These French Dip Sliders take tender, roast beef and melted provolone cheese and pile it all onto toasted Hawaiian rolls. The perfect party appetizer or game day snack!

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French dip sandwiches are a classic sandwich made with leftover roast beef that’s served on crusty bread and dipped into a savory gravy made from the meat’s pan drippings. My take on French dip turns that concept into sliders using deli roast beef and a quick homemade sauce. They’re served on Hawaiian rolls with a simple beef broth-based sauce served alongside.

(Love sliders? I do too! See my Easy Buffalo Chicken Sliders, Pizza Sliders, Ham and Swiss Cheese Sliders, Cheeseburger Sliders, and BBQ Meatball Sliders for more.)

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Savory French Dip Sliders

French dip sliders are so easy to make because you use purchased deli meat to make them—you don’t have to worry about making an entire roast beef just to assemble these sandwiches! (Of course, if you do make roast beef I highly encourage you to save the leftovers to turn into French dip sliders).

These are little meaty bites of perfection, made even better by the melted provolone cheese and the sweet and toasty Hawaiian rolls. One bite will give you so many layers of flavor: the sweet bread, tender meat, a pile of sautéed onions, and creamy cheese.

You’ll also make a simple homemade sauce—called “jus” (or juice)—that you can drizzle on top or dip the sliders into for extra flavor. Serve a plate of these totally snackable roast beef sandwiches at parties or see my suggestions below for how to make them into more of a meal.

ingredients to make french dip sliders

Ingredients for French Dip Sliders

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

  • Butter – I use unsalted butter but you can use salted if you prefer.
  • Yellow onion – You can substitute a red or white onion.
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Mustard – Dijon mustard is a must in these sliders!
  • Hawaiian sweet rolls – Or you can use another roll of your choice.
  • Roast beef – I buy deli roast beef or you can use leftover homemade roast beef.
  • Provolone cheese

Jus

  • Beef stock – Beef stock forms the base of the sauce.
  • Worcestershire sauce – For a nice tangy bite.
  • Dried spices – Onion and garlic powder.
  • Fresh thyme

Variations

If you want to try another cheese in this recipe, go right ahead! You just want to use a nice melty cheese, similar to provolone; try mozzarella or pepper Jack. You can also use a different kind of roll—I love sweet rolls but sourdough or french rolls would also be delicious.

How to Make French Dip Sliders

  1. Prepare: Preheat the oven to 350℉.
  2. Cook the onions: Add 2 tablespoons of the butter to a skillet over medium-high heat. Once it has melted completely, add the sliced onions, salt and pepper. Sauté for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until they are softened and have turned a golden brown, caramelized color. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. Prep the rolls: Leaving the rolls connected, use a serrated knife to slice them in half, creating a large top and bottom piece.
  4. Make the sliders: Melt the remaining butter and mix in the Dijon mustard. Using a pastry brush, coat the bottom of a 13 x 9 baking dish with half of the butter mixture. Place the bottom piece of the rolls into the baking pan. Layer evenly with the roast beef, then the onions, followed by the provolone cheese. Place the top half of the rolls over the cheese, then brush with the remaining melted butter mixture.
  5. Bake: Cover the dish with aluminum foil, then bake for 15 minutes until the cheese is completely melted. Uncover and bake for an additional 5 minutes until the tops of the rolls are lightly toasted.
  6. Make the jus: While the rolls bake, add the ingredients for the jus to a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes until it has reduced slightly. Adjust seasonings by adding more salt and pepper, if desired. Serve alongside the rolls while still warm.
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Quick Tip

You can adjust the amount of Worcestershire sauce called for in this recipe—it has a savory bite that may be overpowering to some (like kids!). You can lower the amount of sauce you use or leave it out altogether—the jus will still be flavorful.

How to Store French Dip Sliders

Wrap cooled French dip sliders tightly in foil and store them in the fridge for up to 3 days. Rewarm them in the oven so that the bread crisps up. Store any leftover jus in a separate airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can reheat the jus in a pot on the stove over medium heat or in the microwave until hot.

Serving Suggestions For French Dip Sliders

French dip sliders are wonderful as appetizers or you can serve them as a main meal option. I like to add some sides if I do this, including:

FAQs

What to serve with French dip sliders?

See my list above for suggestions for what to serve with French dip sliders! I particularly like the salad or vegetable options to add a healthy side, although I’ll admit that you can never go wrong with fries!

What does a French dip have on it?

A French dip sandwich traditionally consists of sliced roast beef served on French bread, and eaten au jus (“with juice,” meaning the drippings of the meat left over from roasting). Because I use deli roast beef I include a recipe for making the jus yourself. And, I add cheese.

What are French dip sandwiches dipped in?

French dip sandwiches are dipped in a homemade flavorful sauce that uses the roast beef drippings as its base.

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French Dip Sliders

These French Dip Sliders take tender, juicy meat and savory melty cheese and pile it all onto sweet toasted rolls. All the flavors you love about French dip turned into little handheld sandwich bites!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Kasey Schwartz
Servings: 6 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 12-count package Hawaiian sweet rolls
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ¾-1 pound deli roast beef, sliced
  • 6 slices provolone cheese

Jus

  • 1 ½ cups beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped

Instructions 

  • Preheat an oven to 350℉.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of the butter to a skillet over medium high heat. Once it has melted completely, add the sliced onions, salt and pepper. Sauté for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until they are softened and have turned a golden brown, caramelized color. Remove from the heat and set aside.
    6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided, 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Leaving the rolls connected, use a serrated knife to slice them in half, leaving a large top and bottom piece.
    1 12-count package Hawaiian sweet rolls
  • Melt the remaining butter and mix in the Dijon mustard. Using a pastry brush, coat the bottom of a 13 x 9 baking dish with half of the butter mixture. Place the bottom piece of the rolls into the baking pan. Layer evenly with the roast beef, then the onions, followed by the provolone cheese. Place the top half of the rolls over the cheese, then brush with the remaining melted butter mixture.
    2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, ¾-1 pound deli roast beef, sliced, 6 slices provolone cheese
  • Cover the dish with aluminum foil, then bake for 15 minutes until the cheese is completely melted. Uncover and bake an additional 5 minutes until the tops of the rolls are lightly toasted.
  • While the rolls bake, add the ingredients for the jus to a saucepan over medium high heat. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes until it has reduced slightly. Adjust seasonings with more salt and pepper, if desired. Serve alongside the rolls while still warm.
    1 ½ cups beef stock, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped

Nutrition

Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 1813mg | Potassium: 387mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 633IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 332mg | Iron: 2mg
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Hi, I’m Kasey, Founder of All Things Mamma – where I am dishing up family favorite recipes that are easy to make with simple, everyday ingredients. Plus – tips and tricks for living your best life!

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