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Poppy Seed Ham Sliders

Poppy Seed Ham Sliders

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Poppy Seed Ham Sliders
Poppy Seed Ham Sliders


Poppy Seed Ham and Cheese Sliders

Who loves quick & easy recipes? I would be lost without them! We like to make these Poppy Seed Ham and Cheese Sliders as a versatile on-the-go breakfast recipe or sometimes as a game-day snack that our whole family loves. When it comes to party-type foods, sliders almost always make an appearance in our house. You just can’t go wrong with them – especially when they are as good as these.


24 Kings Hawaiian rolls
12 Sandwich-sized slices of Swiss or baby Swiss cheese
14 oz of sliced lunch meat ham—choose a thin ham so that these sliders can be easily bit into. Land O’Frost honey ham is what I use.
1/2 C butter
1 1/2 Tablespoon Dijon mustard / 1 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 Tablespoon fresh minced onion or 1 Tablespoon dried minced onion / 1 1/2 Tablespoon poppy seeds

Optional- Mayo and mustard. You can spread these condiments on while assembling. However, my family’s preference is to bake the sliders without and those who want the condiments added can do so afterwards.


9×13 baking dish
8×8 baking dish (you need both baking dishes if you make 24 rolls)
Tin foil
Microwavable bowl


Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F.

Cut the King’s Hawaiian rolls in half. Layer both pans (9×13 and 8×8 baking dishes) with the bottom rolls 3 rolls across, set the tops to the side.

Layer the rolls with ham then Swiss, repeat ham and Swiss once again.

Tip- I fold the ham to fit the roll.

I tear the sandwich sized cheese in fourths and put one fourth on each roll.

Make sure there are two layers alternating of ham and Swiss, ham and Swiss or Swiss and ham, Swiss and ham. It doesn’t matter the order so long as they alternate.

Put the rolls tops back on.

Melt the butter a microwavable bowl. Stir in onion, Worcestershire sauce, poppy seeds, and Dijon mustard. Using a teaspoon and scraping the spoon from the bottom of the bowl (to get all of the ingredients that sink), spoon the butter mixture evenly on the rolls. As you spoon it onto the roll, quickly spread it around.

Spoon one teaspoon of butter on each roll and then if there is extra butter mixture continue evenly divvying it out until it is gone. Typically my rolls get 1 1/2 teaspoons of the butter mixtures each.

I highly recommend taking the time to get each roll evenly. The consistency makes these sliders taste amazing.

Make a tin foil tent (punch the middle of the tin foil up so it does not rest on the tops of the rolls). Place on the center rack in the oven.

Bake on 350 F for 35 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted and the tops are very lightly browned.

If you don’t want to bake all of the rolls at once, freeze the extras before you bake. These freeze great!

When you want to make the frozen rolls, take them out of the fridge and let them defrost an hour or so and bake them 350 F until cheese is melted and tops are lightly browned.


Ham and Swiss Poppy Seed Sandwich Sliders Recipe


  • 24 King’s Hawaiian Rolls
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ onion (minced)
  •  Tablespoons dijon mustard
  •  Tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 slices swiss cheese (cut into fourths)
  • 24 slices deli ham


Poppy Seed Ham Sliders
Poppy Seed Ham Sliders



  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Slice rolls in half, keeping tops and bottoms together.
  • Melt butter and whisk in onion, mustard, poppy seeds and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Brush the mixture evenly on both the top and bottom half of the rolls.
  • On the bottom half of each roll, top the mustard mixture a small slice of swiss cheese and a slice of ham. You will need to fold the ham over so it’s not hanging over the edge of the roll.
  • Cover with foil and bake about 15-20 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  • Remove from oven, separate rolls and serve.


Calories: 229 kcal · Carbohydrates: 16 g · Protein: 12 g · Fat: 13 g · Saturated Fat: 6 g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g · Monounsaturated Fat: 4 g · Trans Fat: 1 g · Cholesterol: 45 mg · Sodium: 530 mg · Potassium: 110 mg · Fiber: 1 g · Sugar: 4 g · Vitamin A: 166 IU · Vitamin C: 1 mg · Calcium: 58 mg · Iron: 1 mg


The rolls are an important part of this recipe! I’ve used everything from store brand rolls to King’s Hawaiian brand rolls to locally baked products (Grandma Sycamore’s at holiday time). If I’m making these for a crowd (100 or more), I usually buy Walmart brand rolls (see recipe notes) because they stack easily and I can ask the deli person to get as many as I need right out of the freezer.

