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July 18, 2013


Missy Chase Lapine The Sneaky Chef


This is a smoky twist on a traditional "Sloppy Joe," served up mini-style on slider buns. I especially love the subtle sweet flavor that blueberry adds to barbecue sauce — who knew? Because it isn’t bound in a patty, you can also sneak much more nutritious purée into this dish.

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  • 1 Cup chopped onion
  • 1 Pound lean ground beef
  • 2/3 Cups store-bought barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 Cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 Cup vegetarian refried beans
  • 1/4 Cup Sneaky Chef Purple Purée
  • 8 small, soft dinner rolls, ideally whole grain

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe Sliders

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If you are looking for an easy ground beef recipe that is different than traditional sloppy joes this Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe Sliders recipe is for you!

Hawaiian slider rolls covered in cooked ground beef, chopped vegetables and a light gravy covered in cheese with a butter and garlic glaze make the BEST sloppy joe&rsquos our family has made.

If you enjoy this recipe you may also enjoy our Ham & Turkey Melt Sliders and Italian BMT Sliders.

Red Wine Sloppy Joe Sliders Recipe

Molly Quirk is chef/owner of Sips & Bites in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. If you haven’t had a thoughtfully handcrafted sandwich in a while, there’s no better place to get your fix. She’s generously donating a few of her tailgate food recipes to our cause: feeding you during football season.

The ingredient list for these sloppy joe sliders may look a little lengthy, but every seasoning you add to the mix infuses the meat with an huge flavor that fits surprisingly well in a mini-bun. Prepare to take down quite a few of these.

Here’s a time-saving cheat to give your mini sloppy joes a little crunch and zip — buy an order or so of onion rings from the nearest place serving onion rings and quickly reheat in a hot oven for about 10 minutes before topping the sliders. No messy batter, no deep-fryer, oily paper towels or extra half hour of clean-up necessary. Not that we don’t love all those things.

Sloppy Joe Sliders

Sloppy Joe Sliders are one of my delicious variations of an iconic childhood favorite turned into a fun slider sandwich that’s awesome as a dinner option or even appetizer. You are going to love the flavorful homemade Sloppy Joe Sauce that has simple ingredients you probably have in your kitchen now.

Many names over the years have called sloppy Joes, Yum Yums, Barbecues, Dynamites, Slushburgers, Sloppy Janes, Steamers, and even Wimpies. Sloppy Joes are an All American creation that has been around since sometime in the early 1950s. It’s been said that a cook named Joe at Floyd Angell’s café in Sioux City, Iowa, added a bit of tomato sauce to his “Loose Meat” sandwiches and Wa la the Sloppy Joe was born.

I was one of those children that never got served a Sloppy Joe by either one of my parents growing up. That was something that I did, however, enjoy when I spent the night at my best friend Stacy’s house and sometimes at school for lunch. By the way, our Lunch Lady at the high school did not make excellent Sloppy Joe’s at all.

When my son was little, I used to occasionally buy the canned Manwich Sauce and doctor the sauce up a bit by sautéing some diced onions, green bell peppers, and celery in a little butter and tossing in a bit of bbq sauce to enhance the taste more. That was the 90’s, and I didn’t win parent of the year. LOL! ( I am laughing out loud too about this)

Over the years, I have tried to change some of my unhealthy cooking habits and be more health conscious by using fresh organic ingredients in our recipes, and not using what I like to call convenience items so much. That’s pretty much how this recipe became revamped, and I am delighted because believe me, it tastes better than any Sloppy Joe sauce from a can.

I like using organic free-range lean ground beef, along with all organic veggies, tomato sauce, and ketchup in my recipe. However, Y’all use what you want or can fit into your budget. It’s still going to be delicious and flavorful if you can’t use the organic ingredients.

Before we get started on this recipe, Y’all, I am going to place you in my mindset have you ever heard Adam Sandler’ssong titled Lunch Lady Landthat he did for SNL? If not Google it or listen to is on Youtube…Don’t hate me if it gets stuck in your head. Oh, it’s hilarious! Let me know in the comments if you have heard it or not and your thoughts.

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes Sliders

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes Sliders are the perfect 30 minute meal to feed a crowd. Made with cheesy ground beef, onions and peppers and baked in the oven, these Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes Sliders are fast to make and impossible not to love.

Oh, Philly Cheese Steak, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways… unfortunately, what I do not love is the time it sometimes takes to make multiple Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches if I have a house full of people. And let’s not even talk about how expensive steak can be when feeding a crowd larger than two people. If you are feeling what I am saying, I have your solution.. Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe Sliders! These Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe Sliders are the perfect 30 minute quick meal for serving up a lot of amazing food with very little time, trouble and money involved. That’s a WIN.. WIN .. WIN!!


