Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders

These warm, cheesy hot ham and cheese sliders are perfect for a crowd and a delightful simple lunch that comes together in less than a half hour.

Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches on a Cutting Board

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Nothing says comfort like a ham and cheese slider. Up the ante with a seriously mouthwatering compound butter, soft and fluffy slider buns, and plenty of ooey gooey cheese, and you’ve got a meal that your entire family will want over and over again. Plus, they can be made in less than 30 minutes—just 15 minutes if you prep them in advance—is the cherry on top.

How to Build Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders

The components of these sliders are minimal and straightforward, but each serves a specific and delicious purpose:

  • Compound butter: This compound butter can be made with ingredients you likely already have in your fridge and pantry, and it takes these ham and cheese sliders from ordinary to superb. It not only flavors the sliders, it also helps them get perfectly golden brown and not dry.
Plate of Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches with Chips and a Pickle

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  • Swiss cheese: There are lots of cheeses that’d work nicely here, from American and cheddar to gruyere. I’ve personally found that sliced Swiss cheese yields the best results—it's mild and lets the ham and compound butter shine and it's cost-efficient. There’s also a double layer of cheese in this recipe, which acts like glue to hold the ham perfectly in place once baked.
  • Sliced deli ham: This recipe calls for thinly-sliced deli ham, but use whatever kind of ham you have access to. After a big holiday meal, these sliders would also be excellent with leftover thick-cut ham.
  • Hawaiian slider rolls: Hawaiian rolls add just a touch of sweetness and they stay perfectly fluffy even when the compound butter turns the outsides nice and crisp. And yes, they’re also pretty fun to tear into when it comes time to separate them.

The Herbed Compound Butter is Key

The herbed compound butter is what turns this dish into something exceptional, and it’s incredibly easy to throw together. All you have to do is mash together softened butter, minced shallots, chopped parsley, and mustard until it becomes a homogenous, spreadable mixture. 

In my testing, I found that using room temperature butter over melted butter created a crispier, golden brown buns, whereas using melted butter made the sliders feel greasy.

Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches on a Plate with Chips and a Pickle

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Optional Add-Ins

Think of this recipe like a blank canvas that can be tweaked or finessed to your liking. There’s a whole world of toppings and add-ins. Here are just a couple of ideas:

  • To pack in a bit of heat, slather the inside of the buns with spicy mustard, and you can even sprinkle the ham with chopped pickled jalapeños for a spicy, vinegary bite.
  • For added sweetness and acidity to cut through the rich compound butter, layer on sliced dill pickles.

Make Them Ahead

All you have to do is pop the sliders into the oven and bake them until they’re hot. The assembled sliders—through step 4—will keep in the fridge, covered, for 24 hours before they’ll start to get soggy. 

Bake the sliders for 3 to 4 additional minutes covered in foil when they’re cooked cold from the fridge.

Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches on a Cutting Board with a Knife

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Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 4 to 6 servings
Yield 12 sliders


For the compound butter

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 2 teaspoons minced shallots

  • 2 teaspoons chopped parsley

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the sliders

  • 1 (12-count package) Hawaiian slider rolls

  • 1/2 pound sliced Swiss cheese, about 12 slices

  • 1/2 pound thin-sliced deli ham


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Prepare the compound butter:

    In a small bowl, combine the butter, mustard, shallots, parsley, salt, and black pepper with a fork. Reserve until ready to assemble.

    Bowl with Minced Shallots, Mustard, Butter, and Herbs for Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

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  3. Prepare the buns:

    Using a serrated knife, cut the slider buns through the middle into two halves, dividing the tops and bottoms while keeping each slider bun connected.

    Dinner Rolls Halved for Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches on a Cutting Board

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  4. Assemble the sliders:

    Place the opened rolls on a sheet pan or baking dish, and evenly arrange half the Swiss cheese on the bottom bun. Top with the ham, overlapping slightly as you lay down each slice. Arrange the remaining slices of cheese on top of the ham, and close with the slider bun tops. 

    Use a spoon or butter knife to smear the softened compound butter all over the tops of the sliders.

    Bottom Half of Dinner Rolls Covered in Ham for Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders

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    Ham and Cheese Sandwiches Covered in Compound Butter

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  5. Bake the sliders:

    Loosely cover the sliders with aluminum foil and bake for 10 minutes.

    After 10 minutes, remove the foil and bake for another 5 minutes or until the tops of the sliders are crisp and golden brown. 

    Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.

  6. Serve the sliders:

    Tear or cut the sliders and serve warm.

    Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches on a Cutting Board with a Knife

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  7. Storage and reheating instructions:

    Store remaining sliders in the fridge tightly covered. Leftovers will keep for up to 3 days. 

    Reheat each sliders in the microwave for 30 seconds—add 15 seconds for each additional slider.

    To reheat in the oven, bake for 8 to 10 minutes at 350°F, or until the cheese has melted and the sliders are crisp and heated through.

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    Plate of Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches with a Pickle and Chips

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
498 Calories
22g Fat
48g Carbs
26g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 498
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 29%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Sodium 1191mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 505mg 39%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 346mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.