So maybe you’ve had those really yummy party buns with the ham and melted cheese? They are great for feeding a crowd and you can make them ahead of time and then warm them up right before serving. I love those! This is similar to that recipe, only instead of ham and cheese we’ve got a sloppy joe type filling with Muenster cheese. Whoa, SO GOOD!
We used to tease my cousin because if you asked her what her favorite food was, she’d always say sloppy joes. We couldn’t believe that of all the food in the world, she’d choose the humble little sloppy joe. But I have to admit sometimes they really do hit the spot! Sorry for the hard time we gave you sweet cousin, you can love them all you want.
What makes these little guys so darn good is the butter mixture that is poured over the top. It soaks into the buns and makes them really flavorful and delicious. Comfort food to the max, my friends.
The special sauce is just butter, Dijon mustard, and Worcestershire. Don’t worry if you aren’t a big fan of mustard. I don’t ever put it on any sandwich of mine, but I love everything about these little buns.
Another way you can make these is to make a sweet and spicy sloppy joe filling by adding 1 tablespoon Sriracha. I loved the combination of sweet, spicy, buttery, and cheesy, but it’s more kid friendly without it. The sloppy joe filling won’t be as “sloppy” as a typical sloppy joe. I didn’t want the buns to get too soggy, so I made sure the meat mixture had a lot of flavor without a lot of extra liquid. I like using a 12-inch cast iron skillet, but it also works well in a 9 by 13 baking dish. Also, be warned that SOME kids might whine about the poppy seeds. They add a nice crunch, but there was definitely a couple of little boys scraping them off! Enjoy, and have a great weekend.
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Party Bun Style Sloppy Joes
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 12 1x
- Category: Main Dish
- Cuisine: American
Just like the ham and cheese party buns everyone loves, but with a sloppy joe type filling. You’ll love this quick and easy recipe!
- 20 ounces ground beef
- 3/4 cup ketchup
- 1 tablespoon Sriracha (optional)
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 package dinner rolls (12 count)
- 3 slices Muenster cheese, cut into quarters
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon Worchestershire
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large pan, brown ground beef until no longer pink over high heat. Turn heat to low and drain excess oil.
- In a small bowl, mix ketchup, Sriracha, brown sugar, mustard, garlic powder, and onion powder. Add to browned ground beef and stir over low heat.
- Place the bottom half of each bun in a 12-inch cast iron skillet, or 9 by 13 inch baking dish. Remove the sloppy joe mixture from the heat, and divide between the buns. Top each one with a slice of the cheese. Place the top of each bun on the cheese.
- In a small bowl, mix together melted butter, Worcestershire, mustard, and poppy seeds. Pour the butter mixture evenly over the buns.
- Bake uncovered for about 10 minutes, and then if the buns are getting brown, place a piece of foil over the top and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
You can assemble the buns ahead of time, refrigerate, and then bake before serving.
- Serving Size: 1 party bun
- Calories: 322
- Sugar: 4.7g
- Sodium: 515mg
- Fat: 20g
- Saturated Fat: 9.7g
- Unsaturated Fat: 8.1g
- Trans Fat: 0.7g
- Carbohydrates: 18g
- Fiber: 1.3g
- Protein: 17g
- Cholesterol: 69mg
Keywords: party bun style sloppy joes, sloppy joes, quick and easy
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Faith Taylor-Eldred says
Just wanted to thank you for your wonderful recipes. I’m GF and dairy free and your recipes have been so easy to convert and they are delicious!!! You are incredibly talented.
Thank you for sharing.
You are so welcome Faith! Glad they have worked out for you.
Julie, these party style sloppy joes are such a brilliant idea! Makes serving a crowd so much easier. They look so incredible too! 🙂
Thanks Dina – we just love them. I could eat WAY too many :0)
Hi, just wondering what kind if cheese that is it what other easier to find cheese might work well with this yummy recipe. Thanks.
Hi Jenn, I used muenster cheese but cheddar or American would be great too. Enjoy!
Did you use the sweet hawian rolls or just the regular ones?
Hi Jen. I used the sweet but you can really use any.
I made these today. I left off the poppy seeds but they were soo good. I’ll be making these often.
So glad you liked them Kelly! Thanks!
Cathi Calderwood says
These sound absolutely wonderful, Julie! I can’t wait to try them! I have made the ham and cheese ones in the past and thought I might add a suggestion for those (or these). I am not a huge fan of poppy seeds, so I toasted some sesame seeds and tossed them on top of the buns. They worked great! Thanks for your recipes!
Thank you Cathi, and I like the sesame seed alternative. Great idea!
I make the ones with ham and turkey so I thought I would try these. Do think I could freeze these and then just warm them up? That’s is how I do the others. Thanks so much for the recipe. Kathleen
Cheryl DeJong says
My family loved these! They are very honest with me when I try new recipes (letting me know that I never have to make a recipe again!). I served them with baked beans and chips – a nice easy warm meal!
I would like to make these ahead of time. Do I wait to pour the butter mixture over them before cooking? I made these once already. Delicious! Thankyou for the recipe!.
You are so welcome Sheilah! I’m glad you like them. If you want to make them ahead you can go ahead and pour the butter mixture over ahead of time too. It’ll soak in and be all ready to go.