Cheesy Roast Beef Sliders are the perfect game day (or ANY day) snack or lunch or heck, even breakfast if you wanted. The roast beef is savory and tender, the cheese is the perfect kind of melty and gooey that adds that desirable flavor. Just on their own, they’re delicious.
Level up this beef slider recipe by dipping them in some hot au jus, serve them with some potato chips and a cool beverage, and you have the most EPIC meal that friends and family will ask for over and over and over.
Trust me on this one, I know.
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The ingredients are pretty straightforward and easily accessible for this recipe.
- Beef: So my favorite way to make these beef sliders is using leftover shredded beef from a roast I made beforehand. Usually, earlier in the week I’ll make my Instant Pot 3 Packet Roast or my Mississippi Roast recipe. If there are leftovers, people know what’s coming up on the menu. If you don’t have leftover roast beef, you can easily use store-bought deli roast beef to make things easier.
- Buns: I prefer to use tray buns for these sliders, but if you like your sliders using Hawaiian Rolls, by all means, use them! This beef slider recipe will work perfectly using those rolls!
- Cheese: I used sliced spicy pepper jack cheese and shredded mozzarella. Look below for additional ideas on other types of cheese to use.
- Horseradish sauce: Optional, but highly recommended!
- Au Jus: This can come from the roast beef drippings from the previous meal, OR you can also purchase Au Jus packets that are excellent for dipping these yummy sliders into!
**The recipe card linked below gives exact amounts, directions, hints, and tricks for making this roast beef slider recipe perfect every time.
How to Make these Beef Sliders
Be sure to start preheating your oven so by the time you have everything assembled, your sliders are ready to go into the oven. Prepare your roasting dish with parchment paper for easy cleanup!
Cut the tray buns in half HORIZONTALLY. Leave the bottom portion of the buns and set the top portion aside for the moment.
Mix together the sauce and spread it over the buns on the tray.
Line with the sliced cheese.
If using leftover roast beef, it’s a nice idea to go through and ‘re-shred’ the beef pieces in case there are any large chunks still holding together. It’s nice if the pieces are bite-size. Place them on top of the cheese slices.
Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top of the shredded roast beef.
Place on top, forming the sliders.
Melt the remaining butter, add in the parsley and garlic, and liberally brush the tops of the buns.
Into the oven, they go! While they are baking, reheat the au jus dipping sauce (or make the packets up) and pour it into as many small ramekins as you are serving people.
What other kinds of fillings can I use for these sliders?
If chicken is your thing, you could turn these sliders into Chicken and Cheese Sliders using this 3 Packet Chicken recipe for the Instant Pot that I made!
Switching up the Condiments
My favorite condiment to serve with roast beef is horseradish, mustard, or mayonnaise, depending on what you’re making. So spreading on some old fashion dijon mustard on the buns would be super tasty, like I did in my Easy Italian Sliders recipe.
If you wanted to go an even more spicy route, try adding some spicy banana pepper relish!
Cheese and Bun Options:
I encourage you to use any cheese you find delicious. Of all the cheeses you could choose from, just try to keep in mind the melting ability. The easier the cheese melts, the more ideal it is for this recipe.
Not into using tray buns or don’t want to use Hawaiian buns? You could make your very own buns using my No-Knead Crusty Country Bread recipe and instead of making a loaf, just form them into buns!
Questions You Asked:
When you take them out of the oven, let them rest for 5 minutes or so before you cut them and lift them out of the pan onto plates. They will be very hot and the melted cheese is like lava, so it could burn you easily! Serve them on plates with the ramekin of au jus gravy for dipping.
For game day, serve potato chips, potato salad, or a vegetable tray with dip. If you’re serving these for dinner or a cookout, pasta salads or roasted and buttered corn on the cob would be delicious!
Dealing with Leftovers
In all honesty, there have never been any leftovers when I’ve made this recipe. I’ll say though that I have had friends take some home on the day I’ve served them and they’ve eaten them later that evening and they still really enjoyed them.
I wouldn’t recommend freezing them because I think the texture upon thawing would be really unpleasant.
If you wanted to make them ahead of time, assemble the sliders the morning of when you want to serve them. Then, just before they go into the oven, brush the melted butter over the top and bake.
- 1 -2 lbs Beef roast, shredded (see notes below)
- 1 dozen tray buns
- 6 slices Pepperjack Cheese
- 8 ounces Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
- 1/2 cup Butter, divided
- 2 Tablespoons Horseradish sauce
- 1 teaspoon Garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon Parsley
- 3 cups Au Jus gravy
- Be sure to start this recipe by preheating your oven so by the time you have everything assembled, your sliders are ready to go into the oven. *see notes below
- Cut the tray buns in half HORIZONTALLY. Place the bottom portion of the buns in the baking tray and set the top portion aside for the moment.
- Mix together the horseradish and 1/4 cup of butter together. Spread it over the buns on the tray.
- Line with the sliced cheese.
- If using leftover roast beef, it's a nice idea to go through and 're-shred' the beef pieces in case there are any large chunks still holding together. It's nice if the pieces are bite-size. Place them on top of the cheese slices.
- Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top of the roast beef.
- Place the top portion of the buns on top of the sliders.
- Melt the remaining 1/4 cup butter, add in the parsley and garlic, and brush the tops of the buns.
- Place in the oven for approximately 15 - 18 minutes until the buns are golden on top and heated through, and the cheese has melted on the inside.
- While the sliders are in the oven, heat the au jus gravy from the pan drippings when you make the roast, or, prepare the au jus packets according to the package directions.
- Remove the sliders when the cooking time is up and let them rest for 5 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 slider
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 595Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 1025mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 36g
All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods, and portion sizes per household.