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Easy Halloween  Sloppy Joes Recipe
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Easy Halloween Sloppy Joes Recipe

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My grandma served these sandwiches every time I visited, and when I had children of my own, I made these sandwiches. My grandchildren enjoy it now, too. It's an inexpensive recipe to make, so it's great for a party. —Patricia Pidgeon, Sycamore, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 3/4 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 8 hamburger buns, split
  • 8 slices process American cheese
  • 2 baby dill pickles, sliced

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 433 calories, 14 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 51 mg cholesterol, 1247 mg sodium, 59 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 20 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the ketchup, relish and brown sugar. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until heated through.
  2. Spoon over hamburger bun halves. Cut each slice of cheese diagonally. Cut one piece diagonally again. Use two smaller triangles as eyes and large triangle as mouth. Put 1 slice pickle on each eye. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Easy Halloween Sloppy Joes in Taste of Home Halloween Food & Fun Annual 2007, p13

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Reviewed Oct. 31, 2014

"My mother made a very similar recipe. It has yellow mustard in place of the relish. make these, shut the heat off for half hour or so, turn the heat back on and let the sugars carmelize. .. oh boy.. the flavor is out of this world! This is the key step.Be careful though, the will burn very easily. I've made them for crowds and am always asked for the recipe. Enjoy!"

Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

"My son was making fun of this while I was making it and I doubled the recipe and we ate it two nights in a row. It is sweet, but not too sweet. We all LOVED IT!!"

Reviewed Oct. 21, 2011

"tried this recipe but thought it was way to sweet. I make my sloppy Joes with ketchup and that is sweet enough. I also add peppers, celery and onion to my recipe so that might make the difference"

Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"liked it and almost all of the other variations"

Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"I fallowed the recipe just to see how it tasted. I liked the taste of the sauce but thought it was too sweat. Will make it again and ad some vinegar & mustard,and cut back on the sugar. Other than that I liked it. Quick and easy to make."

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