Everyone loves a good game day recipe! Whether it’s an ooey gooey Buffalo Chicken Dip or bite-sized Sausage Balls, there are plenty of mouthwatering dishes that are perfect for when the big game is on.
Out of all the easy game day recipes out there, roast beef sliders are one of my personal favorites. The soft deli roast beef and yummy melted cheese pair perfectly with the sweet and spicy sauce in this recipe. These mini sandwiches are perfect for sharing and come together in minutes!
Why should I make these roast beef sliders?
Roast beef sliders are the perfect size for a big spread of snacks and appetizers. One slider alone won’t fill you up, so you’ll have plenty of room left to sample the rest of the game day goodies. As a bonus, these sliders will take you less than ten minutes to prep!
Craving these sliders outside of football season? Make them anyways—these sliders are a great easy weeknight meal if you’re serving a larger group. If you’re only serving a small number of people, cut the recipe in half—these sliders don’t make the best leftovers, since the buns can get soggy overnight.
What do I need to make roast beef sliders?
To make roast beef sliders, you’ll need:
- Hawaiian rolls—Any type of small roll works for this recipe, but we made the best roast beef sliders with Hawaiian rolls. Sara Lee’s Hawaiian rolls are big and sturdy and just right for sliders, but King’s Hawaiian rolls will work as well.
- Spicy mustard—Mustard always pairs well with roast beef, and we love the bit of kick that spicy mustard gives the sauce.
- Worcestershire sauce—The perfect mix of sweet and spicy, Worcestershire sauce has an umami flavor that works well with roast beef.
- Garlic and onion powder—These spices add a sweet and savory flavor to the roast beef sliders.
- Deli roast beef—Pre-cooked and pre-sliced deli roast beef has all the deliciousness of home-cooked roast beef with none of the hassle.
- Sliced white cheddar cheese—White cheddar is one of the best cheeses to pair with roast beef.
- Unsalted butter—The butter gets brushed across the slider tops before baking, creating a yummy golden crust in the oven.
If you can’t find Hawaiian sweet rolls, you can use any small soft bun. The sturdier the bun is, the better it’ll hold up to the juices of the sauce and the roast beef.
What cheese goes best with roast beef?
This roast beef sliders recipe calls for sliced white cheddar cheese because it’s mild in flavor, melts well, and pairs great with roast beef. However, there are a few other kinds of cheese that would work well in this recipe:
- Provolone cheese is another smooth and mild cheese that has slightly nutty and salty undertones.
- Havarti is a cheese with a very buttery texture and just a touch of sweetness.
- Pepper jack cheese adds a hint of spice to your sandwiches while still melting well.
How do I make these sandwiches?
Roast beef sliders are as easy to make as they are to eat! There are only a handful of simple steps standing between you and your savory game day dinner.
- Prepare by preheating your oven to 350°F and greasing a 9×12 inch baking pan.
- Slice the rolls in half and set the bottom portion of the rolls in a single layer on the baking pan.
- Mix the Worcestershire, spices, and mustard, then spread the mixture on the bottom rolls.
- Layer on the sliced deli roast beef, the cheese, and finally the tops of the buns.
- Give the tops of the rolls a brush with the melted butter, then cover the dish with aluminum foil.
- Bake covered for 20 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for another five minutes to brown the tops.
To make these sliders easier to serve, cut them away from one another after baking. This way your guests can grab one—or two—without touching the other rolls.
How do you know when the sliders are done?
These sliders are done when the cheese is melted, the roast beef is toasty warm, and the tops of the buns have a light golden brown crust on them. For most ovens, this will be 25 minutes after you put them in—but keep an eye on your sliders in the last few minutes to make sure they don’t burn.
What should I serve with roast beef sliders?
As far as game day foods go, these roast beef sliders score a touchdown! Here are some other amazing game day snacks—and drinks—to serve with them:
- Frozen Cucumber Strawberry Margaritas
- Seven Layer Dip
- Apple Rosé Sangria
- Bacon and Sriracha Macaroni and Cheese
- Loaded Sweet Potato Skins
It’s easy to make some simple variations on this recipe to change things up. Try serving with some horseradish sauce or au jus. You could also sprinkle on some Italian seasoning or poppy seeds to switch up the flavor slightly.