Hoisin Sloppy Joes


  • 1 lb. 90% lean ground beef (we used 93% lean ground beef)
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce (we had a boo-boo and didn’t realize we were out of hoisin sauce so we found a recipe online for hoisin sauce and made that instead; recipe for hoisin will follow this list of ingredients)
  • 2 Tbsp. ketchup
  • 1 ½ tsp. Sriracha chili sauce
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns
  • Red onion slices, optional (we halved our onion before slicing it)

Hoisin recipe ingredients (we actually doubled this recipe just to ensure that there’d be enough for the sloppy joe recipe)

  • ¼ cup soy sauce (we used reduced-sodium soy sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seed oil (we used toasted sesame seed oil)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ½ teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder


  1. If you’re making the hoisin sauce recipe, then get a sauce pan out and add all the ingredients to it, setting the heat to medium. Continuously stir the mixture until the peanut butter and molasses have blended into the sauce. Take the saucepan off the heat and let it cool down to room temperature for five minutes.
  2. Take a large nonstick skillet out and set the heat to medium-high. Add the ground beef, chopped onion and 4 minced garlic cloves to the skillet. Stirring constantly, cook the mixture for 5 minutes*, making sure to break up the meat mixture into a crumble. Excluding the buns and red onion slices, add remaining ingredients into the skillet, continuing to cook for an additional 3 minutes**. Divide the sloppy joe mixture evenly between the 4 buns, topping the mixture with the red onion slices afterwards (if you want).

* We cooked ground beef mixture until the beef was fully cooked.

** We don’t know if we added the ingredients too slowly or what but there was so little sauce in the skillet that we just pulled the skillet off the heat once all the ingredients were mixed together.

We got the sloppy joe recipe from Cooking Light and the hoisin sauce recipe from pepperscale.com .

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Cooking Light or pepperscale.com .

Hope you enjoy life !

*edit* When assembling the sandwich, we tried pouring some extra hoisin sauce over the sloppy joe mixture on one sandwich and we really liked it, the sandwich became a lot more flavorful !

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