Sloppy Joes for 8 or More

Close up of Sloppy Joe Sandwich with fries

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
518 Calories
22g Fat
26g Carbs
53g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 518
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 157mg 52%
Sodium 1646mg 72%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 53g
Calcium 74mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These sloppy joe sandwiches are perfect for family lunches, dinner, or parties. For a party or tailgating event, serve the sloppy joe mixture hot from a slow cooker and have buns, plates, and napkins available for guests.

This sloppy joe mixture would be great with slider buns as well or serve it over rice or cauliflower rice for a low carb option.

For a delicious family meal, all you need to go with the sandwiches is chips or fries and a side of coleslaw.


  • 3 pounds ground beef (85% to 90% lean)
  • 1 cup chopped onions (about 2 medium or 1 large onion)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups tomato ketchup
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 8 split and toasted sandwich buns or hamburger buns

Steps to Make It

  1. Cook the ground beef with onion, salt, and pepper until beef is no longer pink, stirring frequently to break up and brown evenly.

  2. Sprinkle flour over beef; stir to blend thoroughly. Add Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and water. Simmer, stirring often, for 15 to 25 minutes, or until thickened.

  3. Serve the sloppy joe mixture with toasted sandwich buns.

  4. Enjoy!

Tips and Variations

  • Use about 1 pound of lean ground pork or sausage with 2 pounds of beef.

  • Add 1 chopped bell pepper, red or green.

  • Add 2 teaspoons of chili powder to the meat mixture.

  • Add 1 can (14.5 ounces) of diced tomatoes for a chunkier sauce.

  • You can also make sloppy joes in an instant pot when you're pinched for time.