King’s Hawaiian Roll Ham Sandwiches

It doesn’t matter the time of year, the event, the age, these King’s Hawaiian Roll Ham Sandwiches are always a hit. If you are looking for a make ahead dish to take to a potluck, these sandwiches also freeze well.

Ham Sandwich Sliders on Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

To fully enjoy good basketball, good food is in order. Last week, I had some great people link up some tasty recipes that I am highly recommending for game night.

Jill over at Boys, Bovines, and Blessings has a fantastic Pepsi Pork Chop recipe. I managed to pull this off for a post soccer game this weekend by setting the crock pot on high and cooking for four hours. I added some mashed potatoes to the plate, and the kids were scraping their plates clean.

Ethne over at WOM:MOM made a “can eat in one sitting” ham dip that is also a must make. It is a five ingredient or less recipe which always means keeper. I added 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce to her recipe. Mainly because I am a little obsessed with the stuff.

And finally, anyone who loves jalapeño poppers has to try Desi’s, from Steak N Potatoes Kinda Girl, poppers. My husband is going to be excited to be seeing these come out of the oven tomorrow night!

Now, many of you have seen my freezer ham sammies, and do I have the slider version for you this week at Hunk of Meat Monday.

Start by chopping or grating an onion. I use the Pampered Chef food chopper. I get a pretty fine mince.

Onion Half

Mincing onions with Pampered Chef Chopper

Minced onion
Melt a stick of butter and then add the onions.

Melting Butter

onions sauting in butter
Add three tablespoons of Dijon mustard to the onions and butter, stir together.

Mustard in onions and butter
Then pour in two teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce.

Onions with worcestershire sauce
Finally, add three teaspoons of poppy seeds and simmer until onions are soft.

Onion, butter, mustard and poppy seed mixture
Grab a package of Hawaiian sweet dinner rolls and cut the entire package in half length wise as one large piece.

King's Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

rolls cut in half

Place the roll bottoms in a aluminum foil lined 13 by 9 pan. Spread the onion mixture on the entire bottom. You will want to save about 1/4 of the mixture back.

onion mixture spread on rollsGrab some shaved hams, about a half a pound, and seven to eight slices of swiss cheese. Put the ham on top of the onions and then add the slices of cheese.

Ham and Cheese

ham layer

cheese layer
Add the roll tops after the cheese.

roll topped
If you have any onion mixture left, spread it over top of the rolls.

onions and butter spread over ham sammies
Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate until ready to use. Bake on 350 degrees for 20 minutes, covered with foil.
Ham Sandwich Sliders on Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
When you remove from the oven, slice down the roll lines.
Ham Sandwich on Hawaiian Sweet Roll
Mini Poppy Seed Ham Sandwiches on Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

Mini sandwiches that are sure to be crowd pleasers with the Hawaiian sweet rolls, ham, cheese, and mustard onion sauce.
  • 1 package of 12 count Hawaiian sweet rolls
  • 1 large onion, minced or grated
  • 1 stick of real butter
  • 3 tablespoons of Dijon Mustard
  • 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 teaspoons of poppy seeds
  • ½ pound of shaved ham
  • 8 slices of swiss cheese
  1. Melt butter in a small skillet. Once melted add onions.
  2. When onions begin to soften add mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and poppy seeds into onions and butter. Simmer for two to three minutes.
  3. Remove rolls from package, keeping them all connected and cut the rolls in half lengthwise. Place the bottoms in a 13 x 9 pan lined with aluminum foil.
  4. Spread ½ of the butter and onion mixture across rolls bottoms follow by the ham and then the cheese.
  5. Top with the rolls tops and spread the remaining butter and onion mixture over the top of the rolls. Cover with aluminum.
  6. Bake covered with foil for 20 minutes on 350 or till all the cheese is melted.
  7. *You can freeze and refrigerate these sandwiches. If frozen cook in a 50 degree cooler over for 15-20 minutes longer. Recommended to thaw in fridge before baking though. Sandwiches that come out of the fridge to oven may take 30 minutes on 350.

