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Ham and Cheese Sliders

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These sweet and salty ham and cheese sliders have smoky black forest ham, gooey Swiss cheese, and tangy marinated pineapple baked inside a fluffy Hawaiian roll. They’re an easy appetizer, ready in just 30 minutes!

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Easy Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders

These ham and cheese sliders are one of my favorite recipes, and I can’t wait for you to make them! Sweet and savory, these mini sandwiches are filled with gooey Swiss cheese, smoky ham slices, and juicy marinated pineapple baked inside buttery Hawaiian rolls. Make easy sliders as a game day appetizer, take them along as a potluck entrée, or serve them for dinner. They’re quick to put together and bake in one pan!

Why You’ll Love This Ham and Cheese Sliders Recipe

  • Packed with flavor. These sliders are served on toasted Hawaiian rolls and loaded with nutty Swiss, salty ham, and sweet marinated grilled pineapple. They’re cheesy, sweet, and salty. Just like a Hawaiian pizza!
  • Quick to make. With just a little bit of prep, these sliders are quick to assemble and bake in one pan. Have warm, melty ham and Swiss sliders fresh from the oven in 30 minutes or less.
  • Versatile. These ham and cheese sliders are guaranteed to be a hit whether you crack them out on game day, at your next family gathering, or at the weeknight dinner table.
Hawaiian ham and cheese slider ingredients.

Ingredient Notes

Here are some quick notes on the important ingredients in these ham and cheese sliders. Scroll down to the recipe card after the post for a printable ingredients list.

  • Hawaiian Rolls – A classic choice for sliders. You can use any fluffy dinner rolls or sweet rolls that you prefer.
  • Black Forest Ham – Deli slices are convenient and easy to come by. If you’d like to use leftover ham, slice it up thinly.
  • Swiss Cheese – I love the meltiness of Swiss cheese in these sliders, but any melty cheese will work. Other good options are cheddar, provolone, and Monterey Jack cheese.
  • Pineapple – You’ll need pineapple slices for grilling, and juice for the marinade. I like to use canned pineapple and reserved some of the juice. Fresh also works.
  • Marinade Ingredients – You’ll combine pineapple juice with brown sugar, soy sauce, plus freshly grated ginger and garlic.

How to Make Ham and Swiss Sliders With Pineapple

With just 5 easy steps, these sliders are ready in no time. Check out a quick overview below, and scroll to the recipe card for printable instructions.

  • Prepare the rolls. First, cut the rolls in half and arrange the bottom halves inside a greased 9×13″ baking dish. Place ham slices over top.
  • Make the marinade. Meanwhile, whisk together the pineapple juice, brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic in a small bowl.
  • Grill the pineapple. Brush the pineapple with the marinade and grill the slices in a cast-iron pan over medium-high heat, until grill marks start to show. Save the rest of the marinade for brushing over the top of the buns. Cut the pineapple slices in half and arrange them over the ham.
  • Assemble the sandwiches. Layer over the Swiss cheese slices, followed by the top halves of the rolls. Lastly, melt butter and stir it into the remaining marinade along with fresh parsley. Brush the finished marinade over the tops of the rolls.
  • Bake. Tent a piece of tinfoil over the sliders and bake at 350°F for 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and gooey. Finally, remove the tinfoil and bake for another 5 minutes to get the tops of the rolls nicely browned. Serve these ham and cheese sliders right away while they’re still warm.
The seasoned and buttery tops of the baked Hawaiian roll sliders.

