Cheesy sloppy joe sliders are an easy appetizer recipe that is perfect for kids or for a crowd at your next football party.  These oven baked mini sandwiches are made with ground beef, a tasty homemade sloppy joe sauce, and topped with cheese.  Sloppy joe sliders are great for tailgating, a Super Bowl party, or an easy weeknight dinner idea.  These are so simple to make and a lot of fun to eat!

Prep Time: 30 minutes
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Appetizers, Beef, Sandwiches

Cheesy Sloppy Joe Sliders

Looking for a tasty appetizer to serve at your next party?  Try our cheesy sloppy joe sliders.  They are baked in the oven and boast two kinds of cheese.  Our sloppy joe  sauce is tangy, sweet, and full of flavor.  It’s a perfect a cold weather comfort food that is also weeknight friendly.

three sloppy joe sliders on a plate

What are the best buns for sloppy joe sliders?

Slider buns should be soft, squishy, spongy, and slightly sweet.  They are smaller in size then regular buns.  The most popular buns to use are Hawaiian rolls, but potato rolls are a popular second choice.  If you plan on making your own buns, the dough will be a wet, flowing dough.  The trick is to keep the dough cold and work quickly.  Place the buns close together in a rectangular baking pan with high sides.

What kind of cheese do you use for sloppy joe sliders?

  • Extra sharp cheddar
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Aged cheddar
  • American cheese
  • Monterey jack

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How do you make sloppy joe in the crock pot?

  • Brown the ground beef, onion, and garlic in a skillet.
  • Transfer the meat mixture to a crock pot.
  • Stir in the liquids, spices and sugar.
  • Cover.  Cook on high for 2 hours or on low for 4 to 8 hours.

three sloppy joe sliders on a plate

What are the basic parts of a sloppy joe slider?

  • Meat
  • Aromatics and Vegetables
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Liquids
  • Sugar
  • Cheese
  • Buns
  • Glaze
  • Toppings

How do you make a cheesy sloppy joe slider?

Gather all the ingredients for the sloppy joe mixture.  Chop up the onion and pepperoncini, then mince the garlic.

filling ingredients for sloppy joe sliders

Heat up the oil in a large skillet until hot.  Break up the meat and stir it occasionally as it browns.

browning sloppy joe sliders

Drain the fat from the ground beef, but keep 1 tablespoon.  Set the meat aside.

draining ground beef for sloppy joe sliders

Sauté the onion in the rendered fat until soft, then add the garlic and cook for a minute.

cooking onions and garlic for sloppy joe sliders

Add the pepperoncinis, liquids, beef, and spices.  Stir until well combined.  Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes.

meat mixture for sloppy joe sliders

Slice the rolls in half horizontally.

slicing buns for sloppy joe sliders

Place the bottom half of the rolls in a baking tray with sides.  Sprinkle the freshly grated Parmesan cheese on top.  Bake for 5 minutes at 350 F or until melted.  This step keeps the bottom buns from getting soggy.

melted Parmesan cheese for sloppy joe sliders

Spread the meat mixture on the buns.

putting meat mixture onto sloppy joe sliders

Sprinkle the grated cheese on top.

adding the cheese to the sloppy joe sliders

Place the top half of the buns back on.

putting the tops on the sloppy joe sliders

To make the glaze, melt the butter and whisk in the spices.

sprinkling spices into melted butter for sloppy joe sliders

Brush the glaze on top of the buns.

brushing butter on sloppy joe sliders

Sprinkle on sesame seeds.

sprinkling sesame seeds on sloppy joe sliders

Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes at 350 F.  Uncover and bake for another 5 minutes to brown the tops.

sloppy joe sliders in a pan

Cut into individual sliders.

getting one of the sloppy joe sliders from the pan

Open up the sliders and sprinkle on some red onion to provide some crunch and additional flavor.  Garnish with a pickle slice and spear the slider with a decorative plastic pick or a large toothpick.  This will help hold the slider together.  Serve hot with pickles, chips and sweet tea.

