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Get ready for an irresistible Small Batch of Ham and Cheese Sliders, an ideal recipe for one or two. Envision biting into a warm, cheese-filled slider, made effortlessly in minutes. With just a few ingredients and one baking dish, you’ll whip up something magical – no hassle, all delight. These baked sliders are more than just a meal; they’re a celebration of flavor and ease, perfect for a satisfying, portion-perfect treat. Perfect for game day fun or a personal snack treat, these sliders will definitely elevate your meal and fulfill your cravings.

Enjoy these baked ham and cheese sliders alongside a small batch of golden, crispy Sweet Potato Fries, creamy Potato Salad For One, rich and comforting Tomato Soup For One, cheesy and spicy Loaded Nachos For One, or a single serving sweet and fruity Ambrosia Salad.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Effortless assembly: Mix together the spread, layer everything up, and bake. Seriously, that’s it!
  • Quick and easy: Ready in less than 30 minutes, these sliders are a weeknight dinner win.
  • Customizable: Go beyond ham and cheese! Swap ingredients, add veggies, or experiment with different cheeses for endless flavor combinations.
  • Portion-perfect: No leftover blues! This small batch slider recipe is ideal for one or two, satisfying your hunger without waste.
  • Gooey, melty magic: Bite into warm, soft rolls oozing with cheese and flavorful ham. Pure handheld deliciousness in every bite!
four ham and cheese sliders in a small baking dish.

What Are Sliders?

Sliders are small sandwiches, typically around 2 inches in diameter, perfect for a mini meal or snack. These bite-sized sandwiches use slider buns, typically fluffy Hawaiian rolls, and are packed with melty cheese and savory fillings.

Ingredients

ingredients in ham and cheese sliders on a kitchen counter.

If you have any ingredients leftover from this slider recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder.

  • Mayonnaise: Adds richness and creaminess to the spread. Substitute with Greek yogurt for a lighter option.
  • Dijon Mustard: Gives a tangy kick. Feel free to use honey mustard for a sweeter touch, stone-ground mustard, or yellow mustard instead.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Enhances flavor depth; soy sauce can be a good alternative or leave it out altogether if you don’t have any on hand, but it is a great flavor booster.
  • Garlic Powder: Offers a subtle garlic flavor. Fresh minced garlic can be used for a stronger taste.
  • Hawaiian Rolls: Their sweetness complements the savory fillings. King’s Hawaiian rolls are a classic, but any soft dinner rolls will work. These are the same rolls we use in our small batch Thanksgiving Sliders.
  • Ham: The star of the slider. Choose thinly sliced deli ham or cook your own ham steak. Turkey, roast beef, chicken or even pork can be used as alternatives. If you’ve got leftover ham, consider adding it to Split Pea Soup, an Italian Chopped Salad, or a Ham and Cheese Dutch Baby.
  • Swiss Cheese: Melts beautifully and adds a subtle nuttiness. Cheddar, Gruyère, Monterey Jack or Mozzarella are great substitutes. Any extra cheese can be used in Chicken Cordon Bleu, a Reuben Sandwich, or in so many of our other recipes.

Recipe Variations

Change up your baked sliders with these creative twists. Each variation adds a unique touch.

  • Bacon and Egg Sliders: Swap ham for bacon and add a fried egg on top.
  • Vegetable Addition: Layer in some spinach and thinly sliced tomato for a fresh twist.
  • Spicy Mayo Version: Introduce a spicy mayo or add jalapeño slices for a kick.
  • Italian Style: Use salami and provolone cheese, topped with a bit of pesto.
  • Barbecue Flavor: Drizzle barbecue sauce over the ham and top with cheddar cheese.
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How To Make Ham And Cheese Sliders

These step-by-step photos and instructions help you visualize how to make a small batch of ham sliders. See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  1. Start Your Oven: Heat your oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly butter a 5×5 inch baking dish to prevent sticking.
a bowl of mayonnaise, dijon mustard, and worcestershire sauce mixed together.
  1. Prepare the Sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder.
four Hawaiian rolls bottoms in a small baking dish.
  1. Prep the Rolls: Slice the Hawaiian rolls in half horizontally. Place the bottom half of the rolls in the buttered baking dish.

Pro Tip: If the rolls split apart, don’t worry. With just four rolls, they will fit well in the dish.

sauce spread over the top halves of four Hawaiian rolls.
  1. Apply the Sauce: Spread the sauce you prepared evenly over the top half of the rolls. After applying the sauce, set this half aside for later.
layering ham and cheese slices over the bottom half of Hawaiian rolls in a small baking dish.
  1. Layering the Filling: Begin by placing half of the ham on the bottom half of the rolls in the dish. Next, add a layer of cheese. Continue by adding the remaining ham and topping it off with the remaining cheese.
four unbaked ham and cheese sliders in a baking dish.
  1. Final Assembly: After layering the ingredients, carefully place the sauced top half of the rolls over the meat and cheese. Lightly brush the tops with melted butter and sprinkle with poppy seeds for added flavor and texture.
four baked ham and cheese sliders in a white baking dish.
  1. Bake: Transfer the baking dish to the oven and bake for 10 minutes, until the cheese melts and the tops are slightly browned.

Pro Tip: If the sliders are browning too quickly, cover the dish with foil.

pulling a slider out of the baking dish.
  1. After baking, allow the hot sliders to rest for 5 minutes. Then, you can either use a spatula to carefully lift them out of the baking dish, cut them into individual servings with a knife, or simply enjoy them right from the dish.

Expert Tips

  • Even Spread: Ensure the mayonnaise mixture is evenly spread on the rolls for consistent flavor.
  • Quality Ingredients: Use good quality ham and cheese for the best taste.
  • Preheat Oven: Always start with a preheated oven for even cooking.
  • Watch the Time: Keep an eye on the sliders to prevent over-browning.

