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Sloppy Joes Sandwiches Recipe

Sloppy Joes Sandwiches Recipe

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.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 35 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 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


  • 1. In a large 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. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 439 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 1360mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 2g fiber), 27g protein.

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Loiscooks User ID: 3656565 271512
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2017

"Thanks for sharing this recipe. My old recipe calls for tomato soup, and since I had none, I looked here for a recipe that does not call for soup. This recipe worked out great. I did cut down on the brown sugar slightly. Also, I added diced onion to the meat when I browned it and omitted the onion powder. Thanks for the good recipe."

Pat User ID: 9202216 268224
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2017

"We were looking forward to eating this but were sadly disappointed. I'm glad that I read the reviews and cut the sugar in half. The vinegar in the ketchup overwhelmed the dish. If you love ketchup, you'll enjoy this recipe."

lepleyracing User ID: 1497870 264422
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2017

"This was good but just not exactly what I was looking for. We did enjoy it and made as written."

gunslinger User ID: 544392 263921
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2017

"Very tasty and easy to make. The sweetness and spice was just right."

rolorocko25 User ID: 8103226 260622
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2017

"This recipe reminds me of my mom's sloppy joes. It has the right amount of tang. I did add chili powder to it because I cant image sloppy joes without chili powder and also used minced garlic instead of powder."

nbeckman User ID: 138091 250593
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2016

"Used Westbrae unsweetened ketchup and Truvia brown sugar baking blend for wonderful sloppy joes that are really good for ya! Thanks for the recipe!!!!"

kbaker63 User ID: 8888294 250075
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2016

"This is so much better than any can mix. I put 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder in mine, to take away some of the sweetness."

Junegirl1965 User ID: 8454514 246882
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2016

"Me and my son really liked it, it was exactly what I wanted because I hate the big pieces of onion and peppers in the can stuff.. My husband didn't like it because it is kinda sweet, but hey I will fix it for me and my son."

chris28304 User ID: 2137086 246444
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2016

"I have made this recipe numerous times over the years. So much better than store bought mixes."

gailmucha User ID: 8777549 244444
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2016

"this recipe is so tasty. i may never use can sloppy joes again."

SomeBRich User ID: 8760991 243227
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2016

"quick, simple, and delicious!"

katdevoll99 User ID: 8709111 242877
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2016

"This was great. I am the picky one in my family and I love this."

Tammy82576 User ID: 8706476 242195
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2016

"Can not ever make enough everytime i make them there is never any left. No matter how much i make they eat it all"

AmyE007 User ID: 6828226 237833
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2015

"Good - I really like this because I can control the ingredients versus using the canned sauces. This tastes like regular sloppy joe mix. Can easily change up seasoning as others suggest."

kbabe819 User ID: 3846515 231951
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2015

"My family thought it was great. I did follow other comments and did 3/4 c ketchup and 1/4 c BBQ sauce. Also, cut the sugar in half. quick and easy!"

gracelynn83 User ID: 8362579 230414
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2015

"Great! Very tasty my family loves it"

greatwithoutgluten User ID: 6330173 228903
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2015

"This was great! Very easy and tasty. I added cayenne pepper for an extra kick. I will be making these again!"

BLaius User ID: 8425139 228424
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2015

"To counter some of the sweetness, I added a tablespoon of sriracha sauce and a teaspoon of chili powder. In addition, i also added a 1/4 cup dried vegetable medley and tablespoon of dried onion in place of onion power. It gave it a wonderful kick. This is great go-to recipe for a quick dinner. Very tasty."

DWare5883 User ID: 5884353 227223
Reviewed May. 31, 2015

"Very good. I can see where some people think it is too sweet or too ketchupy, but as others have said, it's a great base to make adjustments depending on your palate. I like it well enough though, but might play around with the ingredients."

KLBurrill User ID: 8316218 223980
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2015

"This was very good! Husband added 1/4 cup of salsa to it. Texture was good, and like someone else said, it's a good base. I'm sure he'll start experimenting, using some hints from the reviews. Thanks, all!"

rhabmik User ID: 8161953 219590
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2015

"This is a good "base" for a good sloppy joe recipe, but as-written, it's waaaaayy too ketchupy.. I doubled the onion/garlic powers, mustard (1 tsp yellow and 1 tsp dijon), and worcestershire. There's definitely some modifications needed for this recipe, which is fine for me...but for someone like my mom who doesn't care for cooking, this recipe would be a fail. She was looking for a good sloppy joe recipe and I'll give her this recipe...WITH my modifications."

