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Lamb Sloppy Joes

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Lamb Sloppy Joes is an American recipe loved by all. The ground lamb puts a new twist on this classic comfort food and it’s still served in a bun as usual.


  • 15ml (1 tbsp) vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, peeled and finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1kg (2.2lbs) lamb mince
  • 2 x 400g (14.5oz) tins chopped tomatoes
  • 2 x lamb stock pots / cubes
  • 3g (1 tbsp) dried mixed herbs
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) Worcestershire sauce
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) Dijon mustard
  • 12g (1 tbsp) brown sugar [optional]
  • 4 hamburger buns, toasted


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan.
  2. Gently fry the onions and garlic until softened and translucent, which should take about 5 minutes.
  3. Turn up the heat and add the mince, breaking it up with a wooden spoon.
  4. Fry until golden brown and drain the excess fat if there is any.
  5. Add the herbs, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard and brown sugar to the meat and give it a good stir.
  6. Lower the heat until a consistent simmering point is reached and cook for about 20 minutes until the sauce is reduced and the meat is cooked through and tender.
  7. Serve in burger buns with salad and chips. Enjoy!


  • Feel free to experiment with different meat. Beef will definitely work!
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Pan Fry
  • Cuisine: American

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