Breakfast Sausage Gravy Sloppy Joes

4 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Breakfast Sausage Gravy Sloppy Joes are the ULTIMATE breakfast sandwich with eggs, cheese, hash browns and a sausage gravy sloppy joe mixture on a hamburger bun. No other breakfast sandwich can compare!

We love the Classic Sloppy Joe recipe on our site as much as anyone but making a breakfast version of them is the perfect way to feed a crowd and they will forever remember this recipe! Check out the rest of our Breakfast Recipes too!

Breakfast Sloppy Joes

Breakfast Sausage Gravy Sloppy Joes

This recipe may not seem like it *should* work. It does. I can assure you, it is delicious and we had people fighting over who got to take home leftovers.

The inspiration for the recipe comes from my Copycat Recipe for the Ultimate Breakfast Burger from Carl’s Jr.. That recipe is a classic beef hamburger with an egg, bacon, hash browns, cheese and ketchup.

I’ve swapped the beef patty and bacon for a deliciously rich and thick breakfast pork sausage and cream cheese based gravy. We have eggs, cheese and crispy hash browns and of course like any good sandwich it is topped off with a bit of ketchup.

I’m not advocating for this to be your daily breakfast, maybe consider Yogurt Parfaits for a daily theme, but for a brunch, get-together, holiday meal, party, game-day or any other special occasion I think this sandwich is IT.

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How to Make Breakfast Sloppy Joes:

  • Make your Tater Tots: This is going to take longer than anything else, so I always pop these into the toaster oven first.
  • Make the Sausage Gravy: The first thing you want to do is sear your sausage well and keep it in larger chunks. Then combine it with the cream cheese and milk, letting it reduce until it is just thick enough to stay together on your bun.
  • Picking the Right Bun: A sesame seed bun is a classic fit for this recipe and I lean towards the larger sized buns because there is a lot of food going into this sandwich.
  • Cooking your Eggs: Make your eggs last! When your sausage mixture is ready and the tater tots are done. This is when you want to make the eggs.

Breakfast Sloppy Joes

Variations on these Sloppy Joes:

  • Sausage: I used pork sausage to keep the Classic Sausage Gravy recipe flavors, but you can certainly use turkey sausage or chicken sausage. Just be sure you are using raw sausage meat.
  • Tater Tots: Classic tater tots add height but potato coins (the flatter tater tots) will also work well – especially in smaller sized sandwiches. You can also use sweet potato tots or even french fries or home fries.
  • Cheese: American cheese seemed like a creamy, melty no-brainer for this recipe since it is a play on a fast food burger, but you can swap the cheese out for your favorite variety. A sharp cheddar, pepper jack or Monterey jack would all be delicious options.
  • Buns: Sesame Seed Bun is a classic sandwich option, but you can use a brioche hamburger bun like we do in our other Sloppy Joe Recipes on the site. The buttery rich taste is pretty amazing. One note, this sandwich is already pretty rich which is why I stuck with a sesame seed bun. You can also use large tortillas instead and make this into the best breakfast burrito ever.
  • Sauce: Ketchup is a pretty obvious choice here but any other sauce you like will work great. Fry Sauce or Ranch would be great options.

Pork Sausage Gravy Breakfast Sloppy Joes

Can you make these ahead?

You can make the sausage mixture ahead and warm it up and thin it back out with some milk. The eggs really should be made the morning of and if you want the crispy tater tots I would suggest baking or frying them fresh.

If you want to meal prep these and are sad you won’t have crispy hash browns if you are reheating them from frozen, I would say skip the tater tots and add in some crunch chips. I like thick cut Kettle Brand ridge chips, but any potato chips you’d like will add texture and potato flavor on the go.



  • Serve: You can leave this dish at room temperature for up to 2 hours but it is best served hot. If you can keep the mixture on a hot plate or warm in a slow cooker it can be served at its optimum flavor for longer.
  • Store: Allow your meat to come to room temperature. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Freeze: You can freeze the sloppy joe mixture for up to 3 months in an air-tight container.

Breakfast Sloppy Joes

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Breakfast Sausage Gravy Sloppy Joes

Breakfast Sausage Gravy Sloppy Joes are the ULTIMATE breakfast sandwich with eggs, cheese, hash browns and a sausage gravy sloppy joe mixture on a hamburger bun. No other breakfast sandwich can compare!
Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 24 tater tots
  • 16 ounces pork breakfast sausage
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 4 tablespoons ketchup
  • 4 large hamburger buns


  • Cook your tater tots according to the package directions (usually 400 degrees for 15 minutes).
  • Add the pork sausage to a large skillet and cook on medium high heat, breaking it apart.
  • Cook for 4-5 minutes or until fully cooked.
  • Drain most of the excess fat, add in the flour and whisk well until the flour is combined and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add in the salt, pepper, cream cheese and milk and whisk together until the mixture is creamy and let cook for 3-4 minutes until it has thickened.
  • Whisk your eggs in a small bowl.
  • Heat a large skillet on medium high and add butter.
  • When melted add the eggs and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring once until set.
  • Flip and cook an additional 15 seconds.
  • To assemble: Bottom bun, eggs, slice of American cheese, scoop of sausage gravy, tater tots, ketchup, top bun.


Calories: 724kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 360mg | Sodium: 2372mg | Potassium: 767mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1209IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 402mg | Iron: 5mg

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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. I’m thinking of making this for “Brinner” tonight, but instead of a burger roll I think your Tater Tot Waffles would make a fabulous bun instead of using them as an additional topping.
    I’ll check back with my results.

  2. I haven’t made this yet. It sounds totally delicious. I am just worried about the sodium. Is there a way to cut back on the sodium. I am diabetic and sodium is not my friend. Thanks bunches

  3. Your breakfast sloppy joes looks so good. I totally wish I had this for my breakfast! I’ll be making this soon. 🙂

  4. This is my absolute favorite sausage gravy recipe! And to turn it into sloppy joes? Such a genius idea!

  5. Love the look of these breakfast sloppy joes! I love sloppy joes any way they come but what a great excuse to have them for breakfast 😉