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Greek Sloppy Joes

I always loved the taste of feta cheese. I did not want just to do a meat patty with feta inside, so I came up with this sloppy joe version. —Sonya Labbe, West Hollywood, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Romaine leaves
  • 6 kaiser rolls, split and toasted
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese


  • In a large skillet, cook beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until beef is no longer pink, 6-8 minutes, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain. Stir in tomato sauce and oregano. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until sauce is slightly thickened, 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Place romaine on roll bottoms; top with meat mixture. Sprinkle with feta cheese; replace tops.
  • Freeze option: Freeze cooled meat mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding water if necessary.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich: 337 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 767mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable.

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  • Linda
    Dec 28, 2020

    No comment left

  • Cyndie
    Dec 10, 2018

    I plan to make it this week for the first time. I can already see that I want to make changes to the recipe. Normally, if I'm cooking a new recipe for the first time, I'll cook it as is and then make changes in follow up recipe attempts but, I can see why many people say the flavor is bland. So, my plan is to add Tzatziki sauce to spread on the bun, add grilled red onions to the fetta cheese, and I might use some Greek Style Seasoning in the meat. In addition, I'll pair the burger with some rice pilaf as the side. I'll post an update after I make the burgers to share my experience.

  • Debbie
    Oct 14, 2018

    I made this using pizza sauce instead of tomato sauce, white onion instead of red, and a little more oregano. Added sliced black olives for a more Mediterranean taste. Made the recipe much more flavorful.

  • Jilly22
    Feb 12, 2018

    This is ok enough for a quick meal. I don't think the red onion is the best choice for the recipe. Maybe stick to white or yellow onion.

  • hkpepin
    Nov 6, 2016

    It was good but I'm ot sure that I would make them again. Both my kids turned their noses up despite loving feta cheese. My son did end up eating a small bowl of the meat and cheese, but no one raved about them. The only change I made was ground turkey in place of ground beef. My husband I thought they were a little bland.

  • DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina
    Sep 14, 2016

    This was very easy and a nice change of pace from regular sloppy joes. The Greek flavor is subtle though, so add more seasonings and feta if you desire a prominent Greek flavor. We used turkey instead of beef, and added a pinch of cinnamon.

  • JMarsh47
    Sep 25, 2015

    Very good, my husband loved it

  • DianeC23
    Sep 13, 2015

    Not a lot of Greek flavor to this, other than the feta. Next time, I would add Greek seasoning to make it stand out from other sloppy joe recipes. It was easy to make, and did taste good.

  • aug2295
    Jul 29, 2015

    I made this because I happened to have the ingredients and it seemed simple. This was very easy and quick but it was also excellent. I added a dash of hot pepper sauce and a tsp of brown sugar.

  • shannondobos
    Jul 29, 2015

    This was a great weeknight meal, which only took about 20 minutes to prepare from start to finish. The feta cheese is what makes this for me - otherwise I tend to agree that it tastes like spaghetti sauce. Next time I'll add some garlic and maybe some souvlaki seasoning to amp up the Greek flavor. Still a great base recipe to keep as is or make it your own!