Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes is a simple way to make your meal with minimal effort at the stove and perfect for potlucks and parties. The first time I made it for a Highschool event it was devoured. Kids loved it and it was so easy to transport. Just needed the Slow Cooker, buns, spoon and paper plates.

To make this easier I often use pre-cooked hamburger and onion that I have frozen. I start with 10-20 pounds at a time and cook in the slow cooker with chopped onions. I stir every hour or so until it’s all cooked, drain off the great and freeze. When I do this I find I do a better job at avoiding going to fast food restaurants because I can easily put dinners together with the precooked hamburger. Precooking sausage and ground turkey or chicken works well too.

I typically just use hamburger but if you want to make Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes a bit cheaper you can use ground turkey or chicken. I can find either of those for less than $2 a pound whereas Hamburger is nearly $4 a pound even for the 73%. You can also use ground Bison or Venison. If you need to calm a gamey taste just use part hamburger and part venison. All great ways to be frugal.

You will need a Slow Cooker, Large Frying Pan, Can opener, Cutting Board, Knife, measuring cups/spoons and serving spoon.

Another great sloppy joe recipe! Easy 1-Pot Sloppy Joes

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 23 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12 People


  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 Yellow Onion, Diced
  • 2 Pounds Ground Beef
  • 2 Tablespoons Minced Garlic
  • 2 Cans (8 ounces) Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Cup Ketchup
  • 1/4th Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Teaspoons Mustard, prepared
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Molasses
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Hamburger Buns
  • Cheese, Pickles, chips and other sides.


  • Begin to sauté the onions in the butter, add the hamburger and brown. Drain the fat off. sauté the garlic for 30 seconds. Pour all into the slow cooker.
  • Add the Cans of Tomato, Ketchup, Brown Sugar and stir.
  • Add the Worcestershire sauce, Mustard, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Molasses and Salt/Pepper to taste. Stir in again.
  • Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours. Stir occasionally to keep the sides from getting too hot and burning. Serve on Buns with cheese.
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