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Hawaiian Roll Sandwiches: Make-Ahead School or Work Lunches

I am a food enthusiast and am always trying new recipes. I love to garden, get crafty, and read a good book!

Make these delicious sandwiches ahead of time for a week's worth of school or work lunches.

Make these delicious sandwiches ahead of time for a week's worth of school or work lunches.

Sandwhich Prep Has Never Been Easier

These sandwiches are so easy to make ahead of time for busy school or work days where you just want to throw a sandwich in a lunch box and go for the day. Grab a prepped sandwich out of the freezer, and by the time lunch rolls around, the sandwich will be cold but fully thawed and ready to eat.

I love using Hawaiian bread for these sandwiches. The bread has a lovely sweet flavor and a nice, soft texture.

You can customize these with any meat or cheese you'd like, plus the spices of your choice. Since I am prepping these for my kids, they're pretty plain and simple but you can jazz them up with dijon mustard, a variety of cheese, or even fresh herbs. Just remember if you're freezing them to omit lettuce, as lettuce does not freeze well.

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Cook Time

Prep timeReady inYields

15 min

15 min

6 lunches (2 sandwiches per lunch)


  • 1 package Hawaiian rolls
  • 1-2 tablespoons mayonnaise (or vegenaise)
  • 1/4 pound ham, turkey, or sandwich meat of your choice
  • 1/4 pound sliced cheese of your choice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill


  1. Lay the entire package of Hawaiian rolls on a cutting board and cut all of the rolls lengthwise at the same time (do not separate the rolls from each other). You're just cutting the top of the rolls from the bottom. Lay the top of the bread next to the bottom, cut-side facing up.
  2. Spread mayo or vegenaise, mustard, or any other sandwich condiments you'd like on the bread.
  3. Layer the meat and cheese as thickly as you'd like for your sandwiches.
  4. Sprinkle the dried dill, salt, and pepper, and then place the top of the bread on the sandwich.
  5. Cut along the lines of the bread to separate the sandwiches into individual sandwiches.
  6. If prepping for later use, put two sandwiches in a ziplock bag and seal to close.
  7. You can further prep these smaller bags by lining them up in a gallon-sized ziploc bag and placing it in the freezer until ready to consume.
  8. If eating these for school or work lunches, just add them to a lunch box in the morning; by lunchtime the sandwich will be cold but will have thawed and be ready to eat. Enjoy!
School or work lunch prep has never been easier!

School or work lunch prep has never been easier!

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