French Dip Sliders

There’s nothing better than beefy, cheesy hand-held sandwiches dipped in buttery au jus. These irresistible French Dip Sliders are the ultimate game day food.

Sliders for snacks and dinners are so fun and easy. Our buffalo chickens sliders are packed with flavor and delicious to eat. Or give our ham and cheese sliders and turkey cheddar sliders next!

French dip slider served on a white plate.


Why French Dip Sliders Are The Best

We took the classic french dip flavor and made it even better (and easier)!

  • Serve these sliders anytime. They’re filling enough for lunch, dinner, or a game-day snack.
  • Pre-made ingredients make assembly effortless.
  • In less than 30 minutes, you’ll have 12 sliders, hot, out of the oven. 
  • Before cooking, these French Dip Sliders are covered in au jus. As a result, the sandwiches are juicy, tender, and buttery.

Serve these up with our homemade french fries and some blue cheese dressing!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make french dip sliders.
  • Rolls – You can use whatever slider rolls you prefer. Hawaiian sweet rolls are my favorite, but potato rolls have a similar soft and fluffy texture.
  • Roast Beef – I recommend grabbing one pound of thinly sliced roast beef from your local deli. 
  • Provolone Cheese
  • French Fried Onions – French Fried Onions are optional, but add texture and flavor to the sandwiches. We use them on top of our green bean casserole too!
  • Au Jus Gravy Mix – You’ll find this in the same aisle as seasoning packets at the grocery store. 
  • Worcestershire Sauce – Don’t skip this ingredient! Worcestershire sauce gives the au jus an umami flavor. This is what makes these sandwiches infinitely crave-able. 
  • Kosher Salt – Kosher salt is less salty than iodized table salt, which makes it easier to control the flavor. We’ve got a quick guide on why we use kosher salt in baking and cooking.

How to Make French Dip Sliders

Step by step photos showing how to make french dip sliders.
  1. Prep the Buns. Without separating the slider rolls, slice the entire package in half horizontally. Then, place the bottom portion of the rolls into the buttered baking dish.
  2. Assemble the sliders by layering provolone, roast beef, french fried onions, and the top half of the rolls.
  3. Add the topping. Melt the rest of the butter. Then, whisk in the au jus gravy mix, water, Worcestershire sauce, sesame seeds, minced onion, and kosher salt. Pour some of the au jus mixture over the top of the sandwiches. Make sure to reserve at least half of the gravy for dipping. Next, spoon some of the chunky bits of onion and sesame seeds onto each of the buns.
  4. Bake the sliders, uncovered, in a 350°F oven for about 15 minutes. Once the cheese is melted and the buns have browned, you can remove them from the oven. Remove the sliders from the baking dish and cut them into 12 portions. Serve with the au jus gravy.
French dip sliders baked in a white dish.

Tips and Tricks

  • I like to use medium-rare sliced roast beef from the deli. This way, the meat stays tender and juicy in the oven. However, you could use whatever kind of roast beef you’d like. You can even whip up some Instant Pot French Dip to use.
  • Alternative to using French Fried Onions in this recipe, you could caramelize your own onions and peppers. It’ll bring even more flavor to these sandwiches.
  • An easy way to remove the sliders from the baking dish is to use two spatulas to scoop up the rolls from either side. Then, gently lift them from the pan and move them onto a cutting board. For even more flavor, add any pan drippings to the au jus.
  • Don’t forget to warm up the au jus and serve it alongside the sliders. Dipping these sandwiches in the buttery sauce takes this recipe to the next level. For a party, grab some small disposable plastic bowls for everyone to spoon some of the sauce into. 
  • As the au jus cools, it’ll separate. It’s perfectly fine to eat and still just as tasty. 
French dip sliders dipped in au jus.

Serving Suggestions

Since these French Dip Sliders are perfect for game day, an obvious pairing is to serve them with other snackable foods. Sweet Potato Fries are a classic accompaniment for these sliders. 

Cold sides that you can prep ahead of time, make planning a menu for a gathering stress-free. Loaded Potato Salad or Copycat Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw are sure to please every guest.

On the other hand, if you’re whipping up this recipe for dinner, they’re delicious alongside soup. Try dipping the sliders into some Broccoli Cheddar Soup or Tomato Soup.