I like this option, because they are easy to transport without worrying about the rolls getting smashed. The Walmart brand rolls are also fairly flat, without a big rounded top, so as I mentioned they stack well, even if you have to throw them in your freezer once you get home.


If you are worried about buying just the right amount of meat and cheese, do a test run. Make a single pan, or half of a pan and see how many slices of meat and cheese you prefer on the rolls. Then make a note and adjust your meat and cheese amounts accordingly. This will also give you a good gauge for how much of the poppyseed and butter you like on top. The topping is optional, but I think it is what makes these little sliders special!

Easy Ham and Cheese Sliders with Poppyseed Topping

This easy to make slider is perfect for gatherings or an easy weeknight meal!


  • 3 dozen soft dinner rolls
  • 2 pounds deli meat- ham or turkey or have the deli slice up the exact amount of slices you need*
  • 1 pound sliced deli cheese or approx 18 slices, cut in half


  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tablespooon minced dehydrated onion optional
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


  1. Slice rolls and put small amount of turkey or ham with one slice of cheese on each roll. Place sandwiches in 2- 9×13 baking dishes or one large jelly roll pan. I like to place a sheet of parchment on bottom for way easy clean up.

  2. Heat ingredients for topping in a saucepan until butter is melted. Brush or spoon topping onto sandwiches right before cooking.

  3. Cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until cheese melts.


Recipe Notes

  • These sandwiches may be assembled in advance. A day before is fine, but don’t brush with drizzle until right before cooking. Store in fridge covered tightly with foil.
  • Deli meat- Slice the meat in half with a sharp knife (I cut the meat all at once). If you have 36 rolls, order 18 slices of deli meat, then cut in half.
  • I use a combo of ham/swiss, ham/cheddar, turkey/havarti. turkey/gouda.
  • I have also used Costco large croissants and cut them in half after stuffing with meat and cheese. Here are the proportions using large Costco croissants:
    3 doz large croissants
    4 lbs ham or turkey
    2 lbs sliced cheese
    Served approx 75
  • When using Walmart brand rolls- The rolls are found in the deli.  When making sliders for a large (100+) crowd Walmart rolls work well.  They come 16 to a package, are inexpensive and stack well without smashing.
  • I have also used a roll that looks similar to a Granny Sycamore cluster roll from Costco. They usually only sell these in the fall and winter months. This roll is much thicker than the Walmart brand roll, and I add more meat to the sandwich when using the Granny roll, so the meat is not lost in the roll!
  • Cooking for 100: plan on about 1 1/2 rolls per person if you are serving other buffet items such as salads, appetizers, sweets. 10 packages of “The Bakery” rolls from Walmart, (Potato or Sweet Hawaiian) 16 per pkg =160 rolls
  • Deli meat sliced, approx 80 slices, cut in half to yield 160 slices. Cheese slices, approx 80 slices, cut in half to yield 160.
  • For the poppyseed sauce, use the following for 100:
  • 1 1/4 lb butter, melted (5 sticks)
    8 tablespoons poppy seeds
    6 tablespoons mustard
    3-4 tablespoons dehydrated onion (optional)
    2 tablespoons Worcestershire
    Follow directions above for baking.
Poppy Seed Ham Sliders
Poppy Seed Ham Sliders


Step 1: Slice rolls in half and set tops aside.
Step 2: Layer ham, cheese, and then more ham.
Step 3: Top with other roll halves.
Step 4: Drizzle with buttery poppy seed mixture and bake.

Yes, it’s that simple! The only real trick is to use a really sharp serrated bread knife to cut the rolls. Other wise you might end up with hacked-up Hawaiian rolls. Out of all the leftover ham recipes, this is the real deal and the one your kids will ask for all. the. time. Trust me.

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