BBQ Hamburgers and an award!

This is another one of my mom’s recipes.  I kind of forgot how good they were until I tried one the other day.

These wonderful hamburgers are in the same realm as Sloppy Joe’s.  I would say they aren’t as sloppy, but they kind of are.  They are quickly browned with onions and then simmered in a wonderful barbecue sauce that soaks into the burgers.  They are yummy…and sloppy.

I won an award today!  The wonderful Pam @ Pam’s Midwest Kitchen Korner gave me a Liebster Award!  Liebster is German (which is very fitting because I am German) for “Favorite” or “Dearest” and it is meant to highlight up and coming blogs.  It is a peer recognition award given from one blogger to another – I love it.  Thank you Pam!

Please check out her blog…if you like my food, you will love hers:-).  The first recipe on her site that got my attention was her beef tenderloin tips.  She also has a lot of fish recipes (which I love) like this crunchy parmesan encrusted tilapia.  On the sweet side she has a fresh peach cake that I am making for Jim (his favorite) as soon as summer starts to roll around.  Thanks again Pam, and I will pass this along in the next few days!


BBQ Hamburgers
Recipe type: Main
  • 1 lb.ground beef
  • ½ cup.diced onion
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar (I used just a bit less)
  • ¾ c. cold water
  1. Form ground beef into patties and brown with onions. Mix together remaining ingredients and add to browned patties.
  2. Cover and simmer for 1 hour.


Not your lunch lady’s Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes are hard to photograph……

What do Sloppy Joes remind you of?

But these are definitely not your lunch lady’s Sloppy Joes…..

This might seem like a strange post for the night before Thanksgiving, but trust me it’s not.

Whenever our family would come home over the holidays my mom would always make lots and lots of good food beyond just the traditional holiday fare. I’m sure she did this week, but my family isn’t there. When we would walk in the door there would usually be something simmering on the stovetop that we could eat.

Sloppy Joes and BBQ Hamburgers(recipe coming soon) were two dishes that my mom would always make a big batch of. There would also be several containers of Bison chip dip and possibly some of her dill potato salad with black olives.  Mmmmm…now that is what I call comfort food.  I am sure that these foods have been my choice for my birthday dinner once or twice. Jim always tells me I’m a cheap date:-)

This is my mom’s recipe and they are my favorite.  I’m not sure where this recipe came from and it’s not necessarily the recipe that she has always used, but  they are the recipe I make these days and they are soo good.  They have some sweet spice to them which is really unique. The allspice gives them a really different almost addicting flavor. If you don’t have allspice you can substitute half cinnamon and half ground cloves.

These are so easy to whip up, too. I’m not sure what is in the canned version of the Sloppy Joe, but I can’t imagine any reason not to make them from scratch.  I used lean ground beef and you could also use ground turkey if you wanted to.  Although, I have to be honest, I like to stick to the ground beef.

So when you are tired of the turkey and stuffing, have some Sloppy Joes ready for lunch or dinner on Saturday. The whole family will be happy you did!  Jim and the girls love these and I actually wished that I had made a full batch(I only made half) because I only ended up eating one sandwich (which was very sad.)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  Remember what you have to be thankful for and enjoy the long weekend!

Family Pleasing Sloppy Joes
Recipe type: Main
  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1¼ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 8 sandwich buns
  1. Cook beef and onion. Drain well.
  2. Add ketchup, water, brown sugar, vinegar, salt, mustard, chili powder & allspice.
  3. Bring to boil.
  4. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 35-40 minutes.