Roast Beef Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls

Generous layers of roast beef and cheese on Hawaiian rolls with a sweet glaze make a memorable party slider.

A creamy sauce made of mayo and horseradish add a little something extra to these Roast Beef Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls.

Close up warm roast beef slider with creamy mayo and horseradish on the bottom and multiple layers of deli roast beef and white cheese on a Hawaiian roll on a white plate.

Roast Beef Sliders Recipe

Roast beef sliders with two layers of meat and provolone cheese, sautéed onions, white sauce and a buttery glaze are simple, yet delicious.

We enjoy these baked Roast Beef Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls during a tailgate, a party with finger foods or for a quick family dinner. This slider recipe is sub shop quality because of the sautéed onions and glaze.

These sliders were inspired by our Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes and Mushroom Swiss Burger Sliders.

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White cheese is like a homemade twist on Arby’s Beef and Cheddar sandwiches that are so popular. These sliders remind my husband of a throw back to Rax roast beef sandwiches.

He loves the creamy mayo and horseradish sauce. The kids prefer plain sliders. I love that it’s so easy to add sauce to half of the batch and make one meal that pleases the whole family.

If someone prefers Swiss cheese it is very easy to put provolone on half and Swiss on half. So these sliders are easy to customize while keeping mealtime stress free.

Overhead view of warm baked roast beef sliders recipe on hawaiian rolls with a butter glaze that makes the top golden brown.

Sliced provolone cheese really makes these sliders great and we use leftover cheese on our Air Fryer Pizza Sliders or Texas Toast.

Why This Recipe Works:

  • There’s something about a warm meat sandwich with melty cheese that makes meal time enjoyable. 
  • Sliders make portion control easier and kids often prefer the smaller sandwich.
  • The beefy flavor in these sandwiches is a great way to mix up the mealtime routine that often features ham or turkey.
  • I have made these with chopped and a generous layer sautéed mushrooms, peppers and onions and I love that version too.
Side view of thick layers of provolone cheese sitting on layers of sliced roast beef on a fresh Hawaiian roll slider bun that is golden brown on top from a light glaze of butter and poppy seeds with the pan full of sliders in the background.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Slider Rolls – We like Hawaiian rolls because they are sweet and buttery. The Kings Hawaiian Brand has smaller rolls, so 18 of those work well. Store brands or others have bigger rolls to make a heartier slider.
  • Roast Beef – Thinly sliced deli meat is the main ingredient in these sliders. I like to pick up a tub of sealed and pre-sliced meat.
  • Provolone Cheese – 12 round slices will give you two generous layers of cheese. Swiss or mozzarella are popular substitutes.
  • Onions – Sweet onion that is chopped and sautéed in butter adds some magic in a warm, earthly flavor.
  • Minced Garlic – Mixes into the onions so nicely.
  • Mayonnaise – An optional ingredients to add more creaminess to the little sandwiches.
  • Horseradish – Another optional add-in adds a little tang and pairs well with roast beef.
Ingredients to make Roast Beef Sliders are Hawaiian slider rolls, mayo, creamy horseradish, minced garlic, poppy seed, roast beef, provolone cheese, mustard, onion, butter and Worcestershire sauce on a white counter top.

Glaze For Roast Beef Sliders

  • Butter – Melts to add flavor and help distribute all of the other flavors.
  • Worcestershire Sauce – A dark salty, soy based sauce that pairs so well with red meat.
  • Dijon Mustard – Adds a flavor dynamic, but is not a stand-out flavor.
  • Poppy Seeds – Create a nice texture and eye appeal that people look for in baked sliders.
A small glass dish with melted butter, mustard Worcestershire sauce and poppy seeds on a white counter top.

What Type of Cheese is Best:

Since roast beef has a strong flavor a mild cheese works best. Provolone and mozzarella are mild cheeses.

Some people enjoy Swiss or cheddar. If using cheddar we prefer a mild cheddar.

We have tested American and it is fine if that is the only option that you have on hand.

The mayo and horseradish pair best with white cheese.

A couple of sliders removed from a baking pan exposing generous layers of roast beef and cheese on golden brown Hawaiian rolls with a buttery glaze on top.

How to Make Roast Beef Sliders

Roast or sauté onions, and garlic in melted butter or oil. Set aside until ready to use.

Onions sautéing in butter in a black non-stick skillet.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Place sliders in a foil lined 9 x 13″ pan or on a baking sheet covered with a non-stick liner. Use a long bread knife to slice slider rolls in half.

