10-Minute Dinner Recipe: Sloppy Josephine Sliders

Welcome to my Sloppy Josephine Sliders recipe article! As a vegan chef, I’m excited to share with you one of my favorite vegetarian sloppy joe recipes, and let me tell you, it’s packed full of flavor!

But first, let’s talk about sloppy joes. Traditionally made with ground beef, this classic American dish has been around for decades. But just because it’s a classic, doesn’t mean we can’t put our own plant-based spin on it. With this recipe, you won’t even miss the meat.

In fact, these Sloppy Josephine Sliders are made with three different types of beans, giving them plenty of protein and fiber to keep you feeling satisfied. I’ve also added in some white and shiitake mushrooms for a meaty texture and umami flavor.

And let’s not forget about the sauce. Made with cognac (don’t worry, the alcohol cooks off), tomato sauce, and a blend of spices, this is one sauce you won’t want to miss out on. It’s sweet, tangy, and just a little bit spicy – perfect for topping off these sliders.

So whether you’re looking for an appetizer recipe to impress your friends, or just craving a hearty vegetarian dinner option, these Sloppy Josephine Sliders are sure to satisfy. Let’s get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Sloppy Josephine Sliders (Vegetarian)
Sloppy Josephine Sliders (Vegetarian)

Welcome to the world of vegetarian foods, where you’ll savor the flavors of healthy recipes and plant-based dishes. Today, I am excited to introduce a recipe that will take your taste buds on an unforgettable journey. Say hello to the Sloppy Josephine Sliders — a fiesta of flavors packed into every bite!

Are you tired of the same old burgers and fries? Do you crave something unique, something that will tantalize your taste buds with its rich, umami flavors? Look no further than this amazing dish.

The Sloppy Josephine Sliders are perfect for those looking to enjoy delicious vegan or vegetarian food without sacrificing flavor. This recipe is bursting with savory spices that blend together in perfect harmony. You’ll be amazed at how much flavor is packed into each bite.

Forget the bland taste of other veggie sliders you may have tried in the past. This dish is hearty and satisfying thanks to its three-bean base, which provides lots nutrients and fiber without compromising on taste. By using lentils in place of ground beef, we have created a healthier alternative that still tastes delicious.

Not only are these sliders delicious, but they are also incredibly easy to make! You can cook them up in under 30 minutes, making them a perfect option for busy weeknights or last-minute get-togethers. Plus, with their bite-size nature, they are a great addition to any party or event.

So, what are you waiting for? Try out these Sloppy Josephine Sliders today and step up your game when it comes to appetizer recipes. Trust me; once you try this recipe, it will quickly become your new favorite!

Ingredient List

 These Sloppy Josephine Sliders are the perfect cure for your hunger pangs.
These Sloppy Josephine Sliders are the perfect cure for your hunger pangs.

Here are the ingredients you will need to whip up a batch of delicious Sloppy Josephine Sliders:

  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 oz white mushrooms, chopped
  • 4 oz shiitake mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter or olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Coarse salt
  • ½ cup cognac (or water)
  • 2 cups tomato sauce (homemade or store-bought)
  • 2 cans of three-bean mix, drained and rinsed
  • Slider buns (regular or gluten-free)
  • Sharp cheddar cheese (optional for serving)

You can easily find these ingredients in your local grocery store. Don’t hesitate to ask for recommendations on which type of bean mix and tomato sauce to use. Choose high-quality ingredients to give your dish a richer taste.

The Recipe How-To

 A juicy Sloppy Joe patty paired with a buttery slider bun – deliciousness overload!
A juicy Sloppy Joe patty paired with a buttery slider bun – deliciousness overload!

Now, it’s time to get our hands on this delicious and easy vegetarian recipe of Sloppy Josephine Sliders. Don’t worry if you haven’t tried making a sloppy joe with mushroom blend, I will guide you step by step.

Prepping Ingredients

First, slice 6 medium-sized white mushrooms and 4 shiitake mushroom caps into thin pieces. Next, cut the ½ yellow onion and 1 red bell pepper into small pieces.

Mince finely 2 garlic cloves. Reserve.

Saute Vegetables

Heat a medium-sized saucepan or pot to medium heat and spray with bottom cooking oil. Add diced onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes or until just transparent.

Next add the garlic, stir for another minute until fragrant. Then add both kinds of mushrooms and bell pepper. Sprinkle 1/4 tsp coarse salt and 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper for seasoning.

Saute them together for 5 minutes or until the liquid has evaporated from the mushrooms and they are soft. Make sure to stir frequently.

Adding the Three Bean Sloppy Joe Mixture

Add your ready-to-eat three bean sloppy joe mixture (which was in a separate bowl) to your sautéed vegetables in the pot.

Sprinkle 1/4 cup of cognac, cook for another minute while stirring frequently then add 2 cups of tomato sauce.

