Cheesesteak Subs

These delicious, beyond-simple cheesesteak subs are hearty, tasty and fast. It’s amazing how such simple ingredients can pack a punch in flavor. I’m convinced that sauteing garlic and onions in butter is the key to making any meal taste better. And if you weren’t aware that cheesesteaks, in many forms, are some of my faves, then the fact that I’ve made this meal at least four times in the last couple weeks should convince you.

Peace, love, harmony and cheesesteak subs forever. That is my new motto.

P.S. Repetitive, I know, but just in case you didn’t get the memo, I’m on vacation in the backwoods of Yellowstone where there isn’t a lick of internet access to be found. In fact, as we speak, I may or may not be watching Old Faithful erupt. Beautiful and stinky. I’ll catch up on comments/emails/questions when I return in a few days!

What To ServeChewy Italian Rolls (for the bun)
Chips and an awesome dip like this Amazing Shrapnel Dip
Fresh veggies and/or fruit

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Cheesesteak Subs

Yield: Makes about 4 sandwiches (more if you are serving kids and can get away with putting less meat on their sub)

Cheesesteak Subs


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, halved and sliced into thin half moons
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons A-1 steak sauce
  • 1 pound deli roast beef, cut into 2-inch strips
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 (6-inch) sub rolls, split partially open lengthwise
  • 8 slices provolone cheese


  1. Preheat the broiler in your oven and adjust a rack to the upper-middle position. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt the butter, Add the onion and cook until softened and golden, about 8 minutes. Stir in the garlic and oregano and cook for a minute, until it smells fragrant. Add the A-1 sauce and the beef, stirring well to coat the beef with the sauce and onion/butter mixture. Cook until the meat is heated through, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Place the sliced rolls on a rimmed baking sheet. Divide the beef mixture among the rolls. Top with the cheese and broil until the cheese is melted, about 2 minutes (don’t even take your hand off the oven door handle – stand right there so they don’t burn!). Serve immediately.

Recipe Source: adapted from Cook’s country April/May 2010

32 Responses to Cheesesteak Subs – Quick and Tasty!

  1. Olivia says:

    Haha I love the broiler instructions! Yes, I am one of those that, as soon as I pop the pan under the broiler, oohhhh maybe I can just go do *one teeny thing* while it broils … 😉

  2. Samreen says:

    the BEST part about ur recipes are that they mention what to serve it with!!

  3. Sheila says:

    Another quick, easy, and delicious meal! My youngest daughter said yum after every bite and my husband said it was one of the best Philly Cheesesteaks he has ever had. You are the very best, Mel! Thank you.

  4. Stacy says:

    These are wonderful! My teenager and his friend inhaled them!

  5. Robert says:

    Do you sell just the meat for cheesesteak subs? I moved from Nj to Tn I love Tn but they just can’t make a good cheesesteak sub.

  6. Shelby C. says:

    My family really loves this recipe! It is so fantastic and fast. Tonight we used the King’s Hawaiian sweet roll subs for our sandwiches and it was super yummy. Thanks for your recipes! They are awesome!

  7. Diane says:

    Forgot to mention in my post above, but I was so impressed that I “pinned it” to my Pinterest board.

  8. Diane says:

    Love at first bite!!!! First time to make these, and they were great! Didn’t have Deli meat though, so I browned some “dissected” cube steak instead, and used a little less A-1 sauce since I’m not a big fan. On toasted, fresh Poboy buns, this was a meal to die for! To save time in preparation, I will try Deli meat next time.

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  10. Lindsay says:

    These are awesome! I added some green bell pepper because I had some leftover and used pepper jack cheese since my husband likes a little kick and they were wonderful. I love how easy they are to throw together! Thanks for the great meal!

  11. Andrea says:

    Wonderful!!!! Hubby and kids loved it. I was told I could make this anytime! My hubby said “that was just deli roast beef?”. I followed the recipe exactly. Will make again soon. Thank you.

  12. Jodi says:

    Thanks for all of your great recipes. This one was delicious and easy. I put a thin layer of butter and a little garlic salt on the rolls and broiled them for a minute and then I added the meat/cheese to the buns and broiled again as directed. Ridiculously good!

  13. Nathalie says:

    Made these last night, they were good and I would make them again, I didn’t find them “amazing” perhaps it’s because of the slight change in recipe instead of using A-1 sauce I opted to buy generac brand steak sauce, so I’m wondering if the A-1 wouldn’t of made the “wow” factor I was looking for, like I said they were still VERY good, just not amazing! Another wonderful recipe from your blog 🙂

  14. Judy says:

    I swear I should just throw out all my other cookbooks because EVERYTHING I make from your website is awesome!!! Made these for lunch today and they were delicious! So quick and easy.
    I have planned dinners for the next 2 weeks and over half of the menu items came from your blog. I am not afraid to try new things from here because I know it will be awesome.
    Thank you so much!

  15. Deb says:

    Made these for dinner last night and hubby proclaimed it one of the best sandwiches he’s EVER had. That about says it all!

  16. Sarah E. says:

    I tried these last week and they were sooo good!
    I’ve never been a fan of cheesesteaks sandwiches, but wanted to get a good recipe before my husband returned from deployment – this is definitely the one! I loved them and I know he will too.

  17. Christina says:

    These are amazing! We had them for dinner and will definitely make them again. I am so glad I found your blog, we’ve enjoyed trying your recipes and haven’t been disappointed yet!

  18. Callie says:

    really good. i used italian roast beef from the deli. i think it was better the second day as leftovers. yum!

  19. Becky Rasmussen says:

    These were amazingly GOOD! So quick and easy to make and my family LOVED them, thank you!!!! You’ve made a good cook out of me 🙂

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  21. Nancy says:

    These were really good. My husband liked them even more than your Philly Cheesesteak Calzone. I liked that I didn’t have to roll out the dough. Thanks for another good recipe.

    • Mel says:

      Nancy – glad you liked these (and your husband, too!). It is nice to have the philly cheesesteak flavor without having to roll out the dough, I agree.

  22. Kelly says:

    These sandwiches were AMAZING!! Thank you so much for the recipe! This will for sure be a recipe i use weekly! My hubby and kids loved them. And I added red bell pepper to the garlic mixture. I have always wanted a philly steak recipe! Thanks for the perfect one!

    • Mel says:

      Kelly – thanks for the rave reviews on this recipe. I think red bell pepper would be great in this and I’m glad they were such a hit!

  23. Kimiko says:

    I made these for the past two nights in a row, but with chicken instead of roast beef. The first night we just cooked some chicken breasts in a skillet and shredded them; the second night we coated with bread crumbs. Both ways were good! They are so quick and easy to make, and best of all, they taste delicious! (Of course, what wouldn’t taste delicious with onions and melted cheese, right?) I just wish I had mushrooms on hand to add to the onion and garlic mixture. I think that would taste amazing!

  24. grace says:

    i want this. i want this now, but with pepperjack cheese. and more of it. please. 🙂

  25. Julie says:

    Have a great time…hope you see Smokey the Bear! The sandwiches are making me hungry!

  26. StephenC says:

    I love making cheesesteak sandwiches. Often do so when there’s leftover beef on hand. Thanks for reminding me it may be time to go “Philly”!

  27. Kim in MD says:

    Cheesesteaks…yum! Have you ever tried a chicken cheesesteak? Anyway, this looks so good, and I love that you use deli roast beef.

    Have fun at Yellowstone. Old Faithful IS stinky! There are lots of beautiful, stinky smoldering things to see there!

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