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Ham and Cheese Hawaiian Roll Sliders

These oven-baked ham and cheese Hawaiian roll sliders are a family favorite snack. Made with Havarti cheese and black forest ham and topped with a poppy seed, Worcestershire sauce, and Dijon mustard butter glaze. This easy recipe is perfect football party food or holiday appetizer.

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Cut, layer, brush and bake your way to a tray of deliciousness that’s big enough to share.

With their buttery sweet Hawaiian buns, onion-poppy seed sauce, melty Havarti cheese and peppery ham these sliders hit all the right notes. Yet are so simple to make.

Good Weekend Food

These ham and cheese sliders will absolutely satisfy your weekend munchies.

Enjoy them as a hearty breakfast-lunch combination so you can consolidate meals and get more done with your day off, while staying fueled.

This simple and quick recipe is ideal for feeding a family or small crowd as it makes a dozen sliders.

Ingredients You’ll Need

You need just 3 main ingredients plus a 5-ingredient homemade seasoned buttery sauce that tops these roll so that they bake to a delicious crisp.

Here’s everything you’ll need: savory Hawaiian rolls, black forest ham, Havarti cheese, butter, poppy seeds, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, and Dijon mustard.

Ingredients for Ham and Cheese sliders

The secret is in the sauce.

The secret sauce is what will make you want to eat the entire tray of these delectable little ham and cheese sandwiches. The sauce is just four ingredients mixed together with a little melted butter but it will rock your world.

Watch how easy it is to make these sliders.

Here’s how to make these ham and cheese sliders, step by step. It’s simple.

Which Hawaiian rolls are best to use with this recipe?

When you go to the store you’ll notice two flavors of Hawaiian rolls — savory butter and original sweet. I’ve tried using both to make these ham and cheese sliders. Both are actually good!

However, I personally like the savory butter flavor a little better. The original sweet rolls along with the sweetness of the ham can be just a little too much sweetness for me.

Hawaiian Rolls - Savory Butter

It’s up to you though. Try them both and see what you like best. I always say, there are no right or wrong choices in cooking when it comes to flavor. It’s about what you like. So take time to experiment and see what you and your family like best. And have some fun with taste testing!

Can these sliders be made ahead?

Yes. You can prep these sliders ahead of time then bake them right before you’re ready to eat.

Just cover with foil and keep refrigerated until you’re ready to bake them.

Tips for making these ham and cheese sliders, perfectly on the first try:

Don’t separate your rolls. Cut them in half as a big block. It’s much easier and will save you time!

Slice Hawaiian Rolls

Fold ham slices in quarters to add texture to your bite.

Feel free to also add extra ham if you want a meatier slider. Or extra cheese for that matter.

Layering ham

Cover with foil. Then carefully uncover for just the last 3-5 minutes to lightly brown and crisp the tops of the rolls. Less time for less crispy and less brown, more time for more crispy and more brown. Shoot for a golden brown color.

Covver with foil before baking

Choosing Your Baking Dish

Did you notice my cute, glass baking dish? I just love this dish. It’s one of my favorite Pioneer Woman pieces. I have multiple pieces of her collection. It’s a 9″ x 13″ size.

This Pioneer Woman casserole dish is my favorite because it’s the perfect size and has really pretty glass bead work on the outside.

I prefer to use glass vs. metal casserole dishes when baking. Glass is easier to clean and food doesn’t stick as easily. You can use steel wool on it without worrying about scrapping it. I use this pan use it a lot for breakfast casseroles, easy sheet cakes and of course these sliders!

Oh, and a package of Hawaiian rolls fits perfectly so its perfect for making this recipe. 🙂

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Love all things ham and cheese?

Hey, I can’t blame you. It’s a can’t-go-wrong combo.

Here are all my other recipes incorporating ham and cheese:

Ham and Cheese Quiche
Cheesy Ham and Potato Soup
Cajun Ham and Cheese Biscuits
Easy Ham and Cheese Croissant Melts – My breakfast most mornings!

Here’s what people are saying about these Hawaiian ham and cheese sliders:

“These are my absolute fav!”
“I could literally eat a dozen”
“This couldn’t be easier or more delicious!!”
“Best use of leftover ham!”

These ham and cheese Hawaiian roll sliders were featured on Pretty Little Monday, South Your Mouth and Big Green House!

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Ham and Cheese Hawaiian Roll Sliders

These oven-baked ham and cheese Hawaiian roll sliders are a family favorite snack. Made with Havarti cheese and black forest ham and topped with a poppy seed, Worcestershire sauce, and Dijon mustard butter glaze. This easy recipe is perfect football party food or holiday appetizer.
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Cuisine: American
Skill Level: Easy
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 Servings
Yield: 12 sliders


  • 1 package Hawaiian Rolls (Savory Butter or Original Sweet) 12 count
  • ½ lb sliced baked ham
  • 6 slices Havarti cheese
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ tsp poppy seeds
  • ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp dijon mustard


  • Without separating the rolls, slice the Hawaiian rolls in half. Place the bottom half of the rolls in a 9×12 baking pan.
  • Layer on sliced ham then cheese then the tops of the rolls.
  • In a glass bowl, microwave the butter for about 30 second or until melted. Stir in poppy seeds, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder and Dijon mustard.
  • Brush butter mixture over top of rolls.
  • Loosely cover pan with foil and bake at 350˚ for about 18-20 minutes or until cheese is melted. Remove foil the last 3-5 minutes of baking to slightly brown and crisp the tops of the rolls.



I prefer the savory butter Hawaiian rolls. The sweet roll get a little too sweet with the ham.
Have leftover ham? Use that instead of deli ham! Try to slice it thinly so it heats up well.
Nutrition Facts
Ham and Cheese Hawaiian Roll Sliders
Serving Size
1 slider
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Polyunsaturated Fat
Monounsaturated Fat
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Sherry Lynn Buikema

Wednesday 1st of December 2021

What cheese can you use as a substitute never seen or heard of that cheese

Angela G.

Thursday 2nd of December 2021

Hi Sherry, You can find Havarti cheese, already sliced in most grocery stores. It's not a super popular cheese so there's usually just one brand that carries it. If you can't find it though, then you can use Swiss cheese instead. Or white American. Thanks for asking. Enjoy!


Saturday 6th of November 2021

Third time making these. So easy and the entire family loves them. Thank you for sharing!

Angela G.

Saturday 6th of November 2021

Hi Candice, so glad you guys are enjoying them!

Michaela Saxbury

Wednesday 6th of October 2021

What can you use instead of onion powder?

Angela G.

Wednesday 6th of October 2021

You could use garlic powder or any other onion you might have if you just don’t have the powder version. For example, you could used dried minced onion or finally diced fresh onion and grind either one down to a paste or fine power of using a mortar and pestle. You can also just leave out the onion all together if you’re not a fan of onion.

Nancy McCurdy

Tuesday 28th of September 2021

Can you make ahead and freeeze!

Angela G.

Tuesday 28th of September 2021

Hi Nancy, yes you can prep these and freeze these sliders. Some tips: don't melt the butter all the way when you make the sauce for the tops of the rolls. It will freeze better if you use room temperature butter. When you're ready to heat and eat these, you can let them thaw then bake as directed. OR bake directly from frozen, just make sure to cover with foil and add approximately 5-10 minutes to the bake time as needed to get the cheese melted and buns golden brown in color.


Tuesday 6th of July 2021

I followed this recipe exactly (except for the poppy seeds). I also doubled it. Turned out perfect!