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Grandma's Sloppy Joes Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 45 min. YIELD: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


  • 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. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe Note

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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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live418 User ID: 6701812 249412
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2016

"Just like one I make but I add mustard"

s_pants User ID: 174050 245204
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7604678 238768
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1076954 221290
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6135255 107496
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2014

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

kitchenhelperKY User ID: 83555 33292
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2011

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

bsorum User ID: 4980421 29014
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2010

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Hersheysmom User ID: 4471318 203922
Reviewed 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."

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