Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Total Time
20 Mins
4 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich)

Cremini offer deeper, richer flavor, but you can also use regular button mushrooms.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add beef; cook for 4 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble.

Step 2

While beef cooks, place mushrooms in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until finely chopped. Add mushrooms, onion, and garlic to pan; cook for 3 minutes or until onion is tender. Add tomato paste and next 5 ingredients (through salt) to pan; cook 5 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and liquid evaporates. Stir in pepper and hot sauce. Spoon about 1 cup beef mixture on bottom half of each bun; top with top halves of buns.

Ratings & Reviews


May 25, 2016
We loved it. Didn't have molasses on hand, used more worcestershire and replaced red wine vinegar with apple cider vinegar simply because that's what I had. 

Five Star Fresh Sloppy Joes!

April 22, 2016
I thought this recipe was absolutely delicious, and frankly I was a bit skeptical at first! The fresh ingredients made it so much better than all the greasy other recipes I have made. The molasses gave a robust flavor and went very well with the tomato paste and herbs. I would recommend this recipe to anyone for a fresh and simple dinner, and I can not wait to share it with my family!


March 22, 2015
I've made these many times and my whole family loves them. They taste just like a "real" sloppy joe without all the garbage ingredients. The only change I make is using one teaspoon of dried oregano instead of using fresh oregano. I don't know why people are saying the mushrooms are mushy when using the food processor. I suspect they are over zealous and grinding them to a paste. Just put half the mushrooms in, PULSE gently until finely chopped. Put them in a bowl and repeat with remaining mushrooms.

LaurenE2bRD's Review

September 15, 2014
Definitely sloppy and easy to make! Might take the beef out and cook the onions a little more next time. Simple enough to make again quickly and enjoy again soon.

MizMarlene's Review

April 28, 2014
I've made these twice, and it's an easy meal to pull together. Chopping the mushrooms by hand will yield a less mushy texture. I substituted tomato sauce for the paste on once occasion. And I always up the hot sauce (used Sriracha for a bigger pow factor).

bkmilligan's Review

November 05, 2013
Tastey, but not for us. We have a rating system in our house which is simply 'a do-over', 'a do-over with changes' or 'not a do-over'. We simply decided that if we were going to eat beef, we would prefer a better way of serving it.

Elkinger's Review

April 07, 2013
Love this recipe as is. Spicy and lots of flavor!

BMcHenry's Review

November 12, 2012
I was out of the ingredients I normally make sloppy joes with so I gave this a try. The red wine vinegar was too overpowering for me and the whole flavor was not like the typical flavor I'm used to making. Not bad, but I'll stick with the more traditional homemade sauce.

steelergal12's Review

September 23, 2012
While I don't care for mushrooms, my hubby loved the sloppy joes. He said it had just the right amount of sweetness and tartness. I used ground turkey instead of ground sirlion and found it to be very tasty. Very quick to make and leftovers can be used for a topper on baked potatoes.

nikinikinine's Review

April 02, 2012