Sloppy Joes

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These Sloppy Joes are a family favorite! They start with a homemade beef mixture that is packed with flavor and stuffed between a hamburger bun. Make them for an easy lunch or dinner! 

Sloppy Joes start with a homemade beef mixture that is packed with flavor and stuffed between a hamburger bun.

As a kid, I was not a fan of sloppy joe’s. My Mom didn’t make them that often, but when she did, I was not a happy camper. I remember my Grandma Jennings making them as well, but she called them ‘Mormon Burgers’. I have no clue why, but she did. I also refused to eat hers.

Now as an adult, I LOVE them! And this is the recipe that changed it all for me. It comes from my favorite cookbook I talk about all the time, The Food Nanny by Liz Edmunds. I love how simple and totally delicious these things are. This is another dinner Kelsey asks me to make from time to time. She loves them just as much as I do.

These Sloppy Joes are actually now a whole family favorite! The homemade beef mixture is packed with flavor and packed between a hamburger bun. Make them for an easy lunch or dinner! 


Sloppy Joes

These Sloppy Joes are a family favorite. The beef mixture is packed with flavor!
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Author Holly


  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped Onion
  • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup packed Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
  • 6 Hamburger Buns


  • Melt the 1 Tablespoon of butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the ground beef and onion and cook until meat is no longer pink. Drain grease.
  • Add the ketchup, water, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, vinegar, chili powder, salt and pepper. Stir well and let simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.
  • Butter the hamburger buns, if desired, and toast them under the broiler. Watch closely so they dont burn. Spoon meat mixture onto the bottom halves and cover with tops. Serve immediately. Serves 6.


Freezer Instructions: Cook meat mixture according to instructions above. Let cool. Place in a freezer-safe container and freeze up to 2 months.
To reheat: Place container in fridge to let mixture safely thaw up to 24 hours. Place meat mixture in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat until thoroughly heated.





Sloppy Joes start with a homemade beef mixture that is packed with flavor and stuffed between a hamburger bun.

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  1. Sounds good. We love Sloppy Joes here too. My recipe is different though. I might just have to make mine in the next week and post it ’cause I don’t think I ever have. And then I might just have to give your recipe a try and compare. I love comfort food!

  2. I was ho-hum about them as a child, too…but it was probably because they were always made with a can of “sauce.” I have a feeling, I’d love your version!!!

  3. Sloppy joes are the perfect comfort food!!! These sound like the ones mom used to make…but all I could remember was ketchup and brown sugar. Thank you so much for the awesome recipe!!!

  4. Came across your blog today and found a bunch of recipes I want to try now! So tonight I tried the Sloppy Joe. It was super easy, and really good. I did add about 1/4 – 1/2 cup finely diced mushrooms and 1/4 – 1/2 cup finely diced green peppers just to sneak in some more veggies, as well as 1 tsp of diced garlic. The only thing was it was a little runny, so next time I would maybe try adding only 1/4 cup water. But the flavor was great, and it was super easy so it will definitely be going on my list of repeat meals. Thanks for sharing, and I look forward to trying more of your recipes!

  5. This is amazing!!! So perfect for sloppy joes. Gives it a bbqish taste. Thanks so much for the recipe! I think ill actually make homemade bbq sauce from now on and use this as the recipe 😀

  6. Yum! Making these for dinner tonight! :)) I lost my go to recipe that I use lots so when I saw this one I bookmarked it. I’ve made a ton of your recipes & never once been disappointed! I’m a fan for life – lol!

    1. Hi Kristin! This recipe doubles and triples easily. Yes, I would imagine it could be made in the crock pot. I would brown the ground beef first, then add all the ingredients to the crock pot as well. Set on low or warm for up to 4 hours or so. 🙂

  7. I haven’t had sloppy joes in years because my husband does not like them, he has a thing about sweet beef. But my daughter just asked me the other day why we never have had sloppy joes (she saw them at lunch at school). Your recipe has me drooling. I think I’m just going to have to make these for me and my daughter, and make everyone else eat left-overs. haha

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