Ham and Cheese Sliders

filed under: Bread · Food + Drink on March 2, 2019

Not all sliders are created equal. As a matter of fact, this Ham and Cheese Slider is one of the best you will ever try. The secret? The seasonings in the butter sauce! They transform boring ham and cheese into something magical! You may also like my French Dip Sliders or Tuna Sliders!

Ham and Cheese Sliders

Ham & Cheese Slider

The basic ingredients for this recipe couldn’t be easier.

  • Rolls – we used King’s Hawaiian, but I also adore my homemade Dinner Rolls
  • Sharp cheddar cheese – I really prefer the slight tang of sharp cheddar in this recipe
  • Provolone cheese – you could use mozzarella instead or even a pepper jack
  • Ham – we used leftover ham from our favorite Crock Pot Honey Ham. Feel free to use deli ham, however, I would do a double layer

But as I mentioned above, the real magic is the seasonings. For the butter sauce, all you need is garlic salt and Italian seasoning. We have tested this recipe dozens of times and perfected the amounts, so try to get your measurements as accurate as possible!

How to Make Sliders

How to Make Sliders

Ok, so the hardest part about this recipe is cutting the bread. And even that is easy!

Start by cutting your rolls in half. Add the bottom half of the rolls to a greased casserole dish. Place cheese on top of that. Then layer your ham. I was using leftover honey baked ham and was pretty generous with the portions. (It’s so good!) Then another layer of cheese. Then place the top half of the rolls on top.

Easy Ham and Cheese Slider

The next step is my favorite, and that is to brush butter sauce over everything. Into every nook & cranny, over the sides, into every little crevice. If you don’t have a pastry brush you can also pour the butter over top, but make sure that the seasonings are evenly distributed as they can clump together.

Bake the sliders covered with foil for 15 minutes, then remove the foil and let the tops turn golden brown. My mouth waters just looking at the picture, these are SO GOOD.

Ham and Cheese Slider Recipe

How to Serve Sliders

I like to serve sliders right out of the oven, while the butter is piping hot and the cheese is ooey and gooey. I typically cut the sliders, using the rolls as a guideline. If I don’t want to set a hot dish on the table, I will occasionally stack them on a plate (helps to keep the heat in) and serve like that.

The Best Ham and Cheese Sliders

Can You Freeze Ham and Cheese Sliders?

When I know I am making extra to freeze, I will prepare them directly on top of a large piece of plastic wrap. Set the bottom layer of bread down, add all the layers, place the bread on top and then wrap them up as tightly as I can without crushing the bread. I do NOT add the butter sauce to rolls that I am freezing. Place the plastic wrapped sliders in an airtight container or sealable freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. (Truth be told, I’ve had them bake up great after a year depending on how well I packed them.)

How to Bake Frozen Sliders

Remove sliders from the freezer and remove all the wrapping. Place rolls into a greased casserole dish and cover with the butter sauce. You will notice that the butter will start to harden and clump, and that is ok. Just try to cover every little bit of the rolls. Cover with foil and immediately place frozen rolls into the oven for 20 minutes at 350°F. Remove foil and bake until rolls are golden brown. (You may need a few extra minutes to ensure they are done baking.

Ham Cheese Sandwich

Feel free to dip these sliders in homemade Ranch Dressing, but I happen to think they are amazing on their own.

BONUS: The recipe is based on my Breakfast Ham and Cheese Sliders. How do you transform them into a breakfast option? Just add a layer of scrambled eggs in between the cheeses! Just make sure you make 2 pans, they go fast!

5 from 8 votes
ham and cheese slider
Ham and Cheese Sliders
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ham and Cheese Sliders
Servings: 12
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 12  dinner rolls can use 12-count package Kings Hawaiian
  • 1/4  cup  butter melted
  • 1/2  teaspoon  garlic salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  Italian seasoning
  • slices  sharp cheddar cheese
  • 12  slices  cooked ham
  • slices  provolone cheese
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the melted butter, garlic salt, and Italian seasoning.
  2. Split your rolls in half, place the bottom half in the baking dish.

