Ham and Cheese Sliders

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Ham and Cheese Sliders are made with smoky black forest ham, gooey Swiss cheese, and tangy marinated pineapple. These easy appetizers are ready in just 30 minutes!

A Ham and Cheese Slider being held up to show all of the different layers.

Easy Ham and Cheese Sliders

If you’ve ever planned a party before, you know that finding food that is both easy to make and something everyone will enjoy can be difficult. That’s why these easy sliders have become a party-planning staple for me. They can be served as either an appetizer or a main course, and they come together in just 30 minutes. 

These mini sandwiches are served on toasted Hawaiian rolls and loaded with nutty Swiss, salty ham, and sweet marinated grilled pineapple. Cheesy, sweet, and salty, you’ll definitely want to make this recipe again. 

If you like these sliders, check out some of my other easy appetizer recipes like easy homemade hummas and salty Cheddar Jalapeño Pretzels with cheesy dip.

All of the ingredients that you need to make these Ham and Cheese Sliders.

What You’ll Need

Here’s everything you’ll need to make these warm and tangy sliders:

  • Hawaiian Rolls
  • Black Forest Ham I recommend purchasing deli slices.
  • Swiss Cheese is my goto, but feel free to use any cheese you’d like
  • Pineapple Slices & Juice: I used canned and just reserved some of the juice. Fresh will also work.
  • Brown Sugar
  • Soy Sauce
  • Fresh Ginger: Use grated or finely chopped ginger.
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Butter
  • Parsley: Make sure to use dried

How to Make Ham and Cheese Sliders

With just 5 easy steps, these sliders are ready in no time! 

Prepare your equipment: Preheat the oven to 350°F and coat a baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. 

Prepare the rolls: Cut the rolls in half and place the bottoms on the pan. Then, cover the bottoms of the rolls with the ham slices.

Ham slices over the rolls with a bowl of pineapple rings, the marinade, and cheese on the side.

Grill the pineapple: First, heat a grill or cast-iron pan on the stovetop over medium-high heat. Then make the marinade by stirring the pineapple juice, brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic in a small bowl. Brush it over the pineapple slices and grill each side for 1 minute (or until they show grill marks). Make sure to save the rest of the sauce for brushing over the top of the buns. Cut the pineapples in half and place them over the ham.

Assemble the sandwiches: Add the cheese and then just top with the other half of the roll. Add the butter and parsley to the rest of the marinade and use it to coat the tops.

Bake: Tent a piece of tinfoil over the sandwiches and place them in the oven. Bake at 350°F for 15-20 minutes (or until the cheese is melted and gooey). Remove the tinfoil and bake for another 5 minutes (the tops of the buns should be lightly browned). Serve warm!

A stack of Ham and Cheese sliders on a plate.

Tips for Success

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:

  • Grill the pineapple: While this is optional, I like to grill the pineapple after I marinate it. Grilling it gives it enhances the flavor of the marinade, but if you want to make this recipe even easier you can just put the pineapple rings on top of the bread.
  • Save the leftover marinade: I recommend saving any leftover marinade from the pineapples. Use it to mix with the butter and brush over the tops of the rolls. It adds so much tangy and buttery flavor to the recipe!

Variation Ideas

Another reason that I love these sliders is that they are super customizable. It sounds cheesy but the variations really do seem endless! 

I went for classic Hawaiian flavors with this recipe, but you can certainly switch up the ham for other deli meats. You could definitely substitute roast beef, turkey, or even bacon. If you’re not a fan of pineapple, you can just leave that part out or substitute it for your choice of vegetable (just make sure to adjust grill times accordingly). Change the cheese or add dips to truly make this recipe your own!

The seasoned and buttery tops of the baked Hawaiian roll sliders.

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

These sliders are not only easy to make, they’re also super easy to store. Just place any leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days. To reheat them, just pop them in the oven at 350°F for about ten minutes, or until they are warm throughout.

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

Can I Make These in Advance?

Yes, you can make these sliders in advance. While they taste best when served fresh from the oven, they keep really well. If you want to make them in advance, you can store them in the refrigerator for up to 5 days and reheat as described above. 

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A close up of a ham and cheese slider on a wooden spoon

Ham and Cheese Sliders

  • Author: Beyond Frosting
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 33 minutes
  • Yield: 12 sliders

Description

Ham and Cheese Sliders are made with smoky black forest ham, gooey Swiss cheese, and tangy marinated pineapple. These easy appetizers are 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

Keywords: ham and cheese sliders, hawaiian roll sliders, ham and swiss sliders

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