Lower the heat to medium-low, simmer for ten minutes then taste and add more seasoning or cognac if necessary.

Assembling Sloppy Josephine Sliders

While waiting for your three bean sloppy joe mixture to cook, let’s prep our slider buns.

You can toast them in the oven or in a toaster. After that, spread a layer of unsalted butter on each side of the bun.

Take out some shredded sharp cheddar cheese and reserve it for later.

Then prepare all other toppings you’d like on your sliders such as cabbage, pickles, or jalapeños.

Once your Sloppy Josephine mixture is cooked and taste is adjusted accordingly, place one scoop (around half a cup) onto each toasted slider bun an equal portion. Sprinkle some reserved shredded sharp cheddar cheese on top while it is still hot so it melts nicely.

Lastly, add on whatever toppings you love most! Serve immediately while they’re hot!

Enjoy your delicious & plant-based Sloppy Josephine Sliders!

Substitutions and Variations

 Who says vegetarian food can’t be indulgent and soul-satisfying?
Who says vegetarian food can’t be indulgent and soul-satisfying?

Are you looking to put your own spin on this classic sloppy joe dish? There are plenty of ways to substitute and vary the ingredients used for this vegan three bean sloppy joe sliders recipe.

First off, if you’re not a fan of mushrooms, simply omit them or consider using a different vegetable that better suits your taste buds. Eggplant, zucchini, or bell peppers would make excellent substitutes. You could even mix and match them to add a variety of colors and textures to your sliders.

For those who prefer a little more heat in their meals, consider adding some chili powder or hot sauce to the mix. This will give your sliders a bit of a kick that will have your taste buds begging for more.

If you want to try something totally different, swap out ground beef for Beyond Beef or any other plant-based protein alternative of your choice. This will significantly reduce the fat content and offer a more vegetable-based texture.

Finally, if you’re really feeling creative, try topping your sliders with roasted carrots and barbecue sauce or serving them with some crispy cabbage on top. These unique twists may just become your new go-to recipe variations.

Remember, the beauty of cooking is that there are endless possibilities for substitutions and variations in any recipe. Don’t be afraid to get creative and experiment with different ingredients until you find the perfect combination for your taste buds.

Serving and Pairing

 The sweet and tangy barbecue sauce is the star of this recipe.
The sweet and tangy barbecue sauce is the star of this recipe.

Sloppy Josephine Sliders are perfect for any casual occasion, be it a family dinner, a friendly gathering or a party! Since these sliders are small in size, they make great appetizers. What’s more? They are customizable and versatile!

For a plant-based meal, it is best to serve the Sloppy Josephine Sliders in slider buns made with vegan ingredients. You can easily find these buns at your local grocery store or make them on your own using flour, water, yeast and sugar.

To elevate the flavor of the sliders, I recommend topping them with sliced red bell peppers or thinly-shredded cabbage. The sweet taste of the red bell pepper will balance out the spicy tang of the Sloppy Josephine’s tomato sauce, while the crunchiness of shredded cabbage adds texture to every bite!

For a complete meal experience, you can pair your Sloppy Jospehine Sliders with some delicious plant-based side dishes such as roasted carrots drizzled with barbecue sauce or a fresh and zesty salad dressed with vinaigrette.

These sliders also pair well with light beers such as pale ale or pilsner. However, if you’re looking for something stronger, like cognac, it can add an extra depth of richness to the dish.

Now that you know all about how to serve and pair the Sloppy Josephine Sliders, go ahead and enjoy your vegetarian feast!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 These sliders are a crowd-pleaser - serve them up for game night or a party.
These sliders are a crowd-pleaser – serve them up for game night or a party.

If you plan on making these Sloppy Josephine Sliders in advance, there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind to ensure that they taste just as fresh and delicious as when they were first made. Fortunately, this recipe is fairly forgiving when it comes to make-ahead and reheating options.

To prepare these sliders ahead of time, I recommend storing the sloppy joe mixture and the slider buns separately. You can store the Joe mixture in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months. The buns should be toasted just before you’re ready to serve.

To reheat the Joe mixture, simply warm it up in a saucepan over medium heat until heated through, stirring occasionally. If you find that it’s a bit too thick after being refrigerated, you can add a splash of water or vegetable broth to help loosen it up.

As for the slider buns, you can reheat them in the oven or toaster oven by placing them on a baking sheet and heating them at 350°F (175°C) for about 5 minutes, or until they’re slightly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

If you have leftover sliders, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. When reheating them, I recommend using the oven or toaster oven again as opposed to the microwave, which can make the buns soggy.

Overall, these Sloppy Josephine Sliders are a great option for anyone who loves to meal prep or host dinner parties with guests who have different dietary needs. They’re easy to make ahead of time, and just as satisfying even after being stored and reheated.

Tips for Perfect Results

 One bite of these Sloppy Josephine Sliders will leave you smitten.
One bite of these Sloppy Josephine Sliders will leave you smitten.

