The classic Sloppy Joe sandwich is an American loose meat sandwich, consisting of browned ground beef, tomato sauce, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and other seasonings served on a toasted hamburger bun.
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Sloppy Joes Recipe

My homemade Sloppy Joes recipe is made with ground beef cooked in an amazing savory sauce piled on top of a toasted hamburger bun. A childhood favorite!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: American, Western
Keyword: classic sloppy joe recipe, loose meat sandwich, sloppy joes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 390kcal
Author: Kevin Is Cooking


  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef sirloin
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp Montreal Seasoning
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 tbsp mustard
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 6 hamburger buns toasted, and lightly buttered


  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add ground beef and start to brown, breaking it up as you stir. Add brown sugar and spice seasoning, stirring to mix in.
  • When ground beef has browned, add onion, reduce heat to medium and cook onions until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in mustard, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce and tomato paste, stirring to combine. Reduce heat to simmer and cook 5-8 minutes longer. Sauce should thicken up and meat mixture is tight.
  • Butter the buns and toast until golden brown under broiler.
  • Using a ice cream scoop or spoon pile meat onto toasted bun bottoms and cover with bun tops.


Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 791mg | Potassium: 775mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 405IU | Vitamin C: 8.4mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 5.5mg