BBQ Beef Sloppy Joes

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BBQ Beef Sloppy Joes made with a bbq ketchup mixture in less than 30 minutes will keep the summer bbq burger flavors going all year long.

If you tried the BBQ Sausage Sloppy Joes you’ll love this ground beef version of Sloppy Joes meets Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Sandwiches.

BBQ Beef Sloppy Joes
BBQ Beef Sloppy Joes

The slow cooker shredded beef version of this recipe was a resounding and immediate hit on the site so I just had to share a sloppy joe version with you all as we are navigating through these 40 sloppy joe recipes.

The mix of the ketchup, bbq sauce, beef broth and Worcestershire sauce is the perfect combination to add just enough sweetness. If the mixture is too sweet to you you can also swap out the ketchup for tomato puree but the beauty of this is that sticky, sweet, cheesy mixture we all love in our favorite bbq burgers.

Can you add bacon?

I mean, yes. Please do. I do sometimes too because truth be told one of my favorite fast food burgers aside from The Habit and In-n-Out is a Carl’s Jr. Western Bacon Cheeseburger. Top this sandwich with a couple of onion rings and two slices of bacon and you’ve create the sloppy joe version of the original … but much much tastier.

Can you swap meat?

Yes, we previously made a sausage version, but ground chicken, turkey or ground lean pork would work equally well with the recipe. This sauce is delicious on just about any protein you’d like to use.

BBQ Beef Saucy ground mixture


We love serving side dishes with these sloppy joes that you’d classically serve with your favorite burgers including Crispy Sweet Potato FriesBeer Battered Onion Rings and Loaded Garlic French Fries.

Tips for BBQ Beef Sloppy Joes:

  • Make sure you cook the beef long enough that the onions are translucent.
  • If you don’t want to drain the canned tomatoes go ahead and skip it but the mixture will take longer to cook down.
  • If you are sensitive to how sweet bbq sauce and ketchup naturally are swap the ketchup for tomato puree.
  • Don’t let the sauce reduce until dry, stop the cooking when it still looks nice and saucy.
  • Sauce will continue to reduce even after you turn off the heat.
  • You can add chunks of cheddar cheese instead of the shredded variety if you’d like (like in this Bacon, Beer and Cheese Sloppy Joes).

Ground BBQ Beef

If you would like to add more vegetables into the recipe I’d recommend:

  • green bell pepper, chopped finely
  • red bell pepper, chopped finely
  • zucchini, diced finely
  • carrots (though these are naturally sweet so if you’re cutting back on sweet additions be careful)

I’d love to know how it turns out for you so if you do make the recipe pretty please come back and leave a comment letting me know how you enjoyed them.

We put a ton of effort into recipe testing 40 Sloppy Joes for this weekly series! The reason we did (aside from the fact we LOVE them) is because you all have gone nuts for the original sloppy joes on the site!

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BBQ Beef Sloppy Joes

5 from 7 votes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Course: Dinner, Sandwich
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
BBQ Beef Sloppy Joes made with a bbq ketchup mixture in less than 30 minutes will keep the summer bbq burger flavors going all year long.


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef 85/15
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes drained
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 brioche buns toasted
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded


Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. In a large skillet add the beef and onions, cooking well, breaking it apart but leaving some chunks for 5-6 minutes.

  2. Add in the canned diced tomatoes, beef broth, ketchup, bbq sauce and Worcestershire sauce, cooking until the sauce starts to evaporate and the mixture becomes "sloppy" (about 5-6 minutes).

  3. Spoon the mixture onto the brioche buns and top with shredded cheddar cheese.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 servings, Amount per serving: 436 calories, Calories: 436g, Carbohydrates: 40g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 90mg, Sodium: 1008mg, Potassium: 800mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 425g, Vitamin C: 9.1g, Calcium: 231g, Iron: 5.8g

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  1. When did they start adding cheese to a basic barbeque beef mixture or to sloppy joe. will it be as good as i remember if i leave out the cheese.

  2. Very tasty. I am glad I stumbled onto this recipe when I Googled “BBQ Sandwich” recipes and it was one of the top listings.

  3. So good! I used mustard to balance the sweet, and added jalapeños on top of mine (my oldest doesn’t dig spicy). Can’t wait to stick this baby (Joe Boat!) in the oven with some cheese on top. Too bad you can’t share pics in a comment ?Thank you!

  4. I stumbled across this and got inspired. I didn’t have much in the way of fresh ingredients, but I did find that using honey bbq sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, chopped green onion, red pepper flake and garlic powder did wonders in the ground beef. This recipe is a fantastic base for experimenting, so thanks for sharing!

    1. You would need to multiply this recipe by how many servings you’d like to make. I would probably make it into two separate batches though so you have more control over the thickness you prefer.

  5. You my friend, are the queen of sloppy joes. I’ve never considered myself a big sloppy joe fan, but you have changed that. There are so many sloppy joe recipes on your site that I have pinned and can’t wait to try. Adding this one to the list as well because – CHEESE!

  6. If I ever need a sloppy Joe recipe, I know where to come. You have some of the best on the internet! So delicious. LOVE this one!

    xo Michael