Caramelized Onion Roast Beef Rolls are crescent roll dough rolled up with roast beef, provolone cheese, and caramelized onions. For another tasty appetizer with tender roast beef and caramelized onions, try my French Dip Sliders.

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Caramelized Onion Roast Beef Rolls

Although I think this recipe could be an appetizer, it could most definitely pass as a meal! The rolls are a savory roll with crescent roll dough and lots of roast beef and cheese. The caramelized onions add a little nutty flavor with a little bit of sweetness. And, the baked rolls are topped with a salted butter topping.

Spatula Picking up Caramelized Onion Roast Beef Rolls from Pan

Caramelized Onion Roast Beef Rolls Ingredients

Roast Beef: If you buy roast beef from the deli, have it shaved or thinly sliced. You can also find it prepackaged.

Onions:  I went with yellow onions for this recipe because they caramelize so well. You could also try a sweet onion, like a Vidalia onion or a Walla Walla onion.

Provolone Cheese: Provolone cheese is commonly used in a French dip sandwich, which is what these are close to, but with no au jus, or dipping, sauce. (But trust me, you don’t need any dipping sauce; these are so flavorful as is)! These would also be great with Gruyere cheese or even Swiss cheese.

Crescent Roll Dough: You will need two cans of the crescent roll sheets to roll up all the flavors inside.

Steps for adding cheese, roast beef, caramelized onions, and rolling Caramelized Onion Roast Beef Rolls

Can I Make Roast Beef Rolls Ahead of Time?

Absolutely! Just prepare the rolls up to Step #4 under the Roast Beef Rolls, and then wrap them in plastic wrap and then refrigerate for up to 24 hours. You can bake them right out of the refrigerator.

Hand Picking up Cut Piece of Caramelized Onion Roast Beef Rolls Before they are Baked

How to Store

These rolls will last up to four days stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Just pop the rolls into the microwave to reheat and enjoy!

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Caramelized Onion Roast Beef Rolls

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Caramelized Onion Roast Beef Rolls are crescent roll dough rolled up with roast beef, provolone cheese, and caramelized onions.


Caramelized Onions

  • ¼ cup (½ stick / 57 g) unsalted butter
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • ½ teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Roast Beef Rolls

  • all-purpose flour, for work surface
  • 2 tubes (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 10 slices provolone cheese
  • 1 pound deli roast beef, shaved or thinly sliced

Butter Topping

  • ¼ cup (½ stick / 57 g) unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped


Caramelized Onions

  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter.
  • Add onions and sugar and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions begin to soften and brown (about 5 minutes).
  • Add salt and pepper and reduce heat to medium.
  • Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft and caramelized (10-15 more minutes).
  • Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

Roast Beef Rolls

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Remove the crescent rolls from the cans. On a lightly floured surface, unroll the crescent dough and combine into one large rectangle. Pinch together the seams.
  • Top with provolone cheese, roast beef, and caramelized onions.
  • Roll up tightly starting on the long edge.
  • Using a very sharp knife, cut the log into 12 rolls. Place them into the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake for 43-45 minutes, or until the dough is golden brown.

Butter Topping

  • When the roast beef rolls are almost done baking, prepare the salted butter topping. In a small, microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter. Stir in the salt and parsley.
  • Brush the salted butter over the warm rolls. Serve.

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  1. Thank You for the recipe. It sounds delicious. I’m having roast beef for Christmas dinner, if any leftover I will make this. If no leftover beef I will still, make.

  2. 5 stars
    I made these today, I used puff pastry and Emmental cheese instead of the provolone cheese as I couldn’t find any in my local supermarket. I will definitely make this again as it tasted lovely.

  3. 5 stars
    Ah-maz-ing!!! Made these for our Super Bowl watch party and boy were they a HIT. Made the recipe exactly as it is and they were fantastic. Anytime someone took their first bite it was followed by a “Mmmm…. Wow these are good.” Will definitely be making these again – so simple and delicious!!!

  4. My crescent rolls packaging says to cook for 12 mins, why do you have yours staying in the oven for almost an hour, do I risk burning my dough at all?

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