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Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese Casserole

Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese Casserole is an easy ground beef dinner recipe your whole family will love.

This tasty casserole is loaded with mozzarella cheese and sloppy joe filling sandwiched between two layers of bread.

To make this sloppy joe casserole, I started by browning some ground beef in a large frying pan along with some diced onions.

While the ground beef was cooking, I combined some ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and onion powder in a small mixing bowl.

Grilled Cheese and Sloppy Joes married together. This is so good y’all. During the fall I tend to either like long, slow-cooked meals or super quick and easy ones for those busy days.

This one is so simple to prepare in hardly any time at all. You can even make the sloppy joe part a few days in advance. Maybe on a Sunday evening so you already have a meal half made for the week.

I can’t seem to find Texas Toast at my grocery store any more. What’s up with that? So instead I used a hearty white bread which I actually really like for grilled cheese becasue it holds up so well. Pepperidge Farm Hearty White is the one I buy.
Once the ground beef was fully cooked, I drained the grease from the pan.

Then I added the sauce to the pan with the meat.

I stirred until all of the ground beef was coated in sauce and then removed the pan from the heat.

The sloppy joe mixture is a little sweet and it gets covered in melted ooey, gooey cheddar cheese. Use another type of cheese if you like. I like to use a lot of sloppy joe in relation to the cheese, but you can go heavier on the cheese and lighter on the sloppy joe.

And that golden, buttery crust on the bread!

Seriously yum y’all.

For the sloppy joes

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the grilled cheese

  • 12 slices sandwich bread
  • 6 tablespoons butter softened
  • 12 ounces Roth Ultimate Firehouse shredded cheese
  1. To make the sloppy joes
  2. Add the ground beef and onion to a large skillet and brown over medium heat. Drain the fat and return to the skillet, add the garlic, and cook for 30 seconds more.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, water, vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and salt. Stir until smooth and pour over the beef mixture. Stir to combine.
  4. Reduce heat to low and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. To make the sandwiches
  6. Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat.
  7. Butter one side of each slice of bread.
  8. Place two slices of bread, butter-side down, in the skillet and top each slice with 1 ounce of shredded cheese. Spoon the sloppy joe mixture onto one piece of bread and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the bread is toasted and the cheese has melted. 
  9. Place the bread with the melted cheese over the piece of bread with the sloppy joe mixture to form a sandwich and cook for 1 minute more. 
  10. Repeat with remaining sandwiches, keeping cooked sandwiches warm in a 200 degree oven until ready to serve.