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Easy Ham and Cheese Sliders with Poppyseed Topping

This easy to make slider is perfect for gatherings or an easy weeknight meal!

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword ham and cheese, sandwiches, sliders
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 20


  • 3 dozen soft dinner rolls
  • 2 pounds deli meat- ham or turkey or have the deli slice up the exact amount of slices you need*
  • 1 pound sliced deli cheese or approx 18 slices, cut in half


  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tablespooon minced dehydrated onion optional
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


  1. Slice rolls and put small amount of turkey or ham with one slice of cheese on each roll. Place sandwiches in 2- 9x13 baking dishes or one large jelly roll pan. I like to place a sheet of parchment on bottom for way easy clean up.

  2. Heat ingredients for topping in a saucepan until butter is melted. Brush or spoon topping onto sandwiches right before cooking.

  3. Cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until cheese melts.

Recipe Notes

  • These sandwiches may be assembled in advance. A day before is fine, but don't brush with drizzle until right before cooking. Store in fridge covered tightly with foil.
  • *Deli meat- Slice the meat in half with a sharp knife (I cut the meat all at once). If you have 36 rolls, order 18 slices of deli meat, then cut in half.
  • I use a combo of ham/swiss, ham/cheddar, turkey/havarti. turkey/gouda.
  • I have also used Costco large croissants and cut them in half after stuffing with meat and cheese. Here are the proportions using large Costco croissants:
    3 doz large croissants
    4 lbs ham or turkey
    2 lbs sliced cheese
    Served approx 75
  • When using Walmart brand rolls- The rolls are found in the deli.  When making sliders for a large (100+) crowd Walmart rolls work well.  They come 16 to a package, are inexpensive and stack well without smashing.
  • I have also used a roll that looks similar to a Granny Sycamore cluster roll from Costco. They usually only sell these in the fall and winter months. This roll is much thicker than the Walmart brand roll, and I add more meat to the sandwich when using the Granny roll, so the meat is not lost in the roll!
  • Cooking for 100: plan on about 1 1/2 rolls per person if you are serving other buffet items such as salads, appetizers, sweets. 10 packages of "The Bakery" rolls from Walmart, (Potato or Sweet Hawaiian) 16 per pkg =160 rolls
  • Deli meat sliced, approx 80 slices, cut in half to yield 160 slices. Cheese slices, approx 80 slices, cut in half to yield 160.
  • For the poppyseed sauce, use the following for 100:
  • 1 1/4 lb butter, melted (5 sticks)
    8 tablespoons poppy seeds
    6 tablespoons mustard
    3-4 tablespoons dehydrated onion (optional)
    2 tablespoons Worcestershire
    Follow directions above for baking.