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Sloppy Joe Sandwiches

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. -Laurie Hauser, Rochester, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 hamburger buns, split


  • In a 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 409 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 1391mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 28g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 2 fat, 1 fruit.

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  • Lady Fingers
    May 6, 2019

    This is it. This is exactly what I mean when I say "Sloppy Joes". The recipe also works with ground turkey or ground chicken.

  • southcoastgrammy
    Jan 18, 2016

    This is a terrific recipe! The only thing I changed was in place of 1 c ketchup, i used 3/4 c ketchup and 1/4 c bbq sauce. I'll double the recipe next time. It's really good.

  • Gymnstic44
    Sep 16, 2015

    The entire family enjoyed this...even our picky 2 year old ate it! It was a very simple and delicious recipe. Easy for work night dinner. I doubled it and after reading reviews only put 2 tbsp of water and it was perfect!

  • minmom
    Nov 8, 2012

    Awesome-everyone loved it! Different from other recipes. Yummy!

  • marlowesmom
    Sep 11, 2012

    This is terrific. I prefer it less sweet, with about 1 teaspoon brown sugar, but that's just me. Thanks for sharing this much-better-than-Manwich recipe.

  • pinkiepie
    Oct 12, 2011

    My family loved this even my picky 5 year old said she would eat in next time. I doubled it and only put 2tb of water because others said it was to wet.

  • Bumbergie
    Feb 2, 2011

    My entire family (along with 4 pick kids) love this recipe! I'll make it again and again and a gain....

  • wranglergirl
    Jun 8, 2010

    This was the best! I will never use the can stuff again. I also added some celery seed and chili powder. Yummy!

  • shelleyjCA2AZ
    Feb 9, 2010

     if the flavor is good...then make it again, leave out the water and do not cover while simmering...that way some of the liquid would evaporate....I bet that would fix the problem

  • bluebowtye
    Feb 9, 2010

    This is my favorite sloppy joe recipe. It is so simple even my husband can make it. It is a little saucy but the flavor is so good it makes up for it. It would be very easy to double or even triple for a larger family.