Ham It Up with the Deliciously Addictive Brobecks Ham Salad Recipe!

Ham It Up with the Deliciously Addictive Brobecks Ham Salad Recipe!

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Alrighty folks, get ready to feast your taste buds on the ultimate homemade Brobecks Ham Salad! It’s made with chopped cooked ham, dry onion, onion powder, salt & pepper.

Ham It Up with the Deliciously Addictive Brobecks Ham Salad Recipe!

But the addition of sweet pickle relish really takes it over the top. It adds a zing that’ll make your taste buds dance with joy. And the best part? You can customize the consistency with as much or as little mayonnaise as you desire.

Also, no need for leftover ham either—you can prepare this anytime you crave a satisfying sandwich spread. Trust me; once you try this recipe, you’ll never settle for store-bought ham salad again!

History of the Recipe

Well, for decades, ham salad has been a classic spread in the United States Upper Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast regions. Initially created as a cheap and convenient meal during the Depression, it became famous as a comforting funeral food at post-funeral luncheons.

Despite its association with sad events, ham salad has never lost its nostalgic charm. It remains a popular dish in diners and restaurants throughout the Midwest and South—for instance, Brobeck’s BBQ in south Overland Park.

The place is known for serving authentic Kansas City BBQ, but their Brobeck ham salad is also a must-try served in a bowl with homemade chips.

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What Can You Serve With Brobeck Ham Salad?

Here are some mouth-watering sides that will complement your salad like a dream. Let’s start with freshly baked bread. There’s nothing quite like a slice of warm bread alongside that juicy ham. Take your pick from sourdough, whole wheat, or rye – whatever floats your boat!

Crackers are the way to go if you’re in the mood for something lighter. Plain or flavored, they’ll add some much-needed crunch to your meal. Of course, if you’re feeling indulgent, who doesn’t love some good old-fashioned chips?

Whether homemade potato chips, tortilla chips, or even pita chips, they all work wonders with ham salad. Lastly, why not try pairing it with a pasta salad? A simple pasta salad with veggies and a dressing of your choice is a great way to make your meal more filling and satisfying.

Brobecks ham salad recipe being made


Cooked ham-You can use any type of cooked ham you prefer, but I prefer salted or cured ham. This is a perfect recipe to use any leftover ham with.

Dry onion–This ingredient adds a subtle onion flavor to the salad. It can be easier to keep on hand than fresh onions.

Onion powder–This ingredient is another way to add onion flavor to the salad, and it’s great for those who don’t want the texture of onions in their salad.

Salt & pepper–These ingredients are used to season the salad to your liking. Add as much or as little as you prefer.

Sweet pickle relish–adds a sweet and tangy flavor to the salad. My favorite place to get this is the local dollar store.

Mayonnaise–This is used to bind the ingredients together and create the desired consistency. Do not use salad dressing instead, it will totally change the flavor with its sweetness.

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Preparation Instructions

Here’s what you’ll need to do to make some delicious Brobecks ham salad. This really is quite easy to make.

First of all, dice your ham.

Pro tip: If I have leftover ham from a meal, I dice the meat right away and portion it into 1-1.5 pound packages to freeze. Just make sure you fully thaw it before using it in any recipe.

Put your diced ham into a medium mixing bowl and then sprinkle in the other ingredients listed.

Brobecks ham salad recipe being made

Mix them all together until everything is well combined.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill it in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Once chilled, give it a good stir and serve it up!

Brobecks ham salad recipe in a bowl

Don’t forget to enjoy every bite of this tasty dish.

Pro tip: You can serve Brobecks ham salad alone or as a sandwich filling for a tasty twist on your usual lunch routine. I like to use it to make a stuffed tomato lunch!

Brobecks ham salad recipe on a cracker

How Could You Switch This Up a Bit?

Don’t settle for boring old ground ham and mayonnaise when you can add some pizzazz with chopped dill pickles, onions, and celery. Or how about throwing in some boiled eggs for extra protein?

And let’s not forget the cheese—because who doesn’t love a little bit of cheesy goodness? With these recipe variations, you’ll be able to create a ham salad that’s uniquely your own and sure to tantalize your taste buds.

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What are some other ideas for ham salads?

You can use sandwiches, bagels, lettuce wraps, or crackers as appetizers.

How long does it last in the fridge?

It can last for a week in an airtight container in the fridge.

Can it be frozen?

No, it cannot be frozen. It’s best served after chilling it overnight in the fridge. Recipes with mayo tend to have a different texture after they have been frozen and thawed.

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Brobecks Ham Salad Recipe

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This is yummy enough to enjoy on your favorite croissant or even to just serve with crackers - our version of the Brobecks Ham Salad Recipe will treat your tastebuds!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 1 - 1 ½ lbs cooked ham, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dry onion
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup sweet pickle relish
  • Mayonnaise to desired consistency


    Mix all ingredients together until well combined.

    Chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

    Serve & enjoy!


This is easy to switch up an customize to your own tastes/

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 324Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 2165mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 28g
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