Sloppy Joe Sliders are meaty, saucy, cheesy and tasty! Easy to make and ready in minutes, they’re perfect for parties or weeknight dinners.
Guys, it’s sliders time! If you’re new to the blog, welcome to our ongoing series where we feature these delicious mini sandwiches at least twice a month. Check out the list below of what we have so far.
Delicious Slider Recipes
- Chicken Bacon Ranch Sliders
- Ham and Egg Breakfast Sliders
- Philly Cheesesteak Sliders
- Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork Sliders
- Cheeseburger Sliders with Caramelized Onions and Chipotle Mayo
As you can see, we already have a quite a selection on the blog but although they’re all yummy and tasty, G and I do have our favorites.
While he’s partial to the Philly and I can’t get enough of the chicken bacon ranch, we both agree these mini sloppy joes take the crown! Meaty, saucy, cheesy, and loaded with comfort food flavors, they’re a sure hit with kids and adults alike.
How to Make Sloppy Joe Sliders
The recipe for these baked sloppy joes starts with browning the ground beef with onion and bell peppers and then simmering in a rich tomato gravy made of tomato sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, yellow mustard, and brown sugar until thick and hearty.
Although you can use commercial sloppy joe sauce (Manwich) if you like to simplify the process, I urge you to make it from scratch. The homemade sauce takes only a few ingredients and a few minutes to pull together yet tastes so much better!
Lightly grease the baking dish so the sliders don’t stick when they bake. When cutting the bread, use a serrated knife to keep it from falling apart. Try to slice the bottom a little thicker than the top as it will carry the weight of the meat mixture.
Make sure the sloppy joe beef is adequately reduced, you want it saucy but thick and not overly wet. Once it’s cooked, give it a few minutes to cool before layering on top of the slab of bread as the escaping steam might make the bread soggy.
I found thinly-sliced deli-style cheddar cheese at our local supermarket and I especially like them for baked sliders as they melt pretty quickly.
You can use shredded or swap whatever type of cheese you like. We’ve tried Pepper Jack for these sliders and the added kick of spice really went well with the sweet and tangy flavors of the meat.
After assembling the sandwiches, brush with a mixture of melted butter, Parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning. If you want to add a touch of color and crunch, sprinkle the top with poppy or sesame seeds.
Cover the dish with foil and bake in a 350 F oven for about 10 to 15 minutes or until heated and cheese is melted. Remove the foil during the last five minutes if you want the bread tops lightly browned and crispier.
Take them out of the oven, slice into individual servings, and don’t forget to share. 🙂
These cheesy sloppy joe sliders are so good, everyone will be fighting who gets the last piece! Good thing they’re easy to make for a large crowd and budget-friendly, too.
I hope you follow along as we round up these scrumptious slider recipes in one place. I have chicken pesto, hot pastrami, and pizza versions coming your way soon so stay tuned.
Sloppy Joe Sliders
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 onion, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded, cored and chopped
- 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup tomato ketchup
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 package (12 count) Hawaiian Bread Rolls
- 6 slices sliced Cheddar Cheese
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon Parmesan Cheese
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- In a wide pan over medium heat, add ground beef. Cook, breaking apart with the back of the spoon until it begins to render fat.
- Drain any excess fat except for about 1 tablespoon. Add onions and bell peppers and continue to cook until softened and meat is lightly browned.
- Add tomato sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, yellow mustard, vinegar, and brown sugar. Stir until well-incorporated and sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil.
- Lower heat, cover, and simmer, occasionally stirring, for about 15 to 20 minutes or until meat is cooked and sauce is thick and reduced.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and allow to slightly cool.
- Spray a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray.
- Using a serrated knife, cut the rolls in half horizontally and place the bottom slab of bread in the prepared baking dish.
- Spoon sloppy joe mixture on the bread and spread evenly to cover the surface.
- Arrange cheese slices over the beef mixture.
- Place the top slab of the bread over the cheese.
- In a small bowl, combine melted butter, Parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning. Brush over the rolls.
- Cover with foil and bake in a 350 F oven for about 10 to 15 minutes or until hot and cheese is melted. Remove from heat and cut into individual pieces to serve.