As a kid, I was not a fan of sloppy joes. My Mom didnt make them that often, but when she did, I was not a happy camper. I remember my Grandma Jennings making them as well, but she called them 'Mormon Burgers'. I have no clue why, but she did. I also refused to eat hers.
Now as an adult, I LOVE them! And this is the recipe that changed it all for me. It comes from my favorite cookbook I talk about all the time, The Food Nanny by Liz Edmunds. I love how simple and totally delicious these things are. This is another dinner Kelsey asks me to make from time to time. She loves them just as much as I do.
1 Tablespoon Butter
1/4 cup chopped Onion
1 lb Lean Ground Beef
1 cup Ketchup
1/4 cup Water
1/4 cup packed Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar
2 teaspoons Chili Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
6 Hamburger Buns
Melt the 1 Tablespoon of butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the ground beef and onion and cook until meat is no longer pink. Drain grease.
Add the ketchup, water, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, vinegar, chili powder, salt and pepper. Stir well and let simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.
Butter the hamburger buns, if desired, and toast them under the broiler. Watch closely so they dont burn. Spoon meat mixture onto the bottom halves and cover with tops. Serve immediately. Serves 6.