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Hawaiian Roll Ham and Cheese Sliders Recipe

Ham and Cheese Sliders are easy appetizers or Hors D’oeuvre to make and serve. If you need a popular finger food recipe or game day appetizer this one is for you.

These personal sized sandwiches come together easily with just a few ingredients. They also store and freeze really well, so if you need to make them ahead of time you’re in luck.

The honey mustard spread really brings out the flavor of the sliders, taking them from standard ham and cheese and bringing them into the world of scrumptious appetizers.

Baked Ham And Cheese Sliders Showing The Ham And Melted Cheese.
Baked Ham and Cheese Sliders are crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside.

What is the difference between a Slider and a Burger?

The true definition of a slider is a small burger cooked with onions and pickles. The slang term is believed to come from the Navy around the 1940s. It was later adopted the chain restaurant White Castle Restaurant.

Sliders are now not only small burgers, they are also thought of as small sandwiches too. Easy to serve and grab diner style food. The mini hamburger is still a mainstay. However, you’ll find an endless variety of sliders at events everywhere nowadays.

Watch our video tutorial on making these Ham and Cheese Sliders

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What is Slider Sauce made of?

Slider sauce recipe will vary depending on the style of slider you are making. A traditional slider sauce consists of mayo, ketchup, onion, tabasco, mustard, sugar and salt to accompany beef patties.

Our sauce is made to bring together your choice of cheese and deli ham. We are using honey mustard, mayo, onion and garlic powder, thyme and a bit of butter for a creamy base with a ton of flavor.

Side Shot Of Ham And Cheese Sliders With Bamboo Picks And On A Party Tray.
These little buns of yum are easy to grab finger food.

How much meat do you need for a Slider?

Due to their small size, the quantity of ingredients does matter. Otherwise you run the risk of messy, overfull sliders that will create a hassle for your guests. Typically you want to aim for 1.5 ounces to 2 ounces of your choice of meat per slider.

Ham And Cheese Sliders Top View Of Baked Sliders.
Ham and cheese sliders are basted with a butter mixture and baked for a wonderfully flavorful party appetizer. Best served warm but can be served reheated or cold in a pinch.

What do you serve with Sliders?

Bar food, party food, game day food, whatever you define sliders as, they are usually paired with tasty comfort sides and other grab food. Our favorites include

  • Classic French fries or onion rings
  • Chips and dip
  • Potato salad
  • Fresh seasonal fruit
  • Baked beans
  • Corn on the cob
  • Assorted roasted veggies
  • Jello fruit salad
  • Fresh green salads
  • Cold pasta salad

Where to serve Sliders?

Ham and Cheese Sliders are easy party food to make and serve. These are well loved Super Bowl food and buffet choices for graduation parties.

But they can also grace the tables of wedding receptions, bridal or baby showers, birthday parties and summer BBQs.

Ham and Cheese Slider Recipe:

 Sliders With Bamboo Picks On A Tray.
I filled my sliders with Deli black Forest Ham. I used sharp cheddar cheese in half of my sliders and pepper Jack for the others.

We used very thin sliced Black Forest Deli Ham for our recipe, but feel free to use any ham of your choice.

For the cheese we suggest soft smoked gouda, pepper jack, Swiss, or sharp cheddar. These cheeses melt beautifully and taste great with the honey mustard sauce that we use.

Can you make Ham and Cheese Sliders ahead of time?

Yes, Hawaiian roll sliders can easily be made ahead and stored in your fridge for a day or two.

  • Apply cooking spray to a 9 x 13 inch baking pan
  • Arrange the rolls close together in the pan.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge up to a day before your party.

When you are ready to serve remove from the fridge and allow them to warm up a bit.

  • Baste the top of the rolls with the melted butter, thyme, onion and garlic powder.
  • Cover with foil and bake.
  • Serve warm.
Basting The Sliders With Herbed Butter
Baste the sliders with the herbed butter all over. Cover with foil and bake.

Ingredients for Hawaiian Roll Sliders

Soft and sweet Hawaiian rolls are perfect to house the slider fillings. They have a light sweetness that everyone loves, they are easy to work with and bake beautifully.


  • Ham of your choice, we recommend a thin sliced deli ham or pre-sliced spiral ham.
  • Cheese of your choice, we love smoked gouda, sharp cheddar, cheddar jack or Swiss


  • Mayonnaise
  • Honey mustard dressing


  • Melted butter
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Dried thyme
Ham And Cheese Sliders
Yield: 24 sliders

Ham and Cheese Sliders

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A quick and easy finger food for a party. These popular appetizers are very popular and delicious. The seasoned butter top and honey mustard dressing add the perfect counterpoint to the ham and cheese fillings. Your guests will love them!


  • 1 tsp. Thyme
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 Cup butter
  • 1/4 Cup honey mustard dressing
  • 1 Cup mayonnaise
  • 24 Hawaiian rolls (or other sweet dinner rolls)
  • 16 oz. ham (deli or thinly sliced ham)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. On a breadboard cut each roll in half.
  3. In a small bowl Mix together the mayonnaise and honey mustard dressing.
  4. Spread the mayonnaise mixture on each roll on both cut sides.
  5. Lay one slice of ham and one slice of cheese on each roll bottom.
  6. Put the tops on the rolls and set them closely together in a 9 x 13 baking pan.
  7. In a different small bowl add the butter. Melt it in your microwave and add the onion and garlic powder and thyme. Mix together.
  8. Basting The Sliders With Herbed Butter
  9. Spread the butter mixture over all of the roll tops and sides with a basting brush. Use all of the butter mixture.
  10. Cover the baking dish with foil.
  11. Bake covered 10 minutes.
  12. Remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and the tops are crispy.
  13. Ham And Cheese Sliders
  14. Remove from oven, skewer each slider with a pick if desired.
  15. Place on your serving tray and serve warm.


These sliders are very easy to make with pre-sliced cheeses and pre-cut deli ham. Black forest deli ham, Honey ham or any ham you prefer will work in this recipe. You may use a spiral ham if you don't mind the work of cutting the pieces to fit your rolls. Use up your leftover ham and make these for a family lunch or snack. So good!

Likewise you may choose any cheese you prefer.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 slider

Amount Per Serving Calories 214Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 38mgSodium 347mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 1gSugar 5gProtein 7g

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Ham and Cheese Sliders are easy appetizers or Hors D’oeuvre to make and serve. If you need a popular finger food recipe or game day appetizer here you go!

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