  3. Top the buns with the cheddar cheese slices, follow with a layer of ham slices, and then the final layer of provolone cheese slices.

  4. Place the top half of the buns on top and brush the top of the rolls with the melted butter mixture.
  5. Cover the dish with tinfoil and bake for 15 minutes at 350°F or until the cheese is hot and bubbly.

  6. Remove foil, and bake for an additional 5 minutes (or until the tops of the sliders turn a golden brown.

  7. Remove from oven, slice and serve!

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  • Jane says:


  • Eve says:

    Oh myyyyy!!!!!!!!! Absolutely amazing!!!!!!!! 😀 The ham and cheese sliders is a permanent favorite!!!!!

  • Mecedes Ubamos Managad says:

    I will try to cook chicken noodles and bake Ham and Cheese Slider , absolutely delicious , thank you so much you sent me emails recipes .

  • Brian Guinther says:

    Way to much salt for out taste. After trying the recipe as is, we substituted garlic power for the garlic salt. What a better meal and half the saltiness. Good recipe, but heart healthy choice would be to cut out half the salt.

    • Amanda says:

      Glad you were able to make it to suit your tastes! That was an excellent substitution. I actually add MORE salt to mine… 😉

  • Debbie says:

    I made these sliders this afternoon. They are all gone! My family ate them up! This is a keeper recipe for sure. Absolutely delicious! Warm sandwich with a buttery sauce baked into it. It melts in your mouth. Just wonderful!

  • Jessy says:

    oh my goodness. these look soo good!! I make grilled cheeses with ham alll the time! it’s quite a thing here in portugal. but omg these look so good i cant wait to try them out 😉 thankss

    Xoxo <3

  • Tom says:

    not big on CHEDDAR – use swiss and motzeralla –
    1/4 C Butter – 1/2 C Honey Mustard – POPPEY SEEDS

  • John says:

    Wonderful party food. We took them to a party and cut each roll in half for more servings and they were great! We even took the leftovers and ate them cold and they were excellent also!

  • gheen says:

    Is there a substitute for italian seasoning? Thanks

  • Jewel says:

    Hello Amanda, i would love yo join your club! Can I pay thru PayPal? I thought I saw you make a bread recipe? I’m trying to find that also! Ty look forward to your reply @)-)-

  • Judy says:

    Thanks had these at a party and we loved them been looking for recipe for a while. Thanks Md.

  • Belen Alimonda says:

    Wonderful recipes they taste delicious

  • Jessy says:

    I would love to make this recipe but in Belgium we don’t have such bread packages, is there anything else you know of I can use?

  • HL FREDERICK says:


  • Joanne says:

    Really delicious and so easy to make.
    I’m getting to a point that I truly trust any recipe published by Amanda. Always spot on.

  • Stephanie says:

    These were so good my five year old said thank you for making them about 5 times! Thanks so much for the quick and easy recipe.

  • Monica Kostak says:

    I have made this twice, including on vacation in a condo, last month. Perfect! my family loved it..

  • Doris clatfelter says:

    I’ve made these a variety of way. I mix some honey mustard and mayo and spread on the inside of the buns. This gives it extra flavor. I also use garlic butter on top of the buns before cooking. Sometimes I use ham and turkey or pastrami and ham. Both gets raves from company.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Great ideas!

  • Emma says:

    Sounds so good

  • Lauri says:

    These are so much better than the recipes that call for mustard. I don’t hate mustard, but I’d rather have garlic bread than mustard bread, wouldn’t you? The recipe is easily adaptable to suit individual tastes. For example, my son likes a litte mayo on the bread and he likes swiss and mozzarella (sans the cheddar). But that’s the beauty of it. Again — ditch those recipes with the mustard and instead, choose garlic!

  • Tee says:

    Thank you for sharing your recipe Love them all

  • Emaad says:

    delicious and mouth-watering

  • Cindy Gardner says:

    I add a couple of tsps of mustard to my butter sauce…. mmmmm good and I don’t really care for mustard!!!! LOL

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