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Korean Sloppy Joes

These homemade Korean Sloppy Joes are perfect for hamburger buns, sliders, or lettuce wraps. They are full of amazing flavor and can be made in less than 30 minutes from start to finish.
Course Main Course
Cuisine korean
Keyword Korean Sloppy Joes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 378kcal
Author Tanya



  • 2-3 small Persian cucumbers thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

Korean Sloppy Joe Meat

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 4 green onions chopped, whites and greens separated
  • 1 Asian pear or Bosc pear cored and grated on large side of box grater
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 inch ginger root grated
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1/3 cup gochujang Korean paste
  • 1/4 cup Beef or chicken broth
  • 1 Tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Mini slider buns, large hamburger rolls, or lettuce wraps


  • Place sliced cucumbers, rice vinegar, white sugar, chili flakes, salt, and sesame oil in a bowl or mason jar. Stir to combine. Set aside in the refrigerator.
  • Heat a large 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef, pork, chopped yellow onions, white parts of the chopped green onions, chopped garlic, and grated ginger. Stir and cook until the meat is cooked through and no longer pink. Drain any excess grease.*
  • Then add your soy sauce, fish sauce, grated pear, gochujang, broth, brown sugar, and sesame oil and stir. Cook for about 2-3 minutes until the sauce is heated through. Top with green parts of green chopped onions. 
  • Place on sliders, hamburger buns, or in lettuce wraps. Top with pickled onions and enjoy.



*You may need to drain excess grease if using meats that have a higher fat content. Extra-lean meats may not need draining. 
If using extra-lean meats, add a little oil to the skillet before browning so that the meat does not stick. 
You may use all ground beef if you prefer not to use ground pork. 
This is perfect for freezing as well. 


Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 991mg | Potassium: 484mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 186IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg