This is my adaptation of my mom's yummy sloppy joe recipe. I like to toast the buns, as they hold together a little better when they are toasty. I usually make a double batch, which gives us enough for dinner with leftovers for lunch. Times are estimated. Tip: my DH loves to add a slice of cheddar cheese before placing the bun top on. They are pretty tasty that way!
- 4 (1 1/2 ounce) hamburger buns (the smallish ones, about 3 inch diameter)
- 1⁄4 cup butter, softened
- granulated garlic, to taste
- 1⁄4 cup shredded parmesan cheese (to taste)
- 1 lb extra lean ground beef
- 1⁄2 cup chopped onion
- 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoons ketchup (or more to taste)
- salt & pepper, to taste
- 1 garlic cloves, minced or 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 2 -3 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 -4 teaspoons brown sugar (to taste)
- In a large skillet over medium heat, brown beef until no longer any pink; drain.
- Add onions and garlic and cook until onions are transparent.
- Add remaining sauce ingredients and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer; reduce heat and simmer until thickened (about 15 minutes).
- Meanwhile, split buns and spread with butter. Place on a baking sheet and sprinkle with garlic and parmesan cheese. Place under broiler and broil until toasted golden brown. Set aside until sauce is done.
- Taste sauce and correct seasonings, if needed. Serve with toasted buns.