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Roast Beef Sliders

These Roast Beef Sliders are the perfect easy weeknight meal to use up leftover roast beef. Tender, thinly sliced roast beef is layered onto soft Hawaiian rolls and topped with provolone cheese and caramelized onions. They make a great meal or snack for game-day, tailgating, parties or a quick weeknight meal for your family.

Roast Beef Sliders with cheese and onions

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ROAST BEEF SLIDERS

My family loves sliders.

I find them so easy to put together on busy nights, especially when you have leftover meat to use.

For today’s Roast Beef Sliders I will often buy thinly sliced roast beef from the deli or I will use leftover roast beef from this recipe here.

I also love making this Beef Crostini with Caramelized Onions with leftover roast beef.

The salty roast beef with the creamy provolone, savory caramelized onions and sweet glaze on top of the buns makes for a great slider.

There are also a lot of ways to modify this roast beef slider recipe. Try adding roasted red pepper or pepperoncinis, banana peppers or sautéed mushrooms.

I also love adding spice by using pepper jack cheese, sprinkling crushed red pepper over the buns before cooking or adding a hot sauce on the beef.

These sliders make for a great party food at your next party, perfect appetizer for tailgating or for an easy dinner recipe.

If your family loves sliders as much as mine do, try some of these great recipes like my Easy Chicken Sliders, Taco Beef Sliders, Chicken Enchilada Sliders, Beef Tenderloin Sliders, Falafel Sliders or Asian Honey Sesame Chicken Sliders.

Roast Beef Sliders stacked

WHY YOU WILL LIKE ROAST BEEF SLIDERS

EASY TO PREPARE & COOK: This Hawaiian roll roast beef sliders recipe is easy to prepare and the sliders just take 30 minutes to cook. You can assemble them ahead of time and bake when ready!

FUN FAMILY DINING: These easy roast beef sliders are so tasty and fun to eat, the whole family will enjoy them. I love making them for parties or tailgating.

USE UP LEFTOVERS: This recipe is a great way to use up leftover roast beef, if you love roast beef you will love these delicious handheld sliders.

Roast Beef Sliders ingredients

WHAT INGREDIENTS DO I NEED FOR THIS ROAST BEEF SLIDER RECIPE?

  • ONION: I use yellow onions in this recipe. I like the flavor they add when caramelized. You could also use red onion or sweet onion.
  • OIL: I use extra virgin olive oil to sauté the onions.
  • BUTTER: along with the olive oil, I use unsalted butter to caramelize the onions, which adds great flavor. I also make a seasoned melted butter for spreading over the rolls before they are baked in the oven.
  • SEASONING: I season the onions with kosher salt and black pepper.
  • ROLLS: I use a 12 pack of Hawaiian rolls for this recipe, but you can use any bread roll.
  • CHEESE: I layer slices of provolone cheese into the rolls. I like the subtle flavor of this cheese paired with roast beef. You also could use shredded provolone but I think the slices work better.
  • ROAST BEEF: for ease I like to use slices of deli roast beef or you can use leftover roast beef.
  • MAPLE SYRUP: I sweeten the butter with a little maple syrup.
  • WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE: Worcestershire sauce adds great savory flavor to the butter glaze.
  • MUSTARD: I use spicy brown mustard in the butter.
  • GARLIC: I use a little garlic powder to season the butter.
  • GARNISH: I like to sprinkle poppy seeds over the warm rolls just before serving.
Roast Beef Sliders on a tray

HOW TO COOK ROAST BEEF SLIDERS

PREHEAT THE OVEN: Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Line a 9×13-inch baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. 

SAUTE THE ONIONS: In a saute pan add the onions, oil, 1 tablespoon butter, and salt and pepper. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until the onions are soft and slightly caramelized. Set aside.

START PREPARING THE ROLLS: Using a serrated knife cut the slider buns horizontally. Place the bottom of the rolls onto the baking sheet. Place 6 slices of cheese on the rolls. 

Roast Beef Sliders buns on a tray

TOP WITH ROAST BEEF & ONION: Top the cheese with the roast beef.

Roast Beef Sliders meat on buns

Top the roast beef with the caramelized onions. 

Roast Beef Sliders meat topped with onions

ADD ANOTHER LAYER OF CHEESE: Top the onions with 6 slices of cheese. Add the top of the rolls to the sliders. 

Roast Beef Sliders cheese on the onions

PREPARE THE BUTTER: In a small bowl add 3 tablespoons of melted butter, maple syrup, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and garlic powder. Mix until combined.  

Roast Beef Sliders butter sauce

GLAZE THE ROLLS: Use a pastry brush to brush the butter mixture on top of the buns. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning if you want or your favorite spice blend.

Roast Beef Sliders butter on rolls.

BAKE THE ROLLS Cover the top of the roast beef sandwiches with an aluminum foil tent. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the sliders are heated through and the cheese has melted and the buns are just golden brown.

