Honey baked ham and cheese sandwiches are super easy to make, full of baked ham, melted cheese and a light honey mustard glaze all baked to perfection.
Everyone will love these sliders and they’re the perfect way to feed a crowd.
This is the best ham and cheese baked sandwich recipe and it’s not just for appetizers. It can actually be a full meal. Add chips or some veggies and dips and you’ve got yourself the perfect game day (dare I say Super Bowl) party food.
These are husband and kid approved and I personally ate WAY too many of these as they’re really addicting.
Table of Contents:
Now let’s talk a little about just some of the ingredients that are in these hot ham and cheese party rolls. (The printable list of all ingredients is in the recipe card below.)
Butter: Butter just makes everything better and you’ll want to use real butter, not margarine for this. The butter will be used for the sauce that’s baked into the sliders.
Honey and mustard: To make the sauce, you’ll need honey and mustard. Don’t worry if you’re not a huge fan of honey mustard…this is a very light honey mustard and not overpowering at all.
Worcestershire sauce and minced onion: You’ll also need these ingredients to give the sauce some flavor.
Poppy seeds: These are used to sprinkle over the baked sandwiches, but they are completely optional if you prefer not to use them.
Sweet Hawaiian rolls: These rolls are just the absolute best, right? I think these and the sauce is what truly makes these sandwiches so addicting.
Honey baked ham: You’ll want to use honey baked ham and you don’t have to get it freshly sliced at the deli counter either. I’ve made this with the type in the containers and it was just as good.
Swiss cheese: Ham and swiss go together really well, but you could always use a different flavor of cheese, like cheddar, if you prefer.
How to Make these Ham and Cheese Baked Sliders:
Let’s talk a little about how to make these baked sandwiches. (The printable instructions are in the recipe card below.)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and spray the bottom of an 11×9 or 13×9 inch baking dish. I used a glass dish.
Using a small saucepan, add the butter to it and melt it completely, then add the honey, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and minced onion. Stir well until it’s all melted and warmed through.
Slice the tops off of each of the rolls and add them to the bottom of the baking dish.
Next, add 1/2 of the sliced honey baked ham to the rolls, then the slices of cheese, then the rest of the sliced ham.
Add the top half of the rolls and pour the butter mixture over everything. You can then sprinkle poppy seeds over the sandwiches.
Bake, covered with foil at 350 degrees F for about 20-25 minutes.
Once baked, let them cool for about 15 minutes, then use a knife to slice into individual sandwiches and serve them warm.
Tips & FAQs:
The sauce is pretty important to the recipe as that’s what gives a lot of flavor to the sandwiches and gives them that baked-in flavor.
Yes, you can use regular mustard or dijon mustard, or spicy mustard, whichever you prefer.
Yes, the poppy seeds are optional, but they do add a nice touch and a tiny amount of crunch.
I have not tested this recipe with hamburger buns. I would really try to get the Hawaiian rolls as they have a really wonderful flavor that pairs well with the honey baked ham and the sauce that’s baked in.
I probably wouldn’t use those. I haven’t tested them out, but they may burn by the time everything is well baked in and they just don’t have as much flavor as the Hawaiian rolls do.
Sure…you can use whatever type of deli meat you prefer. I feel like honey baked ham goes well with the honey mustard glaze, but the choice is yours.
Sure! I like ham and swiss, but some prefer cheddar and that’s totally fine too.
The sandwiches are already fully baked before you even put them in the oven because the rolls and the lunch meat are already baked. You’re essentially just baking them in the sauce/glaze. If there is a little glaze left around the pan, that’s okay. You don’t want to keep baking for a long period of time as the bread will just get too hard. These sandwiches are messy to eat and that’s just what makes them so great. You’ll definitely need a napkin, but they are so worth it.
Well at my house, they didn’t last long because they were gobbled up pretty quickly. These sandwiches can be stored for an hour or two at room temperature, but should then be stored, covered well in an airtight container, in the refrigerator for up to two days.
Leftover sandwiches can be eaten chilled, at room temperature, or warm. Be careful if microwaving as the bread can harden if microwaved for too long.
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Honey Baked Ham and Cheese Sandwiches (Sliders)
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 tablespoon minced onion (or onion powder)
- 1/2 tablespoon poppy seeds (optional)
- 1 12 roll package Sweet Hawaiian Rolls
- 1 pound thinly sliced honey baked ham (can use the kind that's already sliced in the package or sliced from the deli)
- 12 slices swiss cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a small saucepan, add the butter and melt completely. Add the honey, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and minced onion, then stir until melted and warm.
- Spray a light coating of baking spray onto the bottom of an 11×9 or 13×9 inch baking dish.
- Take the rolls out of the package and slice the tops off of each roll. The rolls do not need to be seperated, but if they seperate while cutting them, it's fine.
- Add the bottom half of the rolls to the baking dish.
- Add 1/2 the sliced honey baked ham to the rolls, then add the slices of cheese and top the cheese with the remaining sliced ham.
- Add the top half of the rolls.
- Pour the butter mixture over the rolls, then sprinkle with the poppy seeds. Sandwiches can be baked immediately, or they can be covered in plastic wrap and kept in the refrigerator to bake later. They can be stored like this from 1 hour up to overnight, then baked.
- To bake, cover the dish with foil and bake at 350 degrees F for about 20-25 minutes.
- Once baked, set on a cooling rack for about 15 minutes. Use a knife to slice into individual sandwiches.
- These are best served warm.
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