The Best Philly Cheesesteak Sliders Ever

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How to make the best Philly cheesesteak sliders on Hawaiian Rolls brushed with garlic butter and baked in the oven. Easy recipe perfect for a crowd!

Whether you need a really delicious appetizer or an actual meal, these Philly cheese sliders are the bomb.

Philly cheesesteak sliders, sprinkled with Italian parsley, on gray plate with white and blue striped towel

They're ooey gooey with melted cheese, the steak is packed with flavor from ingredients like smoked paprika (my new favorite seasoning), and the onions and green peppers have a slightly crispy texture.

Not to mention the tops of the rolls are brushed with garlic butter and Italian parsley. Philly cheese steak on Hawaiian Rolls is good all by itself; but when you add the garlic butter… I wish I could put into words how delicious these little sandwiches really are.

The meat mixture is the same as my regular Philly cheesesteak sandwich recipe, except I've added in the smoked paprika. It gives a little kick to the sliders, and I'll never make cheesesteaks without it, ever again.

If you love a good cheesesteak, you're going to absolutely love these cheese steak sliders. Just like a Crock Pot Philly cheesesteak, they're perfect for a Game Day crowd, holiday guests, or a party spread.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE ACTUAL RECIPE CARD?

If you’d rather skip all of my recipe tips, important info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the Philly cheesesteak sliders recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

INGREDIENTS YOU'LL NEED:

Remember, all of the ingredient amounts you’ll need are in the printable recipe card below.

KITCHEN TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT YOU'LL NEED:

Ninja Food Chopper Express or Cutting Board and Chef’s Knife

Large Skillet and Wooden Spatula – We use our cast iron skillets for pretty much everything.

Baking Sheet or Baking Dish

Tongs – they really help with assembling the sliders.

Whisk and Glass Measuring Cup – Great for mixing up the garlic butter.

Pastry Brush – Used for brushing the tops of the rolls with garlic butter before baking.

Philly steak sliders, sprinkled with Italian parsley and brushed with garlic butter, on metal baking sheet

HOW TO MAKE PHILLY CHEESESTEAK SLIDERS

Your first steps are to thinly slice the steak and prepare the garlic, onion, mushrooms, and bell pepper. Garlic and mushrooms need to be minced; onion and peppers need to be sliced.

Then you're ready to slice the meat and start the cooking process…

  1. Slice the steak as thin as possible, slicing it against the grain (to retain tenderness) into thin strips for cooking. Be sure to leave as much of the fat as possible on the meat. Fat gives meat flavor, especially during the cooking process.
  2. Heat bacon grease or olive oil in a large skillet, and sauté the garlic, onion, mushrooms, and bell pepper for about 10 minutes, or 'til softened. Then set aside.
  3. Add the steak, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and Worcestershire sauce to the skillet. Cook until the meat is almost done.
  4. At this point, add the veggies back in with the meat, stir, and simmer 'til fully cooked.
How to slice steak thinly for cheesesteaks on wooden cutting board and how to cook Philly cheesesteak meat, onion, and peppers in a cast iron skillet

HOW TO LAYER CHEESE STEAK SLIDERS

Now for the fun part… Layering your sandwiches and baking them.

Before you get started, slice the Hawaiian Rolls in half, as a whole. You'll have the top layer of the rolls, and then a bottom layer.

  1. Place the bottom layer of the rolls in a greased baking dish or baking sheet, and spread the bottoms of the rolls with mayo.
  2. Add a layer of provolone cheese.
  3. Now add a layer of meat and vegetables. Tongs work great for this. Go ahead and pile up the meat and veggies, no skimping allowed.
  4. Add a dollop of Cheez Whiz to every single slider.
  5. Now add the top layer of the rolls.
  6. Mix together the melted butter, roasted garlic powder, and minced parsley then brush the tops of the rolls with the garlic butter mixture, and sprinkle with extra Italian parsley if desired.
layering and making Philly cheesesteak sliders with Hawaiian Rolls, provolone cheese, cheese steak meat and vegetables, Cheez Whiz, and garlic butter on baking sheet

Cover with aluminum foil to keep your rolls from browning too quickly, and bake according to the instructions in the recipe card below, at 350° F for about 10 to 15 minutes, or 'til the cheese is melted. Then uncover and bake an additional 5 to 10 minutes or so.

And that's it. Oh my gosh, they are so good! My mouth is watering just thinking about them.

Cheese steak sliders with Cheez Whiz, sprinkled with Italian parsley on gray plate, on blue and white striped tea towel on white marble countertop

BEST MEAT FOR PHILLY STEAK SLIDERS

Most people will recommend ribeye for cheesesteaks at home, but ribeye is usually really expensive. Others recommend top round steak.

My butcher has always recommended sirloin steak, sliced thinly, for a more affordable option. It has just enough fat to give the meat a lot of flavor and to make the meat quite tender when cooked.

Two things to look for when buying Philly cheese steak meat…

  • You need to be able to slice it thinly.
  • It needs to be tender, not tough; and fat is a good thing for both flavor and tenderness.

BEST TYPE OF BREAD TO USE FOR PHILLY CHEESE SLIDERS

While I prefer to use Hawaiian Rolls, you have plenty of options here.

