Steak sliders are a great appetizer or dinner idea. Serve them with our easy red wine sauce and everyone will ask for the recipe!
Steak sliders are a great way to give new live to leftover steak. We love having these a day or two after a prime rib dinner! They’re also a great option for fall football parties because who’s going to say no to steak?
Steak Sliders with Red Wine Sauce Ingredients
Dinner rolls – halved and toasted
Cooked steak – enough for 8 sliders (quality deli roast beef works great in a pinch!)
Optional – green onion for garnish
Red Wine Sauce
Sweet onion – small chopped
Garlic cloves – minced
Red wine – I like something full bodied like a merlot
Salt and pepper – a generous pinch and a dash
Cornstarch – dissolved in the same amount of water (use tapioca starch if you’re grain-free)
How do you make steak sliders?
First, over medium/low heat, saute onions and garlic in olive oil for several minutes until onions are translucent and mixture is very fragrant.
Then, add water, bouillon, red wine, salt, and pepper. Simmer for several minutes.
Next, strain out onions and garlic, then return sauce to the pan.
Finally, very slowly pour in dissolved cornstarch, stirring constantly. Simmer at least an additional 5 minutes, stirring to break up any clumps. Remove from heat. Assemble sliders and pour sauce over top.
What buns to use for steak sliders?
You can use any dinner rolls or slider style buns for this recipe. If I have time I like to make our quick dinner roll recipe, but if not I’ll pick up a pack from the bread aisle at the market.
My kids are partial to Hawaiian sweet rolls, but I prefer a more savory roll for this dish.
What steak for steak sliders?
Any leftover steak is fine for this recipe. When we do restaurant style steak, I will often make a extra so we can have sliders the next day. We have several steak recipes that would work perfectly for this recipe.
And in a pinch you could even substitute roast beef from the deli!
Can you make steak sliders ahead of time?
You can make all the components for steak sliders ahead of time, but we do not recommend assembling until right before serving. If you put the sliders together too soon, the sauce and spread will soak into the bread and you will end up with a soggy mess.
To shorten your prep time, make the red wine sauce up to a couple days before hand and store it in the refrigerator. You can also slice the buns and the steak ahead of time too.
Tips and tricks
Don’t skip toasting the slider buns, this elevates the textural experience and makes them so much better!
It’s okay to use cold meat on the steak sliders, but make sure to warm up the red wine sauce before serving.
Definitely prepare more than you think you’ll need – these go fast!
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Tools we love
- Oil mister – This is the perfect gift for folks who want to make sure they know exactly what they’re spraying on their pans. We like to put olive oil in ours, but you could use anything from vegetable oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, or whatever you like! Just pump the top a few times and it sprays a fine mist of the oil you chose.
- Santuko knife – My favorite knife for cutting vegetables! This knife is the perfect size and shape, handles great, and is super reasonably priced. Also, I just love that it’s fun and colorful!
- Silicone baking mats – Nothing sticks to these! Whaaaa?! Perfect for baking sugary cookies, or cheesy croissants. You know why? Because nothing sticks to these!!!
How to Make Steak Sliders with Red Wine Sauce
Steak Sliders with Red Wine Sauce
- 4 tablespoons sweet onion small chopped
- 4 large garlic cloves minced
- olive oil
- 2 cups water
- 2 cubes beef bouillon
- 1/2 cup red wine or more if you like a strong wine flavor
- generous pinch of salt
- dash of cracked black pepper
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in the same amount of water use tapioca starch if you're grain-free
- 8 dinner rolls halved and toasted
- thin sliced cooked steak enough for 8 sliders (quality deli roast beef works great in a pinch!)
- optional: green onion for garnish
- Over medium/low heat, saute onions and garlic in olive oil for several minutes until onions are translucent and mixture is very fragrant.
- Add water, bouillon, red wine, salt, and pepper. Simmer for several minutes.
- Strain out onions and garlic, then return sauce to the pan.
- Very slowly pour in dissolved cornstarch, stirring constantly. Simmer at least an additional 5 minutes, stirring to break up any clumps. Remove from heat.
- Assemble sliders and pour sauce over top.
- Serve and ENJOY!
Want to mix things up? Try these with our sriracha mayo instead of the red wine sauce!
This Steak Sliders recipe was originally developed for Collective Bias and advertiser. Mama Loves Food was compensated for time and work. All opinions and recipes are mine alone.
I used Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi for my Red Wine Sauce. I like Woodbridge because it’s tasty but still reasonably priced. I grabbed two bottles so there would be plenty to serve with our chow. My recipe features Cabernet Sauvignon, but most reds will do, just make sure it’s not super sweet.
You can find more Woodbridge inspired recipes at the Simple Entertaining Social Hub, and you can check out this list to see where Woodbridge in-store demos will be occurring near you!