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Baked Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

October 15, 2020

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Baked Ham and Cheese Sandwiches are great for dinner or lunch and are freezer friendly. These tasty baked sandwiches are filled with layers of ham, Swiss cheese and a buttery sauce. 

A ham sandwich cut in half in a basket with red and white paper.

Baked ham and cheese sandwiches are a family favorite from when I was a kid. We called them Ham on Bun Sandwiches.  I figured I’d give these a slightly more refined name to share with you – Baked Ham and Cheese Sandwiches! Whatever you call them, they are delicious. Hot slices of ham, melted cheese, and a buttery sauce slathered onto a bun!

My recipe is for eight sandwiches. However, when I make these, I usually make 24 sandwiches and throw a bunch in the freezer.

They are perfect for quick dinners or for lunches. I often throw one in my lunch box when I need a quick sandwich.

Any type of ham works for these sandwiches. My mom likes to use a Honey Baked Ham with the thicker spiral cut pieces. I like thinner ham and I usually buy a boneless ham at the store and slice it up at home. It’s so much cheaper than buying from the deli. I package up the remaining ham and freeze it in smaller portions to pull out when needed.

I do the same thing with a block of swiss cheese. You can buy pre-sliced cheese and you can also use your favorite type of cheese. I often use my homemade hamburger buns for these sandwiches.

A hamburger bun filled with ham in a basket with potato chips.

How to Make Baked Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

  •  Make the butter mixture
  • Spread butter mixture on the buns
  • Pile on the ham and cheese
  • Brush the top of the bun lightly with melted butter
  • Wrap up each sandwich in foil
  • Bake for 20 minutes!

How to Freeze

  • Make and bake the sandwiches as directed
  • Let the sandwiches cool
  • Place the foil wrapped sandwiches in a freezer bag
  • Place the bag in the freezer
  • When you are ready to eat, remove desired amount from freezer
  • They are best eaten reheated, but they are great cold too.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with your favorite side dishes. Some of mine include:

Half a baked ham and cheese sandwich held in one hand.

Variations and substitutions

  • Use sliced ham or sliced turkey
  • Pick your favorite type of cheese – Swiss, pepper jack, cheddar, colby
  • Add a pinch of horseradish to the butter mixture
  • Use a hoagie roll instead of a hamburger bun

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A ham sandwich cut in half in a basket with red and white paper.

Baked Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

Kathy
Hot cheesy baked ham sandwiches.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 427 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 onion (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1 pound sliced ham
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese
  • 8 hamburger buns

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Melt butter in a saucepan with onions and both mustards, Simmer over low heat for 3-5 minutes.
  • To assemble sandwiches, spread butter mixture on the inside of the buns.
  • Place ham and then cheese on bun.
  • Add top of bun and brush lightly with butter.
  • Place each sandwich on a piece of foil and wrap closed.
  • Place wrapped sandwiches on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

Notes

Variations and substitutions

  • Use sliced ham or sliced turkey
  • Pick your favorite type of cheese – Swiss, pepper jack, cheddar, colby
  • Add a pinch of horseradish to the butter mixture
  • Use a hoagie roll instead of a hamburger bun

How to Freeze

  • Make and bake the sandwiches as directed
  • Let the sandwiches cool
  • Place the foil wrapped sandwiches in a freezer bag
  • Place the bag in the freezer
  • When you are ready to eat, remove desired amount from freezer
  • They are best eaten reheated, but they are great cold too.

Nutrition

Serving: 1SandwichCalories: 427kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 21gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 1026mgPotassium: 240mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 496IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 218mgIron: 2mg
Keyword baked ham and cheese sandwich, ham sandwich, hot ham and cheese
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

This recipe was originally published in September 2016.

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60 Comments

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    September 14, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    5 stars
    Sometimes there’s just nothing better than a great sandwich! This hits the spot! And I love that you can freeze them!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 16, 2016 at 5:19 am

      They hit the spot every time!

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    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    September 14, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Wow, what a HUGE slab of ham that is! I never thought of baking a sandwich in the oven- I can just imagine all that butter and cheese melting together!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 14, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      I sliced up a big ham and used a bunch in these sandwiches. The leftovers were packaged and froze for weekday lunches. I just pull out a bag each week and it lasts forever.

  • Reply
    Ashley
    September 13, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    haha ham on a bun – I like that! I haven’t had a ham and cheese sandwich in so long! Love that these are freezer-friendly!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 14, 2016 at 6:59 pm

      You just never know how a name comes about….but then there it sticks….forever ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry
    September 13, 2016 at 8:08 am

    These sandwiches look incredible and the fact they are freezer friendly makes them even more irresistible.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 14, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      I love popping one into my lunch box on days I don’t have time to get a lunch together. Then at lunch time I just remove the foil and pop it into the microwave for a few seconds.

  • Reply
    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    September 13, 2016 at 7:02 am

    Hi Kathy – I love the concept of baking these ahead and freezing. I would never have thought to do that with a sandwich. And I love ham and swiss too. We are going to enjoy these at our house for sure!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 14, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      You family is going to love them!

  • Reply
    Balvinder
    September 13, 2016 at 6:33 am

    This sandwich is a absolute perfect bite. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 14, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      Thanks!

  • Reply
    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    September 13, 2016 at 2:28 am

    Yum yum! I love a good looking sandwich and this one looks super yummy! Freezing them sounds wonderful, Kathy. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 14, 2016 at 6:43 pm

      This has been a family favorite for years. It really has great flavor.

  • Reply
    Amanda
    September 12, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    I like the idea of making a bunch of these and freezing them. I’ve been looking for more freezer meals.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 14, 2016 at 6:41 pm

      I have a lot of freezer meals too. These sandwiches are great for a little variety.

  • Reply
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    September 12, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Yay to ham sammie twinning, Kathy! You can never go wrong with a classic ham and cheese sandwich, but I LOVE that you baked these! Gimme all the melty cheese!! SO GOOD! Cheers, friend!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 14, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      I love melty cheese in just about anything and everything!

  • Reply
    Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
    September 12, 2016 at 6:32 am

    Sandwiches are good any time of the day in my books and this is such a classic combo! Never thought of making a bunch before and freezing. Great tip ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 14, 2016 at 6:37 pm

      When you’ve got hungry kids you find ways to make things for quick dinners!

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