here is an excellent recipe that i found several years ago in everyday food by Martha Stewart. it is an old fashioned way to serve hamburgers, which i adapted to a smaller size version often called sliders. Martha’s recipe includes garlic, mustard powder, brown sugar and cider vinegar. i have adapted the recipe for my family.
here is the recipe: saute 1 chopped white onion in a tablespoon of olive oil in a saucepan on the stove top. add one small chopped yellow pepper and saute until done. season with salt and pepper. these steps will take about 6-8 minutes.
next, add about 3/4 pound of ground sirloin and cook until done. drain and skim any residual fat and remove from the mixture. then add one small can of tomato paste or tomato puree and incorporate. finally, add one half of a bottle of Heinz chili sauce and heat to warm. these steps will take about 8 to 10 minutes.
serve the mixture on smaller toasted buns with lettuce and chopped onion. sloppy joe sliders can be served with roasted red potatoes, chips, cole slaw, a side salad, or any pasta salad.