Hawaiian Sliders

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These easy Hawaiian Sliders put a fun spin on traditional sliders! Buttery soft rolls are filled with savory ham, sweet pineapple and gooey melted Swiss cheese. Topped with a tangy BBQ sauce, these little sandwiches give you an irresistible flavor combination of sweet, smoky, and savory flavors.

Three Hawaiian sliders with melted cheese and a golden crust are stacked on a white plate. A small bowl of sauce and a bowl of chips are blurred in the background.
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Hawaiian Slider Recipe

I love a good party food and these Hawaiian sliders check all the boxes! They combine layers of savory ham, gooey, melted cheese, and tangy Dijon BBQ sauce with pillowy soft Hawaiian rolls. Sweet little tidbits of pineapple balance out the savory flavors, for a delicious, tropical-style twist!

While these ham and cheese sliders are always a party favorite, they’re filling enough for an easy weeknight dinner too. My family can’t get enough and the best part is that they’re such a breeze to make. With just a few simple ingredients and 25 minutes in the oven, you’ll have a batch of warm, cheesy, and perfectly saucy sliders ready to serve.

If you love sliders as much as we do, you’ll also want to add these Pulled Pork Sliders or these Meatball Sliders to your must-try list. Want sliders for breakfast? These Hawaiian Roll Breakfast Sliders are totally worth waking up for!

Two cheese-filled sliders on a white plate, partially eaten, with melted cheese and sauce oozing out.

Why We Love This Recipe

  • Quick and easy recipe: You can have these assembled, baked and ready to serve in just 25 minutes.
  • Great for any occasion: They’re a great easy weeknight meal or the perfect appetizer for potlucks or big game day parties.
  • Flavor: The mouthwatering blend of sweet and smoky flavors take ordinary hot ham and cheese sandwiches to a whole new level.

Ingredients

A flat lay of ingredients for Hawaiian roll sliders, including BBQ sauce, pineapple tidbits, salt, Dijon mustard, pepper, honey ham, Swiss cheese, and dried minced onion.
  • King’s Hawaiian rolls
  • Deli honey ham
  • Swiss cheese slices
  • Pineapple tidbits, drained
  • BBQ sauce
  • Unsalted butter, melted
  • Dijon mustard
  • Dried minced onion
  • Salt and black pepper

How to Make The Best Hawaiian Roll Sliders

Step 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9×13 baking dish by spraying it with non-stick cooking spray.

Step 2. Using a serrated knife, slice the Hawaiian sweet rolls in half horizontally. Place the bottom half of the rolls in the prepared baking dish.

Step 3. Layer the ham evenly over the bottom of the rolls.

A baking dish with a layer of nine evenly arranged square Hawaiian rolls.
A white baking dish with rolls topped with several overlapping slices of ham. Surrounding the dish are small bowls of various ingredients and a green and white striped kitchen towel on the left.

Step 4. Place the cheese over the layer of ham, then add the pineapple.

A white baking dish filled with layers of ham and Swiss cheese slices on Hawaiian rolls
A white baking dish contains uncooked layered slices of ham, Swiss cheese, and pineapple chunks on Hawaiian rolls.

Step 5. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the melted butter, BBQ sauce, Dijon mustard, dried minced onion, salt, and pepper.

A glass bowl containing BBQ sauce, butter, mustard onion, salt and pepper, placed on a white marble surface beside a gold fork.
A glass bowl containing a mixture of BBQ sauce, butter, mustard onion, salt and pepper, placed on a white marble surface beside a gold fork.

Step 6. Pour half of the sauce evenly over the pineapple layer.

Step 7. Add the top half of the rolls.

Step 8. Using a silicone brush, evenly coat the tops of the rolls with the remaining sauce mixture.

A white baking dish containing a layered uncooked dish with slices of ham, cheese, pineapple chunks, and a brown sauce on Hawaiian rolls. A green and white kitchen towel is nearby, and a bowl with more sauce is in the top left corner.
Close-up of a brush applying sauce on top of ham and cheese sliders with glossy buns in a baking dish.

Step 9. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake the Hawaiian sliders for 15-20 minutes, or until the sliders are heated through and the cheese has melted.

