RITZ® Crackers Party Sandwiches

These two-bite RITZ Crackers Party Sandwiches are the perfect addition to your appetizer buffet. Kids love them, too!

Ritz Crackers Party Sandwiches on a white platter, surrounded by red and white napkins, pompoms, soda, and wings.

Watching a sports game is a great way to gather people around, whether it’s a large group or just your family.

It’s also an opportunity to enjoy some fun snacks and appetizers, like my RITZ® Cracker Sandwiches.

The sandwiches are a riff on Hawaiian Roll Sliders that are made with Hawaiian buns, but I swapped in RITZ Crackers instead.

They’re easy to make, and a fun addition to your appetizer table. They’re best served while warm out of the oven, so consider that when planning your party!

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Ingredients for Ritz Crackers Party Sandwiches on a wooden table.
  • Ritz Crackers are super buttery and are the perfect “bread” for these sandwiches
  • Deli ham and sliced swiss will go in between the crackers
  • The sandwiches are drizzled with melted butter before baking
  • Worcestershire sauce, dijon mustard, salt, and dried onion flakes add lots of flavor to the butter
  • Poppy seeds are a fun addition to the top of the sandwiches

How to make Ritz Cracker Party Sandwiches

Start with two 13×9 inch pans. Place 24 crackers in the bottom of each pan (so you’ll use 48 crackers total on the bottom).

ritz crackers in a 13x9 inch pan

Top the crackers with thin slices of deli ham. You can use honey ham, black forest ham—whichever ham that you prefer.

ritz crackers topped with ham in a 13x9 inch pan

Then, top the crackers with Swiss cheese. Colby jack, cheddar, or your favorite sliced cheese would work here, too.

ritz crackers topped with ham and cheese in a 13x9 inch pan

Top each sandwich with another Ritz cracker. You’ll use another 48 crackers to top them.

ritz cracker sandwiches in a 13x9 inch pan

Melt the butter, then stir in the dijon mustard, worcestershire sauce, and salt.

Pour the butter mixture over the top of the crackers, then sprinkle with poppy seeds and onion flakes.

ritz cracker sandwiches in a 13x9 inch pan

Bake the sandwiches for 10–12 minutes, or until golden brown.

cooked ritz cracker sandwiches in a 13x9 inch pan

The end result is a delicious RITZ cracker sandwich that is irresistible and just the right size for snacking.


Can I halve this recipe?

Yes! You can easily cut this recipe in half to make 24 mini sandwiches instead of 48 mini sandwiches. You will only need one 13×9 inch pan.

Can I use different meat and cheese?

Many deli meats will be delicious in place of the ham. Roast beef, turkey, or even salami would be a great choice. For the cheese, try colby jack, cheddar, american, or even pepper jack for a little spice.

Can I make the party sandwiches ahead of time?

The sandwiches taste best when they are warm, right out of the oven. I recommend baking them right before you plan to serve them. If they sit too long, the crackers may become soggy. Follow the instructions below for what steps you CAN get done ahead of time!

Make it ahead

These mini Ritz sandwiches are best served warm out of the oven. As a result, I don’t recommend making these ahead of time.

However, you can check these steps off the list ahead of time:

  • Gather the ingredients
  • Cut the cheese and ham into pieces
  • Make the butter mixture

Then, when you’re ready to serve, you just need to assemble the sandwiches and bake them.

Ritz Crackers Party Sandwiches on a white platter.

More easy appetizers

Ritz Crackers Party Sandwiches have over 400 5-star reviews! Here’s one: “I made these for a work Christmas brunch and these were a HUGE hit! They seriously are soooo easy to make and soooo delicious.”

Have you tried this recipe? Please leave a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating and/or comment below!

📖 Recipe

ritz crackers party sandwiches with ham and cheese.

