Sloppy Joe Sliders

Craving a hearty and satisfying meal? Look no further than these delectable Sloppy Joe Sliders! Whether you’re hosting a party or simply seeking a comforting weeknight dinner, these sliders are sure to hit the spot. Featuring savory ground beef, onions, garlic, and a tangy-sweet sauce, all nestled between soft Hawaiian rolls and topped with melted cheese, these sliders are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Let’s dive into the recipe and discover how to make these mouthwatering treats!


  • 1 12-count package Hawaiian rolls
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) to get ready for the baking process.
  2. Begin by preparing the Hawaiian rolls. Without separating them, carefully slice the entire loaf horizontally and place the bottom halves in a 9×13-inch baking pan. Sprinkle half of the shredded cheddar cheese over the bottom halves of the rolls. Set the pan aside for later use.
  3. Let’s move on to preparing the flavorful sloppy joe meat. In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the lean ground beef and diced onion, cooking until the beef is thoroughly cooked and the onion becomes tender. Drain any excess fat from the skillet. Next, add minced garlic to the skillet and cook until fragrant, which should take about 30 seconds.
  4. While the beef mixture is cooking, combine ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl to create the delicious sloppy joe sauce.
  5. Once the excess fat has been drained from the beef mixture, reduce the heat to low and add the prepared ketchup mixture along with water to the skillet. Allow the mixture to simmer until it thickens and reaches the desired sloppy joe consistency, which typically takes around 4 to 5 minutes.
  6. Spoon the savory meat mixture evenly over the bottom halves of the prepared Hawaiian rolls in the baking pan. Sprinkle the remaining shredded cheddar cheese over the meat mixture.
  7. Let’s add some extra flavor with a delightful glaze! In a separate saucepan, melt butter completely. Stir in brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, and sesame seeds until well combined. Pour this flavorful glaze over the assembled sliders in the baking pan, ensuring each slider is generously coated.
  8. With all the components in place, it’s time to bake the sliders! Place the baking pan in the preheated oven and bake, uncovered, for 18 to 22 minutes or until the sliders turn golden brown and the cheese is melted to perfection.

Serving and Storage Tips:

Serving Tips:

  1. Garnish with Fresh Herbs: Before serving, sprinkle some freshly chopped parsley or cilantro over the sliders to add a burst of color and freshness.
  2. Serve with Side Dishes: Accompany your Sloppy Joe Sliders with classic side dishes like crispy french fries, coleslaw, or a refreshing green salad for a well-rounded meal.
  3. Make it a Meal: Transform your sliders into a complete meal by adding additional toppings such as sliced tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, or avocado.
  4. Presentation Matters: Arrange the sliders on a platter and serve them alongside condiments like mustard, ketchup, or mayonnaise for guests to customize their sliders according to their taste preferences.

Storage Tips:

  1. Refrigeration: If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  2. Freezing: Sloppy Joe Sliders can also be frozen for future enjoyment. Wrap each slider individually in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, then place them in a freezer-safe bag or container. They can be frozen for up to 1-2 months.
  3. Reheating: When ready to enjoy your leftover or frozen sliders, simply reheat them in the microwave until warmed through or place them in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 10-15 minutes, or until heated to your liking. Adding a sprinkle of water before reheating can help prevent the sliders from drying out.

By following these serving and storage tips, you can ensure that your Sloppy Joe Sliders remain delicious and fresh, whether you’re serving them for a party or enjoying them as a quick and satisfying meal on busy weeknights.


  1. Turkey Twist: Substitute ground beef with lean ground turkey for a lighter option. The turkey still pairs perfectly with the savory-sweet sauce and cheesy goodness.
  2. Veggie Delight: For a vegetarian twist, swap the ground beef with plant-based ground meat alternatives. Lentils or chickpeas can also be used as a hearty substitute.
  3. Spicy Kick: Amp up the heat by adding diced jalapeños or a pinch of cayenne pepper to the meat mixture. Spicy lovers will enjoy the extra kick!
  4. Cheese Lover’s Dream: Experiment with different cheese varieties such as pepper jack, mozzarella, or Swiss to customize the flavor profile to your liking.
  5. Hawaiian Fusion: Enhance the tropical flavors by adding sliced pineapple rings or a dollop of pineapple salsa to each slider.
  6. BBQ Bliss: Replace the traditional ketchup-based sauce with your favorite barbecue sauce for a smoky and tangy twist on classic Sloppy Joes.
  7. Asian Inspired: Infuse Asian flavors by incorporating soy sauce, ginger, and hoisin sauce into the meat mixture. Serve with sliced green onions and a sprinkle of sesame seeds for garnish.
  8. Mushroom Magic: Add sautéed mushrooms to the meat mixture for an extra umami boost and a hearty, earthy flavor.
  9. Mini Meatball Sliders: Instead of using ground beef, roll the meat mixture into small meatballs and simmer them in the sauce before assembling the sliders. It’s a fun twist on a classic favorite!
  10. Breakfast Sliders: Transform Sloppy Joe Sliders into a delicious breakfast option by topping them with a fried egg and crispy bacon strips. Perfect for a hearty morning meal or brunch gathering.


  1. Can I make Sloppy Joe Sliders ahead of time? Yes, you can prepare the sliders ahead of time and refrigerate them before baking. Simply follow the recipe up to step 7, cover the baking pan with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to bake.
  2. Can I use a different type of bread for the sliders? Absolutely! While Hawaiian rolls are traditional and add a sweet touch, you can use any type of slider buns or dinner rolls you prefer.
  3. How can I make Sloppy Joe Sliders gluten-free? To make this recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free Hawaiian rolls or opt for gluten-free slider buns. Ensure that all other ingredients, including sauces and seasonings, are certified gluten-free.
  4. Can I adjust the sweetness of the sauce? Yes, feel free to adjust the amount of brown sugar in the sauce according to your taste preferences. You can add more or less sugar to achieve the desired level of sweetness.
  5. Can I freeze the assembled sliders before baking? Yes, you can assemble the sliders, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and freeze them. When ready to bake, simply thaw them in the refrigerator overnight and bake as directed.
  6. Can I make Sloppy Joe Sliders in a slow cooker? Yes, you can adapt this recipe for a slow cooker. Brown the ground beef and onions before transferring them to the slow cooker with the sauce ingredients. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or until heated through.

In just a few simple steps, you’ve created a batch of irresistible Sloppy Joe Sliders that are bound to impress your family and friends. Whether served as a delightful party appetizer or enjoyed as a comforting weeknight meal, these sliders are sure to become a favorite in your recipe collection. So gather your ingredients, preheat your oven, and get ready to indulge in the ultimate comfort food experience with these mouthwatering Sloppy Joe Sliders!