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Sloppy Joes Sandwiches

You’ll love this quick, easy and economical homemade sloppy joe recipe. Brown sugar adds a touch of sweetness, both for traditional sandwiches on buns or as a down-home topping for rice, biscuits or baked potatoes. —Laurie Hauser, Rochester, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • In a large skillet, 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 15-20 minutes. Serve on buns.

Homemade Sloppy Joe Tips

Do you drain the meat for sloppy joes?

We suggest draining the browned beef, because excess grease serves as a barrier to sloppy joe seasonings. You'll want the beef to absorb these wonderful flavors as it cooks.

How do you thicken sloppy joes?

If your meat mixture seems too thin after simmering for 15 to 20 minutes, cook, uncovered, until it reaches the desired consistency, stirring frequently. You could also try making a thickening agent by combining 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water. Stir into the filling towards the end of cooking time and simmer until thickened.

What can I add to sloppy joes?

Sloppy joes are excellent for sparking your creativity! Stir in chopped tomatoes, peppers, onions, green chilies or chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. You can even top the filling with pickles or a slice of melted cheese. To really ramp up your sloppy joe game, check out these unique sloppy joe recipes or any of these quick sloppy joe recipes.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich: 439 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 1360mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 2g fiber), 27g protein.

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  • Lisa
    Jul 11, 2020

    This looks just as easy as using canned sloppy joe sauce, but, I don't have to go to the store- I have all of the ingredients necessary in my pantry!! Thank you for simplifying tonight's dinner!!!

  • Barb
    Jun 22, 2020

    Very good! Also used tomato sauce instead of ketchup.

  • Raynebow68
    May 27, 2020

    Following other comments, I eschewed ketchup and substituted an 8oz can of no-salt added tomato sauce instead. I added a pinch more salt than the recipe called for and it all was very good. A sweetness but not too sweet. Even letting it cook longer seemed to leave it saucy so perhaps next time I will reduce the water.

  • Lady Fingers
    May 27, 2020

    I hadn't made sloppy joes in years, so I went looking for a recipe. This looked right, and yes it was!

  • tsuop
    Apr 29, 2020

    Pretty good, I saute chopped onions in place of the onion powder

  • KATISCOTT
    Apr 25, 2020

    My friend loved these sloppy Joes. He said "better than the canned stuff". It is a bit too sweet for my taste. I believe I'll try it with tomato sauce instead of ketchup to cut that sweet taste next time.

  • Amy
    Apr 25, 2020

    Just like my mother's recipe, except hers calls for 3 tsp. cider vinegar. It gives it a "tang" that makes a huge difference.

  • Pat
    Apr 21, 2020

    My husband said these were great! He loved that they weren't overly sloppy and were flavorful.

  • pmartens616
    Apr 2, 2020

    These sloppy joes are so, so good. Super easy. I added a heavy handful of chopped matchstick carrots as my husband and I like the added bit of a light crunch. This is another TOH keeper.

  • Sherry
    Mar 24, 2020

    This is a really delicious recipe. I don't have onion or garlic powder, so I used diced onion and minced garlic, and we added some diced peppers. My husband and I both loved the result.