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Ham and Cheese Slid­ers tick off all the fla­vor box­es for fall gath­er­ings and tail­gat­ing extrav­a­gan­zas — Smoky, salty, sweet & savory, soft & crunchy, caramelized and scrump­tious! Oy! That’s a deli­cious mouth­ful; and just in time for every­thing autumn. 

Are you ready for some foot­ball!!?? …and tail-gat­ing …and is it real­ly time for the Super Bowl already? Like many of you we’ll be watch­ing from home. But, that does­n’t mean we won’t have the ulti­mate snacks and Super Bowl food hap­pen­ing at this home­style cel­e­bra­tion. These crazy-good ham and cheese slid­ers will be at the top of the list.

ham for sliders

This Ham and Cheese Slid­ers recipe is the answer to small bites, that are still hearty. They’re a great idea for foot­ball Sat­ur­day, for bon­fires and even, just for din­ner. I used left­over ham to put these togeth­er and it’s a per­fect repur­pos­ing that cre­ates a brand new meal. But, if you don’t have left­over ham, grab a pack­age of deli ham and enjoy this out­ra­geous­ly deli­cious slid­er recipe.

You MUST give these a try. Your fam­i­ly will think you’re a gourmet genius! How can you go wrong with sweet rolls, melty cheese and smoky ham? Come on, let’s do this. I’ll tell you all my fla­vor secrets!

Ingredients for the Ham and Cheese Sliders Recipe

  • 3/4 — 1 lb left­over ham, sliced as thin as you can do it (or deli ham)
  • 12 Amer­i­can cheese slices, cut into quar­ters (Of course choose your favorite. Smoked Gou­da or Ched­dar would be fan­tas­tic. Just be sure to grate hard cheeses so they melt easily.)
  • 2 (12 ct pkgs) din­ner rolls (those yum­my sweet ones are superb!)
  • ½ cup but­ter, melted 
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar 
  • 2 tea­spoons Worces­ter­shire sauce
  • 1 Table­spoon pop­py seeds 
  • 1/4 cup bar­be­cue sauce
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Table­spoons stone ground mustard

How to Assemble Ham and Cheese Sliders

The bar­be­cue sauce and stone ground mus­tard are your secret weapons! It may seem like an odd com­bi­na­tion, but trust me. It’s the right thing to do!

barbecue and mustard on roll

Build the slid­ers by, first, split­ting your rolls. Spread a small amount of bar­be­cue sauce on one half and then stone ground mus­tard on the oth­er. Add a few slices of ham and half a slice of Amer­i­can cheese. Close the Ham and Cheese Slid­er and set it in a 9x13 pan. (I LOVE these T‑Fal ones!)

sliders ready to be glazed

Snug­gle them up, close togeth­er. You’re going to get all 24 of them in that one pan. Once the pan is loaded, it’s time to make your glaze.

Making the Glaze for Ham & Cheese Sliders

In a small saucepan, mix the brown sug­ar, melt­ed but­ter, Worces­ter­shire sauce, 2 Table­spoons of stone ground mus­tard and pop­py seeds. Bring the mix­ture to a full, rolling boil.

glaze for ham and cheese sliders

Remove the sauce from the heat and driz­zle the whole pan of sauce over the tops of those soft, gor­geous rolls. It’s going to go against every­thing you believe in. But, I promise you, it’s gonna be ok. Just DOOO it!

Once they’re driz­zled, your out­ra­geous­ly but­tery, sweet and savory Ham and Cheese Slid­ers are ready for the oven.

The Recipe

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ham and cheese sliders

Ham and Cheese Sliders

  • Author: Glen­da Embree
  • Total Time: 35 min­utes
  • Yield: 24 slid­ers 1x


Smoky, savory and salty ham; gooey melt­ed cheese; sweet and spicy dress­ings and a caramelized glaze all deliv­ered on warm, sweet din­ner rolls.  I’ll let you just stop and think about that deli­cious­ness for a minute.  Yeah.  You’re gonna want to make these!


Units Scale
  • 3/41 lb ham, sliced as thin as you can do it
  • 12 Amer­i­can cheese slices
  • 2 (12 ct pkgs) din­ner rolls (those yum­my sweet ones are superb!)
  • 1/2 cup but­ter, melted
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tea­spoons Worces­ter­shire sauce
  • 1 Table­spoon pop­py seeds
  • 1/4 cup bar­be­cue sauce
  • 1/4 cup + 2 table­spoons stone ground mus­tard (reserve the 2 Tbls. for the glaze)



  1. Assem­ble the slid­ers first. Start by split­ting the rolls.
  2. Spread a small amount of bar­be­cue sauce on one half and then stone ground mus­tard on the other.
  3. Add a few slices of ham and half (2 of the quar­ters) a slice of Amer­i­can cheese to the bot­tom half of each roll.
  4. Put all the tops on the Ham and Cheese Slid­ers and snug­gle all 24 into a 9x13 pan.
  5. Next make the glaze by adding the brown sug­ar, melt­ed but­ter, Worces­ter­shire sauce, 2 Table­spoons of stone ground mus­tard and pop­py seeds to a small saucepan.
  6. Bring the glaze to a full, rolling boil, then remove it from the heat.
  7. Imme­di­ate­ly driz­zle the glaze over the slid­ers in your pan.  (Use all of it.)
  8. Your sand­wich­es will be com­plete­ly coat­ed. Most of the sauce will stay on top of the rolls, because they are pressed togeth­er so tight­ly in the pan. Some may seep down to the bot­tom and that’s okay.
  9. Cov­er the pan with foil and bake in a 350° for 20 minutes.
  10. After 20 min­utes, remove the foil and return the rolls to the oven for 5 more min­utes.  This will let the tops get beau­ti­ful­ly caramelized and toasty.
  11. Enjoy!


  • Prep Time: 10 min­utes
  • Cook Time: 25 min­utes
  • Cat­e­go­ry: Appe­tiz­er
  • Cui­sine: Amer­i­can

Key­words: slid­ers, sand­wich­es, ham, cheese

baked ham and cheese sliders

I plan to share quite a few recipes for fall and tail-gat­ing over the next few weeks. Be sure you click on the Left­overs Cheat-Sheet in the side­bar, so you can sub­scribe to the blog and nev­er miss a sin­gle deli­cious recipe!

And, if you need some more slid­er inspi­ra­tion in the mean­time, these Break­fast Slid­ers, on Del­ish, look a lit­tle bit amaz­ing. Let me know if you try them.

ham and cheese sliders

Friend, I hope you and your fam­i­ly enjoy Ham and Cheese Slid­ers as much as we do! Have a great foot­ball Saturday! 

Stop by, again, soon! I’m so glad we had a chance to visit!

12 thoughts on “Ham and Cheese Sliders”

  1. These look fan­tas­tic — your pho­tographs across the site are incred­i­ble. Almost makes me wish I knew how to cook/bake. Almost. 🙂


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