Do you not like mustard? Or want to make these sandwiches with turkey or chicken? Check out these chicken sammies on Hawaiian rolls with onions and peppers.

Mini Chicken Sandwiches on Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

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  1. Jeanette says

    This looks like the perfect thing to add to my spring/fall planting/harvest repetoire meal menu! I know a dozen hungry guys who would love this!

  2. The Wife of a Dairyman says

    Oh that melted cheese! That sandwich looks delicious! Perfect for a party for sure:)

  3. Erin @ Art + Food + Life says

    I could have never thought of this on my own. Looks delicious too! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Miz Helen says

    Good Morning Leah,
    Those little sandwiches look so yummy and a great dish for entertaining. Thank you for hosting and have a great week!

  5. Farmchick says

    I love your recipes. They are REAL things I can cook. lol The sandwiches look great and thanks for the links.

  6. Tiffany @ No Ordinary Homestead says

    Mmmh, I always loved that Hawaiian bread…but I guess I will either have to figure out how to make it myself or just go without until we finally move back to the US. These sammies look really tasty though!

  7. VanderbiltWife says

    YUMMMM. My aunt makes something very similar but I'd never gotten the recipe. Definitely bookmarking this one!

  8. Mo 'Betta says

    These are so good! I'm always amazed that just a few simple ingredients can make some of the tastiest things!

  9. Robyn says

    We love these sandwiches at our house, too. Aren't they the best! Now I'm craving them!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing your recipe in this week's Mingle Monday!

  10. Vicki V says

    I make a similar sandwich to yours, and they are divine! Only difference is that my recipe uses dijon mustard instead of worcestershire sauce. So quick, so tasty!

  11. ButterYum says

    Oh yes, I know this recipe very, very well. I even blogged about it not too long ago. These little sandwiches are always a hit!


  12. Swathi says

    These are indeed game time favorite, looks dleicious. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop.

  13. Desi says

    Thanks so much for the feature! I hope you and your hubby enjoy those poppers :)

    I linked up Katie Lee's Logan County Burgers!

  14. Kristen says

    Those sandwiches look awesome. My mother made one that was similar when I was a kid and I haven't thought about it in years.

  15. Tina says

    Just stopped by to tell you that I made your Sammies for supper tonight and my family LOVED them! Sweet and tangy…they were the perfect sandwich! Thank you for sharing!!!

  16. erica says

    How far in advance do you think i can make and refrigerate? If i assemble them ob a thursday night and cook them satrday morning you think they will be okay, or do i need to wait til friday?

  17. Leah @ Beyer Beware says

    Poppy seeds are not necessary. I think they would be just fine without them.

    And I think if you make them two days in advance, they will be just fine. Actually, maybe even better because the flavors will have soaked in! May need to bake a few minutes longer, but go for it!

  18. Anonymous says

    if you aren't in the states google hawaiian rolls for the bread machine..I used those! Very darn good..thanks for the recipe!

  19. Jessica says

    Hi! These look so delicious and I would love to try them! Do you know of an alternative to the mustard in the recipe? I'm unfortunately allergic. :(

  20. momtoabowhead says

    I made this recipe recently and my family LOVED it so much. I'm trying it today with leftover turkey. I'm sure it will still work great. I can't get enough of these little sandwiches. :)

    Thanks so much for sharing such a delicious recipe.

  21. Anonymous says

    I just wanted to tell you that I found you through Pinterest earlier this week, and I made these sammis tonight for my fiance and I, and WE LOVE THEM!!! such an awesome quick meal after a long day or a lazy weekend! Thanks so much for sharing :)

  22. Anonymous says

    I made these for a lazy Sunday lunch today and was a little disappointed considering all the positive posts above. The flavors were far too strong even though we all like the ingredients separately.

    • Jada says

      I use half of the mustard ( i actually use honey mustard) , worstishire sauce , onion and i just sprinkle on a few of the poppy seeds . We felt the flavors to be over kill as well and it turns out very well with those particular items reduced .

