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Cowboy Beef in a Bun

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Cowboy Beef in a Bun
15 Min

Got leftover burgers? Our easy Cowboy Beef in a Bun makes great use of yesterdays extra grilled burgers. Enjoy 'em around your backyard campfire cowboy-style or in the kitchen. Either way, they're sink-your-teeth-into-'em good.

What You'll Need

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 4 leftover cooked hamburgers, crumbled
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns

What to Do

  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
  2. Saute onion 3 to 5 minutes, or until translucent, stirring occasionally. Add hamburger meat, barbecue sauce, and water; heat 8 to 10 minutes, or until mixture is heated through, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle cheese over mixture and continue heating until cheese is melted.
  3. Serve immediately in hamburger buns.


If you don't have leftover hamburgers, use 1 pound of ground beef. Just make sure you cook the raw beef thoroughly, until no pink remains.

And who could resist a side of our special crispy French fries and a cool and refreshing glass of  sweet iced tea? Check out our secret ingredient -- you'll be surprised!

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One must remember that there are regional differences to foods with the same names. We are now in an era where people from different regions are able to communicate with those other than close family and friends. One should embrace and appreciate the differences rather than be critical of someone's different recipe with the same name as yours....just sayin' ...we aren't wrong, just different.

I'm from Texas and we call it Sloppy Joe. This is very easy and very good. My Grandkids love them and request it for after school treats when they visit for the evening.

I made this for our teenagers at church camp. It was a huge favorite. And they kept coming back for more.

This is for the comment by "Iva": Hamburger & ketchup is no way whatsoever a "Sloppy Joe." A bought sloppy joe mix has chili powder, onion powder, more pepper than normal & other ingredients. Hamburger & ketchup is just over ketchup'ed hamburger to me. Does anyone else agree. This is not meant to be ugly. If it "reads" as nasty or ugly, I apologize. Thanks. - cllM P.S. I am from Georgia AND Alabama & visit family regularly in North Carolina. My family members agree with me as well.

I don't use barbecue sauce. I use ketchup and we call it "Sloppy Joes" here in Georgia and North Carolina.

My Mom used to add vegetable soup to the mix and called it 'Sloppy Joes'

I believe in Texas we call that a "Sloppy Joe."

i like that


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