Pro Tips

  • Want a different meat?  Use ground turkey or ground pork.
  • Brown the hamburger in oil.  It will crisp it instead of steaming it and will build flavor.
  • The longer the sauce simmers, the darker, thicker, and sweeter it will get.
  • Need a different sweetener?  Try brown sugar, molasses, honey.
  • Want it spicier? Use cayenne pepper, chili powder or crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Want more veggies?  Add grated carrot, chopped celery, green pepper, grated zucchini or mushrooms.
  • Want less cheese?  Stir some grated cheese into the meat mixture while it’s still hot and omit the rest.
  • Want more glaze?  Pour over top before and after baking.
  • Don’t have sesame seeds?  Swap it out for poppy seeds or chia seeds.

Cheesy sloppy joe sliders are simple to make and a lot of fun to eat.  Make up a batch and watch them disappear.

Looking for other meaty appetizers?  Try these ones!

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Cheesy Sloppy Joe Sliders


  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 sliders
  • Category: Sandwiches
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Cheesy sloppy joe sliders are an easy appetizer recipe that is perfect for kids or for a crowd at your next football party.  These oven baked mini sandwiches are made with ground beef, a tasty homemade sloppy joe sauce, and topped with cheese.  Sloppy joe sliders are great for tailgating, a Super Bowl party, or an easy weeknight dinner idea.  These are so simple to make and a lot of fun to eat!


Ingredients

For the Sloppy Joe Mixture

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (15 ml)
  • 1 1/4 pound ground beef (453g)
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped (80g)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 cup tomato sauce (236 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons pepperonicis, chopped (30g)
  • 2 tablespoons pepperonici brine (30 ml)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup (68g)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed (12g)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (15 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (30 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard (15g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the Glaze

  • 1/4 cup salted butter, melted (115g)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder

For the Sliders

  • 12 savory butter dinner rolls, like King’s Hawaiian
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated (70g)
  • 3 cups extra sharp cheddar, grated (226g)
  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped (80g)
  • 12 slices dill pickles

Instructions

Making the Sloppy Joe Mixture

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat until hot.  Cook the ground beef until browned, roughly 8 minutes.  Drain and keep 1 tablespoon of the fat, but set the meat aside.
  2. Heat the 1 tablespoon of hamburger fat in the same skillet, then saute the onion until soft, roughly 4 minutes, and then add the garlic and cook until fragrant.
  3. Add the pepperoncinis, liquids, cooked ground beef, and spices.  Stir until well mixed.  Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes.

Making the Glaze

  1. Melt the 1/4 cup of butter in a small saucepan, then remove from the heat and pour into a small bowl.  Whisk in the Italian seasoning and onion powder.

Assembling the Sliders

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. On a cutting board, slice the rolls in half horizontally with a bread knife.  Get down at eye level with the buns.  Cut a couple of inches in all the way around then slice through.
  3. Place the bottom half of the rolls on a baking tray with sides.  Sprinkle the freshly grated parmesan over the buns.  This will make a seal, so the bottom bun won’t get soggy.  Bake for 5 minutes at 350 F. to melt the cheese.
  4. Spread the sloppy joe mixture over the buns and sprinkle the grated cheddar cheese on top.  Place the top half of the rolls on the cheese to complete the slider.  Brush with the glaze, then sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  5. Cover and bake for 15 minutes at 350 F. then uncover and bake 5 minutes more to brown the top.
  6. Serve warm with chopped red onion as an optional topping to provide additional flavor and crunch.
  7. Garnish with one sliced dill pickle on top of the bun.  Hold in place with a long toothpick.

Notes

  • The sloppy joe mixture can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months.
  • Assemble the sliders and bake just before serving for maximum freshness.
  • Want less cheese?  Stir in some cheese at the end of simmering the meat mixture and omit the rest.

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