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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 8 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
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    October 17, 2020 at 11:47 am

    These look delicious Kathy! I’d definitely add some horseradish to the butter mixture! These are perfect with a side of soup.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 17, 2020 at 5:38 pm

      A little extra spice is always a good thing!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    October 16, 2020 at 6:33 am

    5 stars
    This sounds like one of those family favorite types of recipes – and I can see why, too! I love the flavors here, and I also love that you can meal prep these in advance. They kinda remind me of a Monte Cristo, although much easier. Either way, I wouldn’t be sad about opening my lunchbox to find one of these!!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 17, 2020 at 5:37 pm

      I love making them for dinner and then having one for leftovers in my lunch. So yummy!

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    October 15, 2020 at 5:33 am

    5 stars
    I can totally see how this would b e a childhood favourite! Such a classic combo. Wish I had one for lunch today with a side of potato chips šŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 17, 2020 at 5:37 pm

      They are one that have been around for quite awhile – and for good reason!

  • Reply
    Fred G
    March 17, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    5 stars
    A great sandwich.

  • Reply
    Katie Crenshaw
    September 17, 2016 at 7:02 am

    Yum! Love that you can make these ahead and freeze. These look great!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 18, 2016 at 6:59 am

      I love having quick, prepared foods ready to go in the freezer. Makes busy nights so much easier.

  • Reply
    Summer
    September 17, 2016 at 5:49 am

    Looks very nice for comfort food ā™„

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    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 18, 2016 at 6:59 am

      Thanks!

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    September 16, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    cheese sandwiches are definitely the best!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 18, 2016 at 6:53 am

      Especially when it’s melted cheese!

  • Reply
    Adina
    September 16, 2016 at 1:30 am

    Great idea! I don’t have a sandwich maker, so I never make this kind of sandwiches, but to make them in the oven sounds wonderful. I will try this soon.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 16, 2016 at 5:28 am

      Thanks, Adina!

  • Reply
    mira
    September 15, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    I make similar sandwiches all the time! These look yummy!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 16, 2016 at 5:24 am

      You know just how yummy they are! There’s a reason we keep making them šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Pamela @ BFG
    September 15, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    You have me craving a big ol sandwich right now! Love how that melted cheese looks!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 16, 2016 at 5:23 am

      Melted cheese always takes food up a notch in flavor!

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