Scramburger copycat, AKA Sloppy Joe lite

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Feb 20, 2011
This is not as gloppy, heavy and tomato-y as a traditional Sloppy Joe. A Scramburger was a big thing in the New Jersey area at Stewart's back in the car hop days. It's a "loose meat" sandwich. We sometimes add a slice of cheese.

Since we generally use ground round or sirloin, we don't have much grease, so I skip the 1 cup water step and just brown the ground meat when using a lean cut.

Can't believe we never posted this recipe as we've been making it since Roseanne was still making episodes where they owned the loose meat sandwich place.

1 pound ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 large garlic clove, minced, or ½ teaspoon garlic powder
1/3 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1-¼ cup water, divided
Salt and pepper to taste

1) Place the ground beef in a large frying pan.
2) Add 1 cup water and cook over medium-high heat, stirring with a fork to break up clumps, until meat is no longer pink. Drain well to rinse away fat.
3) Return to pan with the onion and garlic and sauté just until the onion turns transparent.
4) Stir in the ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire, relish and brown sugar, then add about ¼ cup water -- just enough to moisten but not make mixture soupy.
5) Add salt and pepper if desired.
6) Cook, uncovered, over medium-low heat for 10 minutes.

Serve on hamburger rolls. Makes 6 servings.
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Reminds me of the pizza burgers the School Lunch Ladies used to make.


They were one of our most popular lunches! 🐷🐷🐷
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