Bacon Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes

6 sandwiches
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Bacon Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes with ground beef, ketchup gravy, cheddar cheese and crisp bacon is the ultimate bacon cheeseburger indulgence!

Bacon Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes with ground beef, tomato gravy, cheddar cheese and crisp bacon is the ultimate bacon cheeseburger indulgence! Bacon Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes had to happen. After these Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes made immediate waves on this day last month (over 500k pins on Pinterest and over 12 MILLION views of the video on Facebook since then) I knew I wanted the one month celebration to be either another Philly Cheesesteak recipe or another sloppy joe recipe.

Then we made these Bacon Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes and I had that sweet sweet Joey Tribbiani moment and I knew what my one month celebration recipe was going to be. There really could be no competition.

The sandwiches are crispy, cheesy and the ketchup and mustard mixture perfectly mimicks the flavors of your favorite bacon cheeseburger. With the gravy and cheese mixture even the ground beef crumbles will be so delicious and sloppy you’ll forget all about that takeout bacon cheeseburger!

We loved these Bacon Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes so much we made them again the next day!

Want to make these Bacon Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes into a slow cooker recipe?

  • Add the Ingredients (minus the cheese and buns) to the slow cooker and cook on low for 4 hours.
  • Use half the amount of beef broth.
  • If the sauce is not thick add in another 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon room temperature water. Cook for an additional 30 minutes on low.
  • Add the cheese and bacon once you’re ready to serve.

Looking for more sandwiches?

And if you’re looking for more sloppy joe’s in addition to this one and the Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes, I’ve also published Pizza Sloppy Joes and Ultimate Sloppy Joes.

We loved these Bacon Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes so much we made them again the next day!

Tools Used in the making of these Bacon Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes:
Cast Iron Skillet: This is my most used pan in my kitchen, heavy, keeps heat well and gives the BEST sear ever.
Chef’s Knife: This knife is one of the three most used tools in my kitchen (tongs and my pig tail flipper are the other two). I love it, I’ve had it for almost 10 years and it is as sharp today as the day I got it. (left column, second from the top). Mind you I love it this much even though I have a ridiculously expense knife set as well.
Worcestershire Sauce: Do not leave this out or sub it for anything else, this is a main flavor component and this brand is my absolute go-to.

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Bacon Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes

Bacon Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes with ground beef, ketchup gravy, cheddar cheese and crisp bacon is the ultimate bacon cheeseburger indulgence!
Yield 6 sandwiches
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Sandwich
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 6 ounces cheddar cheese chopped
  • 6 brioche hamburger buns


  • Add the ground beef to a large cast iron skillet (this browns very well) and brown until a deep brown crust appears before breaking the beef apart.
  • Stir the ground beef and brown until a deep crust appears on about 50 or so percent of the beef.
  • Remove the beef, drain the fat and add the bacon to the pan.
  • Cook the bacon until crisp, then remove to cool and crumble.
  • Add the onions to the pan
  • Let brown for 1-2 minutes before stirring, then let brown for another 1-2 minutes before stirring again.
  • Add the beef back into the pan.
  • In a small cup mix the beef broth and cornstarch together
  • Add the ketchup, mustard Worcestershire sauce, salt, black pepper, beef broth/cornstarch mixture into the pan.
  • Cook until the mixture is only slightly liquidy (about 75% of the mixture is above liquid), 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the bacon back into the pan and stir to combine.
  • Turn off the heat, add in the cheddar cheese and fold into the meat with a spatula until just melted.
  • Served on toasted brioche buns.



Calories: 454kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 960mg | Potassium: 471mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 293mg | Iron: 3.8mg
We loved these Bacon Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes so much we made them again the next day!
Bacon Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes with ground beef, tomato gravy, cheddar cheese and crisp bacon is the ultimate bacon cheeseburger indulgence! 
We loved these Bacon Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes so much we made them again the next day!

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. This is my son’s favorite dinner. He doesn’t request a specific meal very often but when he does it’s the Bacon Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes. It’s delicious every time!

