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FUNERAL SANDWICHES {Roast Beef Sliders with Horseradish}

Roast Beef Sliders, AKA Funeral Sandwiches, are mini comfort food style sandwiches that feed a crowd at every occasion!

Coated with melted butter, stringed with melted cheese, and prepared in a casserole dish to feed a crowd. These appetizers are well suited for any celebration!

sliders being pulled out of a pan

Funeral Sandwiches

These ham and cheese sliders got an upgrade to roast beef, cheese, and horseradish sauce.

When I told my mother-in-law, Judy, that I was working on some new recipes for sliders, she told me about these sandwiches that she makes called “Funeral Sandwiches.”  

Totally intrigued by the name, I asked if they only made them for funerals. She laughed at me and said that was where she first had them but that she makes them for all occasions.

A sandwich that you can prep the night before, store in the fridge, bake off in less than 20 minutes, and is delicious, is something that I am definitely interested in. I don’t care what they’re called.

Don’t you love something you can prep the night before?!?!

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ingredients for funeral sandwiches

Ingredients for Funeral Sandwiches

  • roast beef
  • trio of cheeses
  • marinade
  • horseradish sauce
  • slider rolls/buns

Sweet dinner rolls (like Hawaiian Rolls) are my bread of choice but a good potato roll will work just as well.

The sliders are marinated in a tangy and slightly smoky sauce overnight so I start with a bread that can hang with the marinade and not be a party pooper by getting too soggy.

Marinade Ingredients

  • butter
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • garlic powder
  • dried mustard
  • onion powder

In a small bowl, mix the marinade ingredients and pour over top of the rolls.

How to make Funeral Sandwiches

ONE: Cut all your rolls in half and place the bottoms in a 9X13 baking dish. Add a smear of horseradish sauce.

TWO: Layer with roast beef and shredded cheese. Cover with top of bun.

THREE: Mix marinade and pour evenly over the sandwiches. Sprinkle with poppy seeds. Cover and let sit in the fridge for at least one hour up to overnight.

FOUR: When ready to bake, pop them in your preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and the cheese is nice and melty.

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

stack of sandwiches

How do you keep sliders from getting soggy?

Believe it or not, the rolls absorb the marinade and when they bake, the bottoms get a nice crispy from the fat in the butter mixture.

This mini roast beef sliders recipe, with gobs of melted cheese is simply to die for, and an elegant makeover of your standard ham and cheese variety.

Roast Beef Horseradish Sandwiches are always ready to party and this holiday season is no exception. These are a must-have party food for your next holiday gathering or game day celebration!

hand holding a sandwich with a bite taken

Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • Don’t use the hard rolls as they won’t absorb the marinade and end up too tough to eat after cooking.
  • Let them sit for at least 1 hour to absorb the marinade. Overnight is best!
  • I use prepared horseradish sauce not straight horseradish, but if you are brave you can try it.
  • If you are not a fan of horseradish, try a Dijon or whole grain mustard instead.
  • I like Hawaiian rolls for this recipe but feel free to use your favorite buns. I like this homemade brioche bun too!
  • Don’t like poppy seeds? Try sesame seeds instead!

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sliders with text "the best roast beef sliders around"

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stacks of sandwiches

Celebration Sliders with Roast Beef and Horseradish Sauce

Yield: 18 sliders
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These ham and cheese sliders got an upgrade to roast beef, cheese, and horseradish sauce.



  • 18 Sweet Dinner or Potato Rolls
  • 36 thin slices of roast beef
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese
  • 8 ounces pepper jack cheese
  • 8 ounces of Three Cheese Shredded Blend with Philadelphia Cream Cheese


  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 tablespoons of Worchestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried mustard
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 6 ounces horseradish sauce


  1. Shred you two blocks of Kraft cheese.
  2. Cut your rolls in half and lay the bottoms in a 9X13 baking dish.
  3. Smear a tiny amount of horseradish sauce on each roll bottom.
  4. Add 2 slices of roast beef to each roll bottom.
  5. Cover the roast beef in the shredded cheese.
  6. Smear the remaining horseradish sauce on the inside of the roll tops.
  7. Place the roll tops on each slider.
  8. Mix your marinade together (minus the poppy seeds) and pour over all the sliders, covering each one as close to equal as you can get.
  9. Sprinkle with the poppy seeds.
  10. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  11. When ready to cook, preheat oven to 350F.
  12. Bake rolls, uncovered for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  13. Serve warm!


*If you love this recipe as much as I do, please leave me a comment and rate it 5 stars. Thank you!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 256Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 550mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 12g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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Thursday 16th of December 2021

Do you separate the buns from each other before baking? Cut them apart when warm? Looks amazing!


Thursday 16th of December 2021

I think they are easier to serve if they are separated before baking. You might have some melty cheese that makes a great pull when you grab one but you can always cut them beforehand and then after baking do it again. I hope you love them as much as I do!

Georgiana Cave

Thursday 30th of January 2020

Aren't these too messy to be hand-held? It looks like it is dripping off the fork? Sound delicious, however. Thanks.


Thursday 30th of January 2020

The cheese is stretchy but not "drippy" in the sense of watery. Feel free to use a fork and plate but I can place mine on a napkin and eat it in two or three bites before it gets all over me.

Georgiana Cave

Thursday 30th of January 2020

also, how do 18 rolls end up making 24 sandwiches?


Wednesday 29th of January 2020

What is horseradish sauce. Is it different than jarred horseradish?



Thursday 30th of January 2020

It is different. It's like a combo of prepared (jarred) horseradish and a mayo base. Here is a link to what it looks like I found it in the deli section or where the other condiments are. It's a game changer! If you can't find it, just mix the jarred horseradish with mayo in a 1:1 ratio. Thanks!

What Corinne Did

Friday 23rd of February 2018

oh em gee! looks at these and how tempting they are! I am trying to be healthier so I am reading this with the worst timing but be sure that i will still try this recipe out because they do look delicious!

Monday 26th of February 2018


Kim Lee

Saturday 28th of January 2017

These sliders definitely look like a celebration! I can't wait to try these on Super Bowl Sunday!

Monday 27th of February 2017

Thank you so much. I know they will be a huge hit!

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