Beef | February 17, 2010

Sloppy Joes with Homemade Hamburger Buns

Sloppy Joes with Homemade Hamburger Buns

Sloppy Joes with Homemade Hamburger Buns

Sloppy Joes with Homemade Hamburger Buns

You’ve had a Sloppy Joe before, right? It you haven’t (you need to!!) it’s basically a sandwich with a ground beef, garlic, tomato sauce mixture in the middle. When you bite into the sandwich it’s a little sloppy- but that’s half the fun of eating it! What would a Sloppy Joe sandwich be if it didn’t dip all over your plate? The flavors are undeniable and really delicious. This recipe is perfected and it will definitely become a dinner staple!
These Sloppy Joes are SO simple. I’m not talking about opening a can of Manwich, or using a package of Schilling. Making your own. Homemade! It makes all the difference. I wanted to make a good Sloppy Joe recipe that would be easy, tasty, and quick to make. I pulled up a few recipes, messed a round a little, and came up with the attached. They were yummy, and served on a fresh bakery roll, even better. This dinner idea is great for feeding crowd. Just double this recipe to make for a bigger crowd. Great for dinner parties, game day watching, or something quick to whip up with company in town.
This recipe should only take about 20 minutes start to finish so you’ll have dinner on the table in no time! You can even make this ahead of time. Just keep the ground beef mixture in an airtight container in the fridge, and then heat it up on the stove before you’re ready to serve with some fluffy rolls.
Sloppy Joes with Homemade Hamburger Buns

Sloppy Joes with Homemade Hamburger Buns


Sloppy Joes:

  • 1 1/2 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 red pepper chopped (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic minced or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • water 1/4 to 1/2 cup to thin sauce if needed

Hamburger Buns:

  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 egg
  • 3 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For glazing buns:

  • 1 egg yolk plus 1 tablespoon cold water
  • sesame seeds optional


Sloppy Joes:

  1. Brown ground beef in skillet. Drain off any grease. Add chopped onion, red pepper and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Saute until onion is softened. Add tomato paste, sauce, Worcestershire and brown sugar. Cook over medium heat. If mixture is too thick, thin with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water. Serve with hamburger buns, top with cheese, if desired.

Hamburger Buns

  1. Using a large bowl, sprinkle the yeast and sugar into the water and leave for 5-10 minutes, until bubbly.
  2. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well, knead until smooth. If using food processor, use dough hook, mix until dough is soft and smooth, about 5 minutes. Add a little flour if dough is sticky. Let dough sit in bowl, covered until doubled in size, about 1- 1 1/2 hour. 
  3. Divide dough in half, then divide each half into 5 pieces and shape into a ball. Flatten each dough ball to about a 1 1/2 inch thickness. Place the buns on a greased baking sheet, let rise again for 30 minutes until puffy. 
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Glaze the buns with egg yolk and water mixture (if desired), then sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake the buns in lower half of oven for 12 - 15 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool. Slice buns when cooled, serve with hamburgers or sloppy joe mixture.

Recipe Notes

-I wasn't crazy about the look of the glaze. I prefer a floured matte finish to the top of my buns. Uh, my hamburger buns. -In the future,if I wanted a shiny bun, I would use a whole egg, or maybe just an egg white to glaze the top of the buns, and forget about the yolk/water mixture.

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  1. I'm making sloppy joes tonight and wanted to make homemade buns, I mean hamburger buns. 😉 Now I might get real adventurous and skip the can of manwich in my pantry and use your recipe so it will ALL be homemade tonight!

  2. Wow! Wonderful recipe and the best Sloppy Joe's ever! I added more onions (both red and yellow) and red pepper trying to squeeze in more vegie's and the kids could hardly wait for it to be done. Thought I would have leftovers but they ate everything. I was apprehensive about making homemade buns and yet they turned out great too. Thanks so much!!!!

  3. i made these for the superbowl and they were a big hit! i especially like the buns, in fact i don't think i will ever buy store bought again. i am making a batch for some pulled pork and going to experiment making a bun for sausages too.

    1. Jackie,
      This recipe calls for 1 and a 1/2 lbs of ground beef. Let me know how you like this recipe and the homemade buns. Yum.
      I hope this helps! Thanks for reading ABK.

  4. How many servings would you say the sloppy joe recipe makes?
    Thank you sharing all your delicious recipes! I use them all the time