Recipe By twinkleinyouri
Published Mar 5th
Sloppy Joe Sandwiches
Prep 5m Cook 40m Additional - Ready In 45m
Servings 2 servings Calories 466.8

This sloppy joe recipe is quick and inexpensive. In addition to putting it on rolls, try this slightly sweet beef mixture over rice, biscuits, or baked potatoes.

Recipe Ingredients

  • ½ pound ground beef
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 hamburger buns, split

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and stir in ground beef and onion. Cook and stir until beef is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Drain and discard any excess grease. Stir in ketchup, water, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, vinegar, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt.
  2. 2 Bring beef mixture to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer until sauce has thickened, 30 to 40 minutes. Serve on buns.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 466.8
  • Carbohydrate 47.8 g
  • Cholesterol 69.4 mg
  • Fat 20.3 g
  • Fiber 2.4 g
  • Protein 24 g
  • Saturated Fat 7.5 g
  • Sodium 1339.4 mg
  • Sugar 22 g

Chef's Notes

Don't be afraid of the vinegar, it counter balances the sweetness of the sugar and the spice of the chili powder.


  1. I made this recipe exactly as written and it was fabulous. Then, for fun, I added 3/4 tsp liquid smoke and it was even more amazing. I'm not a fan of vinegar, but I added it anyway just because it was in the recipe, and the cook is right...don't be afraid of the vinegar.
  2. These made two very nice Sloppy Joe sandwiches. I made it exactly as written, except that I thought the range levels and cooking times were too much in my case. At medium-high heat, the ground beef and onion mixture started to burn, so I turned the heat down. And for the final simmering step, I - Read more ...
  3. Husband loved it, but it was too sweet as I prepared it. I do not recommend replacing some of the ketchup with chili sauce, as I did because I ran out of ketchup. It took the sweetness/tangy level too high. I also didn't have an actual onion so I tried to make up for it - Read more ...
  4. We use ground turkey in a 20 oz package and double the other ingredients. Also, we add garlic to the ground beef and onion while browning (because we love onion and garlic in EVERYTHING). I hate the canned sloppy joes and the whole family loves these. Bonus that they're easy to throw together.
  5. These were the best sloppy joe's I've ever had. My whole family loved them.
  6. We buy our ground beef in 1 1/2# pkgs, so tripled this recipe. Two sloppy joes would NOT have been enough to feed any normal family. It was very good. Served on bakery buns since we hate the prepacked buns you buy off of the shelf. Will make again.
  7. Delicious!.....Thanks for the recipe
  8. Soooo good. I used two parts ketchup to one part BBQ sauce and used Dijon mustard and added a sweet pepper. My hungry teenage son applauds. This is a definite keeper.