Total Time
1hr 57mins
Prep 40 mins
Cook 1 hr 17 mins

From The Great Big Burger Book. No one is absolutely sure who created this delicious sandwich but some believe the claim that the Sloppy Joe began in a Sioux City, Iowa, cafe as a "loose meat sandwich" in 1930, the creation of a cook named Joe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Let a large skillet get heated over medium heat; add in the oil; then add in the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic; stir/saute 5-7 minutes or until softened.
  2. Stir in the tomato paste, tomato puree, vinegar, molasses, and Worcestershire sauce; bring to a simmer.
  3. Lower heat to low and let simmer gently for 45-60 minutes or until thickened and the flavors have melded.
  4. Add in a little water if the sauce gets too thick or dry.
  5. In another large skillet over med-high heat, brown the ground beef, breaking the meat apart into small pieces; cook until the meat is no longer pink; drain.
  6. Add the sauce to the meat and simmer over med-low for at least 10 minutes or until the flavors blend.
  7. Serve by spooning ½ cup of the filling over half a toasted hamburger bun and topping with the other half.

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a