Published Mar 5th
Grandma’s Sloppy Joes
Prep 10m Cook 45m Additional - Ready In 55m
Servings 4 servings Calories 428.6

My grandma gave me this recipe last year. My co-workers are always asking me to make it for them. The ground cloves add that special flavor

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 hamburger buns, split

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 In a large skillet over medium heat, combine the ground beef, onion, and green pepper
  2. 2 Cook until beef is browned, and drain off excess grease
  3. 3 Stir in the brown sugar, vinegar, ketchup and mustard, and season with cloves and salt
  4. 4 Simmer for 30 minutes on low
  5. 5 Serve on hamburger buns.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 428.6
  • Carbohydrate 47 g
  • Cholesterol 69 mg
  • Fat 16.2 g
  • Fiber 2.8 g
  • Protein 24.9 g
  • Saturated Fat 5.8 g
  • Sodium 1647.5 mg
  • Sugar 20 g

Chef's Notes

If you double the recipe, you do not need to increase the vinegar.


  1. This is my first time making sloppy joes since no one in my family is a big fan. I added everything except the cloves since other reviewers seemed turned off by them and I only had whole cloves that required grinding up. However it tasted incomplete, and as a test I added in the cloves. - Read more ...
  2. I have made many recipes from this site but until now I have never rated nor reviewed one. I felt I just had to rate and review Grandma's Sloppy Joes because of the mixed feelings of other reviewers regarding the sweetness of the recipe. I followed the recipe closely substituting red bell pepper for green - Read more ...
  3. Sorry we didn't enjoy this at all. I made it exactly as stated but used a sprinkling of cloves I can't imagine using more than that. It was very ketchupy and sweet. Very thick so I tried to thin down with a bit of water. It just tasted like eating hamburg with ketchup. I'll stick - Read more ...
  4. my mother in law's recipe is similar to this one.. it is wonderful.. one suggestion.. use ground all spice instead of cloves..
  5. Yum! I was looking for a quick recipe at the last minute and this came through with flying colors. Love it and best of all my husband said the sandwich was delish! So much better than from a can. And I was a little leery of the ground cloves but I agree that it enhances - Read more ...
  6. This was a very rich and delicious sloppy joe recipe. I used half bbq sauce and half ketchup like some other reviewers. I also put a slice of monterey jack cheese on the sandwich and it was great! I was scared off of the cloves by some of the reviews I read so I only - Read more ...
  7. While I liked ths recipe I thought there was too much clove. I only put in a 1/4 tsp. like other readers did but next time I'll put in an 1/8. I also added some petite diced tomatoes with the juice drained.
  8. This recipe was good- classic sloppy joes. I was afraid to add a half tsp of cloves so only added 1/4- but didn't need to worry as the cloves couldn't be tasted at all. Will add the whole amount next time! Everybody in the family liked them.
  9. This was really good although I omitted the peppers. Perfect if you're looking for something out of the ordinary fast and easy.