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A Gluten Free Sloppy Joe Recipe | "Sloppy John Joes Burgers"

This is an easy recipe for a gluten free Sloppy Joe.
Gotta love that name. That's what my oldest daughter used to call this gluten free Sloppy Joe recipe - "sloppy John Joes burgers." And, she calls it a burger because that's how I make it for her. This isn't just a nifty GF dish, it's also a recipe for easy Sloppy Joes.

I tried the real Sloppy Joe recipe for them, thinking it'd be simple, economical and enjoyable. But, no dice. At the time, the loose meat was a distraction and frustrating at that age. The meat fell out of the gluten free buns that I bought (which is normal) but something they couldn't handle back then. I tried serving it bunless, but it wasn't a hit. 

So, I gave up on that for a while. Then, I had the idea of simply revising the recipe by making the Sloppy Joe more like a hamburger. It's the same taste as the Sloppy Joe, just in the form of a burger..

If you don't have a recipe for easy Sloppy Joes around, try this one and you'll have a simple gluten free sloppy joe recipe to use.
  • 1 lb ground beef 
  • 1 good squirt of ketchup -- probably about 1/4 cup (I use Heinz but for those more sensitive, you might consider other brands)
  • 1/2 tbsp chili powder 
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce (Lea and Perkins is gluten free) 
  • 1 dash of ground red pepper 
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
Now, combine everything together and make about 4-5 burger patties. Bake on 350 for about 20 mins.

Serve as you would a regular burger. Serve on a gluten free bun if you'd like. And, enjoy this gluten free Sloppy Joe recipe as we have for years.

By the way, no idea who John is/was - the name just somehow got smashed into the name of this recipe!


Denise said...

Sometimes I wonder why I'm so slow! I keep making sloppy joes, figuring that they're a taste that the kids would have to like! (Also, it's a quick, easy meal for me!) Time after time, it just hasn't gone over well. I never thought that it's probably the consistency of the loose meat that isn't cutting it with them.

I'm definitely going to try these, although I'll probably have to tone down the spices a bit. Your girls must really like those spices! I wish my kids did!

Thanks for another good idea...

jim said...

My kids love spicy foods. Chili powder, cumin and even a little ground red pepper! They love it.

Denise said...

We had these today and they were great! Even my "avoid meat at all cost because he'd rather live on french fries and (fake) mac & cheese kid" ate them. Amazing.

I cut back on the chili powder a bit and added some smoked paprika for flavor without the heat.

Maybe my kids will come around someday and eat spicy foods like yours do. I can hope, anyway...

I really appreciate your recipes!

Denise said...

Me again. I finally made your pizza crust today. I doubled the recipe, and they still gobbled it all up in no time!

You mentioned that you were going to post about how to make it crisper. Did you ever do that? I poked around a little but couldn't find it.