Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches are a takeout favorite made at home! Buttery toasted buns are baked with layers of ham and gooey cheese for a fun and easy weeknight dinner!

We don’t eat takeout too often around here because we love to cook so much. But, when we do one of my absolute favorites is a hot ham and cheese sandwich! I will take it over a burger any day of the week.

I enjoy making these sandwiches at home even more because I can choose the quality of ham that I get, the kind of cheese everyone likes, toast the buns to perfection, and add a creamy dijonnaise sauce!

Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches:

These sandwiches are so easy to make it’s one of those that I almost feel silly calling a “recipe” but I hope you all love them as much as my family does, and I’ll tell you how I like to perfect them at my house!

  • You can use thick or thin ham, whichever you like. I always get the super thin sliced ham straight from my deli. Then, I layer a few pieces of ham, then a piece of cheese. I repeat the layers twice for a nice hearty sandwich.
  • Toasting the buns is totally optional. I butter them, then toast under the broiler for about 2 minutes before assembling the sandwiches. If you like a softer bun, don’t toast them first.
  • You can use any kind of cheese obviously, whatever your family prefers! We love mozzarella cheese the best, but of course, Swiss, cheddar or Monterey Jack are also great!
  • The dijonnaise is also optional. It’s simply a mixture of mayonnaise and spicy or dijon mustard. Just adds some extra flavor and we happen to love it.

A quick note about cooking these sandwiches. I typically bake them at home for a super fast 10 minute dinner. However, you can absolutely grill these as well! There a great sandwich for camping. You will just want to assemble the sandwiches, wrap in foil, and grill for a few minutes until the cheese is melted.



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Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches are a takeout favorite made at home! Buttery toasted buns are baked with layers of ham and gooey cheese for a fun and easy weeknight dinner! Prep Time5 mins Cook Time10 mins Total Time15 mins Course: Main Course Cuisine: American Servings: 4 Author: Nichole


  • 4 Large Hamburger Buns
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Pound Sliced Ham
  • 8 Slices Cheese, Mozzarella, Swiss, Cheddar, etc
  • 1/4 Cup Mayonnaise, Optional
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard, Optional


  • Preheat your oven’s broiler to high. Split open the hamburger buns and place on a large baking sheet.
  • Coat the buns evenly with the butter. Toast under preheated broiler for 1-2 minutes until golden.
  • Switch the oven broiler off and preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Layer half of the ham slices evenly on the bottom of each bun. Top with a slice of cheese. Repeat these layers one more time. Place the top buns on the sandwiches.
  • Bake the sandwiches for 7-10 minutes, until cheese is melted.
  • OPTIONAL: In a small bowl mix together the mayonnaise and dijon mustard and serve with the hot sandwiches.


NOTE: Toasting the buns is optional. Nutrition Disclaimer



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Hot Baked Sandwich

Ken is in the kitchen again experimenting with a recipe that he saw called Kentucky Hot Brown Bake. He changed it up a bunch and called his a, Hot Baked Sandwich. This would be a great sandwich for game day, or brunch, lunch or weeknight dinner! A sandwich that is ooey gooey and delicious, hot out of the oven.

The recipe itself had already been adapted from an Italian Layer Bake so this sandwich is extremely versatile. You can make it how you like. Ken’s first attempt, we found was too moist and left the sandwich soggy, so we omitted some of the tomatoes and dried the ones out that we used, with a little with salt and drained them on paper towels. You can omit them completely if you like.

If you popped over to the other pictures you can see that this one is less moist but still a gorgeously gooey sandwich, the eggs form a custard inside the sanwich the top is crispy and golden browned.

The sandwich is baked in parchment so you can easily pull it out of the baking dish to then slice and serve! Think of all the variations you can do with this amazing recipe. It is really quite endless and so very easy!

Try this sandwich on for size at your next function or for a casual dinner. Change it up to what you like inside or try our version. Anyway you slice it (pun intended) you will love it!!

