Venison Sloppy Joe’s

This recipe is a bit of a throwback to my school days when my mother would blend canned “Manwhich” sauce with cooked ground beef. Truth be told, I got really tired of eating Sloppy Joe’s. I’m pretty sure that I went 25 years or so before eating another one after high school. That is, until I helped make a giant batch of Venison Sloppy Joe’s for one of Sportsman Channel’s Hunt.Fish.Feed events. Sportsman Channel, along with a great group of volunteers turnns donated fish and game into healthy meals for the hungry and homeless across the U.S. The real credit goes to those folks who we’ve met who feed hundreds, sometimes thousands of needy people every day in shelters and programs designed to help get those willing to make the effort off their feet and back into the job market.

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5 from 1 vote

Venison Sloppy Joe’s

Servings: 6 - 8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 1 cup celery finely diced
  • 1 pound ground venison
  • 1/3 pound ground beef - 20% fat
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • burger buns


  • Heat oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add onion, pepper and celery and cook until onions are translucent.
  • Mix venison and beef together and add to pan, breaking apart as it cooks. Once browned, stir in garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, Worcestershire and brown sugar. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 25 - 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Spoon meat into buns and serve.


  1. Bethany on January 20, 2023 at 5:59 pm

    5 stars
    This is so good! I’ve added it to our favorite venison recipes! Thank you for being a food genius!!

    • Scott Leysath on January 20, 2023 at 8:07 pm

      One of my favorites for feeding a crowd. Thanks!

  2. Mary Reid on November 30, 2023 at 3:12 pm

    Recommendations for using all venison and no ground beef? Would you change the recipe any?

    • Scott Leysath on November 30, 2023 at 4:28 pm

      Nope. It’ll just be a little leaner. When I use all venison, I like to use a larger grinding plate. If the grind is too small, I think the cooked venison can get a little gritty, especially if you cook it too long.

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