Easy Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

updated Sep 20, 2022
Easy Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

The iconic Philly cheesesteak sandwich is given the pull-apart slider treatment, complete with a double layer of cheese, tender sautéed onions and peppers, and thinly sliced beef.

Makes12 sliders

Prep10 minutes

Cook28 minutes to 30 minutes

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Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: Olwen Phillips

Have you ever made Hawaiian roll sliders? They’re one of the most brilliant big-batch meals I know. Instead of building 12 separate sandwiches, you’ll slice the loaf of rolls in half horizontally and assemble the sliders as a single sandwich, waiting until you serve to pull them apart.

Between the easy assembly, the gooey, melted cheese, and the sweet, fluffy buns, there’s a lot to love about the two-bite rolls.

Here, we’ve given the pull-apart slider treatment to the iconic Philly cheesesteak sandwich, complete with a double layer of cheese, tender sautéed onions and peppers, and thinly sliced beef. They’re far quicker to assemble than single sammies for everyone — and so much more fun to eat.

Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: Olwen Phillips

3 Tips for the Best Cheesesteak Sliders

  1. Spring for Hawaiian rolls. While your bakery may sell small slider buns, save those for serving bite-sized burgers from the grill and buy the orange bag of Hawaiian rolls instead. Sweet, tender Hawaiian rolls serve a crowd, fit perfectly in a baking dish, and toast ever-so-slightly in the oven.
  2. Assemble with a double layer of cheese. A hot sandwich is all about the gooey, melted cheese, and here, we’ve found that the best option is not one cheese, but two. Shingle slices of white American cheese on the bread for ultimate meltability; top with meat, peppers, and onions; then finish with a layer of mellow, creamy provolone.
  3. Aim for easy eating. Slice onions, but chop the bell pepper for even distribution and easy eating. Pile shaved roast beef onto each roll instead of shingling across the loaf as you do the cheese so that you can pick up a slider without needing a knife.
Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: Olwen Phillips

Easy Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

The iconic Philly cheesesteak sandwich is given the pull-apart slider treatment, complete with a double layer of cheese, tender sautéed onions and peppers, and thinly sliced beef.

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 28 minutes to 30 minutes

Makes 12 sliders

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1

    small yellow onion

  • 1

    small green bell pepper

  • 1 tablespoon

    fresh parsley leaves, for garnish (optional)

  • 3 tablespoons

    unsalted butter

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 1 (12-ounce) package

    Hawaiian sweet rolls, such as King's

  • 6 slices

    American cheese, preferably white

  • 24 thin slices

    deli roast beef (about 24 ounces)

  • 6 thin slices

    provolone cheese

Instructions

  1. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F.

  2. Thinly slice 1 onion and dice 1 green bell pepper. Finely chop 1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves for garnish, if desired.

  3. Melt 3 tablespoons unsalted butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Remove 1 tablespoon melted butter to a small heatproof bowl. Add the onions, bell pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt to the skillet, and cook until soft and browned, 8 to 10 minutes.

  4. Without separating the rolls, cut 1 package Hawaiian sweet dinner rolls in half horizontally with a serrated knife. Place the bottom half of the rolls in an 11x7- or 9x13-inch baking dish.

  5. Arrange 6 slices American cheese on the rolls, overlapping the slices as needed. Top with 24 thin slices roast beef (about 2 slices per roll). Spread the onions and peppers in an even layer over the beef. Arrange 6 thin slices provolone cheese over the beef, overlapping the slices as needed. Place the top half of the rolls over the cheese. Brush the tops of the rolls with the reserved melted butter.

  6. Cover the baking dish tightly with aluminum foil. Bake for 15 minutes. Uncover and bake until the cheese is melted and the rolls are lightly browned, about 5 minutes more. Sprinkle with the parsley if desired. Separate the sliders with a serrated knife before serving.

Recipe Notes

Make ahead: The onions and peppers can be cooked 1 day in advance and refrigerated in an airtight container. 

Storage: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container up to 3 days.