Hot Baked Sandwich Prep time 20 mins Cook time 45 mins Total time 1 hour 5 mins An ooey gooey Hot Baked Sandwich with layers of turkey, ham, cheese and tomatoes that the whole family will love!! Author: Ken Noland Recipe type: Entree Cuisine: American Serves: 9-12 servings Ingredients

  • 8 oz. package crescent rolls
  • 8 oz. slices smoked turkey
  • 8 oz. slices ham
  • 3 oz. sliced gruyere or swiss cheese
  • 3 oz. sliced mozzarella cheese
  • 2 roma tomato, sliced, salted and drained on paper towels
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tsp. whole grain mustard


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Take the crescent roll from the packge, unroll and separate into two even squares. Line the bottom of an 8″ baking pan with parchment paper. Place in the one square of crescent dough, pressing the dough to fit the pan. Spread with the grainy mustard.
  2. Layer in half of the turkey, ham and cheese. Salt and pepper to taste. Pour half the eggs over top. Repeat the layers, then add the tomatoes on top. Pepper to taste.
  3. Top with the remaining dough and pour the remaining eggs on top.
  4. Bake for 30 min. covered with foil and then another 10-15 min. with the foil off.
  5. Let sit for 15-20 min. before removing from pan.

Recipe adapted from Eat at Home Cooks.

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A round up of 24 delicious hot sandwiches, including beef, poultry, and vegetarian recipes!

Another month gone, another blog series complete! This month the theme was Hot Sandwiches, and it was a delicious, fantastic, and incredibly frustrating-to-photograph 30 days! After all the fighting I did trying to take pictures of these things, I can’t say I’m sad to say goodbye to this series, but I am pretty pleased with the tastiness of the recipes I got to share on the blog.

Sandwiches on the Blog This Month:

The last sandwich in the series on went up on Monday, but before we say goodbye to April, I’ve rounded up 20 more AMAZING hot sandwiches from my lovely fellow bloggers to give you even more delicious lunch/dinner ideas.

I seriously had to take a break from putting this round up together and go make lunch because all of these sandwiches were making me so hungry!

This roundup is split into 3 categories to reduce load time (these are some big, beautiful pictures). We’re starting with Beef, Pork, and Lamb Sandwiches, but make sure to check out the Chicken & Turkey and Seafood & Vegetarian Sandwiches too!

Beef, Pork, & Lamb Sandwiches

Grilled Steak Sandwiches with Chimichurri Sauce from Simply Fresh Dinners

Croque Madame (Ham, Cheese, and Fried Egg Sandwich) from Show Me the Yummy

Baked Apple Butter Ham and Cheese Sandwiches from Nutmeg Nanny

Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Beef from Living Sweet Moments

Slow Cooker Italian Sausage Cheese Bombers from Kitchen Gidget
Hot Muffuletta Sandwich from Hapa Nom Nom

Steak, Roasted Tomato and Caramelized Onion Sandwich from Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Sausage and Pepper Chipotle Grilled Cheese from Peas and Crayons

Next Page (Chicken & Turkey) >>>

Pages: 1 2 3(Chad A Elick)

Isn’t it perfect that National Sandwich Month is August, coinciding with back to school? I loved sandwiches for lunch when I was a kid, so it should come as no surprise that even today I love a good sandwich. Hot or cold I would take a great sandwich over most meal options any day.

These sandwiches are perfect for game day, back to school, lunchtime, picnics and just about every occasion you can think of. I love a sandwich that really kicks things up. There is nothing wrong with putting some meat and cheese between a few slices of bread, but these recipes take a sandwich to a whole new level. I know you are going to love these just as much as we do. We have put together our top 10 favorites for you, sure to knock your socks off.


With love from our Simple Kitchen to yours!

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Hot and Spicy Roast Beef Sandwiches (pictured above) feature deli roast beef, simmered in spicy beef broth and served on crusty toasted bread, topped with ooey gooey cheese and peppers to create our favorite hot and spicy roast beef sandwich recipe in under 30 minutes!

