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Grilled Cheese Sloppy Joe

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Hearty and delicious, these grilled cheese sloppy joes are a fun twist on a family classic with lots of gooey, melted cheese and yummy meat!
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  1. Grilled Cheese Sloppy Joe Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Grilled Cheese Sloppy Joe Recipe
  3. Storage
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This grilled cheese sloppy joe recipe is mouthwatering from start to finish and takes a plain grilled cheese sandwich to the next level. Every bite has perfectly toasted bread, gooey melted cheese, and delicious sloppy joe meat.

These grilled cheese sloppy joes can easily feed a hungry crowd. They’re a go-to for busy days, along with favorites like Ham and Cheese Sliders and Homemade Corn Dogs.

close up shot of Grilled Cheese Sloppy Joes served with chips and coleslaw on a plate

Grilled Cheese Sloppy Joe Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • Sloppy Joe meat
  • 8 slices of bread
  • 8 slices of mild cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

CHEESE: We love to make these with mild cheddar cheese, but you can substitute your favorite type of cheese for this grilled cheese sandwich. Some popular choices include Pepper Jack (for a little extra spice) or Provolone (for a milder taste).

BREAD: A nice thick type of bread will ensure your sandwich will stand up to the yummy filling and Sloppy Joe sauce. Try Texas toast for a great option or a homemade sourdough bread.

How to Make This Grilled Cheese Sloppy Joe Recipe

PRO TIP:

It’s hard to beat homemade Sloppy Joe meat, and this recipe tastes great with leftovers. Save time by making a big batch of Sloppy Joe meat, freezing it, and using leftovers to make these sandwiches.

STEP ONE: Heat a large skillet over medium heat.

STEP TWO: Lightly butter your bread slices and put one piece of bread in the pan, butter side down. Add a slice of cheese.

Grilled Cheese Sloppy Joes process shot of butter being spread on the bread and then bread placed on a skillet

STEP THREE: Allow the cheese to melt slightly and then spoon on the sloppy joe mixture. Top with cheese and another slice of bread, butter side up.

PRO TIP:

If you find that your meat mixture keeps falling out of your sandwich, try melting your cheese more before adding your filling. Melting the cheese will help the whole sandwich stick together. And if you still have too much mess, try adding less filling or more cheese.

Grilled Cheese Sloppy Joes process shot of bread topped with the meat mixture

STEP FOUR: Carefully flip the sandwich and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown.

How to Serve

These grilled cheese sandwiches don’t need much on the plate with them, but they go perfectly with some chips, veggies and dill pickles. A classic coleslaw or simple Caesar salad are both light options that go well with grilled cheese sloppy joes.

Storage

These sandwiches are best made fresh and will get soggy if stored.

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The ultimate comfort food to feed a crowd when you don’t have much time, these grilled cheese sloppy joes are ready in under 10 minutes and will be a favorite with the whole family.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I keep my filling from falling out of the sandwich?

If you find your filling is falling out of the sandwich, try letting the cheese melt a bit before adding the meat. It will help keep the sandwich stuck together better.

Can I store leftovers of these sandwiches?

This delicious sandwich is best made fresh. The bread will get too soggy from the Sloppy Joe sauce if you try to keep it. If you have premade meat, these sandwiches are quick and easy to whip up.

What is the best bread for these sandwiches?

This sloppy joe grilled cheese recipe is best with a thick bread to be able to stand up well to the Sloppy Joe sauce. Texas toast, thick-sliced sourdough, or French bread would all be delicious.

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Grilled Cheese Sloppy Joe

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Hearty and delicious, these grilled cheese sloppy joes are a fun twist on a family classic with lots of gooey, melted cheese and yummy meat!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • sloppy Joe meat
  • 8 slices bread
  • 8 slices mild cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter

Instructions
 

  • Heat a skillet over medium heat.
  • Lightly butter bread and put one slice in the pan, butter side down. Add cheese.
  • Allow the cheese to melt slightly and spoon on the sloppy joe meat. Top with cheese and another slice of bread, butter side up.
  • Carefully flip the sandwich and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes or until the bread is golden brown.

Notes

TIP: It’s hard to beat homemade Sloppy Joe meat, and this recipe tastes great with leftovers. Save time by making a big batch of Sloppy Joe meat, freezing it, and using leftovers to make these sandwiches.
TIP: If you find that your meat mixture keeps falling out of your sandwich, try melting your cheese more before adding your filling. Melting the cheese will help the whole sandwich stick together. And if you still have too much mess, try adding less filling or more cheese.

Nutrition

Calories: 428kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 689mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 739IU | Calcium: 481mg | Iron: 2mg
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