A rectangular container covered with aluminum foil is placed on a marble surface.
A close-up of a baked dish, featuring several golden-brown, seasoned bread rolls in a white baking dish. The bread appears to have a caramelized coating and is slightly oozing with a savory filling.

Step 10. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until the tops begin to brown.

A plate of baked ham and cheese sliders with a browned top, a side of potato chips, and a green and white striped cloth in the background.

Step 11. Allow them to cool for a few minutes before cutting into individual sliders.

Storage Instructions

Place the sliders in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a day or two. You can reheat them in a warm oven or in the microwave.

A tray of baked ham and cheese sliders with a golden-brown top, partly sliced to reveal ham and melted cheese inside.

Additions and Variations

  • Worcestershire sauce: Add a splash in the BBQ sauce mixture to add depth of flavor.
  • Ham: Feel free to swap the deli ham for leftover ham. Our Glazed Ham tastes great in these sliders.
  • Poppy seeds or sesame seeds: Sprinkle on top of the sliders for added crunch.
  • Pineapple: You can use tidbits, crushed and drained, or pineapple rings.   
  • Meat: Instead of ham, try these with sliced chicken or sliced turkey.
  • Cheese: Swap the Swiss for provolone or cheddar cheese.
  • Bacon: Add extra smoky flavor with a few slices of crispy bacon. 
  • Honey mustard: Instead of Dijon, you can use honey mustard for extra sweetness.
  • Rolls: This recipe tastes best with sweet Hawaiian rolls but if you don’t have them, you can substitute regular dinner rolls instead.
Close-up of a stack of saucy sandwiches made with slider buns, melted cheese, and meat. A bowl of chips is visible in the background.

Recipe FAQs

How do I prevent sliders from getting soggy.

The main reason sliders end up soggy is because there’s too much butter or sauce. Stick to the recommended amount in the recipe card because it’s just enough to soak into the rolls without making them too moist.

How many sliders do I need per person?

These sliders are very filling. One or two per person should be plenty, especially when served with other appetizers or side dishes.

What side dish can I serve with these sliders?

You can never go wrong serving them with your favorite coleslaw recipe or these homemade baked beans with bacon. I also like to serve them with fries or chips.

Close-up of a stack of ham and cheese sliders with a golden, glazed top. A bowl of potato chips is visible in the background.

More Tasty Appetizers

This ham and cheese sliders recipe is perfect for parties but you’re looking for more easy recipes, you’ll want to check these out too…

A plate of three stacked Hawaiian roll sliders with melted cheese oozing out, topped with a golden-brown crust. A cup of sauce is in the background.
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Hawaiian Sliders


Course Appetizers/Party Foods
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
These easy Hawaiian Sliders, with savory ham, sweet pineapple and gooey melted Swiss cheese are a fun (and totally delicious) twist on the traditional party appetizer!

Ingredients
 

  • 12 King’s Hawaiian rolls 1 package
  • 12 slices deli honey ham
  • 12 slices Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup pineapple tidbits drained
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9×13 baking dish by spraying it with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Using a serrated knife, slice the Hawaiian sweet rolls in half horizontally. Place the bottom half of the rolls in the prepared baking dish.
    12 King’s Hawaiian rolls
  • Layer the ham evenly over the bottom of the rolls.
    12 slices deli honey ham
  • Place the cheese over the layer of ham, then add the pineapple.
    12 slices Swiss cheese, 1 cup pineapple tidbits
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the melted butter, BBQ sauce, Dijon mustard, dried minced onion, salt, and pepper.
    1/2 cup unsalted butter, 1/4 cup BBQ sauce, 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon dried minced onion, ½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp pepper
  • Pour half of the sauce evenly over the pineapple layer.
  • Add the top half of the Hawaiian rolls.
  • Using a silicone brush, evenly coat the tops of the rolls with the remaining sauce mixture.
  • Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake the Hawaiian sliders for 15-20 minutes, or until the sliders are heated through and the cheese is melted.
  • Remove the foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until the tops begin to brown.
  • Allow them to cool for a few minutes before cutting into individual sliders.

Notes

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days They can be reheated in a warm oven or in the microwave.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 635mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 403IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 164mg | Iron: 0.4mg
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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