(Chad A Elick)

Chicken Parmesan Sliders are sweet dinner rolls toasted with garlic butter and topped with Parmesan cheese. Slices of pan fried chicken, marinara sauce and piles of mozzarella cheese on top this picture perfect slider. It is heavenly and party ready!

(Chad A Elick)
Best Ever Simple Crockpot Pulled Pork Sandwiches are incredibly moist, tender and delicious. Loaded with flavor from a homemade barbecue sauce and Dr. Pepper. Dr. Pepper? Yep. You would never believe all the flavor that DP imparts into this pork.(Chad A Elick)
Bacon Monte Cristo Finger Sandwiches are loaded with bacon and ooey gooey cheese, they are perfect for game day or any day!(Chad A Elick)
Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches, with perfectly seasoned tender slow cooked beef that is piled on a toasted bun and topped with ooey gooey cheese and 2 kinds of peppers. This recipe is so easy you will be pulling out the crock pot over and over to make it this summer.(Chad A Elick)
Grilled Breaded Chicken Sandwiches are boneless chicken breast marinated in a perfectly seasoned buttermilk mixture, breaded and grilled to perfection (baked recipe included also). This results in the most flavorful moist chicken sandwich with a perfectly crisp exterior. This easy recipe will need a permanent place in your file.(Chad A Elick)
Grilled Cheese for a Crowd is as easy as two pans, a dozen or so sandwiches and viola! You have a grilled cheese, with this easy recipe, for the whole gang in under 30 minutes WITHOUT standing in front of the hot stove.(Chad A Elick)
Copycat Slow Cooker Maid-Rite Loose Meat Sandwich made with perfectly seasoned, tender slow-cooked ground beef served on a warm slightly sweetened bun. We have tried to replicate it for years and at long last, we have the perfect crock pot recipe and it is one to keep! If you have never tried one, run (do not walk) to your kitchen and make this! (Chad A Elick)
Zesty Italian Barbecue Pulled Chicken Sliders is a chicken dish that will knock yor socks off. Slow cooked chicken in a zesty Italian spiced marinade makes the perfect sauce for this rockin’ sandwich. (Chad A Elick)
Chipotle Bacon Monte Cristo Finger Sandwiches are covered in cheese and lightly toasted to perfection. They are piled high with your favorite Monte Cristo fixin’s and topped with bacon and a little something special to give it a lil’ kick! (Chad A Elick)

Donna and Chad Elick are the creators of The Slow Roasted Italian, focused on simplifying mealtime. Donna is a self taught cook, with a passion for home cooked meals inspired by her mom. She is the chief mess maker, writer, cook and dish washer in the family. Chad is the photographer, designer, cocktail maker and food tester. Did we mention he does the laundry too? Together they make one awesome team!

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Hot and Cold Sandwich Ideas

Here are some tasty Hot and Cold Sandwich Ideas that will help you look forward to eating your next sandwich.

When it comes to making sandwiches the possibilities are endless. Sandwiches just don’t have to be served at lunchtime or made for brown bags. They can be eaten at breakfast and suppertime and made hot, cold or grilled. You can use any type of bread, bagel, pita, bun, etc. The fillings can be simple or beyond your imagination with all of the varieties of meats, cheeses and vegetables we can pick from. Don’t forget about all the seasonings you can explore with for added flavor.

Ultimate Ham & Swiss Sliders

If you’ve never had these, you’re missing out! The brown sugar caramelizes into an ooey, gooey sauce that goes well with the ham and Swiss.

Salami Stromboli

Take pizza ingredients and turn them into a sandwich – YUM!

Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches

This sandwich only requires five ingredients, which makes it an easy dinner on a busy night. Just set your crock pot to low in the morning before you leave for work and school.

Spinach Artichoke & Smoked Turkey Panini

Quick, easy and yummy and you don’t have to have a Panini press to make it.

Crock Pot Greek Chicken Pitas

Crock Pot Greek Chicken Pitas are super-easy to make and the chicken has an amazing flavor to it.

