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The Best Sloppy Joes (Gluten-Free)

The BEST gluten-free sloppy joe recipe that's not only delicious, but also quick and easy to make! Made with real ingredients instead of canned sauce. Make this recipe for a crowd-pleasing dinner any night!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef or turkey
  • 2/3 cup bbq sauce be sure it is gluten-free, I like Stubbs
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce be sure it is gluten-free
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 gluten-free buns


  • In a large dutch oven over medium heat, add the olive oil and chopped onion. Saute until softened, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the meat and cook, stirring and breaking it up until it is finely ground. Cook until browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the grease off the meat and vegetables.
  • Stir in the bbq sauce, ketchup, tamari, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, soy sauce and 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes, until thickened.
  • Serve over toasted buns. Enjoy!


Ingredient Notes
  • BBQ Sauce: Pick a BBQ sauce that is labeled certified gluten-free. The most common brands you can find are Stubbs or Sweet Baby Rays. I prefer Stubbs original for these sloppy joes.
  • Tamari: AKA gluten-free soy sauce. Tamari is made with 100% soy beans rather than a mixture of wheat and soy beans.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Lea & Perrins brand is labeled gluten-free and is a good option.
  • Ketchup: I've never seen a brand of ketchup that isn't gluten-free so most any kind will work. I use the kind from Trader Joe's to avoid HFCS.
Whenever I make these sloppy joes I double the recipe and freeze a meal for later.
  • To Freeze: Cool in the refrigerator before transferring to a ziploc freezer bag to freeze.
  • To Reheat: Thaw in the fridge overnight then reheat, or defrost in the microwave until heated through.


Calories: 388kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 1156mg | Potassium: 668mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 257IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg