Today we are going with a very weekend recipe. A very fun and informal preparation, and with a delicious result. We are referring to the Sloppy Joe recipe, also known as the messy burger. And many will say, but what is that? Well, it is a hot sandwich, originally from the United States, made with minced meat seasoned with different sauces and hamburger bread. And what better way to celebrate its world day than with the recipe for the traditional Sloppy Joe burger.
“A burger that has been a classic in American gastronomy for 70 years.”
I’m sure many of you have thought: if it’s a hamburger with minced meat, it’s a hamburger like all the others. Yes, but no. Well, the difference between the Sloppy Joe and any other hamburger is that, in this one, the meat is not given the characteristic shape of hamburgers. Instead, it is served on a “loose” bun. Hence its name, because, as you can imagine, eating it without staining is quite a challenge.
This hamburger has been a classic in American gastronomy for more than 70 years. And it is one of the most popular and appreciated fast food dishes, such as hot dogs or hamburgers.
Sloppy Joe Burger Recipe
For our sloppy joe burger we need ground beef. You can choose the one you prefer, but I recommend that it be mixed, pork and beef. Because the beef adds a lot of flavor, and the pork will add extra juiciness. But, as we say, choose the meat according to your preferences.
Before cooking the meat we are going to prepare a frying sauce with the onion and garlic. We will incorporate the meat and, a few minutes before it is ready, we will add the tomato, the rest of the sauces and the spices we want.
We finish with the grated cheese, which we can add to the frying pan and mix it with the meat; or put it on the meat once we have served it in the hamburger buns.
Sloppy Joe Burger
- 2 Hamburger Bread
- 400 g Ground beef
- 1/2 Onion
- 2 Garlic Cloves
- 150 ml Fried Tomato
- 70 ml Ketchup
- 30 ml Barbecue Sauce
- 1/2 Tbsp Brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp Oregano
- 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/2 tsp Paprika
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Grated cheese
- We start the Sloppy Joe by peeling and chopping the onion. Once ready, we fry it in a frying pan with a drizzle of oil. When the onion starts to become transparent, add the garlic, also chopped.Cook everything together for a few minutes until it starts to become transparent.
- We are going to add the minced meat. Cook until it is done, about 15 minutes, add the spices, ketchup, fried tomato and barbecue sauce, brown sugar and a little salt and pepper.Lower the heat to the minimum and let it cook for 5-10 minutes.
- Once the mixture is ready, just serve it in the hamburger buns and, while the meat is hot, add some grated cheese on top.Your Sloppy Joe is ready.
Some versions Sloppy Joe
The Sloppy Joe, like any other hamburger, admits a multitude of variations and ingredients. Although we have elaborated the simplest, to try this burger as it is, you can innovate or add all the ingredients you want.
Let’s start with the meat
First of all, to make a better quality hamburger, ask your butcher to grind the piece of meat you prefer to make your hamburger. We recommend you to use mixed meat (beef and pork), but you can choose the one you prefer.
For example, when it is made with turkey meat it is called Sloppy Tom.
In addition to choosing the meat that you like the most, at the time of cooking you can season it with a multitude of ingredients. For example, you can let the hamburger meat rest with the spices and some sauces a few hours before preparing it. Or even the day before. You will see that this way it takes much more flavor. When cooking it, we can also use some liquor, beer, Worcestershire sauce… to flavor it even more.
For the Toppings
Although for this recipe we have only added cheese, remember that it is a hamburger. You can include raw onions, fried onions, tomato slices, lettuce, pickles… Take a look at the list of hamburger toppings to make it as complete as possible.
Can you imagine how it will look with a fried egg on top?
What do you think of this curious burger? It could perfectly be a new “deconstruction” of the hamburger, but the truth is that the Sloppy Joe is not modern at all. It has been a classic of American gastronomy for more than 70 years. And do you know what it means? Sloppy means “messy”, and refers to the chaos involved in eating a minced meat sandwich (you can imagine, can’t you?).
And here we end this great recipe for America’s most famous messy burger: the Sloppy Joe. But, before we say goodbye, let’s leave you with some more fast food recipes, which you can prepare at home whenever you feel like indulging yourself. Like, for example, the Minneapolis Burger, also known as Jucy Lucy, or cheeseburger stuffed with cheese. If American recipes are your thing, you will also love this popular Breaded chicken burger, perfect for a different night out without leaving home.
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