be reheated in the oven, toaster oven, or microwave.
  • Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat until the cheese is melted in the oven, toaster oven, or microwave.
  • Freeze double wrapped in heavy duty freezer bags for up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight.
hawaiian ham and cheese sliders
hawaiian ham and cheese sliders



  • 3/4 cup melted Butter
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Poppy Seeds
  • 2 tsp Dried Minced Onion
  • 12 King’s Hawaiian Dinner Rolls
  • 9 oz thin sliced Deli Ham
  • 8 oz thin sliced Swiss Cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick spray (or butter the dish).
  • Combine butter, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, poppy seeds, and dried onion in a separate bowl
  • Slice the rolls to make sandwiches. Remove tops and set aside.
  • Place the bottom pieces into the prepared baking dish.
  • Layer the ham onto the rolls.
  • Top the ham with the Swiss cheese.
  • Place the tops of the rolls onto the sandwiches.
  • Brush or pour the liquid mixture evenly over the rolls.
  • Bake 20 minutes or until the rolls are lightly browned and cheese has melted.
  • Separate into individual sandwiches to serve.

Ham & Cheese Sliders

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