Garlic and Herb Ham and Cheese Sliders

These ham and cheese sliders are the ultimate party food! The combination of buttery rolls, smooth cheese spread, and savory ham and cheese is divine!

The ultimate party or finger food, these melt in your mouth ham and cheese sliders are made savory with the addition of garlic and herbs, drizzled in a garlic/shallot butter and baked until tender and golden! #appetizer #partyfood #fingerfood #sliders #hamandcheese #garlicandherb #easyrecipe

Have you guys started getting into watching football yet?  I personally love the game, but a VERY close second is the FOOD.  Game day food is the BEST!  I just can’t get enough of it.  I’ve been thinking lately about this Bacon Cheeseburger Dip and Spinach Dip!

One of my favorites that’s served at parties and game days alike, are ham and cheese sliders.  You’ve probably had them.  Hawaiian rolls, honey ham, provolone cheese, all smothered in a sweet butter sauce with poppy seeds in it.  Sound familiar?  Personally I love the sweetness, but I know not everyone is a fan.  My husband definitely prefers savory foods.  That’s where my inspiration for this recipe came from… a clipping in an old better homes and gardens magazine, and a need for savory-ness!

Ham and cheese sliders in baking pan

I mean, does it get any better than buttery rolls?


There’s a multi-step process here, but it’s pretty straight forward and simple 🙂

First, you’ll need to decide on the type of slider bun you want.  I like the natural subtle sweetness of Hawaiian buns, but potato buns are also a great choice.  Just make sure you keep all the slider buns connected, and just slice straight across, horizontally.  Watch your fingers though!  I’ve sliced right into my pinky finger doing that.

Second, you’ll want something to spread on the tops and bottoms of the slider buns.  For this recipe I LOVE to use a garlic and herb cheese spread, like Boursin brand (I’ll link to that brand towards the end of the post so you can see what I’m talking about).  If you can’t find Boursin or something similar, add a mixture of finely minced or grated garlic and some dried herbs (like thyme, parsley and basil) to some softened cream cheese.  I haven’t tested the recipe this way though, so your mileage may vary on that one.

Next you’ll need to add your ham and cheese.  My personal favorite is black forest ham, but go for your favorite variety.  For the cheese I’ve done a few different kinds; provolone, white american, gruyere, and mozzarella.  Most of the time I go with provolone and white American though.  Feel free to change this up and add your favorite cheese here!

Pop the tops back on the ham and cheese bottoms and you’re ready for the second to last step…

The sauce.  This recipe uses the most mouthwatering butter sauce that I think I’ve ever made.  Butter, garlic, mustard, parsley and shallots… I’m telling you, it’s a match made in tastebud heaven!  Drizzle that over the top of the buns and you’re almost finished!

Bake them until golden and gooey.  Ta-da!!!  Delicious ham and cheese sliders, comin’ up!!

Cheesy slider recipe with ham


Yep!  Although I always felt like they get much softer after thawing, but that’s a personal preference.  Basically you just prepare the sliders as directed, but don’t bake.  Cover tightly with foil and freeze for 1-3 months.  Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bake as directed in recipe.  It’s definitely a great way to save time when prepping for a party!


You can do that too!  Just prepare as directed, don’t bake, cover tightly and refrigerate for up to a day.  Bake as directed.

Ham and cheese sliders in baking pan with butter sauce


If you’re serving these at a party, odds are you’ll have a mix of appetizers for your guests to choose from, but here are a few of my personal favorites:

If you’re feeling decadent and making this slider recipe for dinner (btw, go you!  I do that all the time!), I love to serve it alongside some Garlic Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes and a simple green salad with my Basil Shallot Vinaigrette.

Ham and cheese sliders recipe


The ultimate party or finger food, these melt in your mouth ham and cheese sliders are made savory with the addition of garlic and herbs, drizzled in a garlic/shallot butter and baked until tender and golden! #appetizer #partyfood #fingerfood #sliders #hamandcheese #garlicandherb #easyrecipe

Garlic and Herb Ham and Cheese Sliders

These ham and cheese sliders are the ultimate party food!
4.7 from 11 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 6 servings
Calories 407


  • 12 count package of Hawaiian rolls
  • 12 oz black forest ham - , thinly sliced and then shredded roughly with your hands
  • 4 oz sliced provolone cheese
  • 4 oz sliced white American cheese
  • 5 oz package soft garlic and herbs cheese
  • 6 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp finely minced shallots
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic - , finely minced or grated


  • Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.  Lightly spray a 2 quart rectangular baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Add package of rolls to your cutting board and using a serrated knife (like a bread knife), carefully slice across the rolls, horizontally, keeping one hand on top of the rolls to steady them.  Once sliced, keep the rolls connected to each other and lift the entire top section off the bottom section.
  • Add the bottom section of the rolls to the prepared baking dish, and spread half of the garlic and herbs cheese over the cut side.  Spread the remaining half of the cheese over the cut side of the top section.
  • Top the bottom section with the shredded sliced ham, then with the slices of cheese.  Add the top section of the rolls and set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, add butter, shallots, parsley, mustard and garlic and melt over MED heat until well combined.  Stir well, then pour carefully over the top of the rolls in the baking dish.
  • Cover loosely with foil and bake 15 minutes.  Remove foil and bake another 10-15 minutes, until roll tops are golden brown and cheese is melted.



Serves 6 people (2 rolls per person). 
Recipe can easily be doubled, just use a 9x13 or rectangular 3 quart baking dish.  Cook times remain the same.
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The ultimate party or finger food, these melt in your mouth ham and cheese sliders are made savory with the addition of garlic and herbs, drizzled in a garlic/shallot butter and baked until tender and golden! #appetizer #partyfood #fingerfood #sliders #hamandcheese #garlicandherb #easyrecipe

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13 comments on “Garlic and Herb Ham and Cheese Sliders”

  1. These were pretty good. Made as directed, with mozzarella and provolone cheese slices. Next time I’ll only put the herb/cheese spread on one side, and put ranch on the other.

  2. These were a hit at my office potluck! Only change I made was I used olive oil instead of butter for the herb sauce and it turned out great.

    Some of the cheese towards the center wasn’t fully melted though, so next time I might bake them for longer.

  3. I made this for a crowd of 65 and got great reviews, even from my kids who wanted the leftovers. I used this recipe for homemade Boursin cheese:
    I bought a 10 lb log of Smithfield Virginia baked ham from Sams for $3/lb. and shaved it in my food processor. I was very pleased with how well that worked. I wrapped 2 sliders in individual foil wraps and poured a little of the butter sauce in each packet. I used Publix dinner rolls which are not sweet but very good. 
    I will definitely make these again. I think they are perfect. Thank you!

  4. I made these and they came out absolutely delicious. 

  5. Thinking about bringing them to our Christmas bowling banquet but I live half an hour away. Do they need to be hot out of the oven or are they still good after an hour or so?

  6. Found your recipe after seeing these on the cover of a BH&G magazine in the checkout line.  I made them tonight and they EXCELLENT! I will probably use maybe 2/3s of the amount of the Boursin next time, and reduce both of the baking times (for the second baking period, I checked them at 5 minutes and they were definitely done and needed to come out) by a little bit. But these are a hit, and definitely a “do again”! Thanks for a really tasty recipe!

  7. The absolute perfect appetizer recipe! Perfect for game day!

  8. Looks heavenly! These are just perfect and mouth watering, drooling over this!

  9. OMG! This cheese! I would love to have on hand for lunch today!

  10. I love how easy this is! And all that cheese looks amazing!

  11. Loving all that cheese! Pinning for later this week 🙂