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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 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."

Reviewed Oct. 22, 2014

"LOVE this recipe! The first time I made it, the recipe turned out a little sweet for our taste. Second time, I used 3/4 Cup ketchup, and 1/4 Cup honey barbecue sauce. Everything else was as stated in the recipe. It was PERFECT! Just the right balance of sweet and tangy. The only reason it didn't get 5 stars is because of my adjustment. Definitely a keeper, though! :-) Thank you!"

Reviewed Aug. 26, 2014

"Great recipe!! Easy, quick and great flavor. I used ground beef and the recipe as stated ... exept.. (and I always hate when people do that), but...I did make a few additions. Chopped up some green and red bell peppers and a jalepeno pepper and some onion. I omitted the onion powder but other than that was pretty much to the recipe. Made enough for 6 sandwiches. Was better tasting the next day!"

Reviewed Jul. 22, 2014

"Taste just like manwhich. A little sweeter."

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