Gourmet Garlic Bread Sloppy Joes

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Crafted with Italian bread, these savory delights are topped with the finest sloppy joe mixture and a generous layer of cheese, then baked to golden perfection. Whether served as appetizers with smaller pieces or enjoyed in larger sections as a main course, one thing is certain—these Garlic Bread Sloppy Joes are an absolute culinary triumph!

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Gourmet Garlic Bread Sloppy Joes

Ingredients & Substitutions


Italian bread is the preferred choice, but feel free to explore other options that suit your taste.

Garlic Butter:

A luscious mix of unsalted butter and garlic salt, spread over the bread halves. Opt for plain butter if you prefer a milder flavor.

Ground Beef:

While ground beef is the classic choice for the sloppy joe mixture, you can experiment with ground turkey for a different twist.

Sloppy Joe Mixture:

Crafted from simple ingredients readily available in your kitchen.


A combination of mozzarella and sharp cheddar cheese elevates the dish. Explore variations with your favorite cheese for a delightful experiment.

Gourmet Garlic Bread Sloppy Joes

Can I Make Garlic Bread Sloppy Joes Ahead Of Time?

Absolutely! Prepare the sloppy joe mixture in advance to save time and allow the flavors to meld for a richer taste. After cooking the ground beef with other ingredients, let it cool before storing it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. When ready to assemble the garlic bread, reheat the mixture and proceed to top the bread with it. Sprinkle on the cheese and bake to perfection.

How To Store Garlic Bread Sloppy Joes

While best enjoyed fresh, leftovers can be stored for the next day or two. Place the garlic bread sloppy joes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. When ready to relish, reheat them in the oven or air fryer.

Gourmet Garlic Bread Sloppy Joes



  • 1 loaf Italian bread
  • ½ cup (1 stick / 113 g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt

Sloppy Joe:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ¼ cup yellow onion, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • ¾ cup (180 g) ketchup
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup water


  • 1 cup (113 g) mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup (113 g) sharp cheddar, shredded
  • Chopped parsley for garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Slice the Italian bread lengthwise into two halves. Place both halves on the lined baking sheet, cut side up.
  • In a small bowl, combine the softened butter and garlic salt. Spread this mixture over the cut sides of the bread. Set aside as you prepare the sloppy joe filling.

Sloppy Joe:

  • In a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef and onions until the beef is no longer pink (8-10 minutes). Drain any excess grease.
  • Stir in garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, salt, pepper, and water, ensuring a thorough mix.


  • Divide the sloppy joe mixture between both sides of the loaves.
  • Top with mozzarella and cheddar cheese.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cut into pieces and serve, garnished with chopped parsley.

Gourmet Garlic Bread Sloppy Joes

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