Honey Gochujang Sloppy Joe Sliders

Honey Gochujang Sloppy Joe Sliders

Recipe Sponsored by Laura’s LeanTM 96% Lean Ground Beef

For me, this is the biggest time of the year for a weeknight cooking rut. Georgina and I are both crazy busy with work and half the time we break down and grab takeout. It’s important to have a handful of super simple recipes that are really flavorful and easy to make, or else the cycle of not eating well and not feeling motivated to cook will continue.

Today’s recipe is just that! These gochujang sloppy joe sliders come together quick, only use a few ingredients, and since they use Laura’s Lean 96% Lean Ground Beef, we know they are a healthier option

My favorite trick to using less ingredients in this recipe is using the same veggies in the beef mixture and as pickles. Split the garlic, carrot, and onion, and add vinegar to one half, then toss the other half into the frying pan!

When using such lean ground beef, you can skip the step of browning the meat first and draining all the fat and it saves so much time! Just cook the veggies first, make some space in the center of the pan, and add in the meat.

Get some nice browning on the meat and veggies to build up lots of flavor.

The gochujang adds a great umami kick, and the honey balances the heat and gives the meat that nice sticky sloppy joe texture.

The quick pickled carrot and onion is perfect to cut through the deep savory flavors of the meat.

I grabbed some bakery dinner rolls for this slider. Since there are so few ingredients, it is important that they are all fantastic, and the bread is no different.

This is a perfect comfort dinner for us, and it will be staying in our weeknight rotation for a while!

Honey Gochujang Sloppy Joe Sliders
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Honey Gochujang Sloppy Joe sliders

Gochujang paste does all the heavy lifting in this simple weeknight sloppy joe recipe
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Pickle time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Korean
Keyword: Sandwich, Spicy


  • 1 large red onion
  • 2 large carrots
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup distilled vinegar plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1 pound Laura's Lean Ground Beef
  • 1/4 cup gochujang paste
  • 2 tabespoons honey
  • 10 slider sized rolls


  • Cut the onion in half – dice one half, and cutthe other into long strips
  • Dice one carrot, and cut the other into long strips
  • Mince three of the garlic cloves, and smash the 4th
  • Put the sliced carrot and onion and the smashed garlic clove into a jar and pour the cup of vinegar over it. Season with salt and pour in enough water to cover the veggies. Set aside in the fridge until ready to use.
  • In a large frying pan over medium heat, add some olive oil and the diced carrot and onion. Cook for about 5 minutes to soften.
  • Spread the veggies out to the edges of the pan and add the beef to the center. Cook to brown on all sides, breaking it up as it cooks. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the gochujang to the pan, along with the honey. Add in the 2 tablespoons of vinegar, and a splash of water. Stir to combine, cover, and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Serve the meat with the rolls and pickled veggies, allowing everyone to build their own sliders.


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