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Cheesy Pepperoni Buns

A pizza version of the sloppy joe, this hot and melty open-faced sandwich is a surefire kid pleaser. Adults love them, too! —Tanya Belt, Newcomerstown, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 cups pizza sauce or pasta sauce
  • 1 package (3-1/2 ounces) sliced pepperoni, chopped
  • 4 slices American cheese, chopped
  • 12 mini buns, split
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes, breaking into crumbles; drain. Stir in pizza sauce, pepperoni and American cheese. Cook and stir until cheese is melted, 4-5 minutes.
  • Place buns on a baking sheet, cut sides up. Spoon meat mixture onto buns; top with mozzarella cheese. Bake until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. If desired, serve with additional warmed pizza sauce.
Nutrition Facts
2 open-faced sandwiches: 280 calories, 14g fat (6g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 612mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 18g protein.
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  • Debbie
    Dec 11, 2020

    This look very good and a fast meal for a busy mom. But here in West Virginia we make pepperoni rolls using bread dough and pepperoni slices rolled up and you can add cheese too.

  • nightskystar
    Aug 31, 2020

    great quick meal..the kids love it!! and i had time to enjoy visiting with them!!

  • angela32
    Feb 10, 2020

    These are super fast and make a great lunch. My sons loved them.

  • jstowellsupermom
    Dec 29, 2019

    This was so yummy!! I used regular sized hamburger buns. My whole family loved these. Plus it's really quick and easy to make!