Get ready for this to be your family’s favorite weeknight meal! Big Mac Sloppy Joes are made from seasoned ground beef filling, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions. Talk about a quick and easy dinner made right on your favorite skillet.
Big Mac Sloppy Joes Recipe
It seems everybody loves a good Sloppy Joe. Right along with the hamburger, it’s an All-American favorite. I like making Sloppy Joes for my family since you can easily keep the filling warm in a skillet or slow cooker, and it holds really well. **Don’t you love dishes you can make ahead at your convenience and serve them when it’s the right time?? I sure do.
Plus, you can dress Sloppy Joes up with all kinds of toppings, or you can keep them nice and simple with just a bun and the meat filling….either way they are a delicious staple you can count on.
WHAT TO LOVE
- Make these sloppy joes ahead of time, then just reheat the filling when you’re ready to serve dinner. You can reheat right in the same skillet or in the microwave.
- You can make this ground beef dinner with any type of ground meat – bison, turkey, venison, whatever. I use venison a lot in this recipe since my guys are hunters – it works perfectly.
- You can also turn Big Mac Sloppy Joes into sloppy joe sliders if you want to serve them as an appetizer.
- Ground beef
- Granulated garlic (or garlic powder)
- Granulated onion (or onion powder)
- American cheese
- Shredded iceberg pickles
- Dill pickles
- Chopped onions
- Burger Sauce (recipe included on the recipe card below)
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING BIG MAC SLOPPY JOES
**PRINT THE FULL RECIPE FROM THE RECIPE CARD AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST
In a small bowl, combine the burger sauce ingredients; reserve in the fridge.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, cook and crumble the ground beef until no pink remains; drain any fats that accumulate.
Season the ground beef with salt and pepper to taste, then stir in the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, granulated garlic, and granulated onion.
In a small bowl, whisk the pickle juice and cornstarch together to make a slurry.
Pour the prepared slurry over the ground beef, stirring to combine. Cook over medium heat until the sauce thickens and the ground beef mixture is glossy.
To serve, scoop a generous amount of the warm Big Mac filling onto the bottom halves of 8 hamburger buns. Top each one with one slice of American cheese; garnish with shredded lettuce, onions, and dill pickles, then drizzle with the Big Mac burger sauce and top with the buns.
RECIPE TIPS AND TRICKS
- Be sure your skillet is nicely preheated before you add the ground beef to brown it. When meat hits the hot pan and makes that nice “sizzle” you know you’ll have some good caramelization involved and that means FLAVOR!
- If you don’t feel like making the burger sauce, you can substitute Thousand Island dressing – works like a charm. I’ve even used Chick Fil A sauce before in a pinch.
- You don’t have to use sesame seed buns but they are part of the original Big Mac experience, that’s for sure. Another great option is a pretzel bun!
- Need low carb? Drop the buns and make Big Mac bowls or even use lettuce leaves to make Big Mac wraps.
WHAT SHOULD YOU SERVE WITH SLOPPY JOES?
But if I’m serving Sloppy Joes to kids, I usually go for a potato option, like Baked Yum Yum Potato Wedges or Smashed Garlic Potatoes. Or, if I’m feeling especially lazy, I opt for chips or French fries!
MORE FAVORITE RECIPES TO ENJOY
- BIG MAC CASSEROLE – This casserole is made with browned ground beef in a sweet sauce that’s topped with American cheese and mini tater tots. It’s baked until hot and bubbly throughout and served with the delicious Big Mac “special sauce” we all know and love!
- MEATBALL SUB SLIDERS – Slider recipes made with hamburger (ground beef) are always a big hit with my family and at gatherings with friends. Slider sandwiches are quick and easy to make ahead of time, baking them when needed. We especially like slider recipes that include Hawaiian rolls.
- FIESTA GROUND BEEF AND NOODLE SKILLET – Creating a fiesta of flavor at home is easy when you serve up this yummy skillet meal. Ground beef and spaghetti noodles come together quickly in your favorite skillet that makes a perfect weeknight meal that everyone goes crazy for.
- BEEFY ENCHILADA BELL PEPPERS – Sweet bell peppers are stuffed with a flavorful filling made with ground beef, quinoa, enchilada sauce and taco seasoning, then sprinkled with cheese as they bake. Serve garnished with lots of the creamy Chipotle Crema!
Big Mac Sloppy Joes
Big Mac Sauce
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 3 Tbs. barbecue sauce
- 1 Tbs. ketchup
- 2 Tbs. prepared mustard
- 1 Tbs. dill pickle juice from a jar of dill pickles
- 1 tsp. mild chili powder
Big Mac Sloppy Joes
- 2 lbs. ground beef (I like ground chuck for this recipe since it's a little fattier)
- kosher salt and pepper to taste
- 1 1/8 cups ketchup
- 1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp. granulated garlic
- 1 tsp. granulated onion
- 1/4 cup dill pickle juice from the jar of pickles
- 2 tsp. cornstarch
- 8 sesame seed hamburger buns
- 8 slices American cheese
- 2 cups chopped iceberg lettuce
- 1 cup chopped dill pickles
- 1/2 cup chopped sweet onions may substitute green onions
Prepare the Big Mac Sauce
- In a small bowl, combine the burger sauce ingredients; reserve in the fridge.
Prepare the Big Mac Sloppy Joes
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, cook and crumble the ground beef until no pink remains; drain any fats that accumulate.
- Season the ground beef with salt and pepper to taste, then stir in the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, granulated garlic, and granulated onion.
- In a small bowl, whisk the pickle juice and cornstarch together to make a slurry.
- Pour the prepared slurry over the ground beef, stirring to combine. Cook over medium heat until the sauce thickens and the ground beef mixture is glossy.
Serve the Big Mac Sloppy Joes
- To serve, scoop a generous amount of the warm Big Mac filling onto the bottom halves of 8 hamburger buns. Top each one with one slice of American cheese; garnish with shredded lettuce, onions, and dill pickles, then drizzle with the Big Mac burger sauce and top with the buns.
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