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Sloppy Joes Sandwiches Recipe
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Sloppy Joes Sandwiches Recipe

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This is one of those recipes that cooks love because it's quick, easy and inexpensive. Brown sugar adds a touch of sweetness. In addition to rolls, the beef mixture is tasty over rice, biscuits or baked potatoes.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 hamburger buns, split

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich equals 439 calories, 16 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 75 mg cholesterol, 1,360 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 27 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the ketchup, water, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, garlic powder, onion powder and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-40 minutes. Serve on buns. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Sloppy Joe Sandwiches in The Taste of Home Cookbook 2006, p107

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich equals 439 calories, 16 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 75 mg cholesterol, 1,360 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 27 g protein.

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Reviewed Apr. 1, 2015

"This was very good! Husband added 1/4 cup of salsa to it. Texture was good, and like someone else said, it's a good base. I'm sure he'll start experimenting, using some hints from the reviews. Thanks, all!"

Reviewed Feb. 3, 2015

"This is a good "base" for a good sloppy joe recipe, but as-written, it's waaaaayy too ketchupy.. I doubled the onion/garlic powers, mustard (1 tsp yellow and 1 tsp dijon), and worcestershire. There's definitely some modifications needed for this recipe, which is fine for me...but for someone like my mom who doesn't care for cooking, this recipe would be a fail. She was looking for a good sloppy joe recipe and I'll give her this recipe...WITH my modifications."

Reviewed Jan. 31, 2015

"I wanted to make this recipe for watching the Super Bowl and OMG what a disaster, I don't know what went wrong but it was awful. SUPER SWEET because of the ketchup and it was not very saucey, it was just seasoned ground beef with no liquid to "simmer". Took me a lot of time to fix this, had to add lots of water, tomato paste and seasoning to fix the sweetness of the ketchup. I wanted to like this so much... shame."

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2014

"My husband and I really enjoyed these. I made a few changes just to suit our likes: I only added 1/2 cup of ketchup and added about 1/4 cup of our favorite BBQ sauce. Only added 1 tablespoon of dark brown sugar, upped the worcestershire to 2 tablespoons, and added a can of diced tomatoes (drained). Its on the sweet and tangy side, for sure, but that's what we enjoyed most about it. It's definitely a keeper and I look forward to adding it to our winter meal rotation!"

Reviewed Oct. 24, 2014

"My new go-to recipe. The only change I made was cutting the brown sugar in half and adding a tablespoon of cider vinegar because I like it a little tangy. The kids loved it the way it is."

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