Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders with Garlic Butter Sauce

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Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders are a fun, easy, and crazy delicious freezer-friendly dish that is a hit at get-togethers with adults and kids alike! Use your favorite cheese and type of ham in between soft, sweet Hawaiian rolls then slather on plenty of that amazing garlic butter sauce that is full of great flavor. No one can resist!

Looking for more food to feed a crowd? Check out this Bang Bang Chicken, Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese, or a One Hour Deep Dish Pizza that goes perfectly with these ham and cheese sliders!

Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders are a fun, easy, and crazy delicious freezer-friendly dish that is a hit at get-togethers with adults and kids alike! Use your favorite cheese and type of ham in between soft, sweet Hawaiian rolls then slather on plenty of that amazing garlic butter sauce that is full of great flavor. No one can resist!

These hot and melty ham and cheese sliders are literally perfect for any occasion. I'm not joking, I can't think of any time that these sweet, tangy, savory sliders can't come to the table.

Easter party? Slice up that ham and make these sliders for the kids.

Christmas or Thanksgiving? A fantastic appetizer!

Game Day tailgating? It will be gone before the first quarter is over.

overhead shot of ham and cheese sliders covered in a garlic butter sauce, being served on a wooden platter and a small white plate

Play-dates, family lunch, a picnic, school and work lunches, these little ham and cheese sliders are golden. Did I mention that this can be made ahead and it's freezer-friendly? Oh, and it is ready for those hungry bellies in under 20 minutes...

Are you in love yet, moms? 

I promise everyone -everyone- loves a buttery, cheesy slider. And they're so easy to make your own, so no matter what you like, you can use this recipe as a guideline to some good food.

How to make the best Garlic Butter Ham and Cheese Sliders Ever

bottom half of Hawaiian rolls in pan with a plate of ham and cheese on a marble slab

Slice the rolls in half horizontally, keeping the rolls together.

Layering ham and cheese onto the bottom Hawaiian rolls in garlic butter ham and cheese sliders

Layer on a good, good amount of that ham and cheese then top with the top half of the rolls.

What's in that Garlic Butter Sauce

The buttery sauce that you slather all over? It's so good: minced onion, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, a little dijon, sesame seeds, poppy seeds with some salt and pepper.

This is the stuff: the garlic butter mixture is so flavorful and brings great crispy texture to the little sandwich tops. It also runs down the sides of the rolls and gives the bottoms this amazing crispiness. So. Good.

Ham and Cheese Sliders being brushed with garlic butter sauce in pan before baking

Don't like the sweetness of Hawaiian rolls? Use soft potato rolls or homemade dinner rolls instead.

Don't like ham? Use thinly sliced turkey, chicken, roast beef, whatever you want.

Use your favorite cheese, too! I love provolone, mild cheddar, Havarti, elemental,  muenster, even gruyere when I have it in my fridge. Baby Swiss, too. Oh, how I love a good baby swiss cheese. You'll want a really melty cheese and a lot of it!

How to keep your baked ham and cheese sliders warm at a party

Here's a great trick to keep your sliders nice and warm during a party using a slow cooker or instant pot:

Pour a small amount of water into the slow cooker or instant pot, it should be maybe ½ inch tall. Turn it onto it's lowest heating setting, or "warm". Place a steamer basket or rack into the appliance so your sliders won't touch the water.

Wrap the sliders with aluminum foil, then put them onto the steamer basket and close the lid. 

Now your ham and cheese are nice and warm until ready to eat!

One poppyseed ham and cheese slider is being lifted from a wooden platter of sliders with cheese pulling from the sliders

Can ham and cheese sliders be frozen for later?

Freeze up a couple of pans of these ham and cheese sliders. Just make the sandwiches without the butter sauce and don't bake them. Wrap them up in plastic wrap and foil, then keep in the freezer for up to 3 months! Thaw in the fridge and then proceed with the rest of the steps.

You can also make them a day ahead, pouring on the sauce and baking them the day of.

Before your next party or play date with a gaggle of hungry kindergartners, make sure to serve some ham and cheese sliders. Everyone will love them!

Looking for more sandwiches? Check out:

Croque Madame Sandwiches

French Dip Sandwiches

Classic Patty Melts

Crispy Chicken Sandwiches (Popeyes' Copycat)




📖 Recipe

Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders with Garlic Butter Sauce

Eden Westbrook
Ham and Cheese Sliders are a fun, easy, and crazy delicious freezer-friendly dish that is a hit at get togethers with adults and kids alike!
4.81 from 21 votes
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course 30 Minutes or Less
Cuisine American
Servings 12 sliders
Calories 272 kcal


  • 1 package 12 rolls sweet Hawaiian rolls
  • 1 lb cooked deli ham thinly sliced (leftover holiday ham works well!)
  • 16 slices havarti cheese sliced

