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Grandma’s Sloppy Joes

Total Time

Prep: 5 min. Cook: 45 min.


8 servings

My grandma served these sandwiches each time I visited as a child. When I had children of my own, I relied on this recipe as an inexpensive way to feed them. They like it, and now my grandchildren do, too. - Patricia Pidgeon, Sycamore, Illinois


  • 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


  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; mix well. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until heated through. Spoon onto buns.
To prevent brown sugar from hardening, store in a resealable plastic bag in a cool dry place. If it does harden, add an apple wedge to the bag until the sugar softens (about 1 to 2 days); discard the apple.

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  • live418
    Jun 14, 2016

    Just like one I make but I add mustard

  • s_pants
    Mar 9, 2016

    I really liked it and so did my kids, but my husband would prefer "regular" sloppy joe. I only used 1/2 cup pickle relish and about 1/3 cup brown sugar.

  • hkarow9713
    Dec 5, 2015

    So easy to make and very sweet. I used a hot pepper relish, so it had a bit of a kick to it. The family loved it!

  • trudypost
    Feb 24, 2015

    A little on the sweet side but tasty and easy. I used 1/4 cup barbeque sauce in place of part of the catsup and reduced the relish to 1/2 c. I will probably make this again.

  • Hazzel
    Jul 29, 2014

    I didn't add the brown sugar, I added 2 teaspoons mustard and cut back on the catsup.

  • kitchenhelperKY
    Sep 18, 2011

    It was different and pickle relish gave it a different flavor.

  • bsorum
    Mar 20, 2010


  • Hersheysmom
    Jan 28, 2010

    Only 1 lb. of hamburger to all the rest of the ingredients. Could this possibly be a typo error. 1 lb. would be floating in the sauce. please advice. Yes I would make if corrected.