September 30, 2023

Sloppy Joe Sliders

Game Day means cheese, air fryers, wings with gooey dip, and more cheese. As part of a special game Day promotion with “Taste Buds with Stephanie”, we made sloppy joe sliders.

Sloppy Joes had their day as a  staple in school cafeterias, homes, and diners nationwide. In Iowa, they have the “loose meat sandwich” that resembles Sloppy Joes. This sandwich consists of seasoned ground beef served on a bun without the tomato sauce. Some people speculate that the loose meat sandwich may have been the precursor to the creation of Sloppy Joes. The basic recipe for Sloppy Joes typically involves browning ground beef, adding onions, green peppers (notice I rarely cook with green peppers as I don’t love them), garlic, and a tomato-based sauce, and then simmering until the mixture is thick and flavorful. It’s then served on hamburger buns, and variations of the recipe abound, with some adding spices, sweeteners, or other ingredients to customize the flavor.

Here is my game day version, which is a little dryer than I would typically use, so they hold up well in the Kings Hawaiian soft Rolls. Enjoy!


Game Day Sloppy Joe Sliders

Game Day Sloppy Joe Sliders

Yield: 12

These game-day sliders are cheesy, meaty, and, using the Kings Hawaiian rolls, easy to assemble.


For the sliders

  • 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
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 dash Tobasco
  • 3 Tablespoons water

For the topping

  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. 
  2. Cut the entire loaf horizontally without separating the rolls, and place the bottoms in a 9x13-inch pan. Sprinkle with half of the cheese. Set aside. 
  1. To make the sloppy joe meat, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Cook ground beef and diced onion until the beef is cooked through and the onion has softened. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, just 30 seconds. 
  2. While the beef is cooking, stir together ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon, chili powder, Smoked Paprika, salt and pepper, and Tobasco 
  3. Add the ketchup mixture and water. Let cook until thickened and sloppy joe consistency, 4 - 5 minutes. 
  4. Spoon the meat mixture over the bottom halves of the rolls. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
  5. Melt butter-grated garlic and Worcestershire sauce; pour over the sliders, ensuring each slider gets coated. 
  6. Sprinkle sliders with Sesame seeds.
  7. Bake, uncovered, for 15-18 minutes or until the sliders are golden brown. 



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