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Toasted buns filled with a super flavorful Sloppy Joe mixture and melted cheese. These fun little Sloppy Joe Sliders have game day party written all over them!
I think I’ve done it. I’ve made what just may be THE perfect snack for your game day festivities.
Or pop a batch in the oven on Halloween night and serve them alongside a big bowl of Broccoli Kale Coleslaw or a fun pre-trick-or-treat meal with the kids. In my case, “the kids” are all well over 6 feet tall, a couple have scruffy beards, and there may be a tattoo here or there, but hey, they’re still my babies.
I have a weird thing to confess. I’ve never made Sloppy Joes with the store-bought mix. I’m not going to name names but you know the kind, right? It’s just so gosh darn easy to make from scratch and I love to add my own spices to make them a little different each time.
I wanted big flavor for these little sammies so this time around I went with some Worcestershire, a little cumin, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and a touch of brown sugar to help balance out all that flavor. I also added some crushed red pepper to give them a kick but this is totally optional.
How to Make Sloppy Joe Sliders
I used King’s Hawaiian Savory Butter Rolls, my favorite of all the varieties of King’s Hawaiian Rolls that I’ve tried. They are yummy! Did you know that one package of 12 rolls fits perfectly in a 13″ x 9″ baking dish. It’s fate!
Separate the rolls, slice them in half and place the bottoms in your baking dish. Top each bun with some of the Sloppy Joe mixture.
Add a little shredded cheese to each one. I went with a combination of sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack but use what you like.
Place the top half of the buns on, brush them with a little melted butter, and sprinkle them with sesame seeds. The butter adds a toasty quality and the sesame seeds just make them adorable. Don’t you think?
After 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven they are ready to serve.
And, they are incredible!
Sloppy Joe Sliders
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1/2 cup diced white onion
- 1/2 cup seeded and diced green bell pepper
- 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper or to taste (optional)
- fresh ground black pepper to taste
- 12 slider buns (I used King's Hawaiian Savory Butter Rolls)
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (I used sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack)
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds or as needed
- In a 10-i to 12-inch skillet over MEDIUM heat, cook the ground beef, onions, and bell pepper until meat crumbles and no pink remains. Drain off as much grease from the pan as possible and return the skillet to the heat.
- Add tomato sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire, mustard, brown sugar, cumin, garlic powder, smoked paprika, crushed red pepper, and fresh ground black pepper. Stir well to combine and reduce heat to low. Simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Separate the slider buns and slice in half. Place bottom half of buns in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish.
- Spoon some of the Sloppy Joe mixture on to each bun and then sprinkle each one with shredded cheese. Place top half of the bun over the cheese. Brush the tops of the buns with melted butter and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Bake for 10 minutes, or until buns are lightly toasted and cheese has melted.