Korean Beef Sloppy Joes

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Korean Beef Sloppy Joes made with sweet and spicy flavors with a punch of garlic that’s a fun change from the classic sloppy joes.

One of the most popular recipes on the site is super easy Korean Ground Beef and these sloppy joes are a delicious sloppy Korean take on the ever popular Ultimate Sloppy Joes.

Korean Ground Beef Sloppy Joes
 Korean Beef Sloppy Joes

Happy Monday everyone! August is so confusing to me because as a kid we all used to have August as a non-school summer month. All the kids in our neighborhood are either starting this week or next week and some of my client’s kids have already started school!

These sloppy joe recipes we’ve been posting every Monday are our ode to the school week. A quick and easy dinner recipe you can change up with easy pantry ingredients that your kids will love.

That’s the idea anyway. We find ourselves looking forward to these Sloppy Joe’s even more than the kids are! These Korean Beef Sloppy Joes are no exception, they’re the sloppy answer to the kid friendly ground beef bowl that is ALL over Pinterest.

Korean Ground Beef SandwichCan I serve this mixture instead of the regular Korean Ground Beef? Yes, this mixture is a saucier version of that recipe but you can absolutely serve it over rice. In fact you may even prefer this version.

Sometimes when we make the regular version and we reheat leftovers they can get a bit dry. If you serve this version over rice even when you reheat it you’ll still have plenty of moisture in the mixture.

The original sloppy joes had vegetables as part of the recipe. This mixture doesn’t contain any hidden vegetables but it very easily can. My favorite of the list below? Carrots and zucchini. They don’t detract from the flavors at all.


  • green bell pepper, chopped finely (red is sweeter but this mixture is already pretty sweet)
  • onions (yellow or green), chopped finely
  • zucchini, chopped finely
  • carrots, shredded or chopped finely and steamed

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We love serving these sloppy joes with steamed broccoli and carrots. If you roast the broccoli and the carrots at a higher temperature and slice them thinly you may even be able to get nice crisp edges on them which could make them taste like fries.


  • Make sure your ingredients are ready ahead of time in a large measuring cup, don’t let the pan scorch.
  • .If you want the sandwich to be saucier or have a kick of spice serve it with spicy mayo (a mixture of Sriracha and mayonnaise).
  • Stop cooking when its just slightly too wet still, it will thicken as it sits for a couple minutes.
  • If you want to meal prep just leave the sauce extra saucy before shutting off the heat. You may need a bit of water when reheating.

Korean Sloppy Joes

Are you going to join us and enjoy this recipe on Wednesday? Remember if you make this dish this Wednesday, we’ll be having the same dinner.

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 almost 40 Sloppy Joes for this weekly series!

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Korean Beef Sloppy Joes

5 from 38 votes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Course: Main Dish, Sandwich
  • Cuisine: American Fusion, Korean
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
Korean Beef Sloppy Joes made with sweet and spicy flavors with a punch of garlic that's a fun change from the classic sloppy joes.



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

  1. In a large skillet add in the beef, lower the heat to medium and cook well, breaking it apart but leaving some chunks about the size of a raspberry or small grape (don't crush the heck out of it, the larger crumbles will help give the sandwich stability).
  2. Cook until well browned (5-6 minutes), then add in the garlic, sesame oil, ketchup, hoisin, water, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and sriracha and stir together well until the sauce starts to evaporate and the mixture becomes "sloppy" (about 5-6 minutes).

  3. Toast the buns then spoon over the mixture and top with green onions.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Amount per serving: 688 calories, Calories: 688g, Carbohydrates: 46g, Protein: 35g, Fat: 38g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 121mg, Sodium: 1437mg, Potassium: 689mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 215g, Vitamin C: 4g, Calcium: 129g, Iron: 5.5g

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  1. My husband and son love this – now, when I say we’re having sloppy joes my 11 year-old asks if they’re Korean beef sloppy joes!

  2. Made this dish tonite and served over rice. Took it to a potluck & it was a huge hit! Will definitely make it again!

  3. I love this recipe! The flavor mixture is on point, I did see a comment about it being a little watery, so I waited until the end to see if I needed it, I didn’t and the texture was perfect! My husband was skeptical when I was putting it together, quickly changed his mind once he tasted it! A keeper!!!

  4. Made this for dinner yesterday and loved it! It was so easy and quick to whip up after work. I’m very tempted to try the other variations as well. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. This was so so good! And best of all, quick to prep, cook, and clean. We’ll definitely be making this again.

  6. Delicious!!!! I doubled the sau and added red pepper flakes as well. I
    served over rice with a side of broccoli. A great diversion from a ground beef casserole. Will definitely make again!

  7. I really enjoyed this recipe although i did omit the water and added cornstarch as I wanted it thicker. But the flavors are fabulous I have been eating the leftovers for breakfast, strange but delicious.

  8. Very rich and tasty – a hit for the family. Might make just a tad less sauce next time. Thanks for the great recipe!

  9. This is just delicious. I put more Sriracha, add some ginger as well. I have made this several times and have even used Ground Turkey and it turns out great. One of our favorites!

    1. I made this for dinner, I love the flavors, my husband was skeptical but quickly changed his mind once he tasted it. I omitted the water because it really wasn’t needed. This recipe is a keeper, delicious!

  10. I surprised my family with this recipe and they went wild. We eat it about twice a month. In stead of using buns I put it over rice and it is sooo good.

    Thank you so much I have a happy family

  11. Delicious. Fast . Easy! I only omitted the water, the sauce was perfect and thick without it. Adjust the heat to your taste but otherwise a very tasty meal the whole family loved it!

  12. So what you do is you swap out the hamburger meat with wagyu hamburger. Then you swap the bread for toasted Hawaiian rolls (hamburger size), add a pinch of white pepper and just a tablespoon of chilie pepper flakes (or paste). You’re welcome! A sloppy joe for the gods! I am an American and happened to live in Korea for 3 years, I think this really gets it all the way home. I would pair it with an Asian Sapporo beer. It’s quite nice.

  13. A bit salty for our liking. Would cut back on the soy sauce and up the saracha sauce. Also, may try it on rice for a change

  14. My family went nuts over this Korean dinner. We put ours on rice it was soooo good.
    Tonight we are making it with pulled pork and rice.

    Thank You for such a great recipes.

  15. I love Gochujang and so does my wife but even a bit hits her hard. (Gochujang is Red pepper paste)

    So this was a huge hit today. I wish I could show you photos, but the double recipe I made is gone.

    Hot heads like me will want more heat but this a perfect starter.

  16. Amazing, made these after seeing the recipe and we have been making them at least once a week. Have shared recipe with many friends who have now added to their dinner favorites.