Danidani12 User ID: 8239800 219355
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2015

"I wanted to make this recipe for watching the Super Bowl and OMG what a disaster, I don't know what went wrong but it was awful. SUPER SWEET because of the ketchup and it was not very saucey, it was just seasoned ground beef with no liquid to "simmer". Took me a lot of time to fix this, had to add lots of water, tomato paste and seasoning to fix the sweetness of the ketchup. I wanted to like this so much... shame."

kaylatarave User ID: 8172921 215438
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2014

"My husband and I really enjoyed these. I made a few changes just to suit our likes: I only added 1/2 cup of ketchup and added about 1/4 cup of our favorite BBQ sauce. Only added 1 tablespoon of dark brown sugar, upped the worcestershire to 2 tablespoons, and added a can of diced tomatoes (drained). Its on the sweet and tangy side, for sure, but that's what we enjoyed most about it. It's definitely a keeper and I look forward to adding it to our winter meal rotation!"

angmclanc User ID: 3282588 136666
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2014

"My new go-to recipe. The only change I made was cutting the brown sugar in half and adding a tablespoon of cider vinegar because I like it a little tangy. The kids loved it the way it is."

CaspersLady User ID: 7747629 207721
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2014

"LOVE this recipe! The first time I made it, the recipe turned out a little sweet for our taste. Second time, I used 3/4 Cup ketchup, and 1/4 Cup honey barbecue sauce. Everything else was as stated in the recipe. It was PERFECT! Just the right balance of sweet and tangy. The only reason it didn't get 5 stars is because of my adjustment. Definitely a keeper, though! :-) Thank you!"

Mark_vstar950 User ID: 7956287 80751
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2014

"Great recipe!! easy, quick and great flavor. I used ground beef and the recipe as stated ... exept.. (and I always hate when people do that), but...I did make a few additions. Chopped up some green and red bell peppers and a jalepeno pepper and some onion. I omitted the onion powder but other than that was pretty much to the recipe. Made enough for 6 sandwiches. Was better tasting the next day!"

kathleen21 User ID: 5642659 75142
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2014

"Taste just like manwhich. A little sweeter."

Remenec User ID: 6059530 161713
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2014

"This sloppy joe recipe is very delicious. I wasn't sure how flavorful it would be, since the recipe doesn't include signature sloppy joe ingredients such as tomato sauce, diced onions or green peppers. I have to say, though, the flavor was amazing. It has a sweet and slightly tangy taste, that my entire family loved. My ten-year-old son, who is very picky, had two sloppy joes for dinner tonight. I can't wait to make these again soon!"

lvstbrnd User ID: 7674964 108597
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2014

"This recipe is the best I have ever tasted. I use to use Bennetts Cocktail Sauce but my husband thought it was too sweet. I searched for a new recipe and found the one with the most stars. Like MelanieNee, I added my own onion (not a fan of onion powder) and a green pepper. I did not put celery in mine because I feel that celery can really overpower the taste of a lot of foods. I also doubled my ingredients, as I used a little more than two pounds of groundbeef. It turned out wonderful!!!!! I then served with onion rings. I didn't really notice if this recipe was a Taste of Home original or if someone else submitted it. Either way, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!"

MelanieNee User ID: 7609326 75134
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2014

"This is very tasty and super easy...I added an onion, red pepper, and a stick of celery. I also used an equivalent amount of tomato sauce, omitting some ketchup and it was a really nice flavor."

bgolden525 User ID: 7635652 108596
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2014

"I love this recipe for Sloppy Joes. It's quick easy and my family loves it. I don't like really spicy foods and this is perfect. I too have doubled the recipe with no problems and have frozen the extra for later. It's a filling , quick and tasty meal."

nightskystar User ID: 1034705 207720
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2014

"LOVE this!!! i really dislike onions and even the sloppy joe seasoning packets are filled with dried ones. Onion powder and flavor are fine---or i grate them. But this recipe?? WONDERFUL!!! thank you so much!!!"

katecrid47 User ID: 7098019 82247
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2013

"I was looking for a basic Sloppy Joe recipe and thought I would try this. The whole family loved it. It was easy and quick. I also doubled the recipe with no problems. It wasn't too sweet and had great flavor."

jennt1981 User ID: 2611777 87362
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2013

"I used this recipe as a base for making homemade Sloppy Joe's one Friday night. In my recipe I used ground turkey, fresh onion and garlic, ketchup, yellow mustard, brown sugar, Bragg liquid aminos, cinnamon, smoked sweet paprika and a dash of cayenne. My family loves the addition of cinnamon in red sauces. It brings a warm and cozy feeling to the dish!"

Godsproperty User ID: 7330899 68369
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2013

"This recipe was very simple and fast to put together and all of the ingredients I had on hand. I did modify though, I added a 1/2 cup more ketchup and only used one tablespoon of the brown sugar."

michelle25 User ID: 7293640 136664
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2013

"My family loves this....i add shredded tex mex cheese while it's simmering, and or my family loves to add even more to it right before they eat it and it is so yummy without tasteing too cheesey....i give this 5 stars"

JennTats User ID: 7007311 207719
Reviewed May. 9, 2013

"This recipe was pretty good so much better than in a can. i couldnt believe how easy the ingredients were I had everything on hand! but next time I think I'll add 1 tblsp. Less of brown sugar & add some diced onions and green peppers."

