Sloppy Joe Pizza on Whole Wheat Crust


Sloppy Joe Pizza

I’ve heard of Sloppy Joe pizza before but I haven’t really ever seen a recipe for it.  All last week I was trying to decide what kind of pizza to make on Saturday night (our traditional pizza night) and I was thinking about a sloppy joe pizza and how I was ready for something different.  I assumed it was just a sloppy joe mixture on pizza crust and topped with cheese.  So when Saturday came along I cooked up a batch of sloppy joes and grated a bunch of mozzarella cheese.  I had already mixed up our pizza dough using freshly ground whole wheat flour since I’m trying not to bake with processed white flour.  I’ll give you the link for the crust recipe below.  It was really tasty and slightly sweet from the (aagh) sweetened sloppy joe meat and honey in the crust. Overall, we thought it’s a good addition to our pizza recipe collection and since we have leftover sloppy joe meat we’re going to make it again next Saturday.

Sloppy Joe Pizza on Whole Wheat Crust


Recipe notes: If you’re going to make homemade pizza it’s really worth it to invest in a pizza paddle and a pizza stone.  In my opinion, the pizza stone is essential for a well-cooked crust and gives it that crusty outer layer with soft chewy bread inside and the center of the pizza cooks thoroughly and doesn’t leave any soggy areas.  You could get by without a pizza paddle but it makes it easy and safe to slide the pizza on and off the flaming hot stone.

*45-60 minutes before baking, place the pizza stone on the center rack in a cold oven and preheat the oven to 500 degrees.

Sloppy Joe Pizza on Whole Wheat Crust

Sloppy Joe Pizza on Whole Wheat Crust


  • mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • For the Crust:
  • 1/2 recipe of The Best Pizza Dough ~ If you want to make this all whole wheat and no refined sugar, substitute whole wheat flour in place of the all-purpose white flour and use 3 tablespoons honey and no sugar.
  • For the Sloppy Joe Meat:
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, pureed
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 teaspoons brown sugar
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste


    For the Sloppy Joe Meat:
  1. In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef and onion. Drain if necessary.
  2. Stir in the garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, and brown sugar. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Reduce heat and summer for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. To Make the Pizza:
  5. Cut a piece of parchment paper and place it on your pizza paddle. Lightly spray the parchment paper with cooking spray.
  6. Working with your hands, spread out the pizza dough on the parchment paper to mostly cover the pizza paddle.
  7. Top with the sloppy joe meat. (I used about half of the meat mixture.)
  8. Sprinkle your desired amount of mozzarella cheese over the top.
  9. Slide the pizza (and parchment paper) onto the hot pizza stone and bake for about 5-6 minutes, depending on your oven and your desired doneness.
  10. Remove from the oven and allow to sit for 5 minutes before slicing.

 Let me know if you make it and like it.


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22 Responses to Sloppy Joe Pizza on Whole Wheat Crust

  1. Maureen November 14, 2013 at 5:10 am #

    This looks delicious! I can easily switch out the ground beef for the vegetarian ground “beef” I use to make it vegetarian friendly for my daughters!

    • Lori November 14, 2013 at 10:02 am #

      You absolutely could, Maureen.

  2. Michelle November 14, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    What a great take on sloppy joes!! I have to try it!

    • Lori November 19, 2013 at 11:58 am #

      Yea. I’m pretty sure it’s not my original idea but since I didn’t have a recipe for it I guess I can claim it as my own! 🙂 Let me know if you like it.

  3. Kristina November 14, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    Oh my yummy! That looks sooo good

    • Lori November 19, 2013 at 11:59 am #

      Let me know if you make it Kristina. I would love to know if you like it.

  4. Karly November 16, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

    Sloppy Joes and Pizza what a great combination! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

    • Lori November 18, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

      Thanks, Karly, I was so happy to be able to share at your link party.

  5. Winnie November 18, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    Looks really great.
    Not for me (I’m a vegetarian) but my husband would love it 🙂

    • Lori November 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

      🙂 Maybe you can make it for him.

  6. Katie @ IT'S A ginger SNAP November 19, 2013 at 5:41 am #

    This pizza looks delicious!! I can’t wait to try it. My fiance would love this!! Practicing to be a good housewife 🙂

    • Lori November 19, 2013 at 11:27 am #

      I hope he likes it ~ let me know. Congrats on your upcoming wedding.

  7. Ginger November 19, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    What a brilliant idea. Sloppy Joes already have the tomato sauce and meat, so I guess it helps save a step when making your pizza. Thanks for sharing at Gingerly Made’s Show & Tell.

    • Lori November 19, 2013 at 11:28 am #

      Yes ~ after the sloppy joes are all mixed up and cooked this pizza goes together in a snap. Thanks for your weekly party, Ginger.

  8. Leilani November 19, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    Have I not already commented on this?? OMG, when I saw this I wanted it right away. So did my husband. Going to get the ingredients so I can bake up this puppy. 🙂

    • Lori November 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

      Oh, Leilani. You ALWAYS make me laugh. Let me know how you and your hubby like it.

  9. Kim~madeinaday November 20, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    I must try this!!! Stopping by to let you know I am featuring you tomorrow on Made in a Day! Thanks for linking up!

  10. Britni November 20, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    I’ve never heard of using sloppy Joes for anything other than sloppy Joes but this idea sounds brilliant. Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

  11. Deb @ Kneaded Creations November 24, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    just popping over from the Say Not Sweet Anne Sweet Sharing Monday Pin IT Link Party. This is one of the few pizza ideas that my kids would eat for a long time. It was one of my family favorites. I really like the combination of flavors in your recipe. Your sauce and pizza dough are great too. I have pinned, liked and tweeted, and g+-ed. I would love it if you would drop by my site at for a short visit! I will look forward to seeing you there! Deb @ Kneaded Creations.

  12. chad ulrick November 25, 2013 at 6:48 am #

    3 teaspoons is a tablespoon


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