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Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders


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These Hawaiian Ham and Swiss Sliders are always the most popular finger foods at parties. Despite being really easy to make, the creative combination of flavors join to become the best finger-licking sandwich ever.

a collage of Hawaiian Ham and Swiss Sliders being assembles with title text reading Hawaiian Roll Ham & Swiss Sliders

The inspiration for These Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders

This recipe is based on one I discovered two years ago. The original recipe (from Stockpiling Moms) referred to these sandwiches as “Funeral Rolls” which is how I found them.

My father had just passed away and I was planning the menu for the reception after his funeral. So, while I’m thankful to have discovered this recipe due to their unfortunate name, I needed a less morbid moniker to refer to them as.

Not to mention, since these truly are my most complimented dish every time I serve them, I didn’t want to dive into the story of the name each time someone asked for the recipe.

I’ve also made a few small changes to the original recipe based on feedback from my family and guests as I’ve tweaked the recipe. Because I find the sweet Hawaiian rolls sweet enough, I’ve reduced the brown sugar.

I do make it with the poppy seeds to sneak in some additional health benefits while also (in my opinion) enhancing the flavor and texture of the sandwiches.

Finally, because these sandwiches are always a hit, I buy the 18-count pack of King’s Hawaiian rolls instead of the 12-count and have adapted the recipe accordingly.

hawaiian ham & swiss cheese sliders in a white dish

How to Make Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders

Aside from how amazing these sandwiches taste, my favorite thing about them is how easy they are to make. By the way, if you have little helpers, this is a great one to recruit their assistance with!

The steps are simple and the ingredients are basic. You should be able to find everything you need at your local grocery store.

swiss cheese slices, hawaiian rolls, ham lunchmeat, glass bowl of mustard and sauce on a cutting board on a table

Step 1: Prepare the Bottom Layer

Slice the Hawaiian rolls in half, separating top halves from the bottom halves. Place the 9 of the bottom halves in each of two square 9×9 baking dishes.

I prefer to divide them into two separate casserole dishes so that during a party, I can make one dish first, then place the other in the oven while the first is being served. This way, when the first batch runs out, the next batch is warm and just as delicious.

bottom halves of hawaiian rolls in a white dish on a table with ham and more rolls in the background

Step 2: Spread Mustard

Next, spread some yellow mustard on each roll. I personally prefer dijon mustard, but I get more rave reviews with regular yellow mustard.

the bottom half of hawaiian rolls spread with mustard in a white dish

Step 3: Add the Ham

Now it’s time to layer on the ham. This is a step that is perfect for your kids to do. No precision required and they get to add the main ingredient!

half of hawaiian rolls topped with mustard and ham in a white dish

Step 4: Add the Cheese

This is another step that’s perfect for little helpers. Lay four slices of Swiss cheese on top of the ham.

swiss cheese slices on top of ham and mustard on hawaiian rolls in a white dish

Step 5: Top Layer

It’s time to place the other half of the rolls on top to form our sliders.

hawaiian roll ham and cheese sliders in a white dish on a white table

Step 6: The Secret Sauce

Right now, you have some basic ham and Swiss sliders. What makes these Hawaiian Ham and Swiss sliders so remarkable is the sauce.

In a small bowl, stir together melted butter, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and poppy seeds. Pour over the tops of the rolls.

ham and cheese hawaiian roll sliders topped with sauce and poppy seeds in a white dish

For best results, cover and refrigerate for at least four hours. I like to make them the day ahead to give the rolls several hours to soak up all the sauce.

If you want, you CAN skip the marinating time, but you’ll lose a lot of the sauce to the pan. So instead of making the sauce and pouring it over the rolls, only make half the sauce and brush it onto the inside of each of the top buns. You’ll get all the flavors with less mess.

Step 7: Bake

When you’re ready to bake and serve them, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cover the sandwiches with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes.

ham and cheese hawaiian roll sliders topped with sauce and poppy seeds in a white dish with more rolls and saucers in the background

Use a sharp knife to separate the rolls. Serve warm.

a hand holding a ham and cheese hawaiian roll sliders topped with sauce and poppy seeds  above  a white dish filled with more sliders with more rolls and a saucer in the background

Hawaiian Ham and Swiss Sliders Recipe

Ready to make the best appetizer ever? Here’s the recipe card for these Hawaiian Ham and Swiss Sliders.

Hawaiian Ham and Swiss Sliders

These are easy to make and you will be obsessed.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 35 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 18 sandwiches
Calories 244 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 pounds sliced ham
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese
  • 18 count package of Hawaiian sweet rolls
  • 1 cup butter melted
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup mustard + extra for spreading on bottom of rolls
  • 2 tbsp poppyseeds

Instructions
 

  • Slice rolls in half to separate tops and bottoms. Spread mustard on the bottom rolls and arrange in two 9x9 baking dishes.
  • Tops each roll with two slices of ham. Then, cover ham with Swiss cheese slices.
  • Place top halves of rolls on sandwiches.
  • Combine the melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and poppy seeds in a small bowl. Stir well, then pour over the rolls.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least four hours, overnight is even better.
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cover each dish with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Notes

If making right away, reduce the sauce ingredients by half and instead of pouring over the rolls, brush onto the inside top half of each roll. Bake as directed.

Nutrition

Calories: 244kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 12gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 655mgPotassium: 173mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 422IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 126mgIron: 1mg
Keyword easy dinner, Ham and swiss sliders
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If you liked these Hawaiian Ham and Swiss Sliders, you might also enjoy these other Easy Slider Recipes. While sliders are one of my favorite appetizers, they’re also great for kids’ lunches and even as easy dinners!

3 thoughts on “Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders”

  1. 5 stars
    These look amazing, I love the smaller batch for 2 people. We just dont eat as much.
    Thank you for sharing, I have pinned to save.
    Hope to see you again this week!
    Happy New Year!

    Reply
  2. 5 stars
    Great little sliders for a fun holiday party! Thanks so much for sharing your special talent with us at Full Plate Thursday and may you have a safe & prosperous new year!

    Reply
  3. I’ve seen funeral rolls. I like yours much better! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party – have a wonderful weekend!

    Reply

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