King’s Hawaiian Ham And Cheese Sliders

King's Hawaiian ham and cheese sliders on a serving party dish

It’s kind of amazing that I am an American with a food blog, yet it’s taken almost three years for me to put up this popular party food recipe. Well, I have been living internationally for over 10 years, but now that I’m back visiting my parents I have access to that soft, sweet King’s Hawaiian bread. Yum! Time for all the slider recipes! I’ll start with the classic: King’s Hawaiian Ham and Cheese sliders.

Of course, the recipe itself is very simple, although you will need to get King’s Hawaiian bread (buy online here) to really make this accurate. This bread is actually a type of Portuguese sweet bread, and something I kind of grew up on living just a few miles from the King’s Hawaiian restaurant in Torrance, California.

loaf of king's hawaiian bread
King’s Hawaiian bread

How To Make Sliders Using King’s Hawaiian Bread

making King's Hawaiian Ham And Cheese Sliders

This recipe makes 12 ham and cheese sliders, but it’s very easy to scale up if you buy any of the bread mega packs. In fact, I almost always buy the mega packs and make two different types of sliders so guests have options; after all these sliders are a great party food idea. This time I did ham and cheese, and cheddar roast beef.

To start, slice your 3×4 sheet of bread in half. This is the perfect size for a 9×13 loaf pan, so put the bottom half in there. If you don’t have a 9×13 pan you can easily make your own just using foil. King’s Hawaiian bread is extremely light, so a foil ‘pan’ works just fine even with all the toppings added. On the bottom sheet spread a thin layer of mayonnaise. You can use homemade mayonnaise or store-bought, I’ll leave it up to you!

Next layer about 12 oz of ham (about 350 grams) all along the bread, making sure to fold it around the edges so there are no ‘dead zones’. The type of ham you use is up to you; I used honey baked ham for these sliders but you can use your favorite deli ham you want. Just like with my turkey feta sliders recipe I always suggest getting thin sliced and layering.

adding munster cheese to the sliders

Next add the cheese! The most popular pairing in a ham and cheese sandwich is swiss, but I find that a little blasé. For my ham and cheese sliders recipe I opted for slices of Munster as I like the stronger taste. I lay two overlapping layers, first squared, then on the bias for maximum coverage. Plus having the corners overhang make for great meltiness!

Finally place the top layer of bread on top of everything. Brush with an herbed butter mixture. I used 2 tbsp butter, 1 tsp garlic powder , 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1/2 tsp dry oregano. Melt the butter in the microwave, mix everything together, and then brush over the bread to evenly coat. Super easy!

Baking King’s Hawaiian Sliders

Place the tray into an oven (toaster oven works well too if you don’t want to turn on the big oven) at 175c or 350f for about 15 minutes. Remove, cut up, plate, and serve. These King’s Hawaiian ham and cheese sliders are great party foods. Perfect for your next Super Bowl party, or any other gathering with lots of people.

King's Hawaiian ham and cheese sliders on a serving party dish
King's Hawaiian ham and cheese sliders on a serving party dish

King’s Hawaiian Ham And Cheese Sliders

These easy and delicious King's Hawaiian ham and cheese sliders are a perfect recipe for your next get together or party. Easy, and very customizable are sure to make these a hit with your friends.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Main Dish, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 sliders
Calories 273 kcal


  • 1 Bread Knife
  • 1 Oven toaster oven also works
  • 1 9×13 baking tray can also make a homemade version with aluminum foil


  • 12 oz King's Hawaiian Bread this is one 3×4 pack, the most popular sold size
  • 12 oz Deli Ham you can use regular or honey. This is about 350 grams
  • 8 oz Munster This is just my cheese preference, many people like to use swiss. Feel free to use your favorite. 225 grams
  • 2 tbsp Mayonnaise store-bought or homemade
  • 2 tbsp Butter melted
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano dry


  • Slice the bread in half (hamburger style) using a bread knife. Use long, slow movements so you don't tear the bread as you cut.
  • Place the bread bottom layer in a baking dish, or on foil if you are making a homemade baking container
  • Spread the mayonnaise on the bottom layer of bread, then top with the ham and then the cheese. Cover the entire thing with the top layer of bread.
  • Mix the melted butter with the salt, garlic powder, and oregano. Use a basting brush to spread the mix all over the top of the bread – making sure to get everything covered.
  • Place in an oven or toaster oven at 350f (175c) for 15 minutes. Remove, slice, plate, and serve.


These sliders hold well the next day as leftovers. Just place them into a resealable container once they are cool and put in the fridge.
Keyword Ham and Cheese, King’s Hawaiian, Party Food, Sweet Bread
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