MdhChef User ID: 7014589 161711
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2013

"Fantastic! First I browned some chopped onions in a pan. I added ground turkey and also browned. I added the garlic powder, salt, pepper, paprika and onion powder to the ground turkey (not in the sauce mixture). In a small bowl I mixed one cup of pasta sauce (not ketchup), water, mustard, minced garlic, and honey to taste. I added the sauce mixture to the ground turkey and simmered. Delicious!"

momof29 User ID: 6105359 153772
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2013

"Another old favorite. Heidi does a great job of making this meal!"

ScoobyGirl1980 User ID: 6770893 138627
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2013

"this recipe was awesome....and the best part is kids will love it :-)"

sailorandwifey User ID: 7035365 63147
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2012

"WAY WAY WAY too sweet!!! it sounded good and the reviews were great but it is so sweet.. it was like candied meat. i will not make this again.. my modifications couldnt even fix it."

3BeagleMom User ID: 6438241 136661
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2012

"This is the best sloppy joe recipe I have found. I used ground turkey and chopped a fresh onion to cook with the meat. I let the sloppy joe mixture sit in the refrigerator overnight to let the flavors blend. I took some to work on a baked potato with melted cheese and several of my co-workers wanted the recipe. This is much better than any canned sauce or mix."

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 157806
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2012

"These were really easy and tasty. I needed a bit more spice, so I added some chili powder and paprika."

pinkiepie User ID: 5517629 138626
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2012

"This was great I did not simmer it 30-40 I did not have time and it was still really good."

purplefrog1962 User ID: 3411059 154670
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2012

"Made this last night for supper. Fast and easy. I used fresh tomatoes, peppers and onions from the garden. And added just a dash of Texas Pete. Let it simmer as recommended.. and WOW.. it was great! This is a "Do Again" recipe."

jeffman19335 User ID: 6789220 207718
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2012

"This was great. I dont usually do the cooking in my family but was easy to make and even my kids loved it."

jsantullo User ID: 421085 207717
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2012

"Sooooooo GOOD! Wonderful just as is. Wouldn't change a thing. Except perhaps doubling the recipe because everyone wants seconds."

mac6150 User ID: 6036716 153771
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2012

"<p>One of the best sloppy joe recipes I have seen. I modified it a little by adding a can of diced tomatoes and one dice green bell pepper. I also added a few drops of tobasco sauce to give it a slight kick.  I also slow simmered for an hour to concentrate flavors.  Yum</p>"

erinmarie78 User ID: 1623503 138625
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2012

"Excellent!! I have tried many (and I do mean many!) sloppy joe recipes lately trying to find the "perfect" recipe.... I gotta say, this is as close as it gets for me! Both my husband and I agree this is by far our favorite recipe. I will be making this one again and again... love the addition of worcestershire sauce - added a little something that most other recipes were missing."

karen curnes User ID: 3182416 80744
Reviewed May. 12, 2012

"This is a very tasty recipe. The whole family enjoyed them and this is now our favorite sloppy joe recipe. I also used fresh onion and garlic."

westerngirl1 User ID: 4693467 207716
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2012

"This is simple to make and its the best Sloppy Joes recipe I've ever made. Thank you!"

contrarywife User ID: 2675625 157209
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2012

"I made with ground venison, yum. We like a little kick so next time I'll add some hot sauce and black pepper, maybe switch out spicy mustard for the yellow mustard. Don't hesitate to try this one, you won't be dissappointed!"

Wilberst User ID: 3298387 157805
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2012

"These were delicious and so easy! It is really nice because all of the ingredients are things that I normally have in my fridge or pantry, so I can make them anytime!"

butterflii410 User ID: 5185581 138623
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2011

"The best and easiest Sloppy Joes. I usually buy the packet and make it that way but never again. This tastes so much better!"

sherman902 User ID: 398400 138621
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2011

"quick and delicious."

kolaber User ID: 5468521 207715
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2011

"I grew up eating sloppy joes out of a can. Never was a fan. I also never knew how easy sloppy joes from scratch could be! This recipe is an amazing hit with my children! Definitely the best sloppy joes ever. I have tried a couple of other recipes, but this one is the true-tale favorite."

jenjes User ID: 5830364 87361
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2011

"Very good sloppy joes..all though a little sweet next time I will add 1/2 b.sugar taste and add more if needed."

alyciama User ID: 5270753 136372
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2010

"I've made this recipe multiple times and it's always a hit! However, I have altered it - even the first time I made it. Instead of garlic/onion powder I use fresh chopped onion and fresh garlic. This recipe is AMAZING with ground elk - the BEST sloppy joe's ever!"

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