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Hawaiian Sloppy Joes Recipe

Ground beef, peppers, and onions smothered in a sweet, flavorful Hawaiian sauce. Top each Hawaiian Sloppy Joe with a pineapple ring and some jalapenos for an amazing sandwich that everyone will love!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ground beef hawaiian sloppy joes, sloppy joes
Servings: 6
Calories: 354kcal


  • 5 strips bacon
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 red onion diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce optional
  • 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple slices (reserve juice)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 hamburger buns
  • 12 jalalpeno slices optional topping


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Lay strips of bacon in a single layer on the foil, making sure they don't overlap. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes (start checking the bacon at 15 minutes because all ovens vary).
  • Remove pan from oven and place bacon slices on a plate lined with paper towels. Crumble bacon and set aside.
  • Pour 2-3 Tablespoons of bacon drippings into a large skillet pan. Heat the pan on a stove top over medium-high heat. Add in ground beef, diced onions, and diced green pepper.
  • Cook for about 4-5 minutes, then add in garlic and ginger. Continue to cook until beef is no longer pink and is fully cooked through. Drain grease.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together ketchup, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, liquid smoke, soy sauce, hot sauce, and 1/3 cup pineapple juice reserved from the can of pineapple slices.
  • Bring ground beef mixture and sauce to a simmer, then cover pan with a lid and reduce heat to low. Let ground beef mixture and sauce simmer on low heat for 25-30 minutes to let the flavors meld together.
  • Add in crumbled bacon, salt, and pepper when ground beef is done simmering.
  • Scoop onto a toasted hamburger bun and then top with a pineapple ring and jalapeno slices.


Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 887mg | Potassium: 616mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 276IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 4mg