Hanger Steak Sandwiches with Chile-Lime Mayo

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto

Created by reader Kris Schenck, this sandwich combo was a runner-up in one of our weeknight challenges. Hanger steak has all the flavor of skirt steak, but it's more tender, which makes it better for sandwiches.

Yield: Serves 4
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Recipe Time

Total: 45 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 765
  • Calories from fat: 46%
  • Protein: 42g
  • Fat: 39g
  • Saturated fat: 8.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 119g
  • Fiber: 2.2g
  • Sodium: 1086mg
  • Cholesterol: 92mg


  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped, divided
  • 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, divided
  • 1 pound hanger steak
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped green onion
  • 1 jalapeño chile, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and quartered
  • 12 ounces ciabatta bread (from a 1 lb. loaf), halved horizontally
  • 1 cup lightly packed arugula
  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced


  1. 1. Heat grill to medium (350° to 450°). In a medium baking dish, whisk together soy sauce, oil, three-quarters of garlic, the brown sugar, 1 tbsp. chili powder, the cumin, cayenne, and 1 tbsp. lime juice. Add steak and turn to coat with marinade. Set aside.
  2. 2. Combine mayonnaise, cilantro, green onion, jalapeño, and remaining 1 tsp. chili powder, 1 tbsp. lime juice, and remaining garlic in a bowl. Whisk to blend, then chill.
  3. 3. Oil cooking grate, using tongs and a wad of oiled paper towels. Lift steak from marinade. Grill steak and pepper with lid down, turning as needed, until grill marks appear and steak is done the way you like, 7 to 10 minutes total for medium-rare. Transfer to a platter. Thinly slice pepper.
  4. 4. Spread insides of bread with half the mayo and scatter arugula on bottom. Thinly slice steak across the grain, then arrange over arugula, adding meat juices if you like. Top with pepper, red onion, and bread top. Cut into 4 sandwiches. Serve remaining mayo on the side.
  5. Note: Nutritional analysis is per sandwich using half of mayo.
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