Roast Beef & Cheddar Melt

Copycat version of Arby’s classic cheddar & beef sandwich. These are also great to make ahead and freeze.

Pulled Pork with Easy Carolina Barbeque Sauce

Cook your pork up and then make this tangy tasting bbq sauce to make the pork extra yummy.

Tangy BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Sweet and tangy flavors are what makes this recipe one that you will want to make again!

Crock Pot French Dip Sandwiches

Crock pot french dip sandwiches are easy to make and only need 5 ingredients.

Chicken Salad Pitas

This recipe is very easy-to-make and keeps in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Carolina Style Pulled Pork Sandwiches

This recipe is great for using up a pork roast and the brown sugar and apple cider vinegar gives it a really great taste.

Turkey Panini with Roasted Red Peppers

The roasted red peppers give this sandwich a bit of a smoky taste.

More Hot and Cold Sandwich Ideas:

  • Easy Cucumber Sandwich
  • Ham Salad for Sandwiches
  • Grilled Sandwich Variations
  • Scrambled Egg Sandwiches
  • What is your favorite sandwich in the summer time?


Hot Sandwiches for Cold Weather Days

Sandwiches are a quick and easy meal, great for any time of the day. Consider serving hot sandwiches for cold weather days.

I am a huge sandwich fan. Second only to salads, sandwiches are my go-to meal for quick, easy, and healthy noshing. I’ve even converted my husband into a sandwich lover, mainly by serving up a sandwich bar of great toppings. Getting all tricked out with the fillings is still less than a $5 footlong in terms of grocery expenses.

When cold weather days strike, however, it’s a little more difficult to make sandwiches appealing. We want to warm up both inside and out when there’s a chill in the air. That’s where hot sandwiches can save the day!

It’s unbelievably easy to create tasty hot sandwiches. Here’s how:

1. Start off with bread, any kind.

Sandwich bread, baguette, kaiser rolls, tortillas — all these breads are great for hot sandwiches. Hot sandwiches are a great way to salvage day-old bread since you’re going to toast the sandwich anyway. You can even use one large loaf of Italian bread to cut into portions later, like in the Chicken Bacon Sub.

2. Fill it with tasty meats and cheeses.

You have a vast array of choices when it comes to fillings. However, since you’re going to serve it hot, you’ll want to choose ingredients that taste good heated. Cheese is always a good call because as it melts, it holds things together

Some fillings to consider:

  • Tuna Salad
  • Sliced Turkey
  • Shredded Chicken
  • Grilled Steak
  • Shredded Pork
  • Shredded Beef
  • “sloppy joe” or Seasoned Taco Meat
  • Salsa Verde Beef
  • sliced or shredded cheese, like Brie, Monterey Jack, or Cheddar

3. Add a spread and other flavors.

Jazz up your sandwich with a savory (or sweet) sauce. Pesto, salsa, guacamole, flavored mayonnaise, herbed butter, cranberry sauce, or spicy mustards all add a little more pizzazz. Some of my favorites?

  • Pesto and Tomato Grilled Cheese
  • Chipotle Mayonnaise
  • Turkey-Avocado Salsa Panini

We also enjoy adding roasted chiles or peppers, spinach, and sliced tomatoes to our sandwiches.

4. Heat it up!

When I was a kid, I called a toasted cheese sandwich, a bird cheese sandwich. Once at age 5 I requested it at a friend’s house; her mother had no idea what I was talking about! Turns out, my mom had laughingly served me burnt cheese sandwiches and I had misunderstood. Clearly, we have a problem with multi-tasking in my family as I have been known to serve “a bird cheese sandwich” in my time as well.

You can heat your sandwiches in a number of ways. For quick bulk baking, simply wrap the sandwiches in foil. Bake at 325 ° for 15 to 25 minutes or you can even toss them on the grill! For stove top cooking, butter the bread on the outsides and toast in a hot skillet. Or for lovers of small kitchen appliances, a panini press does a great job. We’ve enjoyed using this one. I can make two at a time and rarely do I burn them.

