Homemade, delicious and easy to make, these sloppy joes are perfect for busy weeknights or for when you need to get dinner on the table fast.

Easy Homemade Sloppy Joes

An easy homemade sloppy joe recipe that requires little prep and cook time. Perfect for busy weeknights!
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Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, easy dinner
Keyword: dinner idea, easy dinner, sloppy joes, sloppy joes recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 sandwiches
Calories: 410


  • 1 tbsp butter (or olive oil)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup onion , finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)


  • In a large saute pan, heat butter over medium low heat. Add ground beef, onion and garlic and cook until beef is completely cooked through. Drain off excess fat.
  • While meat is cooking, whisk together tomato sauce, paste, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, yellow mustard and seasonings in a medium bowl.
  • Pour mixture over meat and mix in well. Bring pan to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for a few minutes until heated through.
  • Serve with pickles, onion and cheese if desired on hamburger buns.
  • Optional--brown hamburger buns in butter on a hot pan before serving for extra flavor


Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 620mg | Potassium: 725mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 630IU | Vitamin C: 9.7mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 3.7mg