Sloppy Joe Recipes

Get easy recipes for this saucy sandwich, including low-fat turkey and not so sloppy versions.

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Sloppy Joes II

Rating: 4.67 stars
This is the recipe my mother used for sloppy joes and it always gets compliments!

Homemade Sloppy Joes

Rating: 4.68 stars
Despite the name of this iconic retro dish, the secret to a great sloppy joe is a thick, rich, almost dry consistency, which allows the sandwich to be eaten with your hands. Serve on hamburger buns.

Sloppy Joe Sandwiches

Rating: 4.68 stars
This sloppy joe recipe is quick and inexpensive. In addition to putting it on rolls, try this slightly sweet beef mixture over rice, biscuits, or baked potatoes.

Chef John's Turkey Sloppy Joes

Rating: 4.73 stars
This made for a very enjoyable lunch, and kept warm in a slow cooker, could also work very nicely for a Super Bowl party. It tastes enough like a traditional beef Sloppy Joe to provide that satisfying comfort food fix, yet seems much lighter.

What Are Sloppy Joes and Why Are They so Sloppy?

Nowadays, many of us associate Sloppy Joes with the stuff that comes out of a can. But the colorfully-named sandwich actually has a long and noble history in the U.S., originating back in the early 20th century.
By Sarah Zorn

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

Rating: 4.17 stars
This is a combination of many recipes and experimentation. It has gotten the thumbs-up from all who have tried it so far. It can also be made with TVP, ground turkey, or even ground beef instead of tempeh.

My Favorite Sloppy Joes

Rating: 4.6 stars
This is my go-to sloppy joe recipe. Liquid smoke is the key ingredient here.

Instant Pot® Sloppy Joes

Rating: 4.44 stars
A combination of lean ground beef and apple cider vinegar makes this sloppy Joe recipe slightly sweet and slightly tart, made right there in your Instant Pot®. Enjoy!


Rating: 4.54 stars
This could be where Sloppy Joes came from! It's a wonderful Cuban recipe that I've served like chili or over a roll or even over cornbread! Total comfort food.

Loose Meat on a Bun, Restaurant Style

Rating: 4.5 stars
This is how they make loose meat sandwiches in the restaurants. They are always moist and savory.

Unsloppy Joes

Rating: 4.15 stars
Not guaranteed to be a completely unsloppy experience, but these filled kaiser rolls come close.

Pork Rites (Taverns)

Rating: 4.33 stars
Similar to a sloppy joe but the pork gives it an unique flavor.

Inspiration and Ideas

Saucy Makeovers for Sloppy Joes
You know Joe. He's the saucy hero of so many quick-and-easy weeknight meals. But now, Joe's stepping out—and stepping up. Try these creative twists on an old favorite.
Chef John's Sloppy Joes
Rating: Unrated
"We loved this! So easy to make, and it came out perfectly! – Jody Richards