Easy Ham, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sliders are delicious little sandwiches made by layering soft Hawaiian rolls, savory ham slices, sliced melty cheese, scrambled eggs and topped with a sauce of seasonings and melted butter. This is the perfect recipe for quick egg breakfast sliders on the go.
Hawaiian Roll Breakfast Sliders
This breakfast sliders recipe is one of our favorite breakfast recipes!
Why We Love Breakfast Sliders
- You’ll love this easy recipe for breakfast sliders and so will your family and guests!
- Delicious - These little sliders have big flavor! They are so tasty!
- Simple Ingredients - Basically, it's rolls, meat, cheese, eggs, and seasoned butter!
- Easy Recipe - If you can scramble eggs, you can make this! Scramble, layer, and bake.
- Feeds a Crowd - Make these as appetizers for Game Day, brunch, or Christmas morning breakfast. Recipe makes 12 sliders, but I like to double the recipe for a gathering.
- Meal Prep and Freezer Friendly - Individually wrap them and keep in the freezer to warm up for quick on-the-go breakfasts. Very kid-friendly!
- Customizable: There are all kinds of ways you can make these your perfect breakfast sliders. See variations further down this article.
Why Are They Called Sliders?
From what I have read, thanks to the US Navy, and the White Castle fast food chain, "sliders" became a popular term for mini burgers.
• Either they are greasy and slide right down in a couple of bites (Navy), or they were slid over to you on the counter on a porcelain plate from the cook in the old days at WC.
• Nowadays it is just what we call mini burgers/sandwiches made on small rolls.
Can Breakfast Sliders Be Made Ahead of Time?
Yes, they can be prepped a day in advance. Assemble them in the baking dish without adding the butter topping. Cover with foil and keep in the refrigerator. Take out of the fridge about a half hour before you’re ready to bake them. Add the butter topping just before baking.
Breakfast Hawaiian Sliders Ingredients
Sweet Hawaiian rolls, sliced colby jack cheese, sliced ham, eggs, seasonings, butter, mustard (not pictured, milk).
See the recipe card for the full amounts
• Rolls – We like sweet Hawaiian dinner rolls or slider buns for this recipe, but you can also use traditional dinner rolls, potato rolls, English muffins, or biscuits.
• Cheese - Use Colby Jack, cheddar cheese, or Havarti, Swiss, or muenster.
• Eggs – Make some scrambled eggs from 10 eggs.
• Milk - Just a little for the scrambled eggs. Use non-dairy milk if desired.
• Salt & Black Pepper - To taste, to season the scrambled eggs.
• Ham – Sliced deli ham (or other meat such as sausage patties, or bacon, or omit the meat).
Sauce for the Top of the Rolls:
• Butter – Salted or unsalted, per your taste. To make the scrambled eggs, and to brush over the tops of the rolls with the seasonings.
• Everything Bagel Seasoning: Works great for this recipe, just like on bagels!
• Dijon Mustard - Adds a tang to the sauce that we love.
• Poppy Seeds - They add a nice flavor and a little crunch. You can leave them out if you want.
• Dried Minced Onion - Optional, but adds to the savory flavor.
• Honey or Maple Syrup - Optional, one of these added to the topping sauce will add a sweet flavor to compliment the savory. Especially good when using sausage patties!
How to Make Savory Breakfast Sliders
• Slice the Buns: Lay the slider buns flat, without breaking them apart, and slice them in half through the middle lengthwise using a long serrated knife, like you would a hamburger bun. Remove the top layer and set it aside.
• Place the bottom half of the rolls in a square 8x8 or 9x9 inch casserole dish (If you double the recipe, for 24 sliders, use a 9"x13" baking dish). Set aside. You can make these on a baking sheet, but they are best in a dish with sides.
• Scramble the Eggs: Crack 10 eggs into a large bowl and whisk them well with the milk, salt, and black pepper until blended. Melt 2 Tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet over medium heat and coat the pan.
• Pour the egg mixture into the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, until the eggs are cooked, but still fairly moist, about 6 minutes (they will continue to cook in the oven). Remove the frying pan from the heat.
• Start Layering: Place four slices of the cheese on the bottom buns in the baking dish.