A Philly cheesesteak is usually a long roll that is filled with thin sliced rib-eye beef and covered in Cheez Whiz but American and provolone cheeses are common substitutions. Then you add on toppings like fried onions, sautéed mushrooms, ketchup and peppers to your Philly cheesesteak sandwich and enjoy!


According to the dictionary, a Sloppy Joe is a sandwich with a filling of ground beef that has been seasoned with a sauce of tomatoes and spices. Since Sloppy Joe’s are so versatile, they are perfect for combining with a Philly cheesesteak.


Easy! To start with, set your oven to broil while you are making the sloppy joes. Lay out a 9 x 13 pan and split the potato rolls open. Line the pan with the bottoms of all of the potato rolls and set aside.

Then add ground beef to a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat until meat has browned. Drain grease and set meat aside. Using the same skillet, add butter and then sliced onions and green peppers. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until onions are translucent and peppers are browned a bit. Add meat back into skillet and add in ketchup, Worcestershire, salt and pepper, apple cider vinegar and spices. Mix together cornstarch and beef stock and pour into skillet, stirring to combine.

Next, stir in the Parmesan cheese and then spoon Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe mixture evenly over the pan of roll bottoms.

Cover with sliced American cheese and cover with tops of the potato rolls. Brush tops of rolls with butter and sprinkle on Parmesan cheese and then broil for 2-3 minutes under oven broiler. Once browned, remove the Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe Sliders from oven and enjoy!


If you not a fan of onions and peppers, leave them out. If your house is like mine and some do and some don’t, simply brown your beef and follow the remaining instructions but brown your onions and peppers in a separate skillet. Then after you add your Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe mixture to the rolls, you can spoon on the onions and peppers on however many sliders you want to before adding the cheese. Then bake as instructed and your entire household will be happy.


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Sloppy Joe Sliders

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1 x
  • Category: appetizers, snacks, main course
  • Method: baking, stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Sloppy Joe Sliders are an easy to make, quick and tasty game day snack or casual party appetizer!


  • 2 tbsp . butter, melted
  • 1 tsp . neutral oil (canola, vegetable, etc.)
  • 1 lb. 93% lean beef
  • 1 sweet onion, finely diced
  • ½ c. ketchup
  • 2 tbsp . tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp . Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ c. water
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 12 slider buns or 24 mini "party" rolls (for mini sliders)
  • 6 slices American cheese (can substitute other types of cheese)
  • 1 tsp . poppy seeds (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. For mini sliders using party rolls: Place the party rolls on a cutting board, leaving them attached. Using a large serrated knife, cut the party rolls in half horizontally. Set aside. Line a 9 x 13 inch pan with parchment paper or tin foil, leaving some to overhang on the sides. (See note.)
  3. Brush bottom of the (lined, for mini sliders) 9 x 13 inch pan with a thin layer of melted butter, reserve the remaining melted butter for the top of the buns. Set pan and remaining butter aside.
  4. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and cook for 2 - 3 minutes until beginning to brown, breaking up into small chunks with a wooden spoon. Season beef with salt and pepper.
  5. Add the finely diced sweet onion and continue to cook, stirring frequently, for 3 - 4 minutes, until onion is translucent. Season again with salt and pepper.
  6. Turn heat down to medium-low. Add the ketchup, water, Worcestershire sauce, and tomato paste. Stir to combine and simmer for 3 - 4 minutes, or until sauce thickens. Taste the sloppy Joe filling and add more salt and/or pepper if needed.
  7. Place the bottom half of the slider buns or party rolls on the butter-brushed pan. Do not separate the bottom rolls from each other.
  8. Distribute the sloppy Joe filling across the bottom buns. Top with sliced cheese and then the slider bun/party roll tops (do not separate tops from each other).
  9. Brush the tops with remaining melted butter and sprinkle with poppy seeds (optional).
  10. Bake in the preheated oven until buns are browned and cheese is melted, 9 - 11 minutes.
  11. For mini sliders: Use the overhanging parchment paper/tin foil to lift the mini sloppy Joe sliders out of the pan, remove them to a cutting board. Cut the mini sloppy Joe sliders apart using the large serrated knife. For regular sliders: remove from the pan individually by hand or using a spatula. If needed, cut apart with the edge of a spatula or small knife.
  12. Serve immediately.


