Ground Beef Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

By Polly Conner
October 26, 2020

Yum yum yum. These Ground Beef Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches are super easy to make and my whole family loves them.

These bad boys were a crowd-pleaser the other night. And trust me, with the ever-shifting big feelings about food in my home, a meal that everyone likes is a big win. In fact, my husband was flabbergasted that this wasn’t going into our cookbook. I tried to explain that, “We have to save some good ones for the blog,” but he shook his head in disbelief.

Here is a short video showing you how easily these come together

So, dear reader. This is a cookbook worthy recipe that you I’m sharing today. So. Dang. Good.

How to Make Ground Beef Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

Start by dicing up 1/2 of a green pepper, 1/2 cup diced Portobello mushrooms, and 1 small vidalia (yellow) onion.

Saute those in some olive oil and toss in a bit of garlic at the end.

Meat filling for ground beef sandwiches

After the veggies have softened, set them aside. In the same pan, brown some ground beef.

At the end, season it with salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix everything together and prepare to fend off hungry people as they are lured into the kitchen by the tempting aroma.

Butter the outside of two pieces of sourdough bread. Put a slice of cheese down, a scoop of the meat mix and then another slice of cheese. Top it off with the 2nd piece of bread.

Meat filling for ground beef sandwiches on top of cheese and bread

Place it on the skillet and cook over medium-low for about 3-4 minutes. Enough time to brown the bread and melt the cheese.

Serve it warm with some fruits and veggies and enjoy a meal without complaints from your people.

Ground beef philly cheesesteaks

Can I Freeze Ground Beef Sanwiches?

You bet! I would advise freezing them as a kit.

To Freeze For Later: Follow instructions through Step 3. Place the cooled meat/veggie mixture in a freezer bag and seal. Freeze the meat, cheese slices, and bread together as a meal kit.

To Prepare From Frozen: Thaw the meat kit components in the refrigerator overnight. Follow Steps 4-5.

Ground Beef Sandwich

What Should I Serve with Ground Beef Philly Cheesesteaks?

Here are some side dish ideas that would go well with this recipe:


Ground Beef Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American


Easy dinner idea that doesn’t take long to make and makes for great leftovers later.


  • 12 tablespoons olive or avocado oil
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced (or more, if you’d like)
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced portobello mushrooms (or more, if you’d like)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (Here’s where we get our grass-fed beef.)
  • A pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 tablespoons softened butter
  • 12 slices Provolone cheese
  • 12 slices sourdough bread


Make It Now:

  1. Make the Filling: In a large saute pan, heat oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Saute bell peppers, onions and mushrooms until they begin to soften, about 4-5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook about 30-60 more seconds. Season the veggies lightly with salt and pepper and then remove to a medium-sized bowl (you’ll use this later for the meat, so make sure it’s at least medium-sized).
  2. Add the ground beef to the same saute pan and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon or spatula along the way, until there is no longer any pink showing. While it cooks, season the meat with 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Drain any excess grease.
  3. Stir in Worcestershire sauce and the cooked veggies until everything is combined. (Freezing instructions begin here.) Remove the meat mixture to the bowl the veggies were in earlier. Wipe out the pan until clean.
  4. Build the Sandwiches: Lay the bread slices on a cutting board and butter one side of each piece of bread. Then lay them butter side down. On the inside of one piece of bread, place a slice of cheese, scoop about 1/3 cup of the beef mixture on top of that, top with another slice of cheese, and place another piece of bread on top (butter side up).
  5. Grill the Sandwiches: Place the saute pan over medium-low heat. Grill each sandwich for 2-3 minutes per side, until the outside is browned and cheese is melted.

Freeze For Later: Follow instructions through Step 3. Place the cooled meat/veggie mixture in a freezer bag and seal. Freeze the meat, cheese slices, and bread together as a meal kit.

Prepare From Frozen: Thaw the meat kit components in the refrigerator overnight. Follow Steps 4-5.

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14 replies
  1. Leta says:

    I made your grilled ground beef philly cheese steak sandwiches and enjoyed them but my husband and son would like the meat to be more flavorful. Can you suggest additional seasonings to add to amp up the flavor? Prefer not to add more worcestershire sauce
    thank you

    • Rachel Tiemeyer says:

      Great question and thank you for the feedback. I went back and looked over the recipe and adjusted the seasoning directions for the meat and veggies. I agree that it needs to be seasoned as it cooks! In addition to adding in the salt and pepper as the veggies cook and as the meat cooks, I also added in a pinch of red pepper flakes for a little heat. If you wanted even more seasoning, you could add in 1-2 tablespoons of soy sauce to the meat/veggie mixture at the end, too. I hope that helps!

  2. Laura Pinkstaff says:

    These are a go-to for our family. I often make a double batch and warp each individual sandwich in parchment paper. I stack them in a freezer bag and my husband loves grabbing them to take for lunch.

  3. April Horstman Reser says:

    We really liked these, my husband especially! We made the whole batch for 6 people and froze half for later (only 3 in our family). When I re-heat them I’m going to add jalapenos to the grown-ups’ sandwiches. Very good!

  4. Liz says:

    This is so yummy! Even my picky kids who turned their noses up at it, loved it once they tried it! If I want to freeze more for the future do I go to the step of buttering the bread and then wrap in foil and freeze there? Or is it better to freeze the meat mixture separately and then add bread when warming?

    • Polly says:

      I would freeze the meat separately. Just freeze it in its own bag along side the sandwich fixings. That way the bread won’t get soggy. Glad you enjoyed it!