Tender Steak Sandwich Recipe (Flavorful Marinated Steak Sliders)

LAST UPDATED: Aug 03, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Feb 20, 2020 | By: Julie Blanner

This steak sandwich recipe is the thing of dreams! Steak is marinated and served with blue cheese, caramelized onions and sun-dried tomatoes and are great to serve to a crowd. Easy to make, these steak sliders are sure to wow your guests!

A trio of steak sandwiches stacked with ingredients on a round bun.

These steak sandwiches are the perfect sliders to serve guests, they are always a hit! The steak is wonderfully tender and full of flavor. They are ideal to serve on game day and they’re also great for summer parties!

Try a steak sandwich alongside my Sweet Potato Fries (Gourmet Fries) and other game day favorites like Soft Chicken Tacos and my Mexican Layer Dip.

We love steak for a delicious and filling high-protein entree. Check out these steak tacos and carne asada for my delicious steak dinner ideas!

A steak sandwich with onions and cheese on top, top bun balanced to the side.

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Steak Sandwich Ingredients

For The Marinade

  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar – The vinegar not also adds to the flavor of the steak, but the acid in it helps to break down the fibers of the meat to make it wonderfully tender.
  • Seasonings – Garlic, mustard and black pepper

Marble surface with plates and ramekins full of ingredients for a steak sandwich recipe.

For The Sandwiches

  • Steak – Sirloin or strip are the best cuts for these steak sandwiches. They are flavorful cuts that become deliciously tender when marinated.
  • Dinner Rolls – Have you ever made the take and bake breads in the bakery section of your market? I’m addicted. I use them for sides, sandwiches, sliders and more. However, you can always use standard egg dinner rolls. I don’t discriminate against bread.
  • Onion – Caramelized onions add a bite of sweetness to these sliders and they are so easy to make.
  • Blue Cheese – Steak and blue cheese are such a great flavor pairing and the saltiness from the cheese cuts through the sweetness of the onions.
  • Sun-dried Tomatoes – Finish off these sliders with a little pop of color, as their tangy flavor works so well next to the creamy blue cheese.

Marble surface with plates and ramekins full of ingredients for a steak sandwich recipe.

How To Make Steak Sandwiches

  1. Pour all marinade ingredients into a sealable bag and add steak. Allow to marinate 2-12 hours.
  2. About 20 minutes before grilling, remove the steaks from the refrigerator and let sit. Meanwhile, bake your bread, if necessary and heat 2 Tbsp olive oil on medium-low. Add sliced onion and allow to caramelize. Reduce to low, if necessary.
  3. Heat your grill to high. Cook 4-5 minutes on first side and 3-4 on other side for medium-rare.
  4. Transfer steaks to a baking dish or platter, tent loosely with foil and let rest five minutes. Slice thin.
  5. Add steak, creamy blue cheese, caramelized onions and sun-dried tomatoes to each roll!

A wooden platter with a single steak sandwich covered in cheese, cheese to the side as well.

Why do you Marinate the Steak?

Marinating the steak not only adds flavor to the meat, but it also helps to make it perfectly tender and helps to lock in the juices.

The sugars in the marinade also help the outside of the steak caramelize for added flavor. Allow at least two hours to marinate the steak and even up to 12.

Close up of a steak sandwich on a bun, stacked with toppings.

What Makes the Perfect Steak Sandwich?

The perfect steak sandwich is rich and loaded with flavor. The toppings are important and should compliment each other.

You can’t go wrong with adding salt, fat and acid to a dish and these sliders are abundant in all three. The blue cheese is salty and creamy and cuts through the fat from the steak and the acid from the sun- dried tomatoes.

A single steak sandwich stacked with ingredients on a round bun.

What’s The Best Steak To Use In A Sandwich?

In my opinion, nothing can compare to sirloin in this steak sandwich recipe. It’s tender and so flavorful because it’s beautifully marbled.

If you happen to have any leftover prime roast or slow cooked beef roast, that will work really well too. You can also use a cut like flank or skirt, but be sure to marinate those for at least six hours as they are much tougher cuts of beef.

A steak sandwich with onion straws and cheese on top, top bun balanced to the side.

Tips for the Best Results

  1. Let the marinated steak come to room temperature before you cook it and let it rest before slicing it, so that it is as tender as possible.
  2. If you can, buy your steak from your local butcher. It is often so much more flavorful and of a much better quality than grocery store meat. Plus you’re supporting local!
  3. If you have an instant read thermometer, for rare steak it should read 135ºF and for medium rare 140ºF. If you want the steak medium it should be 145ºF.

Close up of a steak sandwich on a bun, stacked with toppings.

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A steak sandwich with onion straws and cheese on top, top bun balanced to the side.

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A steak sandwich with onion straws and cheese on top, top bun balanced to the side.

Steak Sandwiches

Julie Blanner
This steak sandwich recipe is the thing of dreams! Steak is marinated and served with blue cheese, caramelized onions and sun-dried tomatoes and are great to serve to a crowd. Easy to make, these steak sliders are sure to wow your guests!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 to 6 sandwiches
Calories 696 kcal

Ingredients
  

Marinade

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp whole-grain mustard
  • 10 cracks of pepper

For the sandwiches

  • 1 pound sirloin or strip steak
  • 4 dinner rolls
  • 1 onion
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • a wedge of creamy blue cheese
  • 1 jar sundried tomatoes drained

Instructions
 

  • Pour all marinade ingredients into a sealable bag and add steak. Allow to marinate 2-12 hours.
  • About 20 minutes before grilling, remove the steaks from the refrigerator and let sit. Meanwhile, bake your bread, if necessary and heat 2 Tbsp olive oil on medium-low. Add sliced onion and allow to caramelize. Reduce to low, if necessary.
  • Heat your grill to high. Cook 4-5 minutes on first side and 3-4 on other side for medium-rare.
  • Transfer steaks to a baking dish or platter, tent loosely with foil and let rest 5 minutes. Slice thin.
  • Add steak, creamy blue cheese, caramelized onions and sundried tomatoes to each roll!

Notes

  1. Let the marinated steak come to room temperature before you cook it and let it rest before slicing it, so that it is as tender as possible.
  2. If you can, buy your steak from your local butcher. It is so much more flavorful and of a much better quality than super store meat.
  3. If you have an instant read thermometer, for rare steak it should read 135ºF and for medium rare 140ºF. If you want the steak medium it should be 145ºF.

Nutrition

Calories:696kcalCarbohydrates:46gProtein:41gFat:40gSaturated Fat:13gCholesterol:97mgSodium:962mgPotassium:1457mgFiber:6gSugar:15gVitamin A:505IUVitamin C:13mgCalcium:351mgIron:6mg
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*This post was originally published September 18, 2014 and updated February 20, 2020.

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