These hearty Sloppy Joe Sliders are toasty brioche buns filled to the brim my homemade sloppy joe sauce and colby jack cheese. Make them as a quick weeknight dinner or fun game day appetizer.
The depth of flavor, messy, and fun eating experience make these Sloppy Joe Sliders a total crowd-pleaser. No matter where or when I serve them, everyone is always satisfied with full bellies.
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Reasons You’ll Love These Sloppy Joe Sliders
Ingredients For Sloppy Joe Sliders
To make these delicious sliders you will need the following ingredients. I have included a few notes and potential substitutions, so don’t skip over this part.
Homemade Sloppy Joe Sauce:
How to Make Sloppy Joe Sliders
1. MAKE THE SLOPPY JOE SAUCE: Cook together the ground beef, onion, green bell pepper, and garlic. While that cooks, mix together the tomato paste, ketchup, water, brown sugar, mustard, chili powder, worcestershire sauce, salt and black pepper. Pour it into the meat mixture and allow it to thicken.
2. CONSTRUCT THE SLIDERS: In a lightly greased 9×13 glass pan, add the bottom slider buns, half of the colby jack cheese, sloppy joe sauce, remaining cheese, and the top slider buns. Slather the top buns with melted butter.
3. BAKE THE SLIDERS: Cover the sliders tightly with aluminum foil and bake. Remove the foil and continue to bake until the buns are toasty and slightly browned. Allow the sliders to rest for a few minutes before serving!
Any leftover Sloppy Joe Sliders should be stored in an airtight container and in the refrigerator. For the best results they should be eaten within 3 days. You can either eat them cold or place the sliders in a warm oven or the microwave until heated through.
I do not recommend freezing any leftover sliders because as they thaw too much moisture seeps into the slider buns making them mushy and gross.
Make Ahead Information
Although the sliders cannot be made ahead of time, the sloppy joe sauce can! Prep it up to 3 days in advance and store in the refrigerator. Once you are ready to make your sliders, construct them and throw them in the oven. Easy peasy!
What To Serve With Sloppy Joe Sliders
Sloppy Joes are a super fun and casual meal. You can serve them up with classic sides to make it a satisfying dinner or other appetizers for parties and barbecues.
- crispy French fries, sweet potato fries, tater tots, potato chips, onion rings, or my Smashed Fingerling Potatoes
- coleslaw – the crunchy, vinegar slaw helps to cut through the sweet and rich sloppy joe sauce
- cold salads like like my Lemon Orzo Salad, potato salad, macaroni salad, English Pea Salad, or even a garden salad
- baked beans
- vegetables – corn on the cob, roasted cauliflower and broccoli, or glazed carrots
- or serve these alongside other appetizers like my Green Onion Dip, Oven Baked Chicken Wings, or browse them all
- you can even top your sliders with dill pickles, my Quick Pickled Jalapenos, even pickled onions and cabbage
Recipe Tips You Need To Read
Although this recipe is super easy to make, there are a few things you should know about the sauce consistency, and avoiding soggy buns, and covering the sliders as they bake. Keep reading for full information and tips.
SLOPPY JOE SAUCE CONSISTENCY: With sliders like this we need the perfect saucy consistency. Too loose and it will seep all over the place. Too thick and your filling can become overly dry. Follow my directions and only simmer the sauce for 5 minutes, that is the sweet spot!
AVOID SOGGY SLIDER BUNS: There is nothing worse than moisture soaked buns. Avoid this by removing any excess grease from the ground beef mixture. Use the sliced cheese as a moisture barrier, it should be on top of the bottom bun and beneath the top bun (basically the sloppy joe sauce is surrounded by cheese and never touches the buns).
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Sloppy Joe Sliders
- 12 slider buns - white or brioche
- 10-12 slices colby jack cheese
- 2 pounds ground beef - lean
- ½ green bell pepper - minced
- ½ yellow onion - minced
- 3 garlic cloves - grated or finely minced
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 ⅓ cup ketchup
- ½ cup water
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
- 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt - or to taste
- ½ teaspoon black pepper - or to taste
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter - melted
- To a large oiled skillet, add the ground beef, green bell pepper, yellow onion, and garlic. Cook over medium to high heat until beef is browned and crumbled, about 5 minutes.NOTE: Drain excess grease and moisture from the ground beef mixture and discard.
- To a large measuring cup or bowl add tomato paste, ketchup, water, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, salt and black pepper. Stir well to combine.
- Pour liquid into the ground beef mixture and stir well to combine. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes until thickened. Remove from heat and set aside to slightly cool.
- Preheat oven to 375 °F and prepare a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Place the bottom slider buns in the prepared baking dish and top with 5 slices of colby jack cheese, the slightly cooled sloppy joe sauce, the remaining 5 slices of cheese, and finally the top slider buns.NOTE: The cheese placement is important because it creates a moisture barrier which will keep the buns from getting too soggy.
- Brush the top slider buns with melted butter and tightly cover the baking pan with aluminum foil.
- Bake the sliders for 15 minutes. Uncover and continue to bake them for an additional 5 minutes, or until the buns are toasty and the cheese is melty.
- Remove from the oven and allow them to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
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