Need a recipe to add some excitement to your weekly dinner routine? Philly Cheesesteak Sliders are what you’ve been looking for! They are hearty, flavorful, and filling, making them the perfect option for busy families who have big appetites. These easy Philly Cheesesteak Sliders are packed with tender ground beef, caramelized onion, peppers, and ooey-gooey slices of provolone cheese. These handheld delights are the perfect combination of savory and satisfying.
Philly Cheesesteak Sliders – The EASY Way!
If you love a traditional Philly cheesesteak sandwich, you are in for a treat with this ground beef Philly Cheesesteak Sliders recipe! These easy sliders are an affordable, delicious, and convenient twist on the classic, while still having all the familiar flavors but in a small, bite-sized package. The small size of the Hawaiian rolls makes the sliders so easy to handle and eat, which is perfect for kids and adults alike.
With just a few ingredients, including juicy ground beef, bell peppers, onions, provolone cheese, and fluffy Hawaiian rolls for slider buns, you can create a satisfying and flavorful meal that the whole family will enjoy in just about 30 minutes! Once you bite into these creamy, ground beef Philly Cheesesteak Sliders you’ll understand why they are a crowd-pleaser as well as a family favorite!
Why I LOVE this recipe!
- Budget-friendly — Ground beef is typically less expensive than ribeye steak, and it can easily be seasoned and cooked to perfection. With the combination of flavors it still gives the essenence of the traditional dish.
- Easy-to-Prepare — With as easy as this is, you will be more than satisfied with the unique flavor and creamy texture!
- Versatile — If someone isn’t a fan of cheese, leave it off their sliders! Or maybe they don’t like provolone? You can substitute with Swiss cheese, American cheese etc.
- Family Friendly — Who doesn’t like eating bite sized sliders with their hands?
- Scalable for Family or Friends — This recipe makes 24 sliders which is great for a crowd or larger family, but you can scale it down to 12 if you are just feeding your family.
What to Serve with Philly Cheesesteak Sliders
These delicious and convenient mini Philly cheesesteak sliders have classic flavors. They are great as an appetizer or as an entrée for a family. Their flavors will pair well with many other favorite appetizers or side dishes. I have included both classic options and some healthy options to keep it light.
Side Dish Ideas
- Baked Potato Wedges — French fries are the perfect side for a philly cheesesteak side. These potato wedges give off all the french fry flavor in an easy oven baked variety.
- My Grandma’s Mac n Cheese — This is always a winner at dinner!
- Easy Caprese Salad — Fresh ingredients and full of flavor.
- Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower — Super simple and is ready in just a few minutes.
- Chips- When you are in a rush, grab a bag of your favorite to pair with these cheesesteak sliders
You can choose one or add a few sides to make a wholesome, well rounded dinner.
This Philly Cheesesteak Slider recipe is as simple as promised! Just 30 minutes for a family friendly meal.
In this section I am going to go through a few tips and tricks I use for how to make our easy, ground beef Philly Cheesesteak Sliders so that you get the absolute best and most delicious results.
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Ingredients + Substitutions
- Ground Beef — This makes the sliders easy! Skirt steak is the traditional meat for a philly cheesesteak, but ground beef allows us to have the flavor in a much quicker and easier recipe. I usually use lean ground beef because there is less fat to drain. You can use any beef because you will drain the fat anyways REALLY well in this recipe.
- Green Bell Pepper — Green is less sweet than other peppers, so it really is perfect for these sliders.
- Sweet Yellow Onion — You can use white onions if you prefer. The flavor is slightly different, but similar enough and will still infuse the beef with delicious essence.
- Seasonings — Garlic powder, salt, pepper, and onion powder are all you need to give bring all the flavors together.
- Cream Cheese —You can lighten this up by using light cream cheese or Neufchatel here. Make sure that you take time to soften the cream cheese because this will allow the flavors to blend completely together.
- Slider Rolls — I really love Kings rolls because they are incredibly soft. *Bonus – 2 packs of 12 fit perfectly into a 9×13 pan. You can also use plain white dinner rolls, ciabatta or wheat dinner rolls in this recipe.
- Provolone Cheese — Fresh slices of provolone from the deli counter or pre-sliced from the cheese section will work equally well. Depending on your taste preference smoked provolone will also deliver a great taste.
- Butter — Salted or unsalted butter will work for this recipe. Butter is a must so you can spread it on the tops of the buns.
- Garlic Salt — The melted butter and garlic salt mixture gets brushed onto the tops of the rolls and is an amazing flavor!
- Use a large skillet — The recipe calls for 2 lbs of ground beef and you’ll also be adding veggies, so make sure you have a pan big enough to hold it all.
