Sliders are a super fun and tasty way to enjoy a meal. These 2-3 bite sandwiches are perfect for parties, kids, or anytime you just want to change up your eating routine. These Sloppy Joe Sliders are meaty and flavorful and are easy enough to be dinner on a busy night!

cheesy Sloppy Joe Sliders

I love sliders, and these tasty sammies are no exception! Loaded with familiar sloppy joe flavors but amped up to have even MORE flavor, I love putting out a platter of these sliders at parties, potlucks, or even just for lunch or dinner.

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Sloppy Joe Sliders

Most of the work comes from a can of sloppy joe sauce, which just about every grocery store carries. I love using Hawaiian dinner rolls for this recipe because they have a touch of sweetness and are so soft and delicious. If you can’t find those, any other slider bun will do.

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pan with foil and buns and beef

These meaty sliders are made with ground beef, and a bit of cheese helps hold them all together! A quick bake in the oven, and you’re ready to eat! Pass the napkins and dig into these Sloppy Joe Sliders today!

sliders with beef and cheese

Why I love this recipe

  • This Sloppy Joes Sliders recipe is easy to double or even triple if you need to feed a crowd. One batch will bake in a 9×13-inch baking dish, so if you double the recipe, make sure to have 2 baking dishes on hand.
  • Everyone loves sloppy joes, and these sliders just make eating them that much more fun and delicious! 
  • You can prep the meat ahead of time, then just assemble and bake before serving. It couldn’t be easier!
ingredients to make Sloppy Joe Sliders

Gather these ingredients

  • Butter – You can use salted or unsalted butter.
  • Sweet onion – Look for a Vidalia or Spanish onion.
  • Lean ground beef – 90/10 or 80/20 is what you want for this recipe.
  • Sloppy Joe sauce – Just 1 15-ounce can.
  • Soy sauce 
  • Hawaiian dinner rolls – You’ll need 12 rolls.
  • Dijon mustard
  • Yellow mustard
  • Dill pickle relish – Or sweet pickle relish.
  • Monterey Jack cheese – Shredded. You can use pre-shredded cheese.
  • Garlic powder
  • Brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper
how to make Sloppy Joe Sliders

How to make the best Sloppy Joe Sliders

  1. Preheat your oven to 350-F and line a 9×13-inch baking dish with foil.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of butter and the diced onion to a large skillet and saute the onion until it starts to caramelize, about 12 minutes. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, add the soy sauce and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Transfer the onions to a bowl and set them aside for now.
  3. Add the ground beef to the same skillet and cook over medium heat until no longer pink inside, breaking up the meat into small pieces as you cook.
  4. Pour the canned sloppy joe sauce into the meat and cook until heated through. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Keeping the rolls attached, slice through them horizontally, cutting all the tops away from all the bottoms. Don’t detach the rolls. Place the bottom half of the sliders in the prepared baking dish.
  6. Combine the Dijon mustard and yellow mustard in a small bowl, then spread the mixture over the bottom of the buns. 
  7. Spread the cooked meat and sauce on top of the mustard, then sprinkle on all but 3 tablespoons of the onions. Top with the Monterey Jack cheese.
  8. Spread the relish on the cut side of the top half of the buns, then place them on top of the sliders, pressing down gently.
  9. Combine the remaining butter, garlic powder, brown sugar, and remaining onions in a small bowl. Heat in the microwave for 20-30 seconds, then brush this over the top of the rolls in an even layer.
  10. Cover the sliders with foil and bake for 20 minutes in the preheated 350-F oven. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  11. Rest for 5-10 minutes before serving, then dig in!
making buns for sliders

Tips & substitutions

  • You can use lean ground pork, chicken, or turkey in place of the beef.
  • Pop the buns in the freezer for 20 minutes to make slicing them even easier.
  • You can substitute soy sauce with coconut aminos.
  • To prep this meal ahead of time, cook the meat and then pop it into the fridge until you’re ready to assemble and bake. Heating the meat before assembling then bake as per my instructions.
  • You can use any kind of slider buns.
baked sliders

Serving suggestions

Sliders are perfect as an appetizer or snack, but if you want to make them a full meal, serve them with a salad or a bowl of soup. Don’t forget about dessert! Pair your sliders with mini blueberry cheesecakes or fun-to-eat Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Balls

a bite of Sloppy Joe Slider

Storage

These sliders are best eaten fresh. You can store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days, but they’ll get soggy.

a bite of cheesy sliders

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Sloppy Joe Sliders

Meaty and loaded with flavor, Sloppy Joe Sliders are fun to make and delicious to eat! For parties or just dinner, they’re perfect anytime! Makes 12 sliders.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 12
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Ingredients
 

  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 15 oz can of sloppy joe sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 1 pkg Hawaiian dinner rolls, 12 rolls
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 4 tablespoons dill or sweet pickle relish
  • 1 cup shredded Jack cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet, add two tablespoons of butter and diced onion and saute until the onions caramelize for 10-12 minutes. Salt and pepper. Drizzle in the soy sauce (or coconut aminos) and let the onions cook another 5 more minutes. Remove the onions to a bowl and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, add the ground beef and cook until cooked through and no longer pink, breaking the meat into tiny pieces. Add a can of sloppy joe sauce; stir and cook until heated through. Season to taste with more salt and pepper if needed.
  • Prepare a 9×13 pan lined with foil.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Leaving the rolls attached, horizontally slice the top off; set aside. Place the bottom (attached 12 pieces) rolls in a 9×13 foil-lined baking pan.
  • In a small bowl mix the 2 mustards together. Spread the mustard on the bottom layer of the dinner rolls.
  • Add the cooked meat sauce on top of the mustard, on the bottom rolls, using all of the meat.
  • Next spread the onions on top of the meat, saving 3 tablespoons for the buttery topping.
  • Spread the relish on the top attached dinner rolls.
  • Sprinkle the Jack cheese on top of the meat, and then place the attached top rolls (like a lid) over the meat and cheese.
  • In a small bowl, add the remaining 2 Tbsp of butter, garlic powder, brown sugar, and the 3 tablespoons of caramelized onions; heat in the microwave for 20-30 seconds and whisk until combined. Brush the onion-y butter mixture over the top of the dinner rolls.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes.
  • Allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.
Cuisine: American
Course: Appetizer
Calories: 143kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 42mg, Sodium: 237mg, Potassium: 169mg, Fiber: 0.5g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 254IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 82mg, Iron: 1mg
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Sloppy Joe Sliders