Spoon Burgers {Sloppy Joe Burgers}

Spoon Burgers are a quick and easy freezer friendly meal your family is sure to love!

Spoon Burgers

Some of you might be wondering what exactly a spoon burger is because you have never heard of them. Basically a spoon burger is a form of a sloppy joe.

I have heard regular sloppy joes called spoon burgers, but most spoon burgers are a little different version of a sloppy joe. They are the same basic idea of a meat sandwich, but with slightly different flavors than we normally think of when it comes to sloppy joes.

Sloppy Joe Burgers

The version of spoon burgers I am sharing with you today is one that I have been making for years. They can either be called spoon burgers or sloppy joe burgers.

My family likes these because they do not have the typical tomato based sauce that sloppy joes have. Don’t get me wrong, we love sloppy joes, but we love these for a fun change.

I started making these years ago as part of my freezer cooking meals. I would make a large batch of the meat filling and freeze it in freezer bags. It made for an easy, inexpensive freezer meal and all I had to do was add the buns and a side dish for an simple dinner.

We normally serve this over buns or bread, but it is also really good served over baked potatoes.

I am curious if any of you have heard sloppy joes or that type of a recipe called spoon burgers? It is a regional thing or maybe an older term for them? I would love to hear your thoughts on it. 

Sloppy Joe Burgers


Lynn's Kitchen Adventures


  1. Thanks Lynn! Making this again tonight after reading your email. Such a quick supper and is great with venison!

  2. We grew up on my mom’s Spoonburgers – and they were called that, not Sloppy Joes! Most people know Sloppy Joes, but have never heard of Spoonburgers. I think it might have originally been a Campbell’s Soup recipe on the back of the can? Here recipe is as follows:

    1 lb ground beef
    1/4 cup diced onions
    1 can chicken gumbo soup (sometimes hard to find now)
    2 to 3 tablespoon ketchup
    1 tablespoon yellow mustard
    1 t Worcestershire sauce
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 dash pepper
    6 to 8 hamburger buns
    opt. sliced mild American or Colby Jack cheese

    1.Brown ground beef and onions together. Drain off grease.
    2.Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Simmer at least 15-20 minutes.
    3.Serve hot on hamburger buns.
    4.Can add a slice of mild American or Colby Jack cheese to each bun.

    When my boys were young I would make both the Spoonburgers and Sloppy Joes. Now I make only the Spoonburger recipe as that is what I prefer – sort of comfort food.

    • Thank you for sharing your version. I don’t think I have ever seen the chicken gumbo soup, but I will have to look for it. My husband would probably like that version. I think you might be right about spoon burgers being a campbells soup recipe. I have also seen a version that is more sloppy joe like, but it called for canned tomato soup. So maybe the original difference was that spoon burgers had canned soup in the sauce part.

  3. Candace Letson says:

    I grew up in Michigan, and my mom made spoon burgers. Her version didn’t have the soup. She just mixed mustard, mayo, and Worcestershire together and added it to the ground beef.

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