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Sloppy Joe Sandwiches

Patricia Reitz

This recipe comes straight from my Mother-in-law's Central Pennsylvania recipe file.  Folks living in that area frequently refer to ground beef as "Hamburg".  I don't know why they do that, but my sister and I have always been tempted to say, "The word is hamburGER - Hamburg is a city in Germany!!!!"  And although correct, it wouldn't be very nice so we keep our lips sealed.

At any rate, this is a classic recipe that's easy to throw together on a busy weeknight, especially if you have cooked ground beef or turkey in the freezer.  I brown 5-10 pounds at a time, in small batches.  For every pound of ground beef or turkey, I start off by sauteing 1 chopped onion and 2 cloves of minced garlic in a bit of olive oil; add the ground meat and kosher salt and pepper to taste.  I drain, cool, and divide into 1 pound portions in freezer safe containers - great for quick meals like these sloppy joes, meat sauce, lasagna, soup, nachos, tacos, etc.

Sloppy Joe Sandwiches

makes 4-6

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  • 1 pound cooked and seasoned ground beef or turkey

  • 1/2 cup ketchup

  • 3 tablespoons chili sauce

  • 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds


  1. Combine ingredients in a medium, heavy bottomed sauce pan.

  2. Heat to desired temp; stirring occasionally.

  3. Serve on hamburger buns.