Sloppy Joe Sliders

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Hey there, food lovers! Let’s talk about a classic comfort food that’s been winning hearts for generations: Sloppy Joe Sliders. These little bundles of joy are the perfect combination of two American favorites – the messy, flavorful Sloppy Joe and the cute, bite-sized slider. 

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What is a Sloppy Joe Slider?

So, you might be asking, what exactly are Sloppy Joe Sliders? Simply put, these are mini-sized versions of the classic Sloppy Joe’s sandwich. They combine the tangy, slightly sweet flavors of Sloppy Joes with the compact convenience of a slider. This makes them a perfect fit for any occasion, from a casual dinner to a party appetizer.

You can also pair these delicious sliders with a variety of foods to make a complete meal. Some popular options include crunchy coleslaw, oven-baked fries, or a fresh garden salad. Enjoy the versatility and deliciousness of these Sloppy Joe Sliders and elevate your dining experience.

Sloppy Joe Slider Ingredients

Here’s the list of ingredients you’ll need to make this mouthwatering recipe:

1 lb. Ground Beef – The base of the dish provides a rich, hearty taste.

Sloppy Joe Mix Packet – The spice and flavor mix making your dish tangy, sweet, and slightly spicy.

1 can (14oz) of Tomato Sauce – This gives the sloppy joe its classic tomato-y taste and saucy consistency.

12 ct. Hawaiian Rolls – Soft and sweet, perfect for serving the sloppy joe mix.

2 Tbsp. Butter – For toasting the rolls, add a slightly crisp and creamy taste.

1 tsp. Granulated Garlic – Adds a touch of aromatic flavor to your dish.

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How to Make Sloppy Joe Sliders

Now that you have all your ingredients laid out, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and dive into the art of making Sloppy Joe sliders. Follow these steps and you’ll soon find yourself in Sloppy Joe heaven.

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. As your oven is getting hot, you can start cooking your ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat. Break the meat up into smaller pieces and cook until no pink meat remains.
  3. Add your Sloppy Joe mix and tomato sauce to the skillet. Stir well and let it heat up. Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.
  4. On the side, prepare your Hawaiian rolls by cutting them in half lengthwise.
  5. Melt some butter and mix in granulated garlic for extra taste.
  6. Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray. Then, place the bottom halves of the rolls in the dish.
  7. Scoop the meat mixture onto the bread and spread it evenly. After that, place the top halves of the rolls back on.
  8. For that golden-brown, slightly crispy finish, use a basting brush to slather the butter and garlic mixture onto the tops of the rolls.
  9. Once that’s done, put the dish into your preheated oven for 7 to 9 minutes.
  10. Once the tops are golden brown, take them out of the oven and let them cool for about 5 minutes before serving.

Tips for Making This Recipe

  1. Shaping the Ground Beef: When cooking your ground beef, try to make the pieces as small as possible for a better texture and even distribution of meat throughout your sloppy joe mixture.
  2. Simmering is Key: Simmering the beef with the Sloppy Joe mix and the tomato sauce is not a step you want to rush. This is when the magic happens and all the flavors come together.
  3. Choose the Right Rolls: Hawaiian rolls are the perfect choice for this recipe due to their sweet flavor and soft texture. They balance out the tangy and savory meat mix beautifully.
  4. Top it Off: Don’t skip the butter and garlic mixture. It gives the sliders that golden color and adds an amazing aroma to your cooking.
  5. Baking Patience: Try to resist peeking into the oven too often. The sliders need steady heat to achieve the perfect golden-brown top.
  6. Cool Before Serving: Although it might be tempting to dig in right away, letting the sliders cool for a few minutes will make them easier to handle and allow the flavors to fully settle in. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I use instead of Hawaiian Rolls?

When looking for an alternative to Hawaiian Rolls for your Sloppy Joe Sliders, consider using soft dinner rolls, brioche buns, slider buns, or even pretzel buns. These options can add a unique twist to your sliders, providing different textures and flavors that can elevate the overall dining experience.

What’s a substitute for tomato sauce when making Sloppy Joe Sliders?

Consider using a combination of ketchup, barbecue sauce, or even salsa as alternatives. Each of these options can provide a slightly different flavor profile to your sliders while still maintaining the essential sauciness and tangy kick that traditional tomato sauce offers.

What other meats can I use instead of ground beef?

You can introduce delicious variations by substituting ground beef with alternative meats such as ground turkey, ground chicken, or even plant-based options like lentils or mushrooms. These alternatives offer diverse flavors and textures that can cater to different dietary preferences while maintaining the essence of a hearty and satisfying meal.

How can I store leftover Sloppy Joe Sliders?

Leftover Sloppy Joe Sliders can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. To reheat, place them in a preheated oven on a baking sheet and warm until heated through.

Can I freeze Sloppy Joe Sliders for later use?

Yes, you can freeze Sloppy Joe Sliders. Make sure they are completely cooled before wrapping them in foil and placing them in a freezer bag. To reheat, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat in the oven until warm.


And voila! You’ve made it to the end of this delicious journey and we hope you’ve enjoyed every step along the way. You’ve not only cooked a meal but crafted a taste sensation that embodies comfort with every bite. If you’ve followed this guide and created your very own Sloppy Joe Heaven,  congratulations! Now, don’t keep it all to yourself.

We’d love to see how your cooking adventure turned out. Snap a picture of your finished Sloppy Joe sliders and share it with us. And remember, your feedback is incredibly helpful, so don’t shy away from rating this recipe.

Whether you’re an expert cook or a culinary novice, your thoughts and tweaks can inspire others in their own kitchen journeys. Now, go ahead, dig in, and savor the fruits of your labor. The world of home cooking is at your fingertips, one recipe at a time.

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Yield: 4

Sloppy Joe Sliders

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Indulge in our Sloppy Joe Sliders for a tasty twist on a classic favorite! Perfect for sharing and savoring every bite!


  • 1 lb. Ground Beef
  • Sloppy Joe Mix Packet
  • 1 can (14oz) of Tomato sauce
  • 12 ct. Hawaiian Rolls
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter
  • 1 tsp. Granulated Garlic


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add Ground Beef to the skillet, break it up, and cook on medium-high heat until no longer pink.
  3. Once the meat is cooked through, add in the sloppy joe mix and Tomato Sauce. Mix well and heat up until the mixture is boiling, simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. While the mixture is simmering slice the rolls in half-length wise and melt butter and Garlic together.
  5. Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray, lay the bottom of the rolls at the bottom of the casserole dish, pour the meat mixture over the bread, and spread evenly. Add the tops to the dish.
  6. With a basting brush, brush on the butter mixture to the tops of the rolls.
  7. Place in the preheated oven for 7-9 minutes until golden brown on top.
  8. Let rolls cool for 5 minutes before cutting out the sliders.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 758Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 183mgSodium: 833mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 4gSugar: 18gProtein: 47g

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