Asian Sloppy Joes Sliders are a fun twist on an American classic. They are juicy, savoury, sweet and the ultimate appetizer for your backyard BBQ, potlucks or anytime when you want to enjoy something that is quick and delicious. They are made with 10 ingredients and only take 30 minutes to make.
The 10 Ingredients:
Keeping It Simple
Don’t be intimidated by the name, these Asian Sloppy Joes Sliders are very simple to make. All that’s needed is to stir fry the beef with the sauces. You can find these sauces/ ingredients in your grocery and if not, your local Asian grocery store will have them as they are very common.
Cooking the Sloppy Joes
For the sloppy joes, we are using lean ground beef. It has about 50% less fat than regular ground beef and I find it to be the perfect combination for making sliders.
Preheat a large frying pan on high heat. You want the pan to be hot enough that the beef immediately sizzles when you put it in the pan. As a side note, you won’t need to put oil in the pan because the fat renders out of the beef and will help cook the ginger and onions.
When the pan is hot add the ginger, onions and beef in. After a couple of minutes add the garlic in. By adding the garlic a couple of minutes later, the beef will still absorb the flavour of garlic but won’t burn as a result of the high heat.
East meets West: Saucy Sloppy Joes
This is where we flavour the meat for the sloppy joes sliders. We add the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, oyster sauce and sesame oil to the frying pan. The saltiness from the soy sauce and sesame oil combine really well with the sweetness of the hoisin and the savouriness of the oyster sauce. The flavours of these sauces combined with the garlic, onions, and ginger give this dish depth that you will want to taste right away.
Not too Sloppy
The last step is to simmer down a 1/4 cup of water in the frying pan.
By simmering the water we collect all the flavours in the pan and create a nice, thick sauce that goes great in the sloppy joes sliders. The consistency we are going for is somewhere around honey – you should be able to pour it but it doesn’t fall out of the buns like water would.
- Slider Buns: Any soft bread rolls will work great. My favourite bread for this recipe is the brioche bun. The buttery-ness of the bun really complements the flavour of the Sloppy Joes! At the same times, no one has ever said no to Sloppy Joes served on a normal slice of bread. So you do you!
- Coleslaw: I recommend serving this with some coleslaw. The crunchiness of the coleslaw adds another layer of texture to the Sloppy Joes Sliders.
- Add-ons: The Sloppy Joes Sliders always goes great with add-ons like pickles, corn, greens. Customize it to your own style for your taste pallet!
- Other Combinations: This stir-fried ground beef packed with flavour goes great on rice, wraps, or noodles. Use your imagination to create your own combination.
- Size: This recipe makes roughly 6 small sliders. You can also make them into the regular-sized burger to make it a full meal!
Asian Sloppy Joes
- 400 gram Lean Ground Beef
- 1/2 Yellow Onion
- 1 clove Garlic
- 5 gram Ginger
- 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
- 1 tbsp Oyster Sauce
- 1/2 tbsp Hoisin Sauce
- 1/2 tbsp Sesame Oil
- 1/4 cup Water
- 1/8 tsp Himalayan Salt
- 6 Mini Brioche Buns
- Large Frying Pan
Prepare the garlic, onions and ginger
- Dice the garlic, onion and ginger, and set aside. Keep them separated because we will add them in at separate times.
Cook the ground beef
- Preheat a pan on high heat. We want the beef to sear the moment it touches the pan
- Add the ground beef, diced onion, and ginger into the hot frying pan. Make sure to break apart the ground beef so that it can cook evenly.
- Add in the diced garlic 2 minutes after adding in the ground beef. Stir fry until the beef has turned brown and the garlic has released its aroma.
- Add in all the sauces (soy sauce, oyster sauce, and hoisin sauce) along with the sesame oil. Mix well until all the meat is covered.
- Add 1/4 cup of water to the beef, stir well and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling turn the heat down, and let simmer for about 5 minutes or until the sauce has a honey-like consistency.
Make the sloppy joe
- Serve the beef on toasted soft buns with coleslaw. Or with your favourite add-ons and condiments.
- Buns: These Asian Sloppy Joes go the best with brioche buns. However, any soft buns or bread will do.
- Add-ons: The sliders are best served with some fresh coleslaw. Other add-ons such as pickles, corn, and greens are great options as well.
- Storing: The filling stores for 4-5 days in the fridge in an airtight container.
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