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Traeger Grilled Steak Sandwich

An epic steak sandwich is one of the best ways to enjoy steak, and I’m going to show you my favorite way to make a next-level Traeger Grilled Steak Sandwich on your pellet grill.

Traeger Grilled Steak Sandwich

Traeger Grilled Steak Sandwich

There’s a saying that used to be popular back in the day. “If you’re going to go, go all out.” That’s the first thing that came to mind when I decided to make a steak sandwich the other day.

We fired up the grill and seasoned a couple of nice ribeyes that were in the fridge waiting to get cooked, threw a pan of sliced onions in a cast iron pan on the grill too, so they could get good and caramelized, and I broke out the good stuff. The real horseradish, the Kewpie mayo, and garlic pasta to make an epic aioli, and some smoked cheddar cheese I’d been saving for a charcuterie board but decided to put to good use in this sandwich.

Then, I took it all and put it inside a toasted freshly baked French loaf.

It was ridiculous.

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Grilled Steak Sandwich

Steak Sandwich shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Ribeye
  • Beef rub
  • Olive oil
  • Yellow onion
  • Mayo
  • Horseradish
  • Garlic paste
  • Smoked cheddar
  • French bread loaf

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Grilled Steak Sandwich

How to make a Grilled Steak Sandwich

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.



Fire up the grill and let it get nice and hot. We’re shooting for between 400-425°F.



Season the steak liberally with the homemade beef rub, or if you don’t want to make your own, use your favorite pre-fab beef-friendly rub.



The onions will need more time than the steaks, so get your cast iron pan into the grill. Put a little olive oil in the pan and add your sliced onions. Close the grill, but stir those onions frequently, especially once they get cooking. We’re cooking hot here, so they can go from perfectly browned to burnt pretty fast!

Once the onions are cooked remove the pan from the grill. Put the steaks on and let them cook for 8-10 minutes before flipping.

Flip and cook until 125°F-130°F internal temperature.

Remove and let rest.



Slice your French loaf in half and put it cut-side-down on the grill for a couple minutes, until it is toasty.

While it is grilling, mix together the mayo, horseradish, and garlic paste.

Remove the bread from the grill and spread the aioli all over both sides.

Slice the steak against the grain and layer onto the bread. Add the onions and the slice smoked cheddar cheese. Melt the cheese if you feel like it using your favorite method.



Slice this bad boy into 3 or 4 pieces and get eating!

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Traeger Grilled Steak Sandwich

Grilled Steak Sandwich FAQ

Are there other cuts of beef that would work for this sandwich?

Yes! But just like with wine you’re cooking with, make sure and use a steak that you’d like to enjoy all by itself too. Don’t try and hide a bad steak in a sandwich because you can definitely tell. I wouldn’t hesitate to use a New York Strip or Flat Iron for this recipe. Those are my favorite cuts. You can even splurge on a filet if you want. Throw some bacon on the sandwich too for good measure. I’m not the boss of you. An inside skirt steak or thinly sliced flank steak could also work really well for this recipe.

Can this be made ahead of time?

Technically, yes. Most of it, anyway. If you aren’t going to eat the sandwich right away, I’d wait to assemble it. If you can wait to cook the steak until immediately before serving you’ll be happy with your life choices. BUT – a cold steak sandwich is legit, and toasting the bread helps keep it from getting too soggy with the mayo, and if you really want to pack this along for a picnic or something I’m not going to stop you. You can always keep the aioli on the side to maintain the toasty crunch of the bread.

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Traeger Grilled Steak Sandwich

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Grilled Steak Sandwich
Yield: 4 servings

Traeger Grilled Steak Sandwich

Traeger Grilled Steak Sandwich

This epic steak sandwich is grilled hot and fast on our pellet grill, has our homemade steak rub on it, and features caramelized onions, horseradish aioli, and smoked cheddar.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes



  • 2 ribeye steaks
  • 1 tablespoon Beef Rub*
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 loaf freshly baked French bread
  • 6 ounces smoked cheddar cheese

Horseradish Aioli

  • 2 teaspoons horseradish
  • 1/2 cup mayo (I use Kewpie or Duke's)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Preheat your Traeger to 400°F-450°F. Put a cast iron pan into the grill while it preheats.
  2. While the grill is preheating, season your steaks. If you don't want to make up your own beef rub, you can use whatever you have on hand, or a mixture of salt and pepper.
  3. Put the olive oil into the preheated cast iron pan and toss in your sliced onions. Close the grill and let them cook a bit, but stir frequently so they don't burn. You want them browned, not black.
  4. Once the onions are done, put your steaks on the grill. Grill on both sides until the internal temperature reaches 125°F-130°F. Also consider grilling your bread at this point too. You want the cut side toasty.
  5. When the steak is done, remove from the grill and let rest.
  6. Mix together the aioli ingredients and spread over both sides of your toasted bread.
  7. Slice the steak across the grain and load it up onto the sandwich. Top with the smoked cheddar and caramelized onions and finally the top half of the bread. You can wrap in foil and put it back on the grill if you care about the cheese being melted. If not, just cut it into manageable chunks and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 852Total Fat: 49gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 1202mgCarbohydrates: 69gFiber: 3gSugar: 10gProtein: 34g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

Jody Padfield

Monday 5th of June 2023

The actual recipe didn't have all the steps. It stopped at the seasoning the steaks....

Nicole Johnson

Monday 5th of June 2023

Sorry about that, and thank you for bringing it to my attention! It has been corrected.


Monday 5th of June 2023

Do the Instructions end at Step 1? "Preheat your Traeger over high heat. While the grill is preheating, season your steaks"

Nicole Johnson

Monday 5th of June 2023

Sorry about that Donde! It was an error in my recipe card that didn't properly save my draft. It has been corrected now. I appreciate you pointing it out!

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