Sloppy Joe Sliders – an easy way to serve sloppy joes to a crowd! Sloppy joe meat and cheddar cheese on Hawaiian rolls and covered in the most delicious glaze. Great for a weeknight dinner, a party, or tailgating!
We had our first lake weekend this past weekend. I can’t believe it took us almost 2 weeks into June but it’s been weirdly cold and it’s rainy and cloudy and just not lake weather. But we finally got out there and it was great, as always.
We did had to leave early after one of my children sliced their leg open and in an absolute panic, I couldn’t remember the name of my insurance company to figure out which urgent care near the lake accepted it. So I drove alllll the way back to the one by our house because I know they take it (thanks to a head injury a few months ago) and by the time we got there, it had basically stopped bleeding. But ugh, it was gross.
You guys, I am not cut out to have boys. When I tell you I panicked, I mean I panicked hard.
Anyway. I have these Sloppy Joe Sliders for you today because who doesn’t love a Hawaiian roll slider?! I love that they can be an easy weeknight meal or you can totally serve them at a party!
How to Make Sloppy Joe Sliders
These Sloppy Joe Sliders are so simple and quick!
The first thing you do it slice the entire loaf (is it a loaf? package? just slice the entire thing…) of Hawaiian rolls horizontally so that you have all the tops together and all the bottoms. DO NOT separate the rolls. Put the bottoms into a baking dish and top it with shredded cheddar cheese.
Then you make the sloppy joe meat! You cook ground beef and diced onion together and then add garlic. The sauce is made from ketchup, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, and chili powder. Add some water and let it simmer until it’s thick and sloppy joe-like.
The meat mixture goes on top of the bottoms of the rolls and then it gets topped with even more cheese and the tops of the buns.
And then you get to make the delicious sweet and savory glaze! It’s butter, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, dijon mustard, and sesame seeds. You pour that over the tops of the Hawaiian rolls and bake the until they are golden brown and the glaze has really baked into the buns.
Can You Make Hawaiian Roll Sliders Ahead of Time?
If you need to make these Sloppy Joe Sliders ahead of time, I would make ONLY the meat mixture ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve the sliders. The Hawaiian buns will get too wet and fall apart if you try to assemble the sandwiches ahead of time.
I also don’t recommend baking them before you plan on serving them. They need to be served fresh from the oven to be their tastiest and not soggy.
Can You Freeze Hawaiian Roll Sliders?
I don’t recommend trying to freeze these. I think the buns would end up too soggy and start to fall apart when you try to thaw them.
You can absolutely make the meat mixture ahead of time and freeze it. Just thaw it, warm it back up (maybe with a little extra water), and assemble the sliders right before you are ready to serve.
More Sloppy Joe Recipes
- Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole
- Hawaiian Sloppy Joes
- Sloppy Joe Fries
- Smoky Tex Mex Sloppy Joes
- Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes
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- 1 12-count package Hawaiian rolls
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 small white onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3/4 cup ketchup
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tsp worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp chili powder
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 cup water
For the Glaze
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Without separating the rolls, cut the entire loaf horizontally and place the bottoms in a 9x13-inch pan. Sprinkle with half of the cheese. Set aside.
- 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. Drain off excess fat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, just 30 seconds.
- While the beef is cooking, stir together ketchup, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, chili powder, and salt and pepper.
- Once the fat has been drained from the meat, lower the heat and add ketchup mixture and water. Let cook until thickened and sloppy joe consistency, 4 - 5 minutes.
- Spoon the meat mixture over the bottom halves of the rolls. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
- To make the glaze, melt butter completely. Stir in brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, dijon mustard, and sesame seeds. Pour over the sliders, making sure each sliders gets coated.
- Bake, uncovered, for 18 - 22 minutes or until the sliders are golden brown.