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Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese Recipe

The combination of sloppy joe and grilled cheese is perfect. It makes for a delicious and easy dinner for the entire family and these would also go great for any lunch. What I find interesting about this recipe is dill pickle chips are piled onto the grilled cheese before it is fried in the pan. I prefer shredded cheddar cheese but you can use any type of cheese you like. In this recipe, we are making our own sloppy joe sauce but I suppose if you want to save time you can buy a can of it from the store.  Enjoy. Adapted from Grilled Cheese Social.

(Makes 6 Servings)

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Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese Recipe

  • Author: Bobby
  • Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 8 slices white bread
  • 23 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • dill pickle chips
  • butter
  • 1lb ground beef
  • ¼ cup onion (chopped)
  • ¼ cup green bell pepper (chopped)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 3 teaspoons brown sugar
  • salt (to taste)
  • ground black pepper (to taste)


  1. In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, brown ground beef, onion, and green pepper. Drain off any excess liquid. Stir in garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, and brown sugar. Mix well. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. pre-heat a skillet to medium heat. Spread butter over one side of a slice of bread. Place butter side down into the skillet. Top with a little cheddar cheese, sloppy joe mix, dill pickle chips, and additional cheddar cheese. Butter an additional slice of bread on one side and place butter side up on top of the sandwich.
  3. Cook in the skillet until lightly browned on the bottom and flip over. Continue cooking until the other side has browned and the cheese has melted. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.


  1. Anna says:

    This is comfort food for me and my whole family…Brunch on a weekend! This is great midnight snacks when watching tv, 😉
    Thanks for the post!

  2. Kitty says:

    i’m a college student and saw this on foodgawker. thank god this is affordable and it looks delicious! cannot wait to try it 🙂 thank you

  3. Nikki says:

    I love the idea of mixing sloppy joe and a grilled cheese sandwich together, sounds delicious. I would have never thought to do that until I saw this.

  4. Erica says:

    The sweet taste of the sloppy joe with the tart of the pickle are a great combination I would have never put together. This is definitely a recipe I will be doing again and again. Thanks!

  5. Sheila says:

    Tried this as soon as I read it. Easy, different and straight up comfort food. Paired it with some sweet potato french fries. Yum yum yum!

    Hint…put the first slice of bread in the pan with a slice of cheese and let it grill. Set it aside on a plate. Then put the second slice in with another slice of cheese, add sloppy joe mix, then add first slice of bread/cheese back on top. I found doing it this way keeps you from having to flip the whole sandwich and loosing sloppy joe goodness out the sides.

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