    1. These are a favorite here as well. Have you had time to check out our long list of Sloppy Joe recipes on the site? I wonder if he would like to try a few other versions of Sloppy Joes! Let us know! And thanks so much for the 5 star rating Karen 🙂

  2. Wow! It was really good and a kid friendly recipe. Anything that has bacon in it and forming a crust on the beef with it’s caramelized goodness is a winner!

  3. I have been making this recipe for the last year or so and it’s one of my family’s favorite meals. I love the simplicity of it and it tastes just like a diner burger! We’ve tried a couple of the others as well, and they all come out so well. Thanks for sharing!

  4. These are so delicious! What a clever twist on traditional sloppy joes! I used turkey meat and it’s still wonderful! This is a keeper for sure. Thanks so much!!

  5. Omg this looks so good me and hubby having scary movie night tomorrow making this can’t wait!

  6. It was good. Added a small can of mushrooms right before adding the cheese. Used regular hamburger buns because grocery store was out of brioche.

  7. My wife made this for us this evening. We liked it. But, I am diabetic and on a prescribed diet, so I need nutritional information. There is a “Nutritional Information” title at the end of the recipe, but no information is there. Where can I find that information?

    1. Sorry, I think it was a glitch. I just added it back in…fingers crossed it sticks this time. So glad you enjoyed it!

  8. I made this tonight. I, too, love the crust formed on meat in a cast iron skillet. My picky family LOVED it. I will definitely be making it again! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    1. I love hearing that even the pickiest of eaters enjoyed it!! A true success in my book! Thanks for coming back to let me know.

      1. Holy shirtballs! Thought this would be a fun Super Bowl lunch for my family, and I was not disappointed ??. Made it as written (minus bacon because my kids are crazy and don’t like it) and added some sweet relish to top mine off. Yum!

  9. Thank You for such an amazing and Yummy Recipe. I will definitely make it again and look forward to more of your Recipes!!!!

  10. Wow, made this tonight for dinner. I loved it and it was a hit with my husband. I’ll be adding this recipe to my cookbook. It’s a keeper! Thanks for a really great recipe.

  11. Wondering if this does well if frozen? I do a lot of make ahead meals & would love to try this!

    1. I’m thinking the bacon would get chewy in the freezing process but maybe you could freeze the rest and add that in the day you make it. If you decide to try, I’d love to know what worked for you.

  12. Super easy and tasty! Added a couple teaspoons of bbq sauce because that’s what we usually put on burgers. Will definitely make it again!

  13. No one ever seems to include a calorie count, and I can’t for the lie of me figure out why! Any guess on the per-serving calorie count?

    1. Sorry I don’t have the nutritional facts for recipes on the site but I know there are a lot of free resources on the internet from when I’ve cooked for clients with low calorie diets.

  14. Omg this was delicious!! My family dearly loved it!! And I love trying new things and this was on the top of my list!! Made it tonight and there wasn’t any left!! Thank you

  15. This is delicious! I made it without the cheese because my roommate has lactose intolerance. It was so easy, making it again next week!

    1. I didn’t but if you feel like there is a lot, you can drain some of it but you want to keep some to brown your onions. Enjoy!

  16. I don’t like sloppy joes, but I saw this and had to try it. It was so delicious. I love the crisp texture of the hamburger, it added an extra dimension to the dish that put it over the top.

  17. How important is the ketchup to the recipe? I’m allergic to tomatoes so wondering how much flavor is added to the dish and if I could just leave it out or perhaps just add a little sugar. What are your thoughts?

    1. It’s pretty important as it gives it some of it’s flavor. I would suggest using a ketchup substitute instead. I know there are some recipes online that you can make that contain zero tomatoes.

  18. I will  definitely be making this recipe. It looks so  delicious. Wish I had it to eat right now.  I just know it is going to be very yummy. 
                      Thank you for sharing this recipe.