Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes

4 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Easy Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes are made with classic burger ingredients and are the ultimate weeknight meal. Ready in 30 minutes or less!

This cheeseburger version of Sloppy Joes is just one more to add to your list of favorite recipes for a family-friendly, quick dinner. It’s perfect for when you’re craving a Classic Cheeseburger without firing up the outdoor grill or just want a twist on a favorite dinner Sandwich.

Sabrina’s Cheeseburger Sloppy Joe Recipe

Sloppy Joes have always been hit for dinner on a busy weeknight, and there are so many ways to make them! I’ve made everything from Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese to Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes to Pizza Sloppy Joes. The ground beef base is so easy to add your favorite flavors and ingredients to for something entirely new. The loose meat sandwich is also always a hit with kids, which makes it perfect for a big family dinner that everyone can enjoy!

If you’re a fan of burgers but want something a little easier, this is the recipe for you. Instead of forming meat patties to grill up, all you have to do is combine the ground meat along with your favorite burger toppings for a delicious sauce that’s ready in minutes. The cheesy meat with tomato, onion, ketchup, and relish is as delicious as it is easy. Once it’s done all you have to do is scoop it into hamburger buns to finish the super simple sandwiches.

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  • 1 pound Ground Beef: I used 85/15 lean ground beef which I find makes for a flavorful filling that isn’t overly greasy and you don’t need to drain it.
  • ¼ Yellow Onion: Onion will give a caramelized flavor to the beef. You can use red onion or even white onion if that’s what you have.
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt: A bit of kosher salt helps enhance the other flavors and brings balance to the meaty, saucy filling.
  • ½ teaspoon Coarse Ground Black Pepper: The spicy notes of the black pepper also help balance out the dish.
  • 14.5 ounces Diced Tomatoes: This is one can of regular diced tomatoes. If you’d prefer to slice your own, fill two cups by volume of freshly diced tomatoes.
  • 2 tablespoons Dill Pickle Relish: Pickles are a classic tangy burger topping and the relish makes it easy to get that delicious flavor in the filling.
  • 1 tablespoon Yellow Mustard: Another classic burger topping to add to the tasty burger flavor.
  • ⅓ cup Ketchup: The ketchup really gives these sammies the burger taste. Since I also added tomatoes, you don’t need as much ketchup as other sloppy joes recipes.
  • 8 slices American Cheese or Velveeta: You want to use a super melty cheese like Amercian cheese or Velvetta cheese so that it blends easily into a smooth sauce.
  • 4 Hamburger Buns: Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes of course need to be served on hamburger buns. Try them with sesame seed buns or potato buns too!
  • 1 cup Shredded Lettuce: I used shredded romaine lettuce but you can also use iceberg lettuce, or another crisp lettuce.
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How to Make Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes

Time needed: 25 minutes.

  1. Brown the Meat

    Put a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, and add the ground beef and onion slices. Use a wooden spoon to break apart the meat as it cooks for 6-8 minutesCheeseburger Sloppy Joes diced onion and ground beef in a skillet

  2. Make the Sauce

    Season the mixture with salt and black pepper, then add in the diced tomatoes, relish, mustard, and ketchup to the skillet. Continue stirring the ingredients over medium heat for another 5-6 minutes cooking time until the sauce thickens.adding wet ingredients to browned beef

  3. Add the Cheese

    To finish the mixture add the slices of cheese or shredded cheese over the top, then stir it in as it melts.adding cheese to Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes mixture in pan

  4. Assemble and Serve

    Toast the hamburger buns until golden brown. Add the meat mixture to the bottom bun, then sprinkle on some shredded lettuce and top it all off with the other half of the bun to finish the sandwich. Enjoy!prepared Cheeseburger Sloppy Joe on hamburger bun with shredded lettuce.

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Can This Be Made Ahead?

This is perfect to make ahead. You can make a big batch the night before and just heat it up on the stove the next day. You can also store it in portioned air-tight containers in the freezer to heat up for a quick and yummy kid’s meal! To keep it out longer, you can keep the meat mixture in a crockpot at low heat. This is especially great if you’re serving the sloppy joes during a potluck or party. Put buns and lettuce on the side for guests to assemble their own sandwiches.

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Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts
Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 572 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 119mg40%
Sodium 1887mg82%
Potassium 742mg21%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 727IU15%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 562mg56%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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How to Store

  • Store: Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes will stay good at room temperature for up to 2 hours. Let the ground beef mixture cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container to store in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Reheating Tips: You can easily reheat refrigerated leftovers on the stovetop. Add a splash of beef broth or water if it seems dry or you want it bit more saucy.
  • Freeze: For longer storage, put the sealed container in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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Frequent Questions

Can I use a different type of meat instead of ground beef?

While cheeseburgers are typically made with ground beef, yes, you can substitute the ground beef with ground turkey or ground chicken for a different flavor. And did you know that the meat substitution changes the name to Sloppy Jane? How fun is that!

What is a Sloppy Joe?

A Sloppy Joe is a classic North American-style sandwich made of a sloppy ground beef mixture that is usually slightly tangy from Worcestershire sauce and slightly sweet from brown sugar. It’s possible the name comes from the guy who supposedly invented this style of sandwich, but nobody is exactly sure.

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Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes

Easy Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes are made with classic burger ingredients and are the ultimate weeknight meal. Ready in 30 minutes or less!
Yield 4 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 yellow onion , chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 8 slices American cheese , or Velveeta
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce


  • Add ground beef and onion to a large pot and cook on medium-high heat, breaking it apart as you cook for 6-8 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add diced tomatoes (do not drain), relish, mustard, and ketchup, stirring well.
  • Bring to a simmer and cook for 5-6 minutes until sauce is thick.
  • Add in American cheese slices and stir right before serving.
  • Serve over toasted buns and top with shredded lettuce.


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Calories: 572kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 1887mg | Potassium: 742mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 727IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 562mg | Iron: 5mg

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  • Bread: Sloppy Joe recipes are great served with simple hamburger buns, but you can also serve them with brioche buns, potato bread buns, or French buns.
  • Extra Cheese: Add additional cheese to the recipe by topping off the sandwich with a slice of your favorite cheese. Mild cheddar cheese, provolone, Swiss, Pepper Jack, muenster, or gouda would all taste great.
  • Turkey Burger Sloppy Joes: If you’re trying to cut back on red meat, you can make this same delicious recipe using ground turkey instead of ground beef.
  • Seasonings: For some extra flavor, sprinkle your favorite seasonings in at the same time you add the salt and pepper. Garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, chili powder, or dried oregano would taste great.
  • Bacon Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes: For an easy, crispy, and flavorful addition, you can layer cooked bacon over the lettuce in each sandwich. Cook the slices of bacon in a separate pan from the rest of the meat, until you have nice crisp bacon that’s still a little tender.
  • Toppings: One of the great things about this recipe is that you can add your choice of ingredients for extra toppings. Pretty much any regular burger toppings would work in these sloppy joes. Try adding some dill pickle slices, red onion, avocado, or mushrooms.
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Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes cooked sloppy joe filling on bun topped with shredded lettuce, smaller photos of prep steps, recipe name at top

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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