Tin Foil Ham And Cheese Sandwiches

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Quick, easy-to-make tin foil ham and cheese sandwiches are perfect for lunch or dinner while you’re camping, for an afterschool snack, or even a fun backyard picnic. 

Ham and Cheese Sandwiches ready for the grill.

Enjoying simple sandwiches is one of life’s little pleasures. I am an avid baker and cook, but I also like simple meals that don’t take much time or effort. 

These Tin Foil Ham and Cheese Sandwiches are perfect in so many ways. Not perfect as in “this is the best meal I’ve ever eaten.” Perfect as in it created the perfect opportunity to be with family. Perfect as in you can enjoy it without spending a ton of time in the kitchen. Perfect because it’s one of those sandwiches that your kids are going to remember forever.

A collage of quick, easy-to-make tin foil ham and cheese sandwiches are perfect for camping, or a fun backyard picnic.

My friend and fellow Utah food blogger, Jesseca from One Sweet Appetite , wrote a fun cookbook, Foiled!: Easy, Tasty Tin Foil Meals. If you’re a camper and love making tin foil dinners, you need to add this fun cookbook to your collection. 


But you don’t have to go camping to make the meals, Jessica also gives tips on how to cook the tin foil meals at home in the oven or on the barbecue.

My daughter and grandsons were visiting at lunch time last week, so I got the whole family involved in putting the sandwiches together. Then I put them on the grill to cook and we had a fun picnic in the backyard.

collage of ingredients for Ham and Cheese Sliders

Bake or Grill

This sandwich is super versatile. You can bake it, grill it, or cook it over coals. Sometimes it’s a beautiful night out and you want to use the grill. Other nights, it’s chilly and we want to stay inside and eat something toasted and delicious, so they’re perfect toasted in the oven.

What Sides Go with a Tin Foil Ham and Cheese Sandwich?

You could have so much fun with sides for this sandwich. If you have an air fryer, my Garlic Parmesan Air Fryer French Fries would the perfect addition to this sandwich. Or, perhaps your family would prefer my broccoli slaw salad or a perfect pasta salad

If you’ve got a pressure cooker, my Pressure Cooker Potato Salad Recipe is a must-try. 

Ham and cheese sandwiches slathered in butter on tinfoil.

The sandwich is super simple to throw together. We really like the sweetness the butter sauce gave the sandwich, so don’t be afraid to use it all. The rolls get toasted on the grill and the cheese melts to the foil a little bit, so you get those crispy, tasty cheese bits on the foil that you can’t resist picking off

Ham and Cheese Sandwiches ready for the grill.
Yield: 6 servings

Tin Foil Ham And Cheese Sandwiches

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 lb. ham slices
  • 12 Hawaiian rolls
  • 12 slices Swiss or provolone cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard (I used honey mustard)
  • 1 tablespoon dried onion
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar


  1. Prepare 6 sheets of foil 12 inches long.
  2. Build your sandwiches by dividing the ham between the rolls with 1 slice of cheese on each.
  3. Place 2 sandwiches onto each piece of foil.
  4. Whisk together the butter, mustard, onion and brown sugar. Pour evenly over the sandwiches.
  5. Fold the sides of each packet up and seal closed.
  6. Place on warm coals, turn frequent, and cook 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is lightly toasted. (Cook on the grill on low heat or in the oven at 350°F for 15 - 20 moinutes.)


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Ham and Cheese Sliders ready for wrapping in foil for the grill.
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