Creating a hot sandwich is not a huge jump from your standard sandwich making, but it’s a great way to warm up your mealtimes.

13 Hot, Hearty Sandwich Recipes to Indulge in This Winter

In the summer, sandwiches are relegated to lunch. High-protein wraps and cold-cut pita pockets co-mingle with pasta salad and poke bowls when the weather’s warm. But once winter comes around, we crave sandwiches that are heartier than your standard fare — we want something meaty, cheesy, hot, and satisfying. And when you make subs, grinders, and paninis that fit that bill, they work just as well for dinner as a midday meal. These 13 recipes will make you realize that when it comes to comfort food, a big, warm sandwich is just as good as any casserole or roast.

1. Reuben Grilled Cheese: Swap rye for buttery white bread to make this twist on the classic Reuben. It’s stuffed with thick-sliced corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and an easy homemade Russian dressing. (via Eazy Peazy Mealz)

2. Hanger Steak Sandwich: A thick slab of grilled hanger steak makes this sandwich into a full meal. Add some marinated red onions for a nice little tang. (via Slow Sundays)

3. Caprese Sandwiches: Get your Caprese fix even in the winter with this recipe, which swaps fresh tomato slices for homemade sauce. Basil pesto and mozzarella are added to the mix, then everything’s sandwiched between slices of ciabatta bread and baked. (via Heinstirred)

4. Pressure Cooker Italian Beef Subs: Juicy Italian beef fills these subs with flavor. Served with its leftover sauce on the side, the meat is made in a pressure cooker in just under an hour. (via Sprinkles and Sprouts)

5. Southwest Avocado Chicken Panini: This panini has a deliciously crispy exterior, but avocado makes it creamy inside. Filled with spiced chicken tenders and plenty of provolone, these sandwiches are cheesy and satisfying. (via Dine and Dish)

6. Pear, Bacon, and Brie Panini: A pleasing blend of sweet and savory, this panini blends pears, bacon, and Brie for total sandwich heaven. (via Appetites Anonymous)

7. Sweet Black Pepper Grilled Chicken Hoagies: Marinated in a sweet black pepper sauce, grilled chicken has enough flavor to stand up to the other ingredients in this hoagie. It’s accompanied by marinated jalapeños and red onions, strips of roasted poblano peppers, and cheese. (via Garlic & Zest)

8. Garlic Bread Spicy Meatball Parm Sub: Make your meatball subs even better with a few flavor upgrades. Turn your sub rolls into garlic bread, and add some heat to your meatballs with Italian sausage and crushed red pepper flakes. (via Smells Like Home)

9. Chicken Sliders With Apple Brussels Slaw: Tender shredded chicken, made with an apple barbecue sauce, makes up the bulk of these sliders. Top them with a Brussels sprout and apple slaw to add crunch. (via The Speckled Palate)

10. Cherry Camembert Grilled Cheese Sandwich: When cold winter comes around, you need more than just a basic grilled cheese to fill you up. Camembert turns this one into an elegant meal, while cherries add a deep pop of flavor throughout. (via Dishes Delish)

11. Fajita Grilled Cheese: Chimichurri adds a tangy, herbal element to these gooey grilled cheese sandwiches. It helps meld together all of the flavors, from the sautéed fajita veggies to the milky mozzarella. (via Isabel Eats)

12. Waffled Pepperoni Grilled Cheese: Waffle irons turn even boring sandwiches into crispy, golden delights, full of nooks and crannies for scooping up your favorite sauce. Pepperoni pizza grilled cheese takes well to this method, especially when served with marinara for dunking. (via Kirbie Cravings)

13. Jalapeño Popper Turkey Bacon Sandwiches: Jalapeño poppers are a unique (and tasty) vehicle for adding spice and creaminess to your meal. They help liven up the simple combo of turkey, bacon, and tomato. (via Chili Pepper Madness)

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