Ham and Cheese Hot Pocket on a brown plate (with logo overlay)

Ham and Cheese Hot Pocket

Make a healthier version of a Ham and Cheese Hot Pocket at home with this easy recipe that uses the bread machine and a few simple ingredients.

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One of my favorite combinations for a sandwich is simply ham and cheese. Because of this, when we were making homemade hot pockets, my choice was the Ham and Cheese Hot Pocket. It’s such a classic combination and can work well for almost any meal.

We rarely have ham for dinner, but I like it on a sandwich. I’ve also added some to my scrambled eggs to have a bit of meat with breakfast.

Cheddar cheese has always been my favorite cheese. The sharper the better. And usually, if we buy a block, it has to be the Cracker Barrel brand. I know it costs more, but it’s worth it to me.

The same combination of deli ham and sharp cheddar cheese is used for Christmas Sandwiches. They are a family tradition, and having something similar reminds me of family.

Ham and Cheese Hot Pocket Step by Step



  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 3/8 cup water
  • 3 tbsp oil

Hot Pocket

  • 1/4 lb ham (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup water
  • all-purpose flour (for dusting work surface)


Add all of the ingredients for the dough into the bread machine. Set it to the dough setting and let it run. My machine takes 90 minutes to make a dough, but that can vary by machine. Make sure to look at the manual for yours so you know how to use it.

Dough ingredients in the pan of a bread machine

When the dough is almost done cooking, prepare your ingredients. For a ham and cheese hot pocket, this means tearing the ham into pieces and shredding the cheese.

Once the dough is finished cooking, roll the dough out on a floured surface. Cut the dough into quarters. Preheat the oven to 350F.

Dough rolled out on a wooden background next to a wooden rolling pin

For each hot pocket, place about 1/4 of the salami and cheese down the center of the dough.

Dough on a wooden background with ham and cheese down the center

Use a pizza cutter to slice diagonal cuts into the dough at regular intervals. I find about 1/2″ works best. Cut the top and bottom off. Fold those over, then make the braid. Start by grabbing the end of the top piece and folding it over until it meets with the second on the other side. Repeat with the top piece on the opposite side.

Continue this pattern until you reach the bottom. Tuck the bottom two pieces around the bottom. Carefully move the hot pockets to a baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine the egg and water. Use a pastry brush to coat the dough. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until the dough is golden brown.

Ham and Cheese Hot Pocket on a brown plate (vertical)


Originally Published On: August 1, 2019

Last Updated On: July 28, 2023

Ham and Cheese Hot Pocket on a brown plate

Ham and Cheese Hot Pocket

Make a healthier version of a Ham and Cheese Hot Pocket at home with this easy recipe that uses the bread machine and a few simple ingredients.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Dough 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
cheddar cheese
hot pocket
Servings: 4
4.60 from 10 votes


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 3/8 cup water
  • 3 tbsp oil
Hot Pocket
  • 1/4 lb ham (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup water
  • all-purpose flour (for dusting work surface)

Recommended Equipment


  • Add all dough ingredients to bread machine and set to dough
Prepare Fillings
  • Chop the ham into small pieces
  • Shred the cheese if it isn't already shredded
Form Pockets
  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Roll dough out on floured work surface to about 1/8-1/4 inch thickness
  • Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into quarters
  • Add the fillings to the center of the dough
  • Cut the dough in diagonals on either side and fold over until the entire hot pocket is braided
  • Whisk the egg and water together to form an egg wash and brush the dough
  • Bake for about 20-25 minutes until the dough is golden brown
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Nutrition Facts
Ham and Cheese Hot Pocket
Amount Per Serving (1 each)
Calories 696 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 884mg37%
Potassium 263mg8%
Carbohydrates 96g32%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Calcium 129mg13%
Iron 6.3mg35%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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24 thoughts on “Ham and Cheese Hot Pocket”

  1. 4 stars
    Ooh, these sound really good – they’d be lovely for lunch with salad! I’d have to replace the ham with something else though as none of us like ham – maybe chicken or tuna perhaps… but I guess you could put whatever you like in them!

  2. You don’t have idea how much I love all your recipes! Especially this one, ham and cheese hot pocket looks extremely delicious. I would love to try this recipe for lunch

  3. 4 stars
    Oooh, I love this idea! (And you are reminding me that I haven’t had lunch yet!) This reminds me very much of my favorite quick lunch in a Paris café, croque monsieur (basically, a grilled cheese sandwich with ham and dijon mustard) – I bet these would taste delish with a smear of dijon on the inside, too! 🙂

  4. As always, your food looks so pretty so I’m sure it’s super yummy. This is a quick meal when you are rushing in the morning which I always am. I love cheese and eggs. I wonder if made in advance and frozen how would it hold up.

    1. We didn’t try that last time we made these. They were gone too quickly! I think if you were to do that and reheat in a toaster oven or regular oven it would work well. A microwave may make them a bit soggy.

  5. Rolling the dough is half the fun. My grandma used to let me help her when she’d make pocket treats. They weren’t even popular then. She was ahead of her time!

  6. 5 stars
    I totally read this at the wrong time because now I’m laying in bed wanting ham and cheese lol. So need to make this!! Yum!

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