Cowboy Philly Cheese Steak Burgers

This is one of our all time family favorite recipes. Since we don’t eat beef, I make this with cubed venison. Can I tell you something? You can’t even tell the difference in the meats. Anytime I hear someone say they can’t stand the wild, game taste in venison, I tell them, whoever cooked what you ate, didn’t cook it right. While I am no expert in cooking venison, I have learned a few tricks over the years. SEASONING is the way to go!

Cowboy Burgers Recipe: A Cowboy Style Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich

Cowboy Burgers came about from combining Ree Drummond's Marlboro Man Sandwich and Emeril Lagasse's Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich. After cooking both recipes, I knew I had to combine them. I LOVE my version of both sandwiches.

After trying Ree's recipe several years ago, I had to make some changes. A half a cup of Worcestershire Sauce is A LOT, I mean A LOT for my family's palate. I cut down on the Worcestershire Sauce and the butter since my guys did not care for all the juiciness; I drained almost all the juice out of the pan when the cooking had ended. I added a couple of tablespoons of Datel Hot Sauce (sweet hot sauce) from our favorite sandwich shop right before scooping the meat on the bread. I also skipped the seasoning salt and created my own.

With these few changes, the recipe was fondly named Cowboy Burgers when Jamie was younger.

Not too long after the naming of Cowboy Burgers, I watched an episode of Emeril Live and Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches were on the menu. I knew at that moment combining the two recipes would be out of this world. Yep, it was! And it is! Just think about it... Cubed Steak, Seasonings, Onions, Peppers, Cheese, and Butter. Are you hungry yet?

I have to tell you a secret or two or three about these burgers... Secret #1 Pop your cubed steak in the freezer for about 20 minutes before cutting, this helps in keeping the meat together while slicing it. Secret #2 I don't measure the seasonings, I just give the bottles a couple of shakes. Secret #3 This sandwich will be a disgrace if you use hamburger buns. I've done it and I was so ashamed at how they looked when I put them together and they didn't even taste like they were suppose to. Don't do it, trust me on this one.

Of all the restaurants we truly miss since moving here is Firehouse Subs and their Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches. Yeah, Cowboy Burgers are right up there with Firehouse Subs ~ almost. If you can't find any Datel Hot Sauce, don't worry. This is one of those recipes, you can play with and make it your own just like I did.

Cowboy Burgers Recipe: A Cowboy Style Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich

Cowboy Philly Cheese Steak Burgers


  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2-3 pounds cubed steak
  • 3-4 shakes of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3-4 shakes of Texas Pete Hot Sauce
  • 2 TBSP Datel Hot Sauce * optional
  • 1 package Provolone Cheese
  • 1 pack of Deli Style Sandwich Buns
  • Seasoning: Garlic Powder, Chili Powder, Onion Powder, Salt , and Pepper


Cut cubes steak into strips and place in a bowl. Sprinkle the seasonings on and stir the meat around. Set this aside for about 10-15 minutes.
In a frying pan cook the onions and peppers until soft and translucent in half the butter. Remove from pan, but don't drain all the juice. Add the other half a stick of butter and let melt, add the cubed steak. Cook until brown, if needed you can add more butter or even oil. Add the Worcestershire Sauce, hot sauce and onions and stir around. Place 4-6 slices of cheese on top of the meat, when it starts to melt down, mix everything well.
Butter a griddle or frying pan until sizzling, open the bread and brown the inside in the butter. Place the meat and onions on the bun and top with a little more cheese if you like.
If you make this, I'd love to hear about it.

1 comment

  1. I have not tried this but I will be adding it to our menu. My son loves Philly Cheesesteaks and this sounds perfect for him. Thanks for sharing.


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