  • Regular dinner rolls
  • Brioche slider buns – which you can also find at Aldi.
  • Regular slider buns – with or without sesame seeds.
  • Potato slider buns
  • Gluten-free dinner rolls
baked Philly steak sliders with green bell peppers and onions on metal baking sheet

WHAT CHEESE IS BEST ON CHEESESTEAK SLIDERS

Simply put… Provolone and Cheez Whiz.

Opinion really varies on what cheese to use for Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. It really is a debate if you research it.

The traditional consensus says either Cheez Whiz or provolone. Some even say American cheese pairs well with the provolone.

While I love the provolone, the Cheez Whiz won my taste buds over. However, it's up for debate in our house too because a couple of my guys really love the provolone.

So I live on the wild side and use both. I add the provolone on the bottom layer of the rolls, and then add Cheez Whiz to the top of the meat mixture.

Philly cheese steaks on Hawaiian Rolls brushed with garlic butter and Italian parsley, topped with Cheez Whiz, on gray plate with blue and white striped towel

CAN I MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME?

Yes and no.

You can totally cook the meat and vegetables and have your meat mixture ready to go. Just store it in the fridge in an airtight container until you're ready to use it.

Then when you're ready to make your sliders, all you need to do is assemble the sandwiches and bake them.

Reason you want to wait to assemble your sandwiches, is you don't really want them sitting, soaking up all that moisture into the rolls for that long. It will make them a soggy, yucky mess.

WHAT GOES WITH PHILLY CHEESESTEAK SLIDERS?

There are quite a few delicious sides you can serve with your sliders. We usually eat cheese steaks with fresh veggies, chips, and/or fruit.

They pair really well with potato wedges or steak fries, French fries, pasta saladbroccoli cauliflower salad, this vegetable finger salad, and even corn on the cob.

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Yield: 12

The Best Philly Cheesesteak Sliders Ever

The Best Philly Cheesesteak Sliders Ever

How to make the best Philly cheesesteak sliders on Hawaiian Rolls brushed with garlic butter and baked in the oven. Easy recipe perfect for a crowd!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

Garlic Butter:

Instructions

  1. Prepare the garlic, onion, mushrooms, and bell pepper. Garlic and mushrooms need to be minced; onion and peppers need to be sliced.
  2. Slice the steak as thin as possible, slicing it against the grain (to retain tenderness) into thin strips for cooking. Be sure to leave as much of the fat as possible on the meat. Fat gives meat flavor, especially during the cooking process.
  3. Heat bacon grease or olive oil in a large skillet, and sauté the garlic, onion, mushrooms, and bell pepper for about 10 minutes, or 'til softened. Then set aside.
  4. Add the steak, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and Worcestershire sauce to the skillet. Cook until the meat is almost done.
  5. At this point, add the veggies back in with the meat, stir, and simmer 'til fully cooked.
  6. Slice the Hawaiian Rolls in half, as a whole. You'll have the top layer of the rolls, and then a bottom layer.
  7. Place the bottom layer of the rolls in a greased baking dish or baking sheet.
  8. Spread the bottoms of the rolls with mayo.
  9. Add a layer of provolone cheese.
  10. Now add a layer of meat and vegetables. Tongs work great for this. Go ahead and pile up the meat and veggies, no skimping allowed.
  11. Add a dollop of Cheez Whiz to every single slider.
  12. Now add the top layer of the rolls.
  13. Mix together the melted butter, roasted garlic powder, and minced parsley.
  14. Brush the tops of the rolls with the garlic butter mixture, and sprinkle with extra Italian parsley if desired.
  15. Cover with aluminum foil to keep your rolls from browning too quickly, and bake at 350° F for about 10 to 15 minutes, or 'til the cheese is melted.
  16. Then uncover and bake an additional 5 to 10 minutes or so. And that's it!
  17. Serve while warm and enjoy!

Notes

*Most people will recommend ribeye for cheesesteaks at home, but ribeye can be quite expensive. Others recommend top round steak. For this recipe, at the recommendation of our butcher, I used a sirloin steak, sliced thinly. It had just enough fat to give the meat a lot of flavor and to make the meat quite tender when cooked.

Two things to look for when buying Philly cheese steak meat…

  • You need to be able to slice it thinly.
  • It needs to be tender, not tough, and fat is a good thing for both flavor and tenderness.

*You can use olive oil or butter in place of bacon grease.

*While I prefer fresh mushrooms, you can also use canned mushrooms.

*While I prefer to use Hawaiian Rolls, you have plenty of options here.

  • Regular dinner rolls
  • Brioche slider buns – which you can also find at Aldi.
  • Regular slider buns – with or without sesame seeds.
  • Potato slider buns
  • Gluten-free dinner rolls

CAN I MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME?

Yes and no. You can totally cook the meat and vegetables and have your meat mixture ready to go. Just store it in the fridge in an airtight container until you're ready to use it. Then when you're ready to make your sliders, all you need to do is assemble the sandwiches and bake them.

Reason you want to wait to assemble your sandwiches, is you don't really want them sitting, soaking up all that moisture into the rolls for that long. It will make them a soggy, yucky mess.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 376Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 657mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 19g

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