Sweet and tangy, this campfire favorite features a loose filling—a burger without boundaries. The sloppy joe has murky beginnings. Some think it was invented in the 1930s at a tavern in Sioux City, Iowa. We don’t know about that, but we can tell you that the filling is also delicious with pasta or spooned over baked potatoes or rice.
Serve it up by spooning 1/2 cup of the sloppy joe filling over half a toasted hamburger bun and topping with the other half.
Excerpted from The Great Big Burger Book, by Jane Murphy & Liz Yeh Singh. © 2003, used by permission from The Harvard Common Press.