Sloppy Joe Sliders on Homemade Whole Wheat Rolls

sloppy joes post
Sloppy Joes are on my short list for quick and easy meals.  Cheap too! And kids love them, especially when they get to help.

In my family, they are simple.  Ground beef.  Ketchup.  Mustard.  That’s it.

But through the years, I’ve added a few things.  Just know if you are in a hurry, you can do it with three ingredients.

Homemade whole wheat rolls take these sliders to a new level. But they aren’t required. As a kid, I had sloppy joes made with soft, cheap, white bread when there were no buns in sight and the closest store was 10 miles away.  In the interest of full disclosure, we usually use whatever hamburger buns are on sale.

Serving tips:
1.  Lightly grill or toast the bread/buns before filling.
2.  My husband insists on mustard and bread-and-butter pickles or sweet relish with his sandwich. Very good!

Sloppy Joe Sliders on Homemade Whole Wheat Rolls
Recipe type: Sandwich
  • 1 pound ground beef (Or ground turkey. I've been known to throw in some sausage too.)
  • ¼ cup chopped onions
  • ¾ cup catsup
  • 1½ to 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce (optional--see note below)
  1. Brown meat and drain excess grease. Add onions and saute with meat until soft.
  2. Add catchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Stir and heat through.
  3. If I know this is going to have to hold for awhile, I add a can of tomato sauce to keep meat mixture from getting too dry and simmer on low. Also good if you like your sloppy joes a little saucier.
If I know this is going to have to hold for awhile, I add a can of tomato sauce to keep meat mixture from getting too dry and simmer on low. Also good if you like your sloppy joes a little saucier.


Whole Wheat Rolls

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My niece, Gina, has been asking for whole wheat bread her husband would eat.  I like a challenge–especially if it has to do with homemade bread.

After trying several recipes and various modifications, this is the recipe I like best. If you are into whole wheat, give these a try.  Although light, they are still sturdy enough for sandwiches or sliders.

As with most of my bread recipes, I mix and knead them with a bread machine.  But if I haven’t convinced you yet, feel free to use an electric stand mixer. Google “convert bread machine to mixer” and you’ll find plenty of advice on how to do it.

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Place in warm place to rise until double.

whole wheat dinner rolls with basket


As if this post isn’t long enough, I have one more item I am compelled to mention.  How do YOU spell ketchup?  or is it catchup? or is it catsup? I used all three in this post to try to satisfy everybody. Did you notice?

Homemade Whole Wheat Rolls
Recipe type: Bread
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1½ cup all purpose, unbleached flour
  • 1½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon vital wheat gluten (optional)
  • 2¼ teaspoons yeast
  1. Add ingredients to bread machine in order listed.
  2. Set for dough cycle and start. After 5-7 minutes, lift lid and check on the dough. If too wet (sticking to all sides) add flour 1 spoonful at a time until dough begins to hold its shape. If too dry, (bouncing against the sides) add water 1 spoonful at a time until dough sticks to one side at a time. (See this picture tutorial if you are new to using a bread machine.) Can't stress enough the importance of checking dough soon after machine is started. Weather conditions can make a huge difference and can't be predicted. Experience is the best teacher with bread dough.
  3. When dough cycle is complete, remove from pan. Shape into balls depending on the final use. When I want dinner rolls,I like to make small balls and place them 2 or 3 each into a cupcake pan. Or you could fill 2 8-inch or 9-inch pans (round or square) with balls, varying the size to your preference. If you make the balls larger, they are good for sliders or little sandwiches.
  4. Cover pans with clean tea towels (not terrycloth) and place in warm place to rise until double. This may take 30 minutes to an hour depending on the ambient temperature.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown--about 10-12 minutes.
  6. Optional: Brush rolls with butter after removing from the oven.


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Leigh Ann February 4, 2016 at 11:56 am

Did you ever substitute anything for the vital wheat gluten? I just googled it and saw that 1 tsp Xanthan gum is equivalent to 1 Tbsp VWG, but was curious if you had ever tried it. I have the XG on hand, but didn’t find the other yet.

Thank you,
Leigh Ann


Aila May 14, 2014 at 8:48 am

Your site is great! I have been wanting to start making my own bread and was really interested when I saw that you had a whole wheat bun!
But I just have one question, in the ingredients you use both whole wheat flour and all purpose, unbleached flour, so doesn’t that mean that the buns are not actually whole wheat? I am just wondering because I try to stick to completely whole grains in my diet and just wanted to make sure.



Paula May 15, 2014 at 8:25 am

Just because something is called whole wheat does not necessarily mean it is 100% whole wheat just as banana bread is not 100% bananas. 100% whole wheat rolls can be tricky for the home baker because they need longer rising times and different handling. Adding a yeast enhancer is also desirable. Since I’m not a lover of whole wheat, I have not gone down that road. If you want a recipe for 100% whole wheat, you might check King Arthurs website.


jan June 4, 2010 at 3:42 pm

That was from all about ketchup


Romaine June 4, 2010 at 10:39 pm

Jan, Thanks for the information. How interesting!!


Jan June 4, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Ketchup or Catsup?
When Heinz introduced commercial ketchup to American kitchens it became so popular that other manufacturers rushed to catch-up to the ketchup craze. Soon there were Ketchup, Catsup, Catchup, Katsup, Catsip, Cotsup, Kotchup, Kitsip, Catsoup, Katshoup, Katsock, Cackchop, Cornchop, Cotpock, Kotpock, Kutpuck, Kutchpuck and Cutchpuck. All were tomato based and bottled and vied to become a household word. Only 3 major brands remained to steal the spotlight…Heinz Ketchup, Del Monte Catsup, and Hunts, who could not decide on a spelling and bottled under the names Hunts Catsup (east of the Mississippi), Hunts Ketchup (west of the Mississippi), and Hunts Tomato Cornchops (in Iowa only). In the 1980’s ketchup was declared a vegetable by the government for school lunch menus. Suddenly Del Monte’s Catsup, because of its spelling, was not on the approved list. Shortly afterward Del Monte changed the product’s name to Del Monte Ketchup. So ketchup it is.


Alyssa June 3, 2010 at 8:20 pm

I love recipes that I have everything already on hand for! I also LOVE bread machine dough recipes, such a time saver. Can’t wait to try these! Thanks!


Gina March 2, 2010 at 8:15 am

I made the rolls last night – they’re really good and Allen liked them! Thanks for the great recipe!


mike February 18, 2010 at 11:52 pm

Strange… I ALMOST bought a can of Manwich last weekend at the store… thinking “I haven’t had sloppy joes since I was a kid”. Glad I didn’t…. this looks exquisite (if sloppy joes CAN look exquisite)! Just making the joe mix would be terrific! I’d have to really schedule time for the rolls…. but they DO look incredible I must say! Beautiful photography and styling! Dickinson’s…. a favorite!


Gina February 18, 2010 at 8:31 am

Yum! Thanks for the recipe – I’ll have to try it soon!


Amanda February 18, 2010 at 7:42 am

These look great! I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve always used the sloppy joe packet mix :-/ Might just try this!


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