15-Minute BBQ Beef Sandwiches

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 sandwiches

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I know what you’re thinking.

thinly sliced beef with onions in barbecue sauce on large black plate

You’re thinking I totally just took the idea from these 10-Minute BBQ Ham Sandwiches and made them with beef. Which would be totally awesome.

But also not the case.

I found this recipe when I was perusing a Rush Hour Recipes cookbook from Company’s Coming that my mom gave me years ago. It’s one of those ones with mostly words and few pictures.

close up of shredded barbecue beef in large black serving bowl

Don’t you hate cookbooks like that?

I mean, what’s the point? You mean I have to actually cook it myself to be able to stare at it in starved anticipation? I have a feeling if I just wrote a food blog with the recipe and no pictures it wouldn’t do very well.

Thankfully for me, they’re ready in 15 minutes flat, so there isn’t much waiting involved.

And I’m totally not even going to complain about how insane my life is right now and why I need 15-minute recipes and why every hour is rush hour here. Cause you’ve heard that story about eighteen times.

barbecue beef on bottom buns on parchment paper

And someday I’m sure I’ll be able to tell you all kinds of stories about all of the cool things I did that week, instead of working, blogging, mothering a toddler and lugging my quite pregnant body from one place to the next.

But I’m in the 15-minute meal phase right now, so a hot, juicy, saucy barbecue beef sandwich is right up my ally. Anyone else with me?

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15-Minute BBQ Beef Sandwiches

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Deli roast beef makes these sandwiches a breeze to whip up during the week!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 6 sandwiches
Calories 238cal


  • 1 small-medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce I like something sweeter, or a nice smoky sauce
  • 1/3 cup chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar packed
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 lb about 500g shaved deli roast beef, cut into strips
  • Rolls or buns


  • In a large pan, sauté onion in butter until tender and starting to turn golden.
  • Add barbecue sauce, chili sauce, lemon juice, brown sugar and worcerstershire sauce. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer.
  • Add beef to the pan and stir until coated and heated through.
  • Serve on favorite rolls or buns. Cheese would be great on these too!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 238cal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 1877mg | Potassium: 435mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 270IU | Vitamin C: 39.4mg | Calcium: 243mg | Iron: 2.3mg

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Meet Ashley

My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Jim says

    “When you say “chili sauce” that could mean a number of totally different things. What kind of chili sauce do you recommend for this?

  2. liss says

    the trxt is too small on recipes and screen doen’t switch to vertical. Also complicared to get to actual recipe.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Hi Liss, are you on some kind of mobile device? I’ve never had any issues with the size of text on a mobile device, and I’m not sure what you mean by it’s complicated to get to the actual recipe. You should just be able to scroll down the page. Let me know if you’re still having issues.

  3. Ann says

    Stumbled upon this on my foodgawker app and immediately saved it to my favorites. Made it tonight and served it on an onion roll with a quick green salad. It was delicious! My husband says he can’t wait until I make this one again. Thank you so much for sharing it!

  4. Connie says

    your picture caught my attention right away Ashley! Can’t wait to try this one! I sent my hubby to work tonight with a sub bun, beef au jus, provolone cheese, & curlys sliced steak. All he has to do is heat the beef & au jus in the microwave at the hospital, place it on the bun & top with cheese! A yummy French dip! Talk about a quick meal!

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