  23. Anonymous says

    My mother-in-law has been making these since I met her! One of my favorite things she makes. She has always called them "sliders" I don't care what they are called- the're flippin' good! If you're looking for something new to try, I totally suggest making them!

  24. Daddy Knaus says

    Okay I don't know why the others thought this was disappointing. I just made these and I absolutely LOVE IT!!! Oh my gosh it was soo good. Maybe they didn't use a good mustard? I used mustard that I sampled at Trader Joes. Wow, great recipe… Bravo..

  25. Hannah says

    I really love this recipe, although I had a hard time making it healthy without sacrificing taste. The only thing I changed though was I used Dijon Mustard with Chardonnay (yum!!), deli turkey and a round hawaiian loaf, which actually turned out great because it came with it's own disposable pan! Will TOTALLY try this again! Thanks!

  26. Anonymous says

    Pinned these to my pinterest account a few weeks back. Made them today for family. they were a hit we ate the whole thing. thank you!

  27. chriscookin says

    those look amazing!! i can't wait to try them. fyi–be careful of the surface you use for your food chopper. you want a cutting board that will show knife/cut marks otherwise, you may dull the blades! =)

  28. Anonymous says

    i found your blog via pinterest. i'm now making these for the 2nd time in a week. i've made a lot of recipes over the last year that i've "pinned" but my hubby and kids say this one is the BEST!

  29. Rachel says

    Found these on Pinterest, and they are currently in the oven…they smell HEAVENLY! And they were super fast to make too. Love my Pampered Chef chopper as well! :) Thank you!

  30. Kristy says

    Hi Leah, I found this recipe on Pinterest. I have made these sandwiches twice now. This is a new favorite at our house! I followed your recipe except I didn’t use the poppyseeds. Thank you so much for sharing! There are amazing!!

  31. says

    I have made the Poppyseed and ham and cheese sandwiches two times, plus I have a pan in the refrigerator waiting for my family to arrive from Maryland !!! They are to die for !! Thanks

  32. Cassie says

    I’m reading this post basketball season… however, I think with these treats, you would make a great Hoosier! :)

  33. says

    These look and sound SO good. I’d use provolone, probably. I’ll bet they freeze well … easy make-ahead dish for parties or the holidays.

  34. Jill says

    I bet they would be great for camping as well. Make ahead, keep in the foil warm up, tada lunch!
    Found on Pinterest!

  35. Alexis says

    I know I’m the lucky millionth person to say this, but these were FABULOUS and the whole family swooned over them (even my picky 7 year old!) Thank you for a keeper!! :)

  36. R says

    I saw this recipe on Food network last week. Homemade in America. Some lady in Oklahoma is making a lot of money selling these.

  37. Sommer says

    I’m one of the few that did not like them either. Disappointed, but thank you for sharing. Husband did not like them either, and we are not picky eaters.

  38. Bethany K. says

    I love this recipe and these sandwiches are SO good, but I have a problem with the onion/butter mixture not getting anywhere close to as smooth as yours. I used Grey Poupon from the fridge, but I’ve also tried it at room temperature, and the mustard NEVER mixes fully with the butter/onions. What kind of butter and mustard do you use?

  39. says

    I’ve made these four times since finding your recipe and they’re always a hit. And I’ve recently become obsessed with these Hawaiian rolls so I used them for pretty much any hot sandwich I make now. Thanks for the recipe!

  40. Karen says

    I am so happy I found this recipe. It is a total favorite with everyone around here. My son does not like onions but it still works. I just cut the sauce recipe in 3rds and he gets his without the onions. So everyone is happy. Yay!!!!!

  41. says

    I am going to be making 150 of these for a wedding, and was wondering if making them the night before and putting in refrigerator overnight if they would get soggy?

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    Wonderful blog! I found it while searching on Yahoo News.
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  43. Sandy says

    I made these sandwiches for my housewarming party and they were a huge hit. So many people asked for the recipe. It was so simple. I will definitely add to my list of go to potluck recipes.

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