Or make it for a “leftover” day. We like to whip up these sliders with our leftover sweet potato casserole and green bean casserole on holidays.

Roast beef slider being lifted out of baking dish.

Recipe FAQs

Can I assemble the sliders ahead of time?

You can assemble the sliders in the baking dish, but hold off on the au jus coating until right before you bake the sandwiches. With the sliders assembled, cover the baking dish and store in the fridge for 1-2 days until you’re ready to bake. Then, whip up the au jus, coat the sliders and continue as usual.

How should I store leftovers?

Store leftovers in an airtight container or tightly wrapped in foil. They’ll keep in the fridge for 2 days.

Will the au jus sauce keep?

My favorite way to store leftover au jus is to pour it into an ice cube tray and freeze it. Once frozen, pop out the cubes and store them in a resealable freezer bag for up to 6 months. When cooking something that could use a buttery, oniony, rich umami flavor, pop 1-2 cubes into the recipe. 

What’s the best way to reheat these sliders?

Reheat these French Dip Sliders in the oven or air fryer so they don’t get soggy. 350°F for a few minutes until hot and melty. 

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French Dip Sliders

5 from 4 votes
By: Aimee
There’s nothing better than beefy, cheesy hand-held sandwiches dipped in buttery au jus. These irresistible French Dip Sliders are the ultimate game day food.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 sliders

Ingredients 

  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • 12 Hawaiian sweet rolls
  • 1 pound deli roast beef sliced thin
  • 12 slices provolone cheese
  • 1 ½ cups french fried onions
  • 1 packet au jus gravy mix
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350° F. Melt 2 Tbsp of the butter, and spread it over the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  • Without separating the rolls, slice the package of rolls in half. Place the bottom half of the rolls in the baking dish. Top with slices of the provolone cheese, roast beef, and the french fried onions. Then add the other half of the rolls on top.
  • In a small bowl, melt the remaining 4 Tbsp of butter in the microwave. Mix in the au jus seasoning mix, water, Worcestershire sauce, sesame seeds, minced onion, and kosher salt. Whisk until well combined.
  • Pour about 1/4-1/2 cup over the top of the rolls. Spoon out some of the chunky parts of the mixture and spread those over the tops as well. Save the remaining mixture to dip your sandwiches into.
  • Bake the sliders uncovered for about 15 minutes, until cheese is melted and the tops are browned.
  • Remove and cut the sliders into 12 portions.
  • While the sliders are baking, take the remaining au jus mixture and heat in the microwave until warmed. Whisk until combined. The butter will separate as it cools, that’s okay!
  • Serve the sliders warm with warm au jus!

Notes

  • I used a medium rare sliced roast beef from the deli. Feel free to choose your favorite roast beef for this recipe!
  • French fried onions are totally optional. You can caramelize your own onions (and peppers) if you prefer, but these were delicious (just like you would put on Green Bean Casserole).
  • The remaining au jus is warmed up and used for dunking. It’s a very buttery au jus, which tastes amazing with these french dip sliders!!
  • See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks, and reheating instructions.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slider, Calories: 330kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 54mg, Sodium: 1035mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
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Posted on July 14, 2023

Comments & Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh, these were AMAZING!!!! I made them for the Super Bowl and we loved them. Next time, I’ll pre-warm my roast beef a bit. Maybe in the au jus? The middles were still cold when I took them out of the oven, so I had to cover them and pop ’em back in for 10 minutes. I’m a sucker for a French Dip and these lived up to my obsession!! Might be my favorite ones yet!

  2. We’ve made these before and they are great for us. My son has to take meds every four hours and he has to eat, not a heavy meal but some thing more substantial than a cookie. I can’t eat big meals so I grab one of these. They were also great the second day, all one of them!! These are fantastic because any meats and cheeses can be used and the sauce is only limited by one’s imagination. King’s Hawaiian now has jalapeno rolls, whole wheat and I think there may be a cheese roll but I haven’t seen them.

  3. It’s true…sliders are the new favorite thing to make!  I have one coming in a few weeks too because I can’t let a fun trend pass me by!  LOL!  Love that you saw these and had to make them right away!  And the dipping juice for serving is awesome!!!

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