{Best Ever} Ham and Cheese Sandwiches with Hawaiian Bread

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These Hawaiian bread ham and cheese sandwiches are the BEST EVER little sandwiches! You can't go wrong with these little pint-sized snacks. Pack them for lunch or have them for a quick dinner on the go!


If you ever make a ham and cheese sandwich for the rest of your life, you've got to make these. Like, really, have to make them.


A few weeks ago I was heading out to scrapbook with a few friends for the weekend, and we each bring along a dish to share. While I've made these before, I was in a hurry and did a quick google search and found A Thrifty Mom's recipe for Ham and Cheese Sliders, and oh-my-word, I'm so glad I did! I will never make these sandwiches another way. 


I've never made sliders before using brown sugar, but these were heavenly. I left my husband a batch at home for the weekend and he devoured them, in the midst of surviving three kids all by himself for the weekend. normally that's not a big deal, but he was on crutches so I figured the least I could do was cook for him!  (And yes, he's still on crutches . . . two more weeks.  Remind me to tell y'all the mace story that happened while I was gone later . . . eek.)


Next up I've got to try Sarah's recipe for Spiced Zucchini Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting, but if you're looking for some sliders for dinner tonight, here you go!

Ham & Cheese Sandwiches


  • 2 dozen rolls (I used King's Hawaiian Rolls ~ I think they're completely worth the splurge)
  • 1 lb. swiss cheese
  • 2 lbs. sliced ham
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tbsp dry mustard
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce


  1. Slice rolls in half and layer bottom half with ham and cheese.
  2. Place in two 9x13 casserole dishes or on two cookie sheets.
  3. Mix together butter, brown sugar, poppy seeds, dry mustard and Worcestershire.
  4. Brush melted butter mixture over rolls, making sure to cover completely.
  5. Cover tightly with foil, and refrigerate overnight or 8 hours during the day.
  6. Bake, covered with foil at 325 for 25 minutes.
  7. Remove foil and bake an additional 5-10 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!




Looking for a different way to make up delicious sandwiches at home? Here are a few of my favorites:


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  1. What size Hawaiian Rolls did you use? These look delish! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    • I used two of the rectangular bags of Hawaiian Rolls – I think the best price I’ve seen on those is at Sam’s Club… I might have to swing by today to pick some up for the weekend! 🙂

  2. Ok, silly question here…Does the sauce taste super mustardy? I am not a fan of straight mustard, but I can handle something like a mustard-based bbq sauce. I don’t think I’ve ever used dry mustard so I just wasn’t sure what to expect? They look delicious!

  3. A little brown sugar makes everything better. I put some in my spaghetti sauce, my sauerkraut and my cabbage soup..mmmmmm

  4. Sound delish. Do you put the top of the bun on too before you do the mustard mix? Thx!

  5. Made these yesterday – I was in a rush so I just brushed my sammies with my mixture in the baking dish, baked for 20 minutes and they were perfect! I used honey dijon because my husband isn’t a huge fan of mustard either and the honey hides it well. They were so amazing!

  6. You can change up this recipe easily. Use provolone, honey dijon…and I add dried minced shallots, or you can use dried onions. Tear the ham with your hands….it’s easier to cut the sandwichs. Also, put down a layer of ham, a layer of cheese, then another layer of ham…this keeps the cheese from oozing out and burning.

  7. Katherine B says

    Do you use all of the butter mixture or just as much as you need? Seems like a lot.

    • I use most of it Katherine but you could definitely use less – a lot of it ends up in the bottom of the pan at the end of cooking. (Hope that helps!)

  8. I made these for a bridal shower and they are so quick and easy. Being able to put them together the night before really helped and allowed me to tend to last minute details and to have time to greet guests as they came in. The sandwiches looked so elegant and everyone loved them. I had several people ask for the recipe and they were all amazed how easy the recipe was! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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