Skillet Burgers (Sloppy Joe’s) ~ an allergy-friendly one-pan meal you will make again and again.
Skillet Burgers are a healthier version of the package mix I grew up with known as Sloppy Joe’s. Don’t worry it’s still a one-skillet recipe, takes about 30 minutes, and thank goodness something everybody in the house likes to eat.
I don’t know about you, but when I was growing up I could never figure out why these were called Sloppy Joe’s! My mom always said it was because they were messy to eat.
Did you know a man named Joe really did come up with the idea of adding tomato sauce to ground meat for sandwiches?
This version of Sloppy Joe’s has a few extra special ingredients that blend in nicely and if chopped really finely aren’t even noticed by suspicious picky eaters.
Here Are Some Delicious Ways To Serve Skillet Burgers:
- on toasted burger buns ~ gluten-free if needed
- scooped over sliced french bread ~ toasted
- between toasted hoagie rolls
- over spaghetti squash or zoodles
- on sweet potato toast
Soppy Joe’s are absolutely divine on these homemade gluten-free sandwich rolls!
My son would often add grated cheddar cheese to his skillet burger and if that sounds good dairy-free folks could enjoy this idea too by adding some Follow Your Heart Dairy-Free Cheddar Shreds.
To Make Skillet Burgers (Sloppy Joe’s) You Will Need These Ingredients:
1. Lean ground beef, turkey, or chicken
4. Fresh Mushrooms
6. Tomato Sauce
8. Salt & Pepper
9. Worcestershire Sauce or the homemade corn-free and allergy-friendly version.
Worcestershire sauce ~ Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce is gluten, peanut, soy, tree nut, dairy, shellfish, and egg-free. Annie’s Worcestershire Sauce contains soy, cornstarch, and wheat.
To make a corn-free and allergy-friendly substitute for Worcestershire sauce, try this recipe:
Worcestershire Sauce From Scratch:
3/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp chili powder ~ rounded or add an extra pinch
1/4 tsp ground cloves ~ rounded or add an extra pinch
1 clove garlic, grated
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp fish sauce ~ Red Boat Fish Sauce is shellfish-free
3 tbsp honey or agave syrup
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp molasses
2 tsp tamarind paste
Whisk ingredients together and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
If you are lucky enough to have any leftovers, enjoy another sandwich or try one in a wrap.
Skillet Burgers (Sloppy Joe's)
- 1 lb lean ground beef turkey, or chicken
- 1 cup chopped onion chopped finely
- 1 cup chopped celery chopped finely
- 1 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
- 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce See allergy-free information in the notes or the original post.
- In a skillet brown ground beef. Drain if necessary.
- Add back to the skillet with chopped onion, celery, and garlic. Cook a few minutes then add mushrooms.
- Let cook a couple of minutes and then add all other ingredients.
- Simmer without a lid for 20-30 minutes. Wow! That was easy!
- Serve on toasted buns, rolls (gluten-free if needed), or with rice. My son even likes this in a crunchy taco shell.
Worcestershire Sauce From Scratch:
- 3/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp chili powder rounded or add an extra pinch
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves rounded or add an extra pinch
- 1 clove garlic grated
- 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 tbsp fish sauce Red Boat Fish Sauce is shellfish-free
- 3 tbsp honey or agave syrup
- 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp molasses
- 2 tsp tamarind paste
- Whisk ingredients together and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.