Sloppy Joes

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by Halcyon Eve

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!

Top Review by Baby Kato

We really enjoyed your tasty recipe Halcyon Eve. It was sooo good, I won't be buying mixes ever again. It was so quick and easy to make with great results. The sloppy joes were very flavorful and satisfying. I made the sauce as written using a hot chili powder which gave it a lovely heat. I didn't use buns but opted for recipe #417696, which worked beautifully with this dish. Thank you for sharing your recipe, that has gone into my keeper box. Made for Name that Ingredient Tag Game.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 (1 1/2 ounce) hamburger buns (the smallish ones, about 3 inch diameter)
  • 14 cup butter, softened
  • granulated garlic, to taste
  • 14 cup shredded parmesan cheese (to taste)
  • Sauce

  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 12 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)


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown beef until no longer any pink; drain.
  2. Add onions and garlic and cook until onions are transparent.
  3. Add remaining sauce ingredients and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer; reduce heat and simmer until thickened (about 15 minutes).
  4. 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.
  5. Taste sauce and correct seasonings, if needed. Serve with toasted buns.

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