These Philly Cheesesteak Sliders are the best thing to have for any football party. They are easy to make and great for serving a crowd.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Perfect for parties – I love sliders for a party because you can make so many at one time. This recipe is a must for the Super Bowl or any big game!
- Great to make ahead – Make all the elements of these sliders ahead of time, then bake right before you want to serve. This way you can serve them warm with lots of melty cheese.
- Easy recipe for any occasion – Even if you are doing this Philly cheesesteak slider recipe for a party, they also make a great weeknight meal. They have very short prep time. Once you saute the onions and beef, they have an even shorter cook time in the oven.
Are these authentic?
Philly cheesesteaks are a some of the best sandwiches you will have. There is a lot of debate over what makes it a true Philly cheesesteak.
There are many Philly cheesesteak sliders recipes, but if you’re looking for classic Philly cheese steak sliders, you want beef, cheese, and fried onions. Sometimes you will see things like green bell peppers added, but the true Philly cheesesteak will not include it!
As for cheese, you typically have your pick. Sometimes you will see slices of provolone cheese, but in this recipe I used American. Cheese whiz is another favorite option.
If you are making these Philly cheesesteak sliders for a football party, you could pair it with this easy spinach dip, orange chicken wings, and roasted garlic hummus. For dessert, you could make my chocolate dip for fruit.
These sliders would also be delicious with tater tots, onion rings, or chips.
- Sweet Hawaiian Rolls – these are my favorite rolls to use for sliders because they stay together well and the bit of sweetness is so tasty
- Yellow onion – the onion will turn into the classic fried onion that makes the Philly cheesesteak so delicious
- Brown sugar – brown sugar help caramelize your onions and bring out a slightly sweet flavor.
- Shaved beef – shaved beef is part of what makes this a classic Philly cheesesteak. The thin beef makes it easy to pull these apart and easy to bite. Some people add worcestershire sauce on their beef to taste, but it is not necessary.
- Salt and pepper – just a little salt and pepper is all you need to help bring out the flavors. You could add a bit of garlic powder, but you do not need it.
- American cheese – I love American cheese for this recipe because it gives you a perfect melt on your slider
- Unsalted butter – the melted butter on top of the rolls takes this recipe to the next level. It makes the rolls buttery and allows the sesame seeds to stick
- Sesame seeds – the sesame seeds are optional, but they are a really fun addition to the buns
For your shaved beef, I recommend ribeye steak for the most tender bite. If you prefer, you can also use a slightly leaner cut like flank steak. You could also use deli roast beef to make this recipe even quicker.
To make this recipe gluten-free, you can substitute your favorite gluten free slider buns. If you do not like Hawaiian sweet rolls, you can use your preferred sliders.
If you do not want to use American cheese, you can use provolone cheese or cheddar cheese. You could also use Cheez Whiz, but make sure to spread it out evenly so it does not weigh down the bun.
How to make
Step 1: Saute onions and Beef and begin assembling
Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet or baking dish with parchment paper. Cut the sheet of rolls in half lengthwise. Lay the bottom half of the rolls on the parchment paper.
Peel onion and cut in half. Slice into thin slices. Use kitchen shears to cut the slices of shaved beef into smaller pieces and set aside.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat and add onion to the pan.
Saute onion, tossing frequently for 15 minutes. Add the brown sugar and a pinch of salt to the onions and continue sauteeing for another 3 minutes. Remove the onions from the pan and set aside.
Add the shaved beef to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Saute for 4-5 minutes – until just cooked through. Remove the pan from the heat.
Assemble the sliders with a layer of cheese on the bottom rolls (Image 1), then the sauteed beef (Image 2).
Step 2: add onions and cheese
Then add the sauteed onions (Image 3), and another layer of cheese (Image 4).
Step 3: add butter and sesame seeds, then bake
Finally, add the top of the rolls. Melt the butter in a small bowl and brush the butter mixture over the top of the rolls (Image 5). Sprinkle the sesame seeds on top (Image 6).
Bake in the oven at 350F for 7 minutes. Remove and cut into individual sliders before serving.
Storage and reheating
Once fully cooled, store these Philly cheesesteak sliders in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat in the oven at 250 for 10 minutes covered with foil, until warmed through.
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If you love this Philly recipe, make this Philly tomato pie next! It is a classic Philadelphia twist on pizza that is served at room temperature or even cold.
You can find the full recipe below. If you make this recipe, please rate and review it in the comments, or share it with me on Instagram!
- 12 roll sheet of sweet Hawaiian rolls
- 1 yellow onion
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 lb shaved beef
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- ¼ tsp finely ground black pepper
- 6oz (about 12 slices) american cheese
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the sheet of rolls in half lengthwise. Lay the bottom half of the rolls on the parchment paper.
- Peel onion and cut in half. Slice into thin slices. Use kitchen shears to cut the slices of shaved beef into smaller pieces and set aside.
- Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat and add onion to the pan.
- Saute onion, tossing frequently for 15 minutes. Add the brown sugar and a pinch of salt to the onions and continue sauteeing for another 3 minutes. Remove the onions from the pan and set aside.
- Add the shaved beef to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Saute for 4-5 minutes – until just cooked through. Remove the pan from the heat.
- Assemble the sliders with a layer of cheese on the bottom rolls, then the sauteed beef, then the sauteed onions, another layer of cheese and finally the top of the rolls.
- Melt the butter and brush it over the top of the rolls. Sprinkle the sesame seeds on top.
- Bake in the oven at 350F for 7 minutes. Remove and cut into individual sliders before serving.
You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.