Recipe By Steve McCumber
Published Mar 5th
Prep 10m Cook 30m Additional - Ready In 40m
Servings 8 servings Calories 361.5

I’m just beginning to cook so my recipes are pretty quick and simple. This recipe is a really simple, quick, and tasty ‘Sloppy Joe.’ This is what we are having tonight before we go to the football game. You can also let this simmer in a slow cooker after browning the ground beef if you prefer.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ¼ cup chopped celery
  • 7 ounces ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • ⅓ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 8 white or wheat hamburger buns

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Crumble ground beef into skillet; add onion and celery. Cook and stir beef mixture until beef is completely browned, 7 to 10 minutes.
  2. 2 Stir ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, mustard, and lemon juice through the beef mixture. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook mixture at a simmer until mixture is hot and sauce has thickened, about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 361.5
  • Carbohydrate 31.2 g
  • Cholesterol 71 mg
  • Fat 15.3 g
  • Fiber 1.3 g
  • Protein 23.7 g
  • Saturated Fat 5.9 g
  • Sodium 572.7 mg
  • Sugar 11.8 g


  1. Definitely not good.
  2. This is the best one! Now that I've found this perfect recipe I've filed it away and won't try any new ones Why mess with perfection? Just a little sweet and very savory. Worked great for sloppy joes or as a sauce over smokies. I add 2 tbsp. bbq sauce of our liking. Definitely worth - Read more ...
  3. I've tried several sloppy joe recipes and this was by far the best. I will definitely make it again. It was easy, used ingredients I keep on pleased the whole family. I buy hamburger in bulk, pre brown it and freeze it in 1 or 2 lb packages. I simply microwaved the pre-cooked meat, cooked - Read more ...
  4. Can use pickle juice instead of vinegar.
  5. We liked this recipe. I accidentally messed up and added 2x the onion, celery, ketchup and sugar but it still turned out good. I thought it needed an extra kick, so I added a pinch of cayenne pepper. That made all the difference.
  6. Better than Manwich in a can... added 1/2 cup green bell pepper. Yum yum yum.
  7. My family absolutely loved it. Especially my fiance. Everyone had about three or four.
  8. It was really delicious! My 14-year old ate THREE Sloppy Joes my husband ate one open-faced Sloppy Joe (which is probably the equivalent of TWO) and I ate one. The only complaint that my husband had was that they were a bit dry. Next time I think I will add a 5-ounce can of tomato - Read more ...
  9. This is a perfect recipe for anyone wanting to avoid spiciness and still enjoy a sloppy joe! I followed the recipe exactly, weighing the ketchup which amounted to 3/4 cup. This is truly "simple, quick, and tasty" as stated in the introduction. Thank you RetiredDad9877 for sharing!!