Philly Cheesesteak Sliders Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Total Time
Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min.
These Philly cheesesteak sliders are perfect for a potluck, tailgate or any casual party where finger foods with sustenance are needed.

Updated: May 17, 2024

The Philly cheesesteak is an icon in the City of Brotherly Love. It’s deeply umami-flavored with a textural explosion that leaves a lasting impression. Getting your hands on the real thing can be a challenge if you don’t live in Philly, but making Philly cheesesteak sliders is, thankfully, within your reach. These Philly cheesesteak sliders take all the good from a classic Philly cheesesteak and turn it into easier-to-handle sliders.

What is a Philly cheesesteak?

A Philly cheesesteak is made up of thinly sliced ribeye steak and melted cheese on a long, crusty hoagie roll. The cheese of choice is typically Cheez Whiz, but American and provolone cheese are also an option. Topping can include grilled onions, hot or sweet peppers, sauteed mushrooms and even ketchup—the cheese and toppings are up to the customer’s decision.

A Philly cheesesteak is iconic for a reason (just like the city’s water ice), so try not to stray too far from the classic when making these sliders.

Ingredients for Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

  • Green peppers: We love the dark green color and slightly crunchy texture these peppers add to the sliders.
  • Sweet onions: We included sweet onions in our Philly cheesesteak sliders recipe. They add a nice allium and sweet, caramelly flavor!
  • Hawaiian rolls: Hawaiian dinner rolls make an appearance in most slider recipes because they are easy and delicious. You could also go the extra mile and make your Hawaiian dinner rolls from scratch if you’re feeling up to it!
  • Roast beef: While it’s not the traditional sliced ribeye steak, we like to use sliced deli roast beef for easy stacking in our Philly cheesesteak sliders recipe.
  • Provolone: We’ve opted for sliced provolone as it’s a very common cheese to use on a cheesesteak and the slices can lay nicely in the sliders.

Directions

Step 1: Cook the peppers and onions

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In a large skillet, cook the green peppers and sliced sweet onions in oil over medium-high heat until they’re tender, eight to ten minutes.

Step 2: Cut the Hawaiian roll loaves

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Take both of the entire Hawaiian roll loaves out of the bag and slice the loaves in half horizontally. Do not separate the individual rolls from each other. Arrange the two bottom halves in a greased 13×9-inch baking pan.

Step 3: Layer the sliders

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Layer with the roast beef, pepper and onion mixture, and the cheese slices. Pop the top halves of the rolls on top.

Step 4: Drizzle on the butter mixture and chill

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In a small saucepan, melt the butter and whisk in the dried onion, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder. Drizzle the mixture over the rolls. Cover the pan with storage wrap or aluminum foil and refrigerate the pre-baked sliders for eight hours or overnight.

Step 5: Bake

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Remove the rolls from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake the rolls, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Take the rolls out and cover the pan with aluminum foil. Continue baking the rolls until the cheese is melted, about 10 minutes longer.

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Recipe Variations

  • Swap the meat: Feel free to swap the roast beef for very thinly sliced ribeye steak. Keep in mind, the sliders might be just a little bit uneven when stacking.
  • Use a different cheese: Substitute the sliced provolone for mozzarella or Swiss. If you want to stay true to the traditional Philly cheesesteak, use Cheez Whiz.
  • Sneak in more veggies: Although uncommon in a true cheesesteak, a few extra veggies can be added! Sautee some spinach, zucchini, cherry tomatoes or mushrooms and layer them in the sliders.
  • Add extra spice: Layer a few pickled jalapenos in these sliders for a subtle crunch and a kick of heat.

How to Store Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

Cool the sliders completely to room temperature, then either place them in an airtight container or wrap them very well in storage wrap or aluminum foil. Store them in the fridge for up to four days.

Can you make Philly cheesesteak sliders ahead of time?

Yes, you can make these Philly cheesesteak sliders ahead of time! In fact, you’ll need to place the rolls in the fridge for eight hours before baking them, so you’ll want to make sure you have some extra time on your hands for this slider recipe. You could also cut the rolls and prep the onion mixture beforehand, too.

Philly Cheesesteak Sliders Tips

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What steak should I use for Philly cheesesteak sliders?

Sliced ribeye is the traditional steak to use for a Philly cheesesteak. You can also use skirt steak. However, keep in mind that those might not be as easy to stack for a slider as a sliced deli roast beef would be.

What can you serve with Philly cheesesteak sliders?

Serve Philly cheesesteak sliders with fries, onion rings or potato chips. For something a little healthier and brighter, throw together a quick and easy side salad recipe.

Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

Prep Time 20 min
Cook Time 25 min
Yield 2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 large green peppers, sliced
  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 packages (12 ounces each) Hawaiian sweet rolls
  • 1-1/2 pounds sliced deli roast beef
  • 12 slices provolone cheese
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, cook green peppers and onion in oil over medium-high heat until tender, 8-10 minutes. Without separating rolls, cut each package in half horizontally; arrange bottom halves in a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Layer with roast beef, pepper mixture and cheese; replace top halves of rolls.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt butter; add dried onion, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder. Drizzle over rolls. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. Remove rolls from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered, 15 minutes. Cover with foil; bake until cheese is melted, 10 minutes longer.

Nutrition Facts

1 slider: 247 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 413mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 14g protein.

These Philly cheesesteak sliders are a wonderful way to use leftover roast beef, but using sliced roast beef from the deli also works. —Debra Waggoner, Grand Island, Nebraska
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