Steak Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions

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Steak sandwich with caramelized onions makes a delicious weekend lunch.These steak sandwiches with caramelized onions is one of my family’s absolute favorite sandwiches for a weekend lunch or weeknight dinner. I first saw this recipe made by The Pioneer Woman.

The first time I made them my son declared it a keeper and said, “I could eat this for lunch every weekend”. Well, we don’t have it every weekend but more like every few weeks.

Caramelized onions are an easy way to add flavor to many dishes.

There are some important things to note. The caramelized onions make this sandwich. This is not a process to rush or skip.

You risk burning them and having to start over. Good caramelized onions should take about 15 minutes. I always use my cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat. Melt the butter then add the onions and salt them. (Salting can be optional, if necessary.)

Learn how to make perfect caramelized onions every time. You’ll be glad to know how and you’ll use them often.

Don't skip toasting the rolls for steak sandwich with caramelized onions.

Another step not to be skipped, or rushed, is toasting the hoagie rolls. I purchase rolls in the bakery at my favorite supermarket. By all means, use your favorite rolls.

This sandwich would be delicious on French or Cuban bread as well. If the rolls aren’t sliced, cut them all the way through.

Butter cut side and toast, butter side down, until golden. When serving place meat on the bottom half then top with onions.

Cheese is optional. I don’t put it on my sandwich by my husband likes a slice of provolone.

Often when I make the sandwich I serve fried onion strings with it. To complete the meal, if making these sandwiches for dinner, creamy coleslaw is another delicious side.

Steak sandwiches with caramelized opinions will make any Dad happy.

Steak Sandwich with Caramelized Onions

Steak sandwiches with caramelized opinions will make anyone happy.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Sandwiches and Sliders
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4


  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 pounds to 3 Pounds cube steak
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 whole hoagie rolls sliced in half lengthwise


  • Slice onions and cook in 2 tablespoons stick butter until soft and light brown. Remove and set aside.
  • Slice cube steak against the grain. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons butter over high heat (in same skillet) until melted and beginning to brown. Add meat in single layer. Cook one side until brown, then flip and cook until brown,.
  • Butter cut side of halved hoagie rolls, with remaining butter, and brown in skillet or on flat side of a grill pan.
  • To assemble, lay bottom half of roll on plate. Place meat mixture, followed by a spoonful of juice from the pan. Top with other half of roll. Cut in half before serving.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is adapted from The Pioneer Woman

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  1. 5 stars
    Made these last night and you are right, caramelizaing the onions just makes the sandwich! Made my hubby’s and mine with provolone and my son’s without!

  2. 5 stars
    This sandwich was so hearty and delicious!! My boys are ready for me to make them again!!

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