EASY Sloppy Joes

Sloppy joes are one of my favorite comfort foods. This classic sandwich always seems to remind me of being a kid. Big family barbeques or evenings at the dinner table discussing the day. The warm and savory meat sauce mixed between 2 toasted buns just can’t be beat!

Great Potluck Meal

Sloppy Joe’s are a perfect budget friendly meal that can easily feed a lot of people and most likely you have all of the ingredients on hand. I love making up a huge batch for potlucks or birthday parties.

Let’s Get Cooking

Start by chopping up your bell peppers and onion. In the picture you will notice that I had yellow and red onion. That was only because I had 2 half onions in the fridge and wanted to use them both up.

Next start browning your burger. When the burger is about 1/2 way browned add your peppers and onion.

While your burger is browning you can work on the homemade sloppy joe sauce. To make this sloppy joe sauce you will need;

  • Tomato Sauce
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Coconut Aminos (or soy or teriyaki sauce)
  • Maple Syrup
  • Chili Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder

Mix everything together and set aside until your burger is ready.

When the burger is done and the veggies have softened, you may need to drain the fat from the burger. If your burger is really lean you might not need to drain it but I had quite a bit, so I needed to drain some.

After you drained the fat from the burger, stir in your sauce. Turn off the burner and let your meat sauce sit for 1-2 minutes and heat up.

While your meat sauce is resting for a few minutes, crisp up your buns. I like to set them on a baking sheet and broil on high for a couple minutes. You have to watch them because they go from not cooked to burned in 2 seconds flat!

Once your buns are crispy you can make your sloppy joe. You can eat these plain with just meat sauce and bun or you can add toppings. Here are a few of the toppings I have added;

  • Pickled Onion
  • Cheese
  • Jalapeno
  • Yellow Onion
  • Pickles
  • Cole Slaw

Dress them up however you want.

Serving Options

Along with changing up the different toppings, can change up the ingredients too. These could easily be made using ground turkey or pork. If you have different veggies you like, you could add those too. Actually the first time I made these I added shredded zucchini because I had it in the fridge and needed to use it up. Turned out that it was actually a sneaky way to add veggies to a meal without the kids knowing.

If you are in a cut right now and looking to shave off some calories, you can turn this into a salad or serve open faced. Salads are my favorite, I honestly did not miss the bun!

I love this recipe because it’s quick, feeds a lot of people and so warm and cozy during these cold winter months. Enjoy 💖💖

Easy Sloppy Joes

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Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: besties.with.biceps@gmail.com


  • 2 lbs Ground Burger
  • 1 Onion Chopped
  • 1 Bell Pepper Chopped

Homemade Sloppy Joe Sauce

  • 1 can Tomato Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Aminos Or Teriyaki Sauce – Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Pure Maple Syrup
  • 2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Onion Powder


  • 8 Burgers Buns I used Dave's Killer Bread


  • Start by chopping up your bell pepper and onion.
  • Next start browning your burger. Once burger is about half way cooked, add your peppers and onion.
  • While the burger is cooking make your homemade sloppy joe sauce.
  • Once the burger is cooked and the vegetables have softened, you may need to drain your fat. (I talk about this in the blog)
  • After you have drained the fat if needed, go ahead and add your sloppy joe sauce to the meat and stir.
  • Turn your burner off and let the meat sauce sit while you crisp up the burger buns.
  • I like to lay my burger buns on a baking sheet and broil on HI until brown and crispy. You have to watch them though because they go from not cooked to burned VERY quickly.
  • Once the burger buns are done to your liking, add the meat sauce and other toppings.
  • Next up EAT.


You can serve these with cheese, pickles, jalapeno, coleslaw or any number of combinations.
The meat sauce is great on a salad instead of a bun or you can use ground turkey or pork too!  
Lots of options, make it your own.

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