Grandma’s Sloppy Joes

Total Time

Prep: 5 min. Cook: 45 min.


8 servings

Updated: Apr. 22, 2022
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.

Nutrition Facts

1 sandwich: 369 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 994mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 2g fiber), 16g protein.