Butter Sauce

  • 8 tablespoon 1 stick, 120g unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon 5 mL Worcesteshire sauce
  • ½ tablespoon 8g dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon 9g poppyseeds
  • 1 tablespoon 9g white sesame seeds
  • ½ tablespoon 5g garlic powder
  • ½ tablespoon dried minced onion
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • Using a sharp serrated bread knife, carefully slice the rolls in half horizontally. Place the bottom half of the rolls into a 9x13 baking dish. 
  • Layer cheese over the bottom of the rolls, then layer ham fully over the cheese. Repeat cheese and ham, ending with a last layer of cheese. Cover with the top half of the rolls. Optionally, you can cut the individual rolls now to separate the sliders and have the butter sauce penetrate between each sandwich better.
  • In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter. Whisk in the Worcestershire sauce, dijon mustard, garlic powder, poppyseeds, sesame seeds, minced onion, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Add in parsley, if using.
  • Slowly pour the butter sauce over the rolls, using a pastry brush or spoon to evenly spread the mixture over the tops. Let the sauce drip down the sides to the bottom, this is needed for crispiness,
  • Cover the baking dish with foil and bake covered for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 5 minutes or until tops are slightly crispy and toasty.
  • Serve the hot sliders immediately.


Serving: 1gCalories: 272kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 16gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 859mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1g
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  4. Whatttt?! Sign me up! These look SO delish. Love that you added garlic butter sauce to this recipe. I cannot think of anything better right now.

  5. These would be such a hit for our next family get together! I think I would do a mix of ham and cheese, and maybe turkey and cheese. We can't get those Hawaiian rolls around here so I would go with some dinner rolls. Nonetheless, I'm sure they would be devoured!

  6. Okay, so these look amazing and they sound amazing too! I've never thought to put the garlic sauce! Genius!

  7. I love Hawaiian rolls especially when they're full of cheese and covered in butter and magic - we love this recipe!! Thank you!

  8. Marisa F. Stewart says:

    This recipe is perfect for this coming weekend. We're going to a tailgate party and I was wanting to make something delicious and ahead of time. The ham and cheese sliders I know will be a huge hit with both the guys and gals.

  9. These ham and cheese sliders are the perfect quick dinner for busy nights meals. I love that it's freezer friendly too.

  10. Kelly Anthony says:

    I absolutely love these ham and cheese sliders and they are always a hit at every party I have ever been to.

  11. Analida Braeger says:

    This is a great game day recipe to enjoy with friends! Anything I can make ahead is a plus! Thanks!

    1. Eden Westbrook says:

      It really is a fantastic tailgating or game day dish! Thanks for stopping by, Analida!

  12. Paula Montenegro says:

    I've been wanting to make similar sandwiches for the longest time, so now I have no excuse! And they can be frozen too. I clearly see ham and cheese sliders in my near future!

  13. Oh these little sliders look just perfect for any family or friends gathering! So easy, yet so delicious!

  14. MmmMMM. That is cheese-tastic. They're like little grilled cheese sandwiches with less work. I have to make up a pan of these. They're perfect for breakfast.

  15. I tried this for a book club the other night and it was a hit - everyone loved those everything bagel seasonings!!

  16. Raia Todd says:

    Ooooh... these are going to be a hit! Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

  17. Ashley @ Sweetpea Lifestyle says:

    I love any kind of slider!! These look so good - can't wait to try during Tailgating season!

  18. You can't go wrong with these for dinner or a get together- everyone loves them! Love the garlic butter addition!

  19. Patty at Spoonabilities says:

    I am keeping this recipe handy! Not only do these sliders sound absolutely amazing, but I love the fact that they can be prepared and frozen for fast and easy use!

  20. Delicious! This recipe is so easy and flavorful!

  21. Yes, I love recipes that are quick and easy and that you can freeze! This one looks fabulous. I am keen to give it a go as it sounds like it would taste delicious!! Cheers for sharing.

  22. I love the fact that these can be prepped ahead and frozen! Great recipe!

  23. My teenage boys and their hungry friends are going to love these! Perfect for game day too.

  24. I would never have thought of freezing them, but it totally makes sense when you bake them! oof now I need to get the ingredients for these!

  25. Helen of Fuss Free Flavours says:

    These sliders look so tasty. Perfect for an easy to make Easter brunch for family and friends. I imagine they would be popular with everyone.

  26. Alexandra says:

    SUCH a clever and delicious idea - something that I know my family and friends will love. Perfect for game day!

  27. This is perfect game-day food! Love that these sliders are freezer-friendly. The butter sauce for the rolls sounds so delicious!

  28. Heidy L. McCallum says:

    What a fabulous item for my work Potluck! I can make a bunch of these and I bet they will fly off the table. Saving the recipe to make this coming week. Thanks for another great idea. I am so excited for everyone to try them at work.

  29. ali randall says:

    I love this idea to make a bunch of sandwiches for a crowd. These look delicious and I love a warm ham and cheese slider. Perfect for tailgating too!

  30. Luci's Morsels says:

    These look delicious. I never thought of slicing the whole roll package in half - genius! Nor did I think about slathering the top of the rolls with so much deliciousness!! Thanks for such great, easy ideas!!

  31. I would love to serve these at my next party, the sound delicious! Maybe a double batch in hopes of leftovers :).