Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders Recipe

Rebekah Garcia Kalinowski | Kitchen Gidget

These Hawaiian ham and cheese sliders are out of this world! Maybe you’ve had ham and Swiss buns before, but never like this. They have a tropical twist with a slice of pineapple and a barbeque sauce topping that is to die for!

When I lived in Virginia, my roommate made the best ham sliders I ever tasted. She called them “ham biscuits,” but they weren’t made with mini buns, not biscuits.

Instead, they’re made with dinner rolls or — my favorite — Hawaiian rolls. The sweetness of Hawaiian bread is so, so good! My husband is still talking about them 2 weeks later!

Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders Photo

My roommate didn’t have a recipe — just a little of this, a little of that and whatever was on hand. I’ve given quantities in the recipe below, but feel free to adjust to your liking.

If you’re a meat eater, feel free to add more ham or vice versa. If you’re not a Swiss cheese fan, Monterrey Jack, Havarti or white cheddar would be delicious here as well.

Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders Picture

These Hawaiian ham and cheese sliders are a terrific party appetizer, football snack or even a light dinner. We love eating appetizers for dinner! Some of our favorites include Taco Hand Pies and Puerto Rican Tostones (crispy fried plantains!). Best of all, these sandwiches can be made ahead (either baked or unbaked) and reheat well.

Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders Image

I’ve found that the quickest and easiest way to make these is to leave the buns connected and slice them in half all at once. You can certainly separate each bun, slice in half and then fill with ham cheese and pineapple if you want.

Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders Pic

This works well if you have an assembly line going. Otherwise, it’s easiest to layer all the ingredients, place the top back on and separate the individual buns after baking.

File 1 Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders

Another little trick I have is to layer the cheese strategically so that when you bite into the sandwich, you don’t come away with all the meat, or the pineapple doesn’t slip out. So in between my layers I add a slice of cheese and it acts as a binder for the other ingredients. Nifty!

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Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders Recipe

    12 Servings


  • 12-count package Hawaiian Rolls
  • 8 ounces Swiss Cheese, sliced
  • 8 ounces Thinly Sliced Ham
  • 1 20-ounce can Pineapple Rings, drained
  • 1/4 cup Butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Mustard, any kind
  • 2 tablespoons Finely Chopped Onion
  • 1 teaspoon Poppy Seeds


  1. Slice the buns in half and place in a baking dish. Evenly layer half the cheese, all of the ham and then the remaining cheese. Top with pineapple and cover with the bun tops.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, barbeque sauce, mustard, onion and poppy seeds. Pour over sliders. Cover with aluminum foil and let sit for 10 minutes while oven preheats to 350°F.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove foil and bake for about 2-5 minutes, or until the tops are toasted and cheese is melted.


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Author: Rebekah Garcia Kalinowski
Recipe Yields: 12 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 74
Calories 156

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g
  Saturated Fat 2g
Sodium 240mg
Total Carbohydrate 7g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 6g
Protein 7g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Rebekah Garcia Kalinowski

About Rebekah

Rebekah is the blogger behind Kitchen Gidget, an all-encompassing food blog dedicated to her Midwestern roots and Hispanic heritage. She adores cheese (who doesn't?!), so we asked her to be our Cheese fanatic. Time to get excited!

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