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Sloppy Sliders

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This dish is a great go-to meal on those crazy nights that you don’t have much time to cook. You could even make it ahead of time and just reheat. The kids will love it and have fun with the slider size. This recipe for Sloppy Sliders comes from Chef Phillip Yates from the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. 

He shared the recipe on a episode of Good Things Utah back in 2010. I figured if a fancy chef from a swanky hotel can make sloppy joes, then I must give them a try.

sloppy sliders on a plate with salad

I did however, make a few adaptions to the recipe. The biggest change being the use of ground beef instead of ground turkey. 

They turned out delicious! They were loved by all in this house! You can use them as a main course or appetizer. It consists of very simple ingredients and produces a delicious sweet sauce.


Start by adding the ground beef to a large skillet. Add in onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Brown the beef over medium high heat until it is fully cooked. Make sure to chop up the meat really good so it will stay on the slider easier. Drain excess grease from the skillet.

Next, mix in the ketchup, brown sugar, dry mustard, Worcestershire, and tomato juice. Give the meat mixture a little time to simmer together. This will give the flavors some time to combine well and the sauce to thicken. 

When ready, serve the sloppy joe mixture on slider buns or slider sized rolls. I’ve used small rolls from the bakery section at Walmart. I have also purchased slider buns found on the bread isle. King’s Hawaiian rolls are a great option. Use what works for you.

easy beef filling for sloppy sliders

Can I use any type of ground meat for sloppy sliders?
Yes, you can use ground chicken, beef, turkey, or even a plant-based ground meat substitute for sloppy sliders. Choose the type of meat that suits your dietary preferences.

Do I need to use slider buns, or can I use regular-sized hamburger buns?
You can use either slider buns or regular-sized hamburger buns for this recipe. Slider buns are just a fun change from regular buns. Plus, kids love the mini size.

Can I make the sloppy joe filling ahead of time?
Yes, you can make the sloppy joe filling ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Simply reheat it on the stove or in the microwave before assembling the sliders.

Can I add cheese to my sloppy sliders?
Absolutely! Feel free to add a small slice of cheese to each sloppy slider before serving for extra flavor. American, pepper jack, or cheddar cheese are all delicious options. Sometimes I like to add some American cheese.

2 sloppy sliders on a white plate paired with a tossed salad

Sloppy Sliders

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These Sloppy Sliders are a fun and easy twist on traditional sloppy joes served on slider buns. Perfect for parties or weeknight dinners, they are a hit with both kids and adults.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer and Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 124 kcal


  • 1 lb. ground beef can use ground turkey if you prefer
  • ½ of medium onion diced
  • ½ of green bell pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic diced
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ Cup tomato juice
  • slider buns or rolls I got a bag of white dollar rolls from my local Walmart


  • Cook beef, onions, pepper and garlic together in skillet over medium heat until cooked thoroughly. Drain off any excess grease.
  • Mix in ketchup, brown sugar, dry mustard, Worcestershire, and tomato juice and simmer for a few minutes to warm the sauce and thicken.
  • Serve on slider buns. Makes 12-15 sliders.


Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 170mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 141IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword sliders, sloppy joes
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This is the original photo from this post when it was originally posted in June 2010.

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