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Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Recipe

A childhood staple, these Instant Pot Sloppy Joes are delicious! This is a hearty ground beef recipe for family dinner and also potlucks.
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 468kcal
Author: Megan Porta


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp mustard
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth or water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper optional
  • 8 hamburger buns
  • sliced pickles for topping, optional


  • Set Instant Pot to saute. Add the ground beef, garlic and onion and cook until meat is no longer pink. Drain, if needed.
  • Add the ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, water, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to the pot. Mix well.
  • Place the cover on the pot and set timer to 5 minutes on high pressure (pressure cook setting). It will take the IP around 9 minutes to build up pressure before it begins cooking.
  • When cooking is done, let it release naturally for 10 minute. Then do a quick release. Remove cover, stir and let sit for 10 minutes before spooning into buns and serving. Top with pickle slices, if desired.


  • Spice up the recipe by adding 1/2 teaspoon of additional cayenne pepper. You could also add up to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes and or 1 teaspoon chili powder! Make sure to stir the beef mixture with your wooden spoon so you don't get a clump of spice.
  • I will occasionally add a splash of soy sauce to the sauce for an extra salty end result. I love the twist this adds. Don't add too much, though!
  • Use lean ground beef or even ground turkey for an extra lean meal.
  • Add a chopped red, orange or green bell pepper to the pot along with the onions for extra crunch and flavor!
  • I love sandwich toppings almost more than I love sandwiches! Great topping options for sloppy joes include: pickle slices, a spoonful of coleslaw, red onion slices, sliced green onions, a thick tomato slice, cooked bacon strips, a slice of cheese (put it on while it's hot so it melts!) or a fried egg if you're feeling really crazy.
  • Any buns work great for this recipe, including sesame seed buns (white or wheat) or brioche buns.
  • Enjoy a low carb meal by turning these into a lettuce wrap "sandwich" instead of a traditional bun-enclosed sandwich.


Calories: 468kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 761mg | Potassium: 542mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 213IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 4mg
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