Home » Blog » Homemade Roast Beef Sandwich

Homemade Roast Beef Sandwich

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy.

There’s something so satisfying about biting into a perfectly crafted roast beef sandwich! This iconic sandwich is a perfect blend of flavors and textures, making it a family favorite for lunch or dinner. One of the secrets to a delicious sandwich is the meat! Once you try this homemade roast beef sandwich recipe, there will be no going back!

front view of a bun filled with seasoned meat slices and lettuce

We all know that deli meats aren’t a healthy option for our families, but they are so convenient and they taste so good! But did you know that you can easily make flavorful roast beef at home? I can guarantee that these will be one of the best roast beef sandwiches you’ve ever had!

Tips on Making The Best Roast Beef Sandwich

Depending on who you ask, there are several ways to make a good roast beef sandwich. I like to make them for the kids lunches, so I treat the roast beef as a deli meat from the deli counter and serve it cold. But you could just as easily use this recipe for hot roast beef sandwiches!

@naturaldeets

Who knew homemade roast beef deli meat was a thing? 😮 Now there’s no going back! #homemadefood #grassfedbeef #lunchtime #dairyfree

♬ honeypie – flora ✿

TIP 1: Choose the best cut of beef. 

Anything that is slightly marbled is going to be delicious. Popular cuts for roast beef include sirloin tip roast, top round, top sirloin, chuck roast, or ribeye. I prefer a top round roast because it’s a cheaper cut of meat but it still has some marbling.

Leaner cuts of beef will still work if that’s what you have but while they’re delicious, they’ll be on the dry side. Also, try to find a piece of beef that has a fat cap on one side. 

picture of a roast with white marbling

TIP 2: Season Generously!

As a general rule for large pieces of meat, you’ll want to add more seasoning than you think you need. We want the entire piece to be properly seasoned. Also, be sure to season all sides of the beef.

The dry rub in this recipe is made with salt, Herb De Provence, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, and Paprika but add what you want or use your favorite dry rubs. It’s hard to mess up this recipe. 

top view of a small glass dish with dry seasonings in it

TIP 3: Toast the bread (Optional) 

This tip applies if you are serving a warm toast beef sandwich. Toast both the top bun and bottom bun before assembling the sandwich for extra flavor and texture!  Experiment with different rolls too – hoagie rolls, crusty rolls, Italian bread, hamburger buns or just plain sandwich bread is good too!

TIP 4: Experiment with toppings

When I make sandwiches for the kids, I just use horseradish mayo and a slice of lettuce (for veggies, lol). But when I make it for the adults, I add whatever we have on hand. Here are some of our favorites: 

  • Pickled red onion
  • Caramelized onions
  • Slice of Provolone cheese or Swiss cheese (Vegan of course!)
  • Peppery Arugula
  • Thin sliced red peppers
  • Lettuce
  • Horseradish mixed with mayonnaise
  • My husband likes sauerkraut – but I’ll leave that up to you

How To Make Deli Roast Beef (Step by step photos)

pouring the spice rub onto the roast
Pat the meat dry with a paper towel and drizzle olive oil over the meat. Spread the spice mix over the entire piece of meat and place in an ovenproof dish
top view of the cooked roast beef
Bake until desired doneness. Take the roast out and let the roast rest.
thinly sliced beef on a cutting board
Thinly slice beef with a meat slicer or sharp knife
buns with sliced beef and sauerkraut
Assemble the sandwich and top as desired

Important Tips

  • Keep an eye on the roast while it’s cooking and use a thermometer to check for doneness. It’s best when cooked to medium so you don’t want to overcook it. It should be taken out of the oven when the temperature reaches 134 degrees.:
    • 120 Degrees F = Rare
    • 126 Degrees F = Medium Rare
    • 134 Degrees F = Medium
    • 150 Degrees F = Medium Well
    • 160 Degrees F = Well Done

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you store leftover roast beef?

It should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge.

Can you freeze homemade roast beef?

You sure can! Once frozen, you won’t be able to pull apart the slices so be sure to freeze them into serving sizes. That way an entire serving size can be defrosted.

What condiment goes on roast beef sandwich?

Mayonnaise and horseradish are the most common condiments but anything with a tang. like mustard or Worcestershire sauce works great too.

More Recipes You Might Enjoy:

a bun with sliced beef and lettuce

Homemade Roast Beef Sandwich

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

There's something so satisfying about biting into a perfectly crafted roast beef sandwich! This iconic sandwich is a perfect blend of flavors and textures, making it a family favorite for lunch or dinner. One of the secrets to a delicious sandwich is the meat! Once you try this homemade roast beef sandwich recipe, there will be no going back!

Ingredients

  • 2-3 Pound Top Round Roast
  • Olive Oil
  • 4 Brioche buns

Dry Rub

  • 2 teaspoon Herb De Provence
  • 2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika

Toppings - As Desired

  • Lettuce
  • Mayonnaise
  • Horseradish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees
  2. In a small bowl, mix the Herb de Provence, Salt, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder and Paprika.
  3. Pat the roast with a paper towel then drizzle with olive oil. Pour the herb mixture over the meat and rub it into all sides of the meat
  4. Place the meat in an oven save dish. If the meat has a fat cap, place it on the top
  5. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes at 500 degrees
  6. Decrease the heat to 300 degrees for an additional 40 minutes or until the meat reaches 134 degrees, or desired temperature.

Notes

  • Keep an eye on the roast while it’s cooking and use a thermometer to check for doneness. It’s best when cooked to medium so you don’t want to overcook it. It should be taken out of the oven when the temperature reaches 134 degrees.:
    • 120 Degrees F = Rare
    • 126 Degrees F = Medium Rare
    • 134 Degrees F = Medium
    • 150 Degrees F = Medium Well
    • 160 Degrees F = Well Done

    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1115Total Fat: 55gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 442mgSodium: 1557mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 118g

    Nutritional information was calculated automatically. Please verify accuracy

    Did you make this recipe?

    Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Pinterest

    By on March 15th, 2024

    About NaturalDeets

    More posts by this author.

    Leave a Comment

    Skip to Recipe
    Ka’Chava Reviews – Is Ka’chava worth it? The Ultimate Guide for Dairy Free Popcorn Rosehip and Hibiscus Tea Easy and Delicious Fall Oatmeal Recipe Coffee Makers Under $50