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 each: 433 calories, 14g fat (6g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 1247mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g 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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CathyOMichigan User ID: 7974525 99681
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!"

skipper3 User ID: 1039085 110336
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!!"

tagstr User ID: 1755426 209435
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"

bearceeper User ID: 1544783 171955
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"liked it and almost all of the other variations"

jensenal User ID: 4378696 99679
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."

colt4 User ID: 1222402 170731
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"my hubby always thought my sloppy joe's was the ticket....tasted yours yesterday and said this had to be the best! I did add some worchestershire sauce and 2 drops of liquid smoke....."

Julielynn38 User ID: 6279240 169179
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"My dad makes this but I actually increase the beef to 1 and a half pounds and add a can of tomato soup and a can of chicken gumbo. And simmer for 45 minutes to an hour. It is awesome! It is a big hit at parties!"

kirbyg User ID: 5307547 83262
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"I made the recipe exactly as stated and they turned out excellent. They were not too sweet as other reviewers thought they would be. They were perfect. My family loved them. They are very unique. I made a second batch and added the 8 slices of cheese to it while cooking so it melted within and it turned out wonderfully also. This recipe deserves 10 stars!


lizbethr User ID: 6089683 173713
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"I should have followed my instincts, which said,"Too sweet!!!!" With the sweet pickle relish & then that much sugar, I didn't like this at all. in fact,some of it might go outside to the "critters". Sorry"

sunsetgrafx User ID: 5828732 79915
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"My family loved it. Especially since it looked like a jack o'lantern face. Would make again!"

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