July 19, 2022
These Hawaiian ham and cheese sliders are a quick lunch idea made with soft dinner rolls, deli ham, and pineapple!
It’s a sweet and savory combination that your kids will love, and lucky for us, they’re super easy to make. Let me show you how.
Ham & Cheese Sliders with Pineapple
While sliders are just miniature versions of the usual sandwich, something about tucking the same meat and cheese into a Hawaiian roll makes it a whole new lunch.
I got inspired by my Hawaiian grilled cheese for this recipe and added sliced pineapple between the meat and cheese. Layering it this way will help the roll stay fresh and intact.
If ham is a favorite ingredient for your kids, check out these school lunch ideas with ham you can pack for the entire week.
What’s in this Lunchbox?
Here’s everything you need to assemble the Hawaiian ham and cheese sliders for lunch:
- Dinner rolls: these could be sweet Hawaiian rolls or pretzel rolls.
- Condiments: mayonnaise and mustard.
- Deli meat: this recipe uses smoked deli ham.
- Cheese: sliced mozzarella or provolone pair great.
- Pineapple rings: fresh or canned pineapple works.
- Snacks: pack this with carrots and celery or your favorite snacks.
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How to Pack Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders for Lunch
Follow the directions below so your ham and cheese sliders will stay fresh in the lunch container:
If using canned pineapple rings, blot them with a paper towel to soak up excess moisture. Wash the celery and carrots.
- Pack the dry ingredients
Assemble the sliders and pack them into a compartmentalized lunch container; you can also secure them with a sandwich pick to keep them intact.
- Add the snacks
Add the veggies and ranch dressing to the separate compartments, so the sliders stay fresh. *Alternatively, pack the ranch dip in a mini sauce container.
- Keep it chill
Close the lunch container and add it to a lunch bag with an ice pack. Ta-da! Lunch is made!
One helpful tip for packing sliders in lunch containers is to place them in a tight-fitting compartment. This way, they have less room to move around and disassemble. You can use a compartmentalized lunch container or a small rectangular-shaped container.
Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders
- 1 fresh or canned pineapple ring, halved
- 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
- 2 teaspoons mayonnaise
- 2 Hawaiian rolls
- 2 slices ham, halved
- 1 slice cheese, sliced in half
- ½ cup baby carrots
- ½ cup celery sticks
- Ranch dressing or Yogurt Dip, for veggies
- If using canned pineapple, drain the liquid and blot the ring with a paper towel to soak up excess moisture.
- In a small bowl, combine the mustard and mayonnaise.
- Slice the rolls in half, and spread the mixture over each half.
- Cut the ham slices in half, then fold each half into quarters. Place a folded ham quarter over each roll half, top two of those with a pineapple ring and top with other roll half to close the rolls.
- Place the sliders into a lunch container, and add the veggies and dip to the empty compartments. Close the container and pack it into a lunch bag with an ice pack.