Dinner rolls filled with ham and Swiss cheese are brushed with a seasoned butter and poppy seed topping and baked until toasted. Serve these baked Ham and Cheese Sliders as a party snack or an easy dinner any night of the week!
These mini ham and Swiss sandwiches are the perfect choice anytime you want to put something out that’s easy to serve and will please everyone. This is one of those super simple recipes that people just go bonkers for. Many versions have made the rounds over the years and these tasty sliders remain a strong contender for best game day snack ever.
They’re always a popular choice at a buffet and the perfect finger food for parties, but I serve them most frequently with a bowl of soup for a light and easy weeknight dinner.
- Dinner rolls – The many varieties of King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls accent the savory ham in a really nice way. I also love using tender, buttery potato dinner rolls which are more neutral in flavor and compete less with the filling and buttery topping.
- Ham – I usually make them with thinly sliced deli ham but this is a great way to use up any leftover ham you might have on hand after the holidays. These sliders happen the week following Easter every year in our house.
- Sliced Swiss cheese – Cut to fit the dinner rolls. You can substitute Provolone, cheddar, or Jack but you can’t beat the ham and Swiss combo!
- Melted butter
- Worcestershire sauce
- Dijon mustard
- Onion powder
- Poppy seeds
How to Make Ham and Cheese Sliders
- Whisk together the melted butter, Worcestershire, Dijon and onion powder in a small bowl.
- If the rolls are connected, separate them and slice each roll in half through the middle. Place the bottom halves in the prepared baking dish. Divide the ham and cheese between the rolls, folding pieces of ham as needed to fit.
- Place the tops on the rolls and brush them with the melted butter mixture.
- Sprinkle the sliders evenly with poppy seeds. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, until the cheese has melted and the tops of the rolls are lightly toasted.
To bake the sliders without separating the rolls, just slice through the center of the intact sheet of rolls and remove the top half. Place the bottom half of the rolls in the prepared baking dish. Layer on the ham and cheese and cover with the top half of the rolls. After baking, transfer the sandwiches to a cutting board and use a knife to slice into individual sliders.
Make it a Meal
Serve Ham and Cheese Sliders with one or more of these recipes for a light and easy weeknight meal.
Assemble the Ham and Cheese Sliders up to a day in advance, cover the baking dish with foil, and refrigerate until ready to bake. Remove the sliders from the refrigerator and allow them to rest on the kitchen counter for about 30 minutes before baking. You may need to add a couple of minutes to the cooking time if they are still chilled when going into the oven.
Transfer leftover sliders to an airtight container or zippered plastic storage bag and refrigerate within two hours. Leftover Ham and Cheese Sliders should be consumed within 2 to 3 days. Just reheat them until warmed through in the microwave.
More Slider Recipes You’ll Love
- Italian Roast Beef Sliders
- Sloppy Joe Sliders
- Slow Cooker BBQ Buffalo Chicken Sliders
- Turkey Bacon Ranch Sliders
Ham and Cheese Sliders
- 12 dinner rolls, sweet Hawaiian or potato
- ¾ pound thinly sliced deli ham, or leftover ham sliced thin
- 6 ounces sliced Swiss cheese (6 slices), cut in quarters
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon poppy seeds, or as needed
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 13- x 9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Whisk together the melted butter, Worcestershire, Dijon and onion powder in a small bowl and set aside.
- If the rolls are connected, separate them and cut each roll in half. Place the bottom halves in the prepared baking dish. Divide the ham and cheese between the rolls (folding pieces of ham as needed to fit). Cover with the tops. Brush the melted butter mixture over the tops of the rolls and sprinkle evenly with poppy seeds.
- Cover the baking dish with foil, transfer it to the preheated oven, and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the tops of the rolls are lightly toasted.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated using generic ingredients, and is an estimate not a guarantee. For more accurate results, please refer to the labels on your ingredients at home.
This post was originally published October 11, 2011. It has been updated with new text and images.
Questions and Reviews
Do you think you could keep warm in a crockpot after baking ? I want to take to a party, but not sure the best way to keep them warm throughout the night.
Yes, these are wonderful and the recipe has been around for a long time and in different versions. I love the one with a little brown sugar added and I always use more poppy seeds and worchestershire. Be sure to pile on the ham and baby swiss thick. THey do go flat. I love potato and Hawaiian rolls, but my bunch liked a harder roll because the softer ones were too gooey soft . Just make them to suit your eaters taste.
I am so down for these tonight:
Ham = check
Swiss = check
Butter, Worcestershire, Dijon, Onion Powder = check
skippin’ poppy seeds
Rolls = swing by store
Appetite = check and check
These sound delicious and very easy to make. I’m surely gonna try them.. Thanks…
Oooh! Snazzy party treat. The spread sounds super delicious too, really cool way to ‘grown-up’ the recipe!
These would definitely slide down easy in this house! 🙂 Happy Holidays!