Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins

This recipe came from my grandma--one of the few we found written down! I grew up eating these sloppy joes as a kid and now my own kids love them too. Add the oatmeal in small portions and slowly--it doesn't take a whole lot. If you choose, you can also used minced onion to taste--works well if you need to cook more quickly!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown hamburger and onion, drain. Combine brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, tomato juice, ketchup and water--pour over browned hamburger. Bring to a boil, then simmer over medium low heat. While simmering, add small amounts of quick cooking oatmeal to hamburger mixture to thicken up sauce--sprinkle slowly in parts. Serve over buns.


Most Helpful

This is truly "My Grandma's Sloppy Joes" - however, we didn't use the oatmeal for a thickener but an "extender." It helped to feed more with less beef and no one ever knew.

Grannyn123 April 15, 2014

Great sloppy joe's!!! I made as written, but only 1/2 of the recipe. I was worried that the brown sugar would make it too sweet for my tastes, but with the vinegar and mustard, it wasn't too sweet at all. Rather than adding the thickner, I just let it simmer down so that it wasn't runny and it allowed the flavors to blend. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Made for Spring PAC 2011.

diner524 March 04, 2011

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