SERVE THE ROLLS: Remove from the oven and top with poppy seeds and fresh parsley on the tops of the rolls. You also could sprinkle bagel seasoning or sesame seeds over the tops of the buns.

Roast Beef Sliders with poppy seeds and parsley

RECIPE TIPS AND MODIFICATIONS

ROAST BEEF: For ease I’ve opted for deli roast beef slices, however this is a great recipe for using up leftover roast beef. Try my Roast Beef Recipe here.

ONIONS: I’ve used yellow onions, but you could also use red onion or shallots in this recipe. You also could caramelize onion for that extra delicious flavor.

CHEESE: I’ve used sliced provolone cheese, but you could also use cheddar cheese, Colby jack, pepper jack, swiss cheese or mozzarella cheese. Or try a mixture of different cheese.

MUSTARD: I used spicy brown mustard in the butter glaze, but you can use any variety of mustard like honey mustard or yellow mustard or even swap for some horseradish.

VEGETABLES: Add extra sautéd veggies like sliced mushroom, red bell pepper or zucchini, along with the onion.

CHILI: Add a touch of chili heat by sautéing some diced red chili along with the onion, or add a little chopped pickled jalapeño peppers along with the cheese.

SAUCE: Sauces can take these roast beef sliders to the next level. A few ideas are a horseradish sauce, yogurt based sauce like this Tahini Yogurt Sauce, salsa or pico de gallo or a creamy dill sauce.

OTHER INGREDIENTS: Try pickles, roasted red peppers, pickled red onions, pickled vegetables, or jalapeños.

Roast Beef Sliders with parsley on top

TIPS WHEN MAKING CHEESY ROAST BEEF SLIDERS

DOUBLE THE RECIPE: This recipe is easily doubled or tripled if you are feeding a larger group.

FRIDGE: Store leftover sliders in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

REHEAT: To reheat leftover roast beef sliders slowly heat them in the oven at 300 degrees. You also could air fryer them but the bun would be a bit crispier.

BUNS: Use the right type of buns that work when making sliders. I recommend using Hawaiian sweet rolls or small potato rolls, as they provide a soft, sweet base for the sliders. 

CARAMELIZE THE ONIONS: If you have extra time I highly suggest caramelizing the onions. This helps add a rich, savory flavor to the sliders.

CUTTING BUNS: Make sure to cut the buns horizontally to keep the individual rolls intact. This helps to keep the sliders together better while baking.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH ROAST BEEF SLIDERS?

I love serving a salad with sliders. Some favorites are this Lemon Arugula SaladMediterranean Bean SaladEasy Lebanese Salad, my Italian Pasta Salad, or this Mediterranean Lentil Salad.

For potato slides great options would be my Loaded Smashed Potatoes, Spicy Lebanese Potatoes, German Potato Salad or Gouda Smashed Potatoes

Vegetable side dishes are also a nice idea with this meal. A few I like are these Mediterranean Roasted VegetablesAir Fryer EggplantAir Fryer Zucchini Chips or Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower.

OTHER BEEF RECIPES FOR YOU TO TRY:

LEBANESE MEAT PIES

EASY BEEF BONE BROTH

LEBANESE BEEF AND GREEN BEAN

MEXICAN ZUCCHINI

GRILLED FLANK STEAK WITH DRY RUB

EASY MEDITERRANEAN BURGERS

Roast Beef Sliders with cheese and onions

Roast Beef Sliders

These Roast Beef Sliders are the perfect easy weeknight meal to use up leftover roast beef. Tender, thinly sliced roast beef is layered onto soft Hawaiian rolls and topped with provolone cheese and caramelized onions. They make a great meal or snack for game-day, tailgating, parties or a quick weeknight meal for your family.
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Course: Beef
Keyword: beef, dinner, football, recipe, tailgating
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 sandwiches
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Author: Julia

Ingredients

  • 2 cups yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter, divided
  • teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • 12 Hawaiian rolls, cut horizontally
  • 12 slices provolone cheese
  • 1 pound deli roast beef or leftover roast beef, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon poppyseeds

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a 9×13 baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, olive oil, 1 tablespoon butter, and salt and pepper to the pan and sauté for 3 minutes. Turn the heat down to medium-low and continue to cook for 10-12 minutes or until the onions are soft and slightly caramelized. Set aside.
  • Cut the rolls horizontally in half. Place the bottom of the rolls onto the baking sheet.
  • Place 6 slices of provolone cheese on the rolls.
  • Top the cheese with the roast beef.
  • Top the roast beef with the caramelized onions.
  • Top the onions with 6 slices of cheese.
  • Add the top of the rolls to the sliders.
  • To a bowl add 3 tablespoons of melted butter, maple syrup, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and garlic powder. Mix until combined.
  • Use a pastry brush to brush the butter mixture on top.
  • Cover the top of the rolls with an aluminum foil tent.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the sliders are heated through and the cheese has melted.
  • Remove from the oven and top with poppy seeds and fresh parsley.
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