Ham Buns Recipe

    Posted by  ·  July 2, 2015

    If you are wanting to easily feed a group of friends this holiday this Ham Buns recipe is perfect.   This recipe is from my sister-in-law’s mother. Everyone in the family has been making them for years with crowd pleasing results! It is what we serve for the Fourth of July at my home! By the time the Fourth of July rolls around our friends and family are tired of the normal grilling fare!  We mix it up with these delicious ham buns. This recipe can be grilled or even cooked on a campfire and makes for a portable meal perfect for dinner on the boat or around a campfire. 

    Ham Buns Recipe

    I especially love that these ham buns can be made in advance and even frozen.  That makes one less thing to do the day of your party and allows you time to sit back and relax!

    Ham Buns Recipe

    2 Sticks (1 Cup) Butter, room temperature
    2 Tablespoons poppy seeds
    5 Tablespoons  yellow mustard
    1 large white or yellow onion, finely chopped

    1½ pounds shredded Swiss cheese
    3 pounds shaved ham

    48 King Hawaiian Butter Rolls (4 packages)

    Ham Buns Ingredients

    Stir together butter,  poppy seeds, yellow mustard and chopped onion to make the mustard sauce. In a separate bowl mix together  ham and swiss. It is easiest to mix with your hands.

    Ham Buns Recipe

    Remove rolls from package. Be sure to keep the oven safe tray the rolls come in.  Keeping rolls together slice rolls in half. King Hawaiian Rolls are moist and delicious and make this recipe supper yummy and easy!

    King Hawiian Ham BunsDivide mustard sauce into fourths and spread evenly onto the top side of each of the four rolls.

    King Hawaiian Ham Buns Sauce

    Evenly divide ham mixture between the four roll bottoms.

    ham and swiss ham buns for a crowd

    It will be a generous amount. Yum!

    Ham and Swiss Buns
    Replace the roll tops and place the ham and swiss rolls back into the oven proof tray the rolls came in.

    Ham Buns King Hawaiian

    Wrap the rolls in their tray in heavy duty aluminum foil.

    Grilled Ham Buns

    Once wrapped, they can then be frozen or  heated right away while wrapped in foil.  Now if you don’t want to heat up your house throw the foil wrapped buns onto your grill over indirect heat.  Heat them slowly for about 30 minutes.  They only need to be warmed so butter and cheese melt.  They can also be baked at 350 degrees in an oven for about  30 minutes.

    ham buns on grill

    If you like to be outside at the lake as much as we do, warm them on a camp fire lakeside….just keep them away from a direct flame. Place the foil wrapped buns in a cast iron dutch oven. Turn the buns frequently to keep them from burning.  After about 20 minutes depending on your fire the buns should be warm and gooey!

    ham buns on the campfire

    Once heated through and cheese has fully melted remove from the foil. Use a serrated knife to cut apart the sandwiches.

    Ham Buns made on the grill
    For large groups, figure about 1½ ham buns per person.  Serve hot! What an easy way to feed a crowd! I believe like King’s Hawaiian® that sharing remarkable food and laughter with family and friends makes life sweeter.

    people around campfire


    We are also huge fans of the King Hawaiian Hot Dog Buns! Man they are good! We love to fix them up like a Chicago dog. This is another easy party meal.

    Chicago Dog Recipe

    Make your party festive by serving a red white and blue layered drink. Be sure to dress the part with red white and blue ponytail holders and a DIY flag shirt. Make your tables sparkle with a star Fourth of July centerpiece. Help guest keep hold of their napkin and cutlery with a red white and blue treat sack.  Printable pinwheels are an easy way to dress up potted plants in your yard. Red white and blue cupcakes with candy star cupcake toppers are the perfect dessert. The day wouldn’t be complete without a parade! Check out our Fourth of July Parade floats.

    Another crowd pleasing meal we serve during our Fourth of July weekend is a walking taco!

    Fourth of July ideas

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    1. jessi
      Thursday, March 31st, 2016
      would you mind adding a printable button for your recipes? I (and probably many others) would greatly appreciate it!
      • Thursday, March 31st, 2016
        Jessi, Yes! I am working on it. Hopefully, everything will be updated by the first of May. Thanks so much for reading my blog.
    2. Michelle Schroeder
      Friday, July 3rd, 2015
      These look wonderful. Can't wait to try them. How do you fix them if they've been in the freezer? Do they need to thaw first?
      • Saturday, July 4th, 2015
        They don't need to be thawed but will need longer for cooking, about 15 minutes more. If they were frozen I would bake instead of grilling unless you can insure low heat on your grill.
      Friday, July 3rd, 2015
      These look absolutly delicious. I am on my way to the store for the supplies. Some will go into the freexer for later.