Not Your Everyday Sloppy Joes

by Patti on January 17, 2013 · 2 comments

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We had dinner with some friends a few months ago and they made sloppy joes.  I forget how much I love those dang sandwiches.  Then, and I’m not sure why I hadn’t thought of this, but she added CHEESE!  Genius!  Of course there should be cheese.  Why not?  It only makes everything better!

So I give my friend, Lindsay, credit for the broiling of the buns with melted cheese portion of this recipe.  Kudos to you, Lindsay.  I wish I would have thought of it, but I did not.  But now, I can’t eat a sloppy joe unless it’s broiled, has a crunchy crust, and has cheese oozing everywhere.

Sloppy Joe 2

Anyway, back on topic.  So – yet again I’m stuck with a bunch of leftover burgers.  I can only justify heating them up and eating as is so many times without feeling guilty about not having a varied menu planned for my little carnivores, so I took Lindsay’s idea and ran with it.  I take leftover burgers, breathe some sloppy joe life into them and VOILA!  They transform into a different meal.  Yes, it’s still on a bun.  Yes, it’s still ground meat.  But my kids are excited about something different and I feel better about not eating just another burger.

Another bonus? Homemade sloppy joes are way better than your canned variety.  (I only know this because I didn’t have a can one night when I was planning on making this one evening, and now I can’t go back).  The beauty of this? It’s two-fold really:

1.  You can use ground beef, turkey or chicken – it doesn’t matter at all;  and 2. It takes even less time to make!  The meat is already browned!  I love time savers.

So take this recipe and make it your own.  What direction will you take it?  What cheese will you use?  I’d love to hear your ideas!


Not your every day Sloppy Joes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Not your every day Sloppy Joes

Breathe life into your leftover burgers by turning them into homemade sloppy joes! Tangy, cheesy - a family favorite!


  • 4-5ish leftover bbq burgers
  • 1(ish) cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons of worchestershire sauce
  • 1 tsn granulated garlic
  • 1 tsn granulated onion
  • 1 tsn oregano
  • 1 tsn parsley
  • 1 tbn sugar
  • 8 buns
  • cheese of your choice


  1. Chop or crumble burgers and put into a frying pan. Rewarm the meat. Add the ketchup, worchestershire, all spices, and sugar.
  2. Let it come to a low boil. Add more ketchup if you want it saucier, or want it to go a little further.
  3. While that's heating up, turn your oven on broil. Throw your buns in there and let them toast.
  4. When the meat mixture is warmed, spoon it on the bottom bun.
  5. Add your slice of cheese.
  6. Return the sandwich BACK to the broiler for your cheese to officially ooze. When oozing begins, the sandwich is complete. Enjoy!

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