Sloppy Joes recipe

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This classic American sandwich, sloppy Joes is a delicious meal packed with tender beef mince and is quick, cheap and easy to make

An American style Sloppy Joe sandwich
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Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time11 mins
Total Time21 mins
Cost RangeCheap

A classic American sandwich based on seasoned hamburger meat cooked in a sauce. Traditionally served with potato wedges or fries and dill pickles, but for a lighter version serve simply with a crisp salad.


  • 450g lean beef mince
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 150ml barbecue sauce
  • 1tbsp soy sauce
  • 2tsp caster sugar
  • ½tsp ground ginger
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 burger buns, halved




  1. Put the beef mince and onion in a large frying pan and stir fry over a high heat for 5 mins until to brown.
  2. Add the soy sauce, sugar and ginger and simmer together for a further 5 mins until cooked through. Remove from the heat, and season to taste. Cover and keep warm.
  3. Preheat the grill to a hot setting, arrange the buns, cut side up, on the grill rack and grill for a few seconds to lightly toast.
  4. To serve, put the bun bases on warm serving plates and spoon over the mince mixture. Top with the other half and serve immediately.
Top Tip for making Sloppy Joes

This is a versatile recipe so you can change the filling to any minced meat, and add your own spices to taste.


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