Lining the pan with parchment paper or tin foil with some overhang on the sides makes it very easy to lift out the mini sliders from the pan so they can be cut apart before serving. If you are using regular-sized slider buns, feel free to line the pan in the same manner, but it's not necessary since the buns are larger and can be removed more easily from the pan one-by-one.

Keywords: sloppy joes, easy sloppy joes, sloppy joe sliders, mini sloppy joes, mini sloppy joe sliders, easy sliders, game day snacks

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Which one will you make first? It&rsquos so hard to choose just one!

Vegan Three Bean Sloppy Joe Sliders

These protein packed Vegan Three Bean Sloppy Joe Sliders are perfect for an easy weeknight dinner or they make great game day food! Simmered in a mouthwatering sweet and tangy sauce and on the table in under 30 minutes!

Thanks to USA Pulses and Pulse Canada for sponsoring this post. As always all opinions are my own.

Would you believe me if I told you this was my first time making sliders? I honestly don’t know what’s taken me so long, they’re the perfect size! Not only are they great for kids and people like me who graze all day long, but they’re perfect for parties too. These Vegan Three Bean Sloppy Joe Sliders are based off of my grandma’s sloppy joe recipe and they couldn’t be more delicious!

One of my favorite things to do is get out my grandma’s old cookbook with all of her handwritten recipes in it and make something from it. Along with some of her dessert recipes, I love to make her sloppy joes. The sauce for her sloppy joes is on the sweeter side because of the ketchup and honey that it calls for. I always laugh a little when I see “catsup” written instead of ketchup.

I know some people have strong opinions about ketchup, but I see no problem with it. I’m guessing a little bit of it here and there isn’t going to kill me. I would suggest looking for one that doesn’t have high fructose corn syrup in it and these days almost every brand has one.

My grandma’s recipe for sloppy joes uses ground beef, but I thought it would be fun to make a vegan sloppy joe using three kinds of beans. Not only does this version taste just as good as her original recipe, but it was even easier and faster to make.

I’ve been trying to cut back on the amount of meat I eat during the week, but I still want to make sure I’m getting enough protein to give me the energy I need to do my running and help repair my muscles and recover after hard workouts.

Pulses are my favorite substitute for meat. They’re inexpensive, contain 9 grams of protein per serving, are low in fat and high in fiber and they have a low carbon footprint. They’re a complex carb which means they take longer to break down, keeping your energy level steady. They were the perfect replacement for the ground beef in these sliders.

I used a combination of kidney beans, pinto beans and white beans, but you could use whatever varieties you have in your pantry or prefer. Since canned beans often have a lot of sodium in them, look for a reduced sodium or no salt added variety if you can. Otherwise, just be sure to rinse and drain them well.

The beans are simmered in a sweet and tangy, barbecue flavored type of sauce then served on whole wheat (gluten-free if needed) slider rolls. The toppings are up to you, but I used lettuce, tomatoes and dill pickle chips. The dill pickles were a great way to balance the sweetness with a little salty briny flavor.

To learn more about pulses and to see how easy adding a 1/2 cup serving of them into your diet 3x per week is, head on over to the Half-Cup Habit!

How to Make

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

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

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

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

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

Slice the rolls in half horizontally.

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.

Spread the meat mixture on the buns.

Sprinkle the grated cheese on top.

Place the top half of the buns back on.

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

Brush the glaze on top of the buns.

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

Cut into individual sliders.

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.

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

Neat Sloppy Joe Sliders

A hearty, healthy, vegan appetizer that’s perfect for any occasion, and is super easy and quick to make!

Pair a neat-made vegan sloppy joe mixture with pickle slices and place between buns for a delicious slider that serves great for lunches or to bring as an appetizer. The neat egg and neat Original Mix mix with ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and vinegar for a flavorful and gluten-free center to the sandwich. Eat one as a snack or create more for a meal that the whole family will enjoy.

  • 2 neat eggs (2 tbsp of neat egg powder mixed with 4 tbsp of water)
  • 1 package neat Original Mix
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp dry mustard powder
  • Salt/Pepper to taste
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • Mini hamburger buns
  • Pickle slices (optional)

In a small bowl, stir neat egg together with water. Add package of neat Original Mix and stir again.

Heat olive oil in pan at medium heat. Crumble neat mixture into pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until neat browns on all sides (about 10 minutes).

Add garlic, onion, pepper and celery and cook everything together until onions are translucent (about 7 minutes).

Stir in ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, rice vinegar and dry mustard. Let mixture cook for another 5 minutes.

Add salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper to taste.

Arrange sliders by spooning a generous scoop of mixture into each bun. Top with pickle slices and enjoy.

Watch the video: Sloppy Joe sliders (May 2022).