• Then add the scrambled eggs and spread in an even layer over the cheese.
• Next, add the layer of ham.
• Then top the ham layer with one final layer of cheese slices.
• Add the Tops: Place the top buns over the top. Then take a sharp knife and cut along the rows to make the individual sandwiches (this makes them much easier to serve, once cooked).
Butter Sauce Topping: In a medium mixing bowl melt the remaining 6 tablespoons of butter in the microwave. To the melted butter add the Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, everything bagel seasoning and the poppy seeds, (plus dried onion, honey, maple syrup, or any other variations, if using) stir to combine.
• Spoon the butter mixture all over the tops of the rolls.
• Bake: Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil, place in the preheated oven, and bake at 350°F for 20 minutes. Then remove the aluminum foil and bake another 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese in the middle has melted, and the rolls are light golden brown in color.
Variations of Cheesy Ham and Egg Breakfast Sliders
Rolls – Try making this slider recipe using potato rolls, classic dinner rolls, biscuits, or English muffins.
Meat – Experiment with other breakfast meats like Canadian bacon, regular thick cut bacon, breakfast sausage patties, or turkey sausage patties (maple sausage would be delish!).
Cheese – Use Swiss cheese for an earthy flavor, pepper jack cheese for a little spice, American cheese for more gooey, melted results, or sharp cheddar cheese for a stronger cheese flavor.
What to Serve with Breakfast Sliders?
These mini sandwiches are great on their own, however, you can serve other sides with them to complete your meal. Some ideas are:
Fruit - Sliced apples, melon, pineapple, oranges, strawberries, etc.
Salads - Fruit salad, leafy green salad, or pasta salads are great options.
Soup - A simple, light soup like tomato soup would be delicious with ham and cheese breakfast sliders.
Storage of Leftover Sliders
Refrigerate: Wrap leftover breakfast sliders in plastic wrap and a layer of aluminum foil, or in an airtight container. Keep in the fridge for up to 4-5 days.
Can Breakfast Sliders Be Frozen?
Yes they can. Wrap the individual sliders in plastic wrap or parchment paper, then place them all in a resealable freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. You can keep them in the freezer and take them out to heat and serve as you need to.
To Reheat Breakfast Sliders
Thaw overnight in the fridge or you can heat them from frozen. Remove the wrapping from the sliders and heat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes until they are heated all the way through. Wrap in a paper towel when reheating to avoid a soggy roll. You can also heat them in the air fryer at 365°F for a 3-6 minutes, or until heated through. The air fryer takes a little longer than the microwave, but yields a crispier roll.
More Great Breakfast Ideas
- Sharp Serrated Knife
- Small Saucepan
- Frying Pan
- 9"x9" Baking Dish
- 12 count Hawaiian Rolls
- 8 slices Colby Jack Cheese
- 6 ounces Thin Sliced Deli Ham
- 10 Eggs
- 1 stick Butter (8 tablespoons)
- 2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 teaspoons Everything Bagel Seasoning
- 1 teaspoon Poppy Seeds
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a medium frying pan or skillet melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat.
- Whisk the eggs with the Cajun seasoning.
- Add your eggs to the pan and stir until cooked through and scrambled.
- Slice your rolls in half and lay the bottom half in a 9x13 baking dish.
- Lay out 4 slices of cheese on top of the rolls.
- Next layer the eggs all over the top.
- Fold your ham slices and place on top of the eggs.
- Next add the remaining slices of cheese on top of the ham.
- Place the top rolls on top of everything.
- In a medium mixing bowl melt the remaining 6 tablespoons of butter.
- To the butter add the Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, everything bagel seasoning and the poppy seeds, stir to combine.
- Spoon the butter mixture all over the tops of the rolls. Use a sharp knife to cut between each roll to make it easier to serve, if desired. Or cut them after baking.
- Cover the dish with foil and place into the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese in the middle has melted, and the rolls are light golden brown in color.
- Let cool slightly, cut to separate each roll (if you didn't before baking) and serve!
Switch up the cheese, use pepper jack, cheddar or Swiss. Add some hot sauce, or jalapenos for a kick. Refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days.