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Traeger Sloppy Joes

Traeger Sloppy Joes

By Traeger Kitchen

Smoked ground beef is stirred into a rich, flavorful tomato sauce right on the Traeger. You’ll never think of the lunch lady again after trying these Traegered Sloppy Joes.

Prep Time

20 Min

Cook Time

1 Hr




This recipe serves:


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Units of Measurement:
2 Pound ground beef
1 Tablespoon Canola oil
1 Medium carrot, chopped
1 Medium yellow onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 Clove garlic, minced
1/4 Teaspoon ancho chili powder, or chili powder
1/4 Teaspoon chipotle powder, or hot sauce
1/4 Teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 Teaspoon Ground black pepper
1/2 Cup Traeger Texas Spicy BBQ Sauce
1 1/2 Teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
5 rolls, for serving


  • 1

    When ready to cook, set the Traeger temperature to 180˚F and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke, if available.

    180 ˚F / 82 ˚C

    Super Smoke

  • 2

    Form the ground beef into 1/2-inch-thick hamburger patties. Place the patties directly on the grill grates, close the lid and cook for 30 minutes. This will add a smoky flavor, but not cook them all the way through.

    180 ˚F / 82 ˚C


    Super Smoke

  • 3

    Remove the burger patties from the grill and set aside. Increase the grill temperature to 450˚F and place a cast iron skillet directly on the grill grates. Close the lid and allow to preheat for 15 minutes.

    450 ˚F / 232 ˚C


  • 4

    In the skillet on the grill, add the oil, onion, carrot, and bell pepper. Close the lid and sauté until the onions are translucent, 5-10 minutes.

    450 ˚F / 232 ˚C


  • 5

    Add the garlic, ancho powder, chipotle powder, salt, and black pepper. Stir, close the lid, and cook for 5 minutes. Add the barbecue sauce and Worcestershire and let it thicken.

    450 ˚F / 232 ˚C


  • 6

    Add the smoked meat, and stir using a wooden spoon to break up any larger pieces, close the lid, and cook for about 15 minutes. The meat should be cooked through and coated with the sauce.

    450 ˚F / 232 ˚C


  • 7

    Check for seasoning and adjust any of the ingredients to your preference. If desired, place the buns on the grill grates cut-side-down and toast for 2-3 minutes.

    450 ˚F / 232 ˚C


  • 8

    Remove the buns and Sloppy Joe skillet from the grill. Spoon the mixture onto the buns and serve with your favorite sides. Enjoy!

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