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Sloppy Joe Sliders on Homemade Whole Wheat Rolls

Sloppy Joe Sliders on Whole Wheat Rolls are mini-whole wheat dinner rolls filled with sloppy joe filling. The Whole Wheat rolls are mixed and kneaded in a bread machine, then shaped by hand and baked in a conventional oven. (Scroll to the bottom of the page for that recipe.) You can always use a stand mixer or mix by hand if you don’t have a bread machine.


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 Whole Wheat Rolls

Sloppy Joe Sandwich Filling

Yield: 4-6 servings
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Sloppy Joe Sliders on Whole Wheat Rolls are mini-whole wheat dinner rolls filled with sloppy joe filling. Whole Wheat rolls are mixed in a bread machine.


  • 1 pound ground beef (Or ground turkey. I've been known to throw in some sausage too.)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 3/4 cup catsup
  • 1 1/2 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.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 servings Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 313Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 686mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 26g

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Whole Wheat Rolls

whole wheat rolls

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.

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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.

doughball story board
Place in warm place to rise until double.
whole wheat dinner rolls with pumpkin butter

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?

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Homemade Whole Wheat Rolls

Homemade Whole Wheat Rolls

Yield: 8 rolls
Prep Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours

Whole Wheat Rolls are sturdy but soft and tasty, making them suitable for buns or mini-sliders.


  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose, unbleached flour
  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon vital wheat gluten (optional)
  • 2 1/4 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.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 roll
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 223Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 276mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 7g

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Wednesday 10th of June 2020

Ketchup... Catchup... Catsup... We call them TOMATO SAUCE in Malaysia 🤭🤭🤭


Tuesday 7th of April 2020

Yes. The is a normal amount of time for the DOUGH cycle. It surely wasn't kneading all that time. Kneading and mixing only lasts 20-25 minutes. The rest of the time was allowing your dough to rise in a nice warm place. Hope you love the rolls!


Tuesday 7th of April 2020

My Bread Machine's dough mode takes an hour and 30 minutes is that a normal amount of time to knead the dough? The rolls look great and can't wait to try!

Leigh Ann

Thursday 4th of February 2016

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


Wednesday 14th of May 2014

Hi! 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.



Thursday 15th of May 2014

Aila, 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.