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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Tin Foil Ham And Cheese Sandwiches
- 1 lb. ham slices
- 12 Hawaiian rolls
- 12 slices Swiss or provolone cheese
- ½ cup butter melted
- 1 ½ tablespoons Dijon mustard I used honey mustard
- 1 tablespoon dried onion
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- Prepare 6 sheets of foil 12 inches long.
- Build your sandwiches by dividing the ham between the rolls with 1 slice of cheese on each.
- Place 2 sandwiches onto each piece of foil.
- Whisk together the butter, mustard, onion and brown sugar. Pour evenly over the sandwiches.
- Fold the sides of each packet up and seal closed.
- 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.)
Can these sliders be made the night before and refrigerated?
I haven’t tried it, but it should work well to put the sandwiches together and put them in a Ziploc lock bag. Then continue with step 3, put them in the tinfoil, and top them with the butter mixture right before cooking.
would it be OK to use havarti cheese with ham or turkey?
Hi Joe – I think that would be a great substitution. Enjoy!
If using a convection oven how long would you leave the funeral sandwiches in & at what temperature?
Hi Mimi – bake them at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes. Enjoy!
Oh, these cute little sandwiches remind me of some my mom used to make. I think the only difference is that she used rolls with poppy seeds on the top.
Wow! I couldn’t believe it when I saw this ham sandwich recipe. I have been making a version of this sandwich for more than 40 years! I got the recipe from a school cafeteria worker who would make them for staff lunches. I use a small soft type of roll too but my spread is made with butter, mustard and poppy seeds. I use ham and Swiss and wrap them individually in foil and bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes. They are always a big hit. My husband has taken them on camping trips and warmed them over the campfire.
How fun! That sounds like a delicious way to change them up. Thanks for sharing Norene!
Could this be done in the oven or broiled? If so how long?
Hi Martha – it can be done in the oven. I’d probably do it in a 9×13 pan and cook it at 400° for about 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and the rolls toasted. Just keep a close eye on it and cover with foil if the top is getting too browned before the cheese is melted.
Lorraine @Not Quite Nigella
They look seriously yummy mum! I have all the ingredients for these in the fridge too! 😀 I love seeing pics of the family too xxx
Such a cute little boy 🙂 You have a handsome grandson! Oh aren’t these tin foil ham and cheese sandwiches the best? They look so delicious!
Rocky Mountain Woman
ahh…what a cute little grandson you have! Aren’t they just the best? I will make these cute sandwiches for my little guy next time we go camping!
Robin is gonna LOVE these-perfect for camping and both boys love ham and cheese sandwiches. LOVE the photos of your husband and grandson…the little guy is growing up SO fast. How great is it that he enjoys being in the kitchen? My grandsons do too-especially the younger one.