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Looking for an easy appetizer everyone will LOVE? Look no further than these mini Grilled Ham and Cheese Appetizers. You’d better make plenty! They’ll go fast!

A vertical closeup of a stack of Grilled Ham and Cheese Appetizers along with a cute butter dish in the background.

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Grilled Ham and Cheese Appetizers is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the “jump to recipe” button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe.


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The ingredient list:

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  • party bread (mini cocktail bread)
  • deli ham
  • American cheese slices
  • butter (or mayonnaise)

Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

How this recipe came to be:

We were having some of our friends over for a simple evening of snacks and drinks.

Since my BFF’s very favorite food is a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, naturally I wanted to make her something she would really enjoy.

That’s how this simple yet tasty mini sandwich appetizer was born.

How many grilled mini appetizer sandwiches does this recipe make?

If using the entire loaf of mini party bread, this recipe will make approximately 20 mini sandwiches.

Can different flavors of mini bread be used for this recipe?

You bet!!

In the featured video, and when I made these sandwich appetizers I used mini rye bread.

However, you can use whatever type of mini bread flavors you’re able to find or that are your favorites.

A horizontal close up of a platter of mini Grilled Ham and Cheese Appetizer sandwiches with melted cheese and ham.

Where to find mini party bread in the grocery store?

In my experience grocery stores will typically have the mini party bread (also known as cocktail bread) displayed in the deli department.

Can you make your own mini cocktail bread?

Of course!

Use a serrated knife and a cutting board to thinly slice your favorite bread into mini-size sandwich slices.

This way you can make them as big (or little), or as thick (or thin) as you like.

Then, once you have your bread sliced as you like it, continue on with the recipe from there making sure that your ham and American cheese slices accurately match the size of your sliced bread.

Alternative mini grilled cheese apptizer fillings:

  • salami
  • prosciutto
  • bologna
  • sliced turkey
  • sliced chicken
  • sliced roast beef
  • sliced corned beef
  • sliced pastrami
  • sliced cheddar cheese
  • sliced Swiss cheese
  • sliced mozzarella cheese
  • sliced gouda

You get the idea.

Tailor these mini grilled cheese sandwich appetizers to your own taste…

Have fun with this mini grilled cheese appetizer “recipe” and make it your own.

Butter or mayo? Which is better?

It’s a personal preference!

I’ve always been a butter gal so that’s my go-to when making a grilled cheese sandwich.

However, if you prefer mayo…go for it!!

Additional appetizer recipes you’ll also enjoy:

*French Onion Crostini (shown below)

Everything you love about French onion soup is in these French Onion Crostini…except for the spoon.

A row of French Onion Crostini on a white platter with melted cheese and fresh thyme.

*The Best Ham and Cheese Sliders (not shown) from Pastry Chef Online

*Pizza Fries (not shown) from I Knead to Eat

*Parmesan Onion Squares (shown below)

Parmesan Onion Squares are an easy-to-make appetizer with a light oniony flavor, a crisp yet creamy texture, and a tiny and unexpected touch of sweetness that everyone loves!

A plate full of Parmesan onion appetizer squares with a blue striped napkin.

*Crock Pot Cheeseburger Dip (not shown) from Salty Side Dish

*Cold Tortellini Salad Kabobs (not shown) from Savory Experiments

*Mini Grilled Ham and Cheese Appetizers (shown below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

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Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s easy mini grilled ham and cheese appetizers.

If you’ve made this recipe, or are excited to make this recipe, I’d appreciate it if you’d take a moment to leave it a star rating in the recipe card, along with a comment if you’re so inclined. Thank you. 🙂

Mini Grilled Ham and Cheese Appetizers

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
Looking for an easy appetizer, everyone will LOVE? Look no further than these mini Grilled Ham and Cheese Appetizers. You’d better make plenty! They’ll go fast!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Appetizers and Snack Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 20 servings
Calories 71 kcal


  • Large Skillet
  • Chef’s Knife or Santoku Knife
  • cutting board
  • Offset spatula
  • spatula


  • 40 slices party cocktail bread any flavor
  • 6 tablespoons butter softened
  • ¼ pound deli ham cut into pieces to fit the bread
  • 5 slices American cheese each slice cut into 4 squares, or to fit the bread


To make each sandwich:

  • Butter one side of each slice of bread. Place the first slice, buttered side down.
  • Add one ¼ square of American cheese onto the first slice of bread. Top the cheese with a piece of deli ham, and top the ham with another square of cheese.
  • Top the sandwich with another buttered slice of bread, buttered side up.
  • Assemble all the mini ham and cheese appetizers the same way.
  • Heat a large skillet to medium heat.
  • Add about 6-7 mini ham and cheese sandwiches to the hot skillet and cook on each side until golden brown (about 2 minutes per side). Continue cooking the remaining mini grilled ham and cheese appetizers the same way.
  • Cut the mini grilled cheese sandwich appetizers in half diagonally and serve immediately.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 71kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 195mgPotassium: 24mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 155IUCalcium: 56mgIron: 1mg
Keyword grilled ham and cheese appetizers, mini grilled cheese sandwiches, mini grilled ham and cheese appetizers
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A closeup of a stack of cut Grilled Ham and Cheese Appetizers on mini cocktail bread with melted cheese and ham inside.

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