Easy ( 5 ingredients) Homemade Sloppy Joes

Needing an inexpensive and easy idea for dinner? Homemade Sloppy Joes! Yes, these are easy and fast, and I am not talking about pouring it from a can either. Homemade is the way to go, and I bet you already have these ingredients in your refrigerator and pantry.

My family likes scrambled hamburger any way I prepare it–Sloppy Joes, hamburger helper, hamburger stroganoff, or just plain scrambled hamburger. If I have any of these on the menu, they are happy. 🙂

Homemade Sloppy Joes
Homemade Sloppy Joes

Simple Sloppy Joe Recipe

This is my version of Homemade Sloppy Joes, and it is sure to please. After several trials with more of this and less of that— this is the one! My family gave me the thumbs up, and this has been my go-to recipe for a while now. You only need 5 ingredients, and you will have dinner on the table in minutes. This recipe should make 6-8 Sloppy Joes–just depending on how full you fill your buns. 🙂
Your family will love this recipe, and hopefully, this will be your go-to recipe as well.

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Ingredients Needed to make Homemade Sloppy Joes

ground beef
brown sugar
Worcestershire sauce

Ground Beef— choose your favorite. I like to use fresh ground beef–your choice.

Ketchup— use your favorite brand. You can also choose a brand with less sugar since you will be adding brown sugar into the mix.

Mustard— Yellow mustard is always in my pantry. The little yellow bottle has a great big punch of flavor.

Brown Sugar–This adds sweetness to the mix. It is so yummy. I find myself using Brown Sugar in many mixes I create. Feel free to adjust the sweetness. 

Worcestershire Sauce— No matter how you say it–the flavor is awesome. 

How to make Super Easy Sloppy Joes

Brown ground beef in a skillet. Drain
Add in all of the other ingredients and mix well.
Simmer on low for 5-10 minutes.
Serve on buns.

Easy Homemade Sloppy Joes
Easy Homemade Sloppy Joes

Homemade Sloppy Joes Tips, Tricks and Variations

Use your favorite buns for this recipe. Feel free to toast your buns if so desired. I like mine soft, so I skip the toasting.

If you don’t like the sweetness of the brown sugar, reduce the amount used. All of these ingredients are controlled very easily.

If desired, add onion to the meat mixture while cooking. The onion and the meat will brown and cook together. 

If you like a more “wet” sauce, add more ketchup.

Add bell pepper to the meat mixture while scrambling the hamburger. So good!

This truly is the best and super easiest Sloppy Joe recipe around. This is my go-to recipe for those nights when I need something fast and easy. It is kid and adult approved. 🙂

How to Serve Sloppy Joes

The best way to eat a sloppy joe is with a bib. 🙂  Just kidding. Sloppy Joes are messy but so good! I like to serve Sloppy Joes on a bun–toasted or not. Just fill the bun with the desired amount of meat and enjoy!

What to serve with Homemade Sloppy Joes

The choices are quite endless when it comes to side dishes to serve with this delicious dinner. Fries are always a popular choice with everyone but also Mac & Cheese. Crock Pot Corn on the Cob is another winner with the family. During the summer months, fresh veggies are great and pair well with the Sloppy Joes and Crispy Fried Okra is always on the menu.

What Can I Do with Leftover Sloppy Joe Meat?

Serve if over fries. Yes, please. 

Add the mixture to a grilled cheese sandwich.

Serve on top of Mac & Cheese. This is always popular.

Serve as a hot dip with potato chips, celery, or crackers. Yes, it is that good!

Be sure to check out this recipe for the best Crock Pot Creamed Corn. Love Chicken Salad? Check it out here.

Need another weeknight meal idea? Try Creamy Southwestern Pasta Bake . It is sure to please your family. Also Chili Mac and Cheese is another fast and easy meal for the family.

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Homemade Sloppy Joes

Homemade Sloppy Joes

Gina Abernathy
Homemade Sloppy Joes are perfect for any weeknight meal. These come together fast and you will have dinner on the table in 15 minutes.
5 from 4 votes
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people


  • 2 pounds ground beef cooked and drained
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup mustard
  • 4 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 4 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce


  • Brown ground beef in a skillet. Drain.
  • Add in all of the other ingredients and mix well.
  • Simmer on low for 5 - 10 minutes.
  • Serve on buns.
Keyword Sloppy Joes


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