Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Hands-on Time:
17 Mins
Total Time:
17 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 2 sliders)

Serve up mini versions of a weeknight favorite. Make the sauce ahead of time, if you like. Just reheat it and toast the buns to finish the sliders.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat broiler.

Step 2

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. While the pan is heating, grate carrot. Add carrot, beef, and onion to pan; cook 6 minutes or until beef is browned and vegetables are tender. Add garlic powder, chili powder, and pepper; cook 1 minute.

Step 3

Combine 1/4 cup ketchup and the next 5 ingredients (through tomato sauce) in a small bowl. Add ketchup mixture to pan, stirring to evenly coat beef mixture. Simmer for 5 minutes or until thickened.

Step 4

While sauce thickens, arrange buns, cut side up, in a single layer on a baking sheet. Broil 2 minutes or until lightly toasted. Place about 1/4 cup beef mixture on bottom half of each of 8 buns; top each slider with top half of bun.

Ratings & Reviews

sukeedog's Review

October 25, 2014
Tasty, but we still prefer CL's "Almost Meatless Sloppy Joes" (made with a small amount of meat supplemented with mashed red beans).

Corribus's Review

November 25, 2013
With respect to the person below who thought this was "bland and just nondescript", I disagree. We thought it was great. Modifications: Sloppy Joes are a great place to sneak in veggies: I put in about 1 cup of corn, half a chopped red pepper and half a chopped green pepper. I replaced garlic powder with 2 fresh minced garlic cloves, used good quality chili powder (Penzey's) and used 1 whole pound of ground beef because I hate having just a few ounces left over. Served on Martin's Potato Rolls with a side of coleslaw. It was delicious!

lperejma's Review

September 29, 2013

Cook33K's Review

February 20, 2013
For sloppy joes, this was excellent. I followed the recipe except that I grated a small amount of onion and carrot since my picky kids would not touch large chunks of either. I was afraid the chili powder would make these spicy but the kids ate em and I thought they had lots of flavor and were not at all bland. I liked them as sliders. I served with sweet potato casserole, onion rings and green salad. Excellent dinner.

PrimeSuspect's Review

January 13, 2013

IoneTaylor's Review

June 17, 2012
Simple and tasty

mnmfeb05's Review

May 03, 2012
This is an easy and tasty weeknight meal! Goes well with sweet potato fries! My kids love it.

dwatson's Review

January 13, 2012
We tried this last night and I was very disappointed. It was bland and just nondescript. We would not make this again.

ahdcinci's Review

January 05, 2012

KathrynNC's Review

November 07, 2011
We were pleasantly surprised by this recipe! Didn't find it to be too bland necessarily, but I too will probably try and mix it up with a little more flavor - maybe fresh garlic or a fresh herb next time? Or more bit more spices? I will check back for suggestions before making it again. Served it with steamed green beans and a simple green salad with vinaigrette dressing.