Sloppy Joe Sliders

Sloppy Joe Sliders Recipe – an easy way to serve sloppy joes to a crowd! Sloppy joe meat and cheese on Hawaiian rolls and covered in the most delicious sweet and savory glaze. You’ll never want to eat sloppy joes any other way! Ground beef, sloppy joe seasoning, tomato sauce, BBQ sauce, Hawaiian rolls, butter, brown sugar, dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and sesame seeds. Great for parties or an easy weeknight dinner. This recipe is always a hit!

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Hawaiian Sloppy Joe Slider Recipe

Stop what you are doing and make these Sloppy Joe Sliders. Hawaiian rolls stuffed with homemade sloppy joe meat and cheese and topped with a sweet and savory glaze. O-M-YUM! We love the tangy sauce and that delicious glaze puts the sandwiches over the top. These are great for any upcoming football parties this weekend or an easy dinner for the family!

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How to Make Sloppy Joe Sliders

These sandwiches are super easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. In a large skillet, cook ground beef over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Drain excess grease. Add a packet of sloppy joe seasoning, tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, and water to the skillet. Bring to a boil and simmer over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes. 

In a small saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Add brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and sesame seeds and stir. Bring to a boil and remove from the heat.

Without separating the rolls, cut the entire loaf horizontally and place the bottoms in a 9×13-inch baking dish. Spread sloppy joe mixture over the bottom buns. Top meat with cheese slices. Place top buns on top of the cheese. Spoon glaze over the top of the rolls. Bake in a preheated oven until warm and toasty.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can substitute ground turkey, ground pork, or ground chicken.
  • I use King’s Hawaiian rolls, but you can substitute slider buns if you prefer.
  • If the rolls start to get too brown in the oven, cover them with foil.
  • The rolls do get a little crispy when baking. For softer rolls, cover the baking dish with aluminum foil before baking in the oven.
  • Feel free to add some fresh chopped yellow onion, garlic, and bell peppers to the skillet while the meat is cooking.
  • For chunkier sloppy joes, you can add a can of drained diced tomatoes.
  • Our favorite store-bought BBQ sauces are  G. Hughes, Sweet Baby Rays, Stubbs, and Williamson Brothers.
  • Can Sloppy Joe Sliders be made in advance? I suggest making the sloppy joe meat ahead of time and assembling the rolls right before baking.
    • You can make the meat mixture 2 to 3 days in advance and store it in the refrigerator.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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What to Serve with Sloppy Joe Sliders

These sloppy joes have quickly become a family favorite. I’ve made these for lunch, dinner, and game day parties. I never have any leftovers! 

When making these for lunch or dinner, we usually serve the sandwiches with some french fries or baked beans. They are equally delicious with some green beans or a salad.

Looking for more side dish recipes? Here are a few popular recipes from the blog that go great with these yummy sliders:

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Sloppy Joe Sliders

Yield: 12 rolls
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Sloppy Joe Sliders Recipe – an easy way to serve sloppy joes to a crowd! Sloppy joe meat and cheese on Hawaiian rolls and covered in the most delicious sweet and savory glaze. You'll never want to eat sloppy joes any other way! Ground beef, sloppy joe seasoning, tomato sauce, BBQ sauce, Hawaiian rolls, butter, brown sugar, dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and sesame seeds. Great for parties or an easy weeknight dinner. This recipe is always a hit!

Ingredients:

Sliders

  • 1 dozen Hawaiian dinner rolls
  • 2 lb ground beef
  • 1 (1.31-oz) packet Sloppy Joe Seasoning
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¾ cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 (8-oz) can tomato sauce
  • 8 slices American cheese

Glaze

  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • tsp sesame seeds

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • In a large skillet, cook ground beef over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Drain excess grease.
  • Add a packet of sloppy joe seasoning, tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, and water to the skillet. Bring to a boil and simmer over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes. 
  • Without separating the rolls, cut the entire loaf horizontally and place the bottoms in a 9×13-inch baking dish. Spread sloppy joe mixture over the bottom buns. Top meat with cheese slices. Place top buns on top of the cheese.
  • In a small saucepan combine butter, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire, and poppy seeds. Bring to a boil and pour over sandwiches.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the tops are brown and crispy.

Notes:

  • Can substitute ground turkey, ground pork, or ground chicken.
  • I use King’s Hawaiian rolls, but you can substitute slider buns if you prefer.
  • If the rolls start to get too brown in the oven, cover them with foil.
  • The rolls do get a little crispy when baking. For softer rolls, cover the baking dish with aluminum foil before baking in the oven.
  • Feel free to add some fresh chopped yellow onion, garlic, and bell peppers to the skillet while the meat is cooking.
  • For chunkier sloppy joes, you can add a can of drained diced tomatoes.
4 bottles of store-bought BBQ sauce
  • Our favorite store-bought BBQ sauces are  G. Hughes, Sweet Baby Rays, Stubbs, and Williamson Brothers.
  • Can Sloppy Joe Sliders be made in advance? I suggest making the sloppy joe meat ahead of time and assembling the rolls right before baking.
    • You can make the meat mixture 2 to 3 days in advance and store it in the refrigerator.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Steph

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  1. These were delicious! Will definitely make again. My only change to the recipe was reducing the amount of ground beef to 1 lb. It’s just the two of us and the reduced amount of meat was still more than plenty.

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