Sloppy Joes are always a favorite meal at our house. The downside is they can be super messy to eat and definitely harder to eat when on the go, at the fair, in the barn, or tailgating at the latest sporting event. These sloppy joe sticks are a less messy version using a super easy sloppy joe recipe then wrapped in pizza crust dough with cheese to make a sloppy joe burrito.
I wasn't joking when I said we love sloppy joes at our house. I have a recipe for sloppy joes for a crowd, no precooking all in the crock pot sloppy joes recipe, and even a sloppy joe biscuit casserole. So, when I was getting a request for sloppy joes on a night we were not going to have enough time to sit down to eat because of outside work, these sloppy joe sticks were the perfect handheld solution.
Sloppy Joe Sticks Ingredients
The sloppy joe recipe is a basic recipe. Six simple base ingredients.
- Ground beef: An 80/20 mix will work just fine for this recipe
- Refrigerator Pizza Dough. The regular crust thickness found in the refrigerator section near the biscuits and crescent rolls.
- Onion: A white or sweet onion, diced.
- Ketchup: Whatever your preferred brand is will work just fine.
- Mustard: Standard yellow mustard is just fine.
- Brown sugar: Light brown sugar will work fine but if you are a dark brown person, that will work.
- Worcestershire sauce
- Salt and pepper
How to Make Sloppy Joe Sticks
Begin by browning the beef and onions together with salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. When fully cooked, add the ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar. Remove from heat and stir to combine. Set aside, and start working on the crust.
Roll the refrigerator pizza dough crust out on a cookie sheet. Cut in half lengthwise and then cut three cuts along its width from eight rectangle pieces. Now you are ready to start building the stuffing.
Spoon the prepared sloppy joe mixture on each rectangle and then top with a colby-jack cheese stick. Then you will begin rolling up each piece of crust cinching the end together down the middle and at the ends. Roll the dough over to be the seam down on the cookie sheet.
When it is all wrapped up, I coated the crust in melted butter and garlic salt. Then it is ready to bake at 425 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
When the crust is a nice and golden brown, the sloppy joe sticks are ready to be pulled out of the oven.
The sloppy joe sticks also travel well with the help of aluminum disposable pans. I always have the half-size chafing pans with lids on hand for meals on the go or meals for other people. These fit perfectly in the pan and were ready to be taken to where we were headed.
The end results were a huge hit. Let's just say these will become a regular rotation even if it isn't a work in the barn night or game day.
Be sure to add them to your meal plan this week.
Storing and Reheating Leftover Sloppy Joe Sticks
If you have leftover sloppy joe sticks don't just throw them out. Keep them for a quick after school snack the next day. Place the leftovers in a large ziploc bag or air tight container for up to three days.
- Reheat in the Air Fryer - Place the sloppy joe stick in the preheated air fryer at 375 for five minutes.
- Reheat in the microwave - Place in the microwave for 30 seconds. If not hot enough heat in 15-second increments.
More Great Handheld Recipes
Eating on the go is a must for busy families. Whether it is eating quickly at home or literally driving to the next field, court, and competition. Here are my favorite eat-on-the-go handheld recipes.
Sloppy Joe Sticks
- 1 pound ground beef
- ½ onion, diced
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup ketchup
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tube classic refrigerator pizza crust dough 13.5 ounce tube
- 8 sticks colby-jack cheese
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- In a skillet, combine ground beef, onions, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper.
- Brown until beef is completely cooked. Stir in the ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar. Remove from heat.
- Roll out the pizza dough on a cookie sheet. Cut in half lengthwise and then cut three times widthwise to form eight rectangles.
- Spoon the sloppy joes evenly over the eight rectangles. Then top with the cheese sticks.
- Roll the dough around the meat and cheese stick closing off the seams at the top and ends. Flip the dough over to have the seam down on the pan.
- Combine the butter and garlic salt and brush over the dough.
- Bake at 425 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.