Delicious Baked Sandwiches

posted by Andrea | 01/21/2020

delicious baked sandwiches

I first shared my recipe for Delicious Baked Sandwiches back in 2011, and since then, the number of emails and comments I’ve gotten as a result is just craziness! 

This recipe has been “shared” on the internet thousands of times… and I’ve made them for our own family (plus extended family, friends, dinner guests, and random holiday functions) almost as many times over the past 10 years! 

What can I say… these baked sandwiches are a HIT! 

delicious baked sandwiches

baked sandwiches with salad and fruit

baked ham and cheese sandwiches

I suppose any time you mix soft rolls, melty cheese, savory meats, and lots of butter, the finished product can’t taste bad! 

Add in the fact that these sandwiches only take about 10 minutes to prep AND can easily be made a full day in advance… and you literally have yourself the perfect weeknight meal. 

They are also a fantastic appetizer (make them on slider buns), a delicious addition to your “game day” spread, and a great simple meal to take to others. Just make sure you bring a printed copy of the recipe because anyone who eats these WILL ask for it! 

yummy baked sandwiches

gooey ham and cheese baked sandwiches

These baked sandwiches really are as amazing as they look and sound! 


In case you’re still “on the fence” about giving them a try, I want to assure you that you can mix and match almost ANY type of roll, meat, and cheese and the results will be delicious!

3 of Our Favorite Baked Sandwich Combinations: 

  1. Ham + Swiss 
  2. Turkey + Cheddar
  3. Salami/Pepperoni + Mozzarella (here’s my recipe for pizza sliders)

Use leftover meat and rolls from a big holiday meal, or deli meat and store-bought rolls of your choice. 

Over the past year, I switched from store-bought rolls to my homemade whole-grain dinner rolls with excellent results! 

homemade dinner rolls

ham and swiss cheese

Seriously, I can’t think of one time (over 10+ years of making these baked sandwiches) that they haven’t turned out wonderfully! 

Just assemble the sandwiches, pour the melted butter sauce over top, and bake for 20 minutes — DONE! 

OR, if you know you’ll be super pressed for time, assemble the sandwiches ahead of time (up to a full day in advance) and let them sit in the butter sauce in the fridge.

I’ve even assembled the sandwiches and frozen them (without the sauce) for a later date — the still tasted wonderfully fresh when pulled out of the oven! 

Add this recipe for delicious baked sandwiches to your menu plan this week (and then again next week)!

You won’t regret it! 

Yield: 12 Sandwiches

Delicious Baked Sandwiches

Delicious Baked Sandwiches

What do you get when you mix delicious deli meats, gooey cheese, fresh rolls, and a healthy amount of butter?
The most delicious baked sandwiches ever!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 dozen buns or rolls
  • 1/2 lb. to 3/4 lb. thinly sliced meat
  • 12 slices of cheese

For the Sauce

  • 1/2 c. melted butter
  • 2 Tbs. honey or brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs. mustard
  • 1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbs. poppy seeds


  1. Assemble sandwiches by layering your choice of meat and cheese on buns or rolls.
  2. Place sandwiches in a baking pan and set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan or glass measuring cup, mix all ingredients for the sauce and boil or microwave until butter is melted.
  4. Pour sauce over sandwiches.
  5. Sprinkle poppy seeds over sandwiches.
  6. Bake now (instructions below), or refrigerate for several hours (even overnight)
  7. Bake at 350ºF for 20 - 25 minutes, or until the tops are brown and the cheese is melted. Cover loosely with foil if you don't want your sandwiches to get as brown.



Feel free to use any combination of meat and cheese for these delicious sandwiches. Here are a few of our favorite combinations:

  • ham + swiss (Christmas leftovers)
  • turkey + cheddar (Thanksgiving leftovers)
  • pepperoni/salami + mozzarella (pizza slider recipe here)


You can honestly use any type of bun, roll, slider, or even regular sandwich bread for this recipe.

I regularly use my homemade whole-grain rolls, but previously I used Brown 'n Serve rolls or Hawaiian Rolls. I also know many people who use hamburger buns and even sliced sandwich bread!

You really can't mess this recipe up, so use whatever bread products you have in the house.


Use the following pan sizes with each different type of bread/roll.

  • Brown 'n serve rolls = 9" x 13" pan
  • Hawaiian Rolls = 7" x 11" pan
  • Homemade Rolls = (whatever size works best)
  • Sandwich Bread = large sheet pan


Yes! They are amazing!

We eat these sandwiches cold in lunches the next day and they are SO good (of course, they taste great warmed up again too!)

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 391 Total Fat 23g Saturated Fat 12g Trans Fat 1g Unsaturated Fat 9g Cholesterol 74mg Sodium 322mg Carbohydrates 28g Fiber 1g Sugar 7g Protein 19g
Nutritional information is approximate and does not account for additional ingredients or added toppings.

ham, cheese, and rolls

assembling baked sandwiches

sandwiches ready to bake

ingredients for butter sauce

pouring butter sauce on sandwiches

sprinkling poppy seeds on sandwiches

delicious baked sandwiches

Our family loves these baked sandwiches so much I sometimes make 2 full pans so we can eat one for dinner and have the other one for lunches throughout the week.

They are surprisingly tasty cold or reheated later in the week.

I serve our sandwiches with some type of salad (this broccoli salad is a hit), a variety of fresh fruit, and sometimes roasted veggies or potato wedges

It’s one of the few meals no one ever complains about! 🙂

delicious baked sandwiches

baked sandwiches with salad and fruit

baked ham and cheese sandwiches

Have you tried this recipe yet? 

If not, what’s stopping you?

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delicious baked sandwiches


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  1. Karen


    I make these often! Thought you’d be interested to know that I saw a similar recipe in the latest BHG – I bet they got the idea from you 🙂


    Andrea Reply:

    haha — yes, I’m sure BHG stole the recipe from my little website!

    In all honesty though, I’ve been making these for 12-13 years already so I certainly didn’t steal the recipe from them 🙂


  2. Erin


    I have used these for MANY parties over the past few years and my nephew was sad the one time I didn’t make them (I definitely put them back on the menu for the next party!).


    Andrea Reply:

    yay — glad you’ve enjoyed them so much!


  3. Lori McEvoy


    Love the pics and video!


    Andrea Reply:

    thanks 🙂


  4. Lori


    Great ” first” post! Love this!!!!


  5. Paulette


    Andrea, I served these sandwiches when you first published your recipe and they were devoured in no time. Now I prepare these anytime I’m serving finger foods. They’re always a hit. Thanks for sharing!!


  6. Jess


    Made these tonight. Absolutely delicious!


    Andrea Reply:

    yes… yes they are! SO delicious!


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  9. Chris Kantorik


    Do these freeze well?


    Andrea Reply:

    I’ve frozen the sandwiches before, but never with the sauce.