- Hot Pan — When you start, make sure you heat up your pan so that you can hear the sizzling sound of beef hitting it. This will add to the flavor and texture of the dish helping with caramelization to give you that traditional Philly Cheesesteak flavor.
- DRAIN —This is VERY important. BEFORE you add the seasonings to the beef, onions and peppers, you want to drain all that grease out, This will ensure that you don’t have soggy rolls on your sliders.
- Onions and Bell Peppers — Have your onions and bell peppers already finely chopped so you can add them to the beef and cook everything together. Since we are serving these on slider rolls, finely chopping your vegetables is important. No one wants a giant veggie taking over their Philly Cheesesteak Slider! When you start to smell the aroma of onions and peppers wafting through the air you’ll know it’s almost dinner time.
- Cut – before and after — Hawaiian rolls come attached to each other so you can easily slice them horizontally in half before assembling. When you finish adding the cheese, run a knife along the top lines to cut through the sandwiches. This is the best part – you’ll take the melted garlic butter and brush the tops. The seasoned butter then melts down and around each side of the sandwiches and the flavor really bursts. This allows the garlic butter to soak into the sides of the sliders and also makes it easier to serve once baked.
- Scale down —This recipe makes 24 sliders but you can easily cut it in half and only use 1 pack of Hawaiian rolls and one pound of beef. You will use a 9×9 baking dish if you cut it in half.
Recipe Short Cuts
If you need to make this recipe, but are extra short on time, here are a few ideas that can help make this recipe even faster!
- Make the beef mixture ahead — You can make the seasoned beef and veggies up to 2 days in advance and store it in the fridge until ready to use. This will cut the time in half when you make these easy Philly Cheesesteak Sliders.
- Pre-Chopped Frozen or Fresh Veggies — At your grocery store you can find frozen, chopped onions in the freezer section. In the fresh produce area you can usually find chopped onions, as well as chopped, green bell peppers.
- Prepare as a freezer meal – These sliders can be made up to 6 months in advance with just a few simple steps listed below.
If you love this recipe as much as we do and want some quick ways to change it up for variety, these little tips will do the trick!
- Buffalo Chicken Philly Cheesesteak— Instead of ground beef use shredded buffalo chicken and top with blue cheese crumbles for a spicy twist.
- Mushroom and Swiss Philly Sliders — Top the seasoned ground beef mixture with sautéed mushrooms and melt Swiss cheese on the top.
- BBQ Philly Cheesesteak Sliders — Mix your ground beef with barbecue sauce and top with smoked gouda cheese for a sweet and savory combination.
- Bacon Philly Cheesesteak Sliders — Add some crispy bacon to your meat mixture for an extra layer of flavor. Top with cheddar cheese and serve with a side of BBQ sauce.
Freezer Meal Instructions
Making this Hawaiian Philly Cheesesteak Sliders recipe into a freezer meal is simple! Follow the steps below and you can store this recipe in the freezer for up to 6 months.
- Assemble the seasoned ground beef mixture and cheese on the rolls. Place them in a freezer-safe bag or air-tight container. It can be helpful to wrap them tightly in plastic wrap before putting them into a bag or Tupperware to keep the filling from sliding out.
- Mix the garlic salt and butter and store in a separate freezer-safe container.
- Freeze butter mixture and sandwiches.
- When ready to enjoy the sandwiches, thaw the sauce in the microwave or by leaving in the fridge overnight. Unwrap the rolls and transfer them to an oven-safe baking dish. Brush the sauce over the frozen rolls.
- Bake as directed.
Philly Cheesesteak Sliders Leftovers
If you have leftovers after making Philly Cheesesteak Sliders, then it is your lucky day! They save and reheat well.
To save leftovers, separate into meal sized portions and then place in an airtight container and store:
- in the refrigerator for 3-4 days
- in the freezer up to a month
Reheat in the microwave or oven, one at a time or as a whole.
More Slider Recipes
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- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1 green bell pepper , diced
- 1 sweet yellow onion , diced
- 1.5 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 4 ounces cream cheese softened
- 24 slider rolls
- 6 ounces provolone cheese , thinly sliced
For the Topping:
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground beef, onion, and bell pepper and cook, breaking apart the meat with a spatula for 8-10 minutes or until it is cooked through. Drain the meat well.
- Stir in the garlic powder, salt, pepper, and onion powder. Then mix in the cream cheese until combined.
- Cut the slider rolls in half horizontally and lay the bottom sections in a 9×13 baking dish. Spread the beef mixture evenly over the rolls. Top with provolone cheese slices, and then arrange the tops of the rolls on to fit.
- Mix the melted butter and garlic salt together. Cut between the sandwich rolls and then brush the butter mixture over the top.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until heated through.