How To Store Leftover Sliders

Keep your delicious oven-baked sliders just as enjoyable the next day with these simple storage tips. If you find yourself with leftover ham and cheese sliders, here’s how to keep them fresh and tasty:

  • Wrap and Refrigerate: Tightly wrap your sliders in aluminum foil or plastic wrap to maintain their freshness. Place them in an airtight container or a resealable plastic bag.
  • Refrigeration Duration: Store the wrapped sliders in the refrigerator. They will remain good to eat for up to two days.
  • Reheating for Best Taste: When you’re ready to enjoy your sliders again, reheat them in the oven or microwave until they are warm throughout.
a knife slicing four sliders in a baking dish.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make sliders ahead of time?

Absolutely! Assemble the sliders, but wait to bake them until you’re ready to serve. You can prepare them up to a day in advance and store them covered in the refrigerator. When it’s time to eat, just bake as directed.

What are the best rolls to use for sliders?

Hawaiian rolls are a popular choice for their sweetness and soft texture, which complement the savory flavors of the ham and cheese. However, you can also use any small, soft rolls you prefer or have available.

Can I add other ingredients to these ham and cheese sliders?

Yes, feel free to get creative! You can add ingredients like sliced pickles, pickled onions, or even a sprinkle of herbs like thyme or oregano for extra flavor.

Is there a way to make these sliders lighter?

To make a lighter version, you can use low-fat cheese and lean ham slices. You can also switch out the mayonnaise for a lighter version or use a small amount of olive oil in place of butter for the spread.

How do I know when the sliders are done baking?

The sliders are done when the cheese has melted, and the tops of the rolls are lightly golden brown. This usually takes about 10 minutes in a preheated oven, but keep an eye on them to avoid over-browning.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder or you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

If you’ve made these easy ham and cheese sliders, I’d love to hear how they turned out for you. Please rate the recipe and share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Small Batch Ham and Cheese Sliders

5 from 4 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 5 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 sliders
Enjoy quick and tasty Ham & Cheese Sliders, perfect for snacks or meals. Just right for one or two, they're a delightful mix of gooey cheese and savory ham!

Ingredients 
 

  • ¼ tablespoon butter for greasing the baking dish

For the sauce

  • 2 teaspoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • teaspoon garlic powder

For the sliders

  • 4 Hawaiian rolls
  • 3 ounces sliced ham (3-4 slices)
  • 2 ounces sliced Swiss cheese (2-3 slices)
  • ½ tablespoon butter , melted
  • ¼ teaspoon poppy seeds
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Instructions 

  • Heat your oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly butter a 5×5 inch baking dish to prevent sticking.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder.
  • Slice the Hawaiian rolls in half horizontally. Place the bottom half of the rolls in the buttered baking dish.
    Pro Tip: If the rolls split apart, don’t worry. With just four rolls, they will fit well in the dish.
  • Spread the sauce you prepared evenly over the top half of the rolls. After applying the sauce, set this half aside for later.
  • Begin by placing half of the ham on the bottom half of the rolls in the dish. Next, add a layer of cheese. Continue by adding the remaining ham and topping it off with the remaining cheese.
  • After layering the ingredients, carefully place the sauced top half of the rolls over the meat and cheese. Lightly brush the tops with melted butter and sprinkle with poppy seeds for added flavor and texture.
  • Transfer the baking dish to the oven and bake for 10 minutes, until the cheese melts and the tops are slightly browned.
    Pro Tip: If the sliders are browning too quickly, cover the dish with foil.
  • After baking, allow the sliders to rest for 5 minutes. Then, you can either use a spatula to carefully lift them out of the baking dish, cut them into individual servings with a knife, or simply enjoy them right from the dish.

Notes

  • Read through the entire recipe and the Ingredient Notes section of the post and gather your ingredients. We provide a lot of information and photos within the body of this recipe post to ensure that your sliders come out perfectly every time. This dish comes together quickly so it’s a good idea to fully understand the recipe and have everything ready before beginning.
  • Even Spread: Ensure the mayonnaise mixture is evenly spread on the rolls for consistent flavor.
  • Quality Ingredients: Use good quality ham and cheese for the best taste.
  • Preheat Oven: Always start with a preheated oven for even cooking.
  • Watch the Time: Keep an eye on the sliders to prevent over-browning.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slider, Calories: 208kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 41mg, Sodium: 363mg, Potassium: 78mg, Fiber: 0.1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 165IU, Vitamin C: 0.04mg, Calcium: 133mg, Iron: 0.3mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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6 Comments

  1. Georgia says:

    I’ve made these a few times now. I used potato slider rolls as I don’t care for the sweetness of Hawian rolls. These are so easy and delicious. I spread garlic and herb butter over the roll tops and sprinkles with everythng but the bagel seasoning, which was just so flavorful and wonderful. They are filling, and I tend to eat 1 or 2 and leave the rest for another meal or snack. I have made larger batches of the sauce to use with other sandwiches or to dip chicken tenders in. I followed the recomendations and made other slider sandwiches this way, such as a rueben, or turkey and cheese.

  2. Frank says:

    I camp year ‘round, regardless of the weather, and I am always looking for something I can take with me that’s light weight and tasty. These really hit the spot. Add an egg in the morning and it’s a ham egg and cheese sandwich. with a cup of coffee, one/two get me going to get to work on the chores I have to do. Well done Joanie! Thank you!!

  3. Pat says:

    Ham and cheese sliders are in the oven as I type. I can tell they will be yummy.

  4. Velma says:

    Easy and Delicious

  5. J. Hegyi says:

    Great recipe.

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      Thank you!