RITZ® Crackers Party Sandwiches

Published by Kate
These two-bite mini sandwiches are the perfect addition to your game day buffet!
4.52 from 511 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Course Sandwiches
Cuisine American
Servings 48 mini sandwiches
Calories 65 kcal


  • 96 RITZ® Crackers (about 3 sleeves)
  • ½ lb thinly sliced deli ham
  • lb thinly sliced swiss cheese
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dried onion flakes


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Place 24 RITZ® Crackers in the bottom of a 13×9 inch baking dish, flat side down. Place another 24 RITZ® Crackers in the bottom of another 13×9 inch baking dish. Tear the ham gently with your hands to create tiny strips (they do not need to be perfect) and lay a lightly folded slice on each RITZ® Cracker.
  • Cut the cheese into 1 inch pieces and place one piece of cheese on top of the ham. Top each mini sandwich with another RITZ® Cracker, rounded side up.
  • Place the butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted, about 45 seconds. Gently whisk in the Dijon mustard, worcestershire sauce, and salt.
  • Pour the butter mixture evenly over the mini sandwiches, dividing the mixture evenly between the two pans. Sprinkle the poppy seeds and the dried onion flakes evenly over the top.
  • Bake for 10–12 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the tops of the Ritz Crackers are lightly golden brown.
  • Transfer to a serving platter and serve while warm.



Make it ahead: these sandwiches are best served while warm. You can gather/prepare all of the ingredients ahead of time, and then assemble and bake the sandwiches when you’re ready to serve them. 
Change it up: any combination of deli meat and cheese works well here. Roast beef and cheddar, or turkey and colby jack are a few ideas! 


Calories: 65kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 131mgPotassium: 27mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 63IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Ritz Crackers Sandwiches
Did You Make This Recipe?Please leave a star rating and comment below!


    1. So glad that you liked them, Kathleen! Thanks for taking time to leave a review.

  1. 5 stars
    Kate: Some people need to learn to read, and never cook. I made the recipe with no trouble. They disappeared at a party faster then it took to make them. Great appetizer. Thanks

  2. 5 stars
    I made these for a work Christmas brunch and these were a HUGE hit! I’m glad I took a copy of the recipe with me for everyone took a copy home! I didn’t make the ‘quantity’ suggested – i made 2 boxes of Ratz biscuits. To me, it didn’t really matter how many i made – i just made a large quantity for i knew they were going to be eaten. These will become a snack during anytime or entre for any occasion. They seriously are soooo easy to make and soooo delicious. Trust me – make them and have a VERY Merry Christmas ya’ll 😀

    1. I’m so glad that you and your co-workers enjoyed them, JulieAnne! Thanks for letting me know, and Merry Christmas!

  3. I’m a bit confused, while two 13×9 pans? Are you making two full pans? It doesn’t say after you put your cheese and ham on to cover with another ritz cracker, which is what I’d do. So is this recipe for 2 whole pans, I’m sorry I sound so dum. Lol

  4. They didn’t hold together as a “sandwich” and the flavor (butter, Dijon, worchester sauce) was way off. I through them in the garbage. Very disappointing.

    1. these are really good! No, they aren’t a sandwich , they are an appetizer. Thank you Kate for giving us all who appreciate trying a new recipe.

    2. I think you meant threw. I thought they were great! You must not have followed the recipe correctly.

  5. Do you bake the crackers in the pans on top of each other?thank you

    Do you bake the crackers on top of eeach other in the two pans.

    1. Yes, so make a sandwich out of the crackers, with ham and cheese in the middle. Then put the pans side by side in the oven.

  6. Is there another recipe that you can serve these Ritz sandwiches COLD.
    It will be for an art show. Plan to serve them in a muffin liner. Any other suggestions.
    Thought about Ham, Cheese and pickle secured with a toothpick.

  7. Can I substitute the meat with any veggie option ? As most of my friends are vegetarian.

  8. Are these still good if they are not hot? I would need to bake these a few hours before they are served. Thanks!

    1. Hi Jina, I would recommend eating these hot. Sorry that it’s not what you’re looking for!

  9. The recipe says 96 crackers 3 sleeves but then it says to line 24 crackers in 13×9
    That would be 48 crackers. Is the sauce for a double batch? Which would be 96. I’m confused…

    1. Hi Ann, the recipe should call for TWO 13×9 pans, which uses all 96 crackers. I just fixed the recipe to reflect that. Thanks so much for pointing this out and I’m sorry for the confusion!

  10. Such a classic flavor combo. I would’ve never thought to use crackers instead for a tasty appetizer! #client

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