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 34 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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Keywords: ground beef, Korean Beef Sloppy Joes, sandwich, sloppy joes

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  1. Delish! I definitely drained the burger. it was a huge hit with my hubby. Will add this to our rotation at home or in the RV

  2. This recipe is absolutely amazing, I will be making this for my kids next week. I recommend draining the beef before adding all ingredients.

  3. Just wondering it doesn’t say to drain the meat…but is that a given with 85/15 meat or do you leave it in?!??????

  4. Just cooked this and it is delicious. Added fresh ginger and onion to the mix and at least double the amount of sarachi sauce and garnished it with spring onion and Tesco’s pink slaw.amazing recipe to start with and just tweaked a bit to suit personal taste.

  5. Tried this for the first time. Made as written. My family agrees that this is our new favorite. Better than the tomato base. I made quick Asian pickles to put on top.

  6. I thank you for this recipe!

    Second time cooking it…

    You gave a fantastic base.

    1/2 teaspoon of Sriracha? Nope. 1 tablespoon.

    I added onion, sesame seeds and ginger.

    So simple. So delicious!

  7. This is delicious! I added 1/2 cup of diced onion and 1 tsp of freshly minced ginger. I also omitted the sriracha and added 2 tablespoons of gochujang for some more “authentic” flavor. I love the high contrast between sweet and spicy. Very addicting. This will be one that I will enjoy for years to come. Thank you so much!

  8. So I only used one pound of meat and I used ground pork. It’s what I had. I added some chopped onion and sautéed that with the pork. I also added in some minced ginger and 1-2 tablespoons of brown sugar. I forgot to add in the water, but it didn’t need it. It was delicious! I bet this would be good with ground chicken as well.

  9. This was delicious. I used ground turkey breast however, but oh mannnnn yummy!!!!! It reminded us of the great spare ribs we get at our Chinese restaurant. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

  10. Loved this recipe, did add some veggies. Next I am using it to make lettuce wraps. I added chopped water chestnuts for crunch and seifun crispy noodles on top.

  11. I love the idea and it tasted pretty good, however it was pretty salty for my family. I’m not sure which ingredient listed caused it, so I don’t know how to reduce the saltiness.

  12. Oh this is going on next week’s menu but with jack fruit or seitan instead of ground beef! The sauce sounds amazing

  13. I really liked this recipe! I served it over cauliflower rice and topped it with green onions and almonds! Delicious!

  14. These aren’t exactly Korean inspired, but I see what you’re going for here (it’s more just general Asian-inspired). As a Korean, I’d recommend going with gochujang instead of sriracha if you want a more authentic Korean flavor. These sound great though and I will definitely be trying your recipe 🙂

  15. Made these tonight and 3.5 out of 4 loved them (the other one thought they were just okay, but he’s ridiculous….) We snuck in a ton of extra veggies. Shared on my blog as well with a link back to your site (no recipe posted) because my friends need to know about these! Great dinner solution and easy enough for the 11-year-old to do on his own if needed.

  16. Deeeeelicious. I finely chopped and sautéed white onion, carrots and zucchini prior to adding the beef and my picky eaters had no idea. Needs a side item, maybe an asian style salad or slaw.

  17. Love the Korean Sloppy Joe! Taste was right on and had the right balance. Next time I will add less sauce mix and see how it thickens up.
    Great recipe!

  18. Have you ever made this as a freezer meal to put in the crockpot or instapot? if so, did you brown the meat ahead of time or just mix everything up and freeze it in a bag? Looks so good! cant wait to try!


    1. I haven’t tested it yet so I’m not sure. I would brown the meat before freezing though and let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator before putting it in the slow cooker the next day. If you decide to try, I’d love to know what you did and how it turns out. Thanks!

  19. Packed with flavor and. perfect ratio of meat:sauce. However, I’ll halve the sesame oil next time. Thank you for posting this!

  20. I made this dish for my family it was pretty yummy. I would have never imagined sloppy joe to taste this way. I did substitute the beef for turkey ground it turned out great

  21. I lived in Korea for two year, it’s not Korean. That being said it is very good. I didn’t have any hoisin sauce at the time so I substituted it with some gochujang sauce and oyster sauce. I had it over rice, but my son loved it as a taco. I’m making it again this week but will make it for taco’s with Korean pickled vegetables.

  22. This was awesome!!! Used 1.25# beef & 1# chopped mushrooms, browned together until the moisture evaporated, then added everything else. We like spicy so I used a tablespoon plus of Sriracha, plus a good scoop of Sambal olek, perfect marriage of sweet & spicy. Mike & Maria both loved it!!! Thanks for the great recipe & idea.

  23. This looks great, can’t wait to try!! My favorite veggie disguised in ground beef is mushrooms, I use the Cremini/baby Bella & chop them, brown them with the ground beef & onced it’s sauced, even mushroom haters can’t tell.

    1. I didn’t need to because I used 85/15 fat content ground beef. If your ground beef has a higher fat content, you may need to drain before adding the other ingredients.

  24. Awesome recipe, loved these!!! I made these last night with one minor change. I added 2 T Gochujang sauce for the Korean spice and flavor. (any more would have been too hot) They were delicious!! The rich color as shown in the photo is produced with this recipe which added great visuals as well as outstanding taste. The green onions added color and a little flavor atop the brioche buns. WIll make again and again!!

  25. Made a pound of beef exactly as directed, added in veggies to make up the extra half pound and served it all over rice. Amazing flavors. This will be in regular rotation for sure!

  26. Holy guacamole! I can’t wait to try this recipe. I love Korean beef so I am definitely going to give this one a try!

  27. We loved this! I didn’t have hoisin sauce, so I used 1/2 cup of honey teriyaki sauce with 1/4 teaspoon of five-spice powder. I cooked ground turkey from frozen in my Instant Pot (1 cup water, frozen meat on a trivet, high pressure for 25 minutes). Quick released pressure, removed meat and trivet when done, drained water. Meat back in pot, broke up with a Mix n Chop, added sauce and heated to bubbling over Low Saute. My guys had sandwiches and I had mine over cauliflower rice. Will make again!

  28. This was SOOO good! I didn’t have hoisin sauce, so I used a half cup of teriyaki sauce with 1/4 teaspoon of five-spice powder. My guys had sandwiches, and I had mine over cauliflower rice. It will be yummy with steamed coleslaw mix as Eggroll in a Bowl, too! Thanks for this recipe!

  29. Mine looked exactly like these and my 3 picky kids loved them! I did use Hawaiian rolls instead of brioche thinking that might tempt the kids even more and added lime juice with the rice vinegar, (I always add citrus with vinegar but that’s a personal preference.) This will go into regular rotation!

    1. Awesome Heather! Thanks for taking the time to come back and let me know how much you all loved it….especially the kids!

  30. Put this on the Family What’s App. We all made it on the same day & the consensus was unanimous – easy & simply delicious.
    Thank you for this treat.

  31. I never would have dreamed of making sloppy joes with these flavors. I have bookmarked this to try. It sounds PERFECT!