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“This is my adaptation of my mom's yummy sloppy joe recipe. I like to toast the buns, as they hold together a little better when they are toasty. I usually make a double batch, which gives us enough for dinner with leftovers for lunch. Times are estimated. Tip: my DH loves to add a slice of cheddar cheese before placing the bun top on. They are pretty tasty that way!”
4 sandwiches

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 (170.09 g) hamburger buns (the smallish ones, about 3 inch diameter)
  • 59.14 ml butter, softened
  • granulated garlic, to taste
  • 59.14 ml shredded parmesan cheese (to taste)
  • Sauce
  • 453.59 g extra lean ground beef
  • 118.29 ml chopped onion
  • 425.24 g can tomato sauce
  • 29.58 ml ketchup (or more to taste)
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1 garlic cloves, minced or 4.92 ml granulated garlic
  • 29.58-44.37 ml chili powder
  • 9.85-19.71 ml brown sugar (to taste)


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown beef until no longer any pink; drain.
  2. Add onions and garlic and cook until onions are transparent.
  3. Add remaining sauce ingredients and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer; reduce heat and simmer until thickened (about 15 minutes).
  4. Meanwhile, split buns and spread with butter. Place on a baking sheet and sprinkle with garlic and parmesan cheese. Place under broiler and broil until toasted golden brown. Set aside until sauce is done.
  5. Taste sauce and correct seasonings, if needed. Serve with toasted buns.

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