In a small dish stir together horseradish and mayonnaise. Spread sauce over bottom half of rolls.

Mayonnaise and horseradish mixture spread over the bottom half of slider rolls in a foil lined baking pan.

Layer half of the roast beef slices. Fold the slices and face the fold outwards to help square up the edges and get even coverage of meat across each and every roll.

Slices of roast beef folded in half and arranged neatly on top of mayo covered bottom half of slider rolls.

Add a layer of 6 slices, or half of the provolone cheese.

Round slices of provolone cheese neatly arranged over sliced roast beef.

Repeat layers of half of the beef and half of the cheese.

Spread sautéed onions as the last layer.

Golden sautéed onions spread over layers of provolone cheese on slider sandwiches on foil.

Place top half of rolls on the bottom to make a sandwich.

Melt 5 tablespoons of butter and stir in Worcestershire sauce, mustard and poppy seeds. Use a basting brush or spoon to spread evenly over top of sliders.

A glaze of melted butter, worcestershire sauce, dijon mustard and poppy seeds poured over Hawaiian slider rolls

Bake for 10 – 15 minutes until sliders are warmed through and cheese is melted.

Freshly baked roast beef party sliders in a foiled lined pan on a blue and white napkin.

Party Sliders

Football games, tailgate parties, March Madness, there are so many fun reasons to have a little party.  Whether it’s just our family doing something different for a celebration or having friends over sliders are one of our go-to party foods.

It all began with our Ham, Swiss and Ranch Party Sliders then got adapted to become Turkey, Cheddar and Bacon Sliders.  These two were combined to make Ham & Turkey Melt Sliders and next I’m going to try Pulled Pork Sliders.

I made these roast beef sliders for the first time when there was a good sale on thicker sliced, carving board style roast beef at Kroger.  So choose a flavor you’ve been craving or choose ingredients based on budget.  Whatever slider you make for your next party will be a winner!

Roast beef slider with layers of meat and cheese on a sweet Hawaiian slider with a poppy seed glaze on top sitting on a white plate.

A few other handheld recipes that work great for parties and are similar to our sliders are Taco Crescents, Easy BBQ Pulled Pork Crescents and Chicken Crescent Swirls.

Tips for Making Roast Beef Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls

  • We prefer thicker sliced roast beef deli meat.
  • I like to cut ham and turkey sliders with a bench scraper, but a sharp, serrated knife is best for cutting roast beef sliders.

Can Sliders Be Made Ahead of Time?

Yes! These slider rolls can be made the night before. This includes pouring the glaze over the top.

When making ahead I like to use a 9 x 13″ pan with a lid.

I would toast the bottom half of the rolls slightly before adding the mayo layer or omit the mayo and serve on the side to prevent from becoming soggy.

Other Easy Party Food Ideas:

Close up baked roast beef sliders with two layers of meat and provolone cheese, sautéed onions, white sauce and a buttery glaze.

Roast Beef Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls

Servings 12 sliders
Author: Jennifer
Generous layers of roast beef and cheese on Hawaiian rolls with a sweet glaze make a memorable party slider.
A creamy sauce made of mayo and horseradish add a little something extra to these Roast Beef Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 12 pack Hawaiian slider rolls
  • 12 ounces roast beef deli meat
  • 12 slices provolone cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish

Slider Glaze

  • 5 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds

Instructions
 

  • Sauté onions in 2 tablespoons of melted butter or oil in a skillet, add garlic for the last couple minutes and stir well.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Use a long bread knife to slice slider rolls in half. Place sliders on a baking sheet covered with a non-stick liner or foil lined 9 x 13 dish.
  • Mix mayo and horseradish and spread sauce over bottom half of rolls.
  • Layer half of meat, then half of cheese on the bottom half of the Hawaiian rolls, repeat meat and cheese layers.
  • Spread warm onions and garlic over the top layer of cheese and place top half of rolls on to make a sandwich.

Slider Glaze

  • Melt 3 tablespoons of butter and stir in Worcestershire sauce, mustard and poppy seeds. Slowly pour over the top or use a basting brush to spread evenly over top of sliders.
  • Bake for 10 – 15 minutes until sliders are warmed through and cheese is melted.

Notes

 

 

Nutrition

Calories: 186kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 11gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 698mgPotassium: 144mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 377IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 235mgIron: 1mg

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Originally shared on November 11, 2019 with updates made on July 12, 2023.

2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These sound good, but could you tell me what the red sauce is made of?

    1. Great question! We just use whatever red pasta sauce or pizza sauce that we have on hand. I hope you enjoy!

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