Recipe Tips and Variations

While these sliders are super simple and easy to make, I do have a few tips so that your sliders come out warm, gooey, and flavorful every time:

  • Grill the pineapple. While grilling is optional, it really enhances the flavor of the pineapple. The pineapple caramelizes in the heat and the marinade gets deliciously sticky. If you’re in a hurry, however, you can simply pat dry the uncooked pineapple slices and place them over the ham as-is. Your sliders will still taste delicious!
  • Get the layering right. Layering the pineapple between the ham and cheese slices separates it from the bread and keeps the bread from getting soggy. It’s a little detail that makes a difference.
  • Save the leftover marinade. Why sacrifice all that flavor? Combining the leftover marinade with melted butter makes the perfect topping for these ham and cheese sliders. Of course, you can use plain melted butter if you’d prefer.
  • Use different deli meats. Substitute deli ham with roast beef, sliced turkey, or bacon for something different.
  • Add veggies. Bulk up these ham and cheese sliders with caramelized onions or grilled bell peppers.
  • More toppings. Spread the inside of the rolls with mayonnaise, mustard, or any sandwich spread you’d like for even more flavor.

A stack of Ham and Cheese sliders on a plate.

What to Serve With Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders

These ham and cheese sliders are my go-to football Sunday snack served alongside more easy appetizers like these cheddar jalapeño pretzels and crudités paired with creamy vegetable dip or cold crab dip. For a light meal in the summertime, serve these sweet-salty sandwiches with a side of pasta salad and crispy lemon potatoes. Or, the next time you host a potluck, make a batch of melty Hawaiian ham and cheese sliders and enjoy these M&M brownies for dessert.

A Ham and Cheese Slider with a bite taken out, showing all of the cheese and ham on the inside.

Can I Make This Sliders Recipe in Advance?

Yes, you can assemble your ham and cheese sliders and then cover and refrigerate them up to 1 day ahead. The following day, brush the tops with butter and bake the sliders as directed. You may need to add an extra few minutes to the baking time if the sandwiches are cold from the fridge. Alternatively, you can store the baked ham and cheese sliders and reheat them, see below.

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

  • Refrigerate. Place any leftover sliders in an airtight container and refrigerate them for up to 5 days.
  • Reheat. Reheat your ham and cheese sliders in the oven at 350°F for 10 minutes, or until warmed through. You can also warm them in the microwave, but the texture won’t be quite as nice.
  • Freeze. Store the cooled sliders airtight, either in a freezer-safe container or double wrapped in plastic wrap. Freeze them for up to 3 months and defrost the sandwiches in the fridge before reheating.

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Ham and Cheese Sliders

  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 33 minutes
  • Yield: 12 sliders

Description

Ham and cheese sliders layer smoky ham, gooey Swiss cheese, and tangy marinated pineapple in a fluffy Hawaiian roll. They’re an easy appetizer, ready in just 30 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 1 package (12 rolls) Hawaiian rolls
  • 1 pound black forest ham slices
  • 12 slices Swiss cheese
  • 1 can (20 ounce) sliced pineapple, drained with 2 Tablespoons pineapple juice reserved
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and spray a 9×13 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Cut the Hawaiian rolls in half and place the bottom half in the pan then lay the ham over the bottom of the rolls.
  3. On the stovetop, heat a grill pan or cast-iron pan over medium-high heat. In a small bowl, combine the pineapple juice, brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic, stir to combine. Brush over the pineapple slices and place in the hot pan.  Grill each side for 1 minute or until it has grill marks. Use the remaining sauce for brushing over the top buns. 
  4. Cut the pineapple rings in half and lay then over the ham and place the cheese over the pineapple and finally place the top of the rolls over that. 
  5. Use the remaining marinade and add the melted butter and parsley. Brush over the tops of the buns.
  6. Tent a piece of tinfoil over the rolls and place in the oven.  Bake at 350° for 15 to 20 minutes until the cheese is melted.  Remove the tinfoil and bake an additional 5 minutes until lightly browned. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • I like to grill the pineapple after I marinate it to give it some extra candied grilled flavor but this is optional. You can also just marinate the pineapple and then put the rings on the bread.
  • Save the leftover marinade to mix with the butter and brush over the tops of the rolls.
Nutrition Information:
1 slider
434
26g
657mg
18.5g
49.4g
2.8g
19g
80mg
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

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