Baked Ham and Cheese Sandwiches, also called ham and cheese sliders, with layers of delicious ham and melted Swiss cheese on sweet Hawaiian rolls topped with a delicious poppy seed butter sauce! A crowd-favorite recipe!
These super easy baked ham and cheese sandwiches are always a favorite! They are delicious for a quick and easy hot lunch, afternoon snack, or dinner served with a large salad that the whole family will love!
We also love to serve them on game days and throughout the holiday season. Everyone loves them so much that they are one of the first things to disappear!
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Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Delicious favorite. This recipe is a classic recipe that my Mama made throughout the year for parties, holidays, and when entertaining friends and family. They were always delicious and always a favorite!
- Quick and easy recipe. A recipe that is super quick and easy to prepare! They are ready in less than 30 minutes!
- Perfect anytime. These baked ham and cheese sandwiches are delicious as an appetizer, as a snack on game days or after school, for lunch, or even dinner served with a quick salad. My family has always loved them during the holidays, but really… they are just perfect anytime!
Be sure to see the recipe card below for the full listing of ingredients, instructions, notes, and estimated nutritional information.
- Rolls – Hawaiian Sweet Rolls are perfect for these ham and cheese sandwiches. Hawaiian rolls are buttery, soft, and tender, with a hint of sweetness that pairs perfectly with the ham and flavorful butter spread. You can substitute it with your favorite soft rolls. Brioche and sourdough are also delicious!
- Ham – Choose thinly sliced ham for the best texture in these sandwiches. You can use any flavor of ham, such as honey ham, black forest ham, or even leftover baked ham you slice. You can substitute it with your favorite protein, such as turkey, chicken, or roast beef.
- Cheese – We love Swiss or Provolone cheese, but you can also use mozzarella, Monterey Jack, or another favorite cheese.
- For the buttery spread – You’ll need butter, Dijon mustard, poppy seeds (optional), minced dried onions (optional), Stone House Seasoning (a seasoning mix of salt, pepper, and granulated garlic), Worcestershire sauce (or coconut aminos if sensitive to soy), and chopped fresh parsley (optional). This is the magic of the recipe, adding so much flavor to each bite. I’ve noted the optional ingredients. While highly recommended, omit if sensitive or prefer not to include. They are delicious either way!!!
How to Make Ham and Cheese Sliders
Prep. Preheat the oven. Cut the rolls in half so that there is a top and bottom. Do not separate the rolls. Place the bottom half of the rolls into a 9×13 baking dish. Whisk together all the buttery spread ingredients in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
Assemble. Layer the ham on the rolls in the baking dish, then add the cheese. Place the top half of the bread onto sandwiches. Spread the buttery spread onto the top of the bread.
Top the sandwiches and bake. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and bake until the tops are golden brown, about 10 more minutes.
Serve. Remove from the oven and slice around the edges of the rolls through the ham and cheese to easily serve. Serve warm and enjoy!
To store leftovers. Leftover ham and cheese sliders keep wonderfully. Cover tightly and refrigerate it for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave or wrap in foil or parchment paper and reheat in the air fryer or oven.
To make ahead. Assemble the sandwiches and wrap them tightly with plastic wrap. Store in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Remove from the refrigerator as the oven preheats. Remove the plastic wrap and replace it with foil. Bake as directed. Additional baking time may be needed since the ham and cheese sandwiches were refrigerated.
To freeze. Assemble and wrap tightly with plastic wrap topped with foil. Freeze for up to 4 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight, remove the foil and plastic wrap, and return the foil to the baking dish. Bake as directed. Additional baking time may be needed.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! I frequently make baked ham and cheese sliders without poppy seeds in the butter spread. Just omit them from the recipe. There is no need to replace them with another ingredient.
You certainly can, but I recommend adjusting the baking of the recipe to accommodate for the addition. Some recipes add a honey mustard sauce or even mayonnaise to the inside of the sandwich. I find that this really might not be necessary, but when added, it can make the bottom of the sandwiches soggy. To prevent them from becoming soggy, I recommend toasting the bottom half of the rolls in the baking dish before adding the remaining ingredients.
For a party where other appetizers are being served, I generally plan 2 sliders per person.
For a family meal, I like to plan for 3 per person.
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Baked Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
- 24 mini rolls, sandwich or dinner rolls
- 1 pound thinly sliced ham
- 1 pound Swiss cheese, thinly sliced
For the Spread:
- 3/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds, optional
- 1 teaspoon minced onion, optional
- 1 teaspoon Stone House Seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley, optional
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, or coconut aminos
- green onion, sliced
- chopped fresh parsley
- Prep. Preheat oven to 350º F. If not precut, then cut the rolls in half making a top and a bottom. Place the bottom half of the rolls into the baking dish.
- Make the spread. Whisk together the ingredients for the spread in a small mixing bowl. Set aside.
- Assemble the sandwiches. Place the ham on the rolls and add the cheese. Place the top of the rolls onto the assembled sandwiches. Spread the butter spread on top of the rolls.
- Bake. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove the foil from the baking dish and continue to bake until golden brown and the cheese has melted, about 10 more minutes.
- Serve. Remove from the oven and slice around the edges of the rolls through the ham and cheese to easily serve. Serve warm.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.