When it comes to making Sloppy Josephine Sliders, there are a few key tips that can help ensure that the final result is nothing short of amazing. Here are my top suggestions for cooking up the perfect batch:

Firstly, be sure to sauté the onions and garlic until they are soft and translucent. This will help to release their natural flavors and create a nice base for the sauce.

Secondly, you want to make sure that your mushrooms are cooked all the way through. Nothing ruins a slider like biting into a piece of tough, undercooked mushroom. I recommend using both white and shiitake mushrooms for added depth of flavor.

Thirdly, try experimenting with different cheeses to find your favorite combination. Sharp cheddar is my personal choice, but other options like pepper jack or even brie can add a tasty twist.

Fourthly, don’t skimp on seasoning. Freshly ground black pepper and coarse salt can really enhance the flavor profile of this dish.

Fifthly, pay attention to the consistency of the sauce. You don’t want it to be too thin, but you also don’t want it to be overly thick – it should be just right for slathering onto each slider bun.

Sixthly, if you’re feeling fancy, try deglazing your pan with cognac before adding in the tomato sauce. This will give your sliders a sophisticated kick of flavor.

Finally, as with any recipe, be sure to taste as you go! Adjust the seasonings as needed and feel free to experiment until you find what works best for you. By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating perfectly delicious Sloppy Josephine Sliders every time.


As with any recipe, there may be some questions or concerns that arise during the cooking process. Fear not! In this section, I will address some frequently asked questions about the Sloppy Josephine Sliders recipe so that you can proceed with confidence in the kitchen.

What are vegan sloppy joes made of?

Looking for a delicious and easy-to-make option that will satisfy your craving for a classic American fast-food? Look no further than this vegan take on Sloppy Joes! Using vegan ground beef, sautéed peppers and onions, and a homemade sweet and savory sauce, this recipe is guaranteed to be a hit with your whole family. Serve it up on toasted buns and you’ve got yourself a throwback meal that’s both nutritious and satisfying!

Is Manwich Original Vegan?

Manwich sauce can be used for both vegetarian and vegan dishes when mixed with veggie burger crumbles, tofu, lentils or seitan. However, the sauce is known for having several unwanted ingredients that are not typically found in a household pantry.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, these Sloppy Josephine Sliders are a delightful twist on the classic sloppy joe. They’re easy to make, full of flavor, and plant-based, making them a great option for vegetarians and vegans. With a combination of three types of mushrooms, red pepper, and savory spices, these sliders are a real treat that everyone can enjoy.

Plus, they’re incredibly versatile! You can make your sliders with roasted carrots and barbecue sauce or top them with cabbage for a tasty crunch. These sliders are perfect for weeknight dinners or as an appetizer for parties and events.

So what are you waiting for? Give this vegetarian recipe a try! These Sloppy Josephine Sliders will not disappoint. And don’t forget to let us know how you liked them!

Remember that healthy recipes don’t have to be boring, and plant-based options can surprise even those who aren’t used to this type of diet. By choosing this recipe, not only will your taste buds thank you, but your body and the planet will too. So go ahead and enjoy these delicious sliders guilt-free!

Sloppy Josephine Sliders (Vegetarian)

Sloppy Josephine Sliders (Vegetarian) Recipe

Author Leah Eskin finds bean-based burger substitutes to be tired. While experimenting, she realized that the additions were really satisfactory in their own right, and, thus, came up with this recipe.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Vegetarian
Servings 8 sliders
Calories 337.3 kcal


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large onions, very thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 cups sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 cups sliced white mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cognac
  • 1/2 lb sharp cheddar cheese, sliced
  • 8 soft slider buns, potato recommended


  • Heat olive oil in a wide, heavy skillet. Add the onions, 1/8 tsp salt and a few grinds of pepper. Cook, stirring often, over medium-heigh heat, until onions are browned and sticky/crispy, about 15 minutes. Remove pan from heat.
  • Meanwhile, in a second wide, heavy skillet, melt butter. Add all the mushrooms, garlic, 1/8 tsp salt and a few grinds pepper. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until mushrooms are richly browned, about 15 minutes.
  • Increase heat to high, pour in cognac and cook until liquid disappears, 1 minutes. Remove pan from heat.
  • Split buns; lay them open-faced on a broiler rack. Cover both halves with cheese. Slide under the broiler just until cheese has melted, 1 to 2 minutes. Set buns on serving platter.
  • Heap mushrooms onto each bottom bun. Top with onions. Cover with top bun. Enjoy.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 1202gCalories: 337.3kcalCarbohydrates: 25.9gProtein: 12.2gFat: 20.8gSaturated Fat: 9.9gCholesterol: 41.3mgSodium: 458.2mgFiber: 1.7gSugar: 4.8g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Easy, From Scratch, Onions, Savory, Vegetable, Weeknight
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