Low-carb Sloppy Joe's

Low-carb Sloppy Joe’s

Roll up your sleeves for this aptly named meal! This fun low-carb dish has all the succulent flavor of the traditional version, but with none of the gluten and added sugars. Indulge your inner child tonight.

Low-carb Sloppy Joe’s

Roll up your sleeves for this aptly named meal! This fun low-carb dish has all the succulent flavor of the traditional version, but with none of the gluten and added sugars. Indulge your inner child tonight.
4 servingservings


The Bread
  • 1¼ cups 300 ml (150 g) almond flour
  • 5 tbsp 5 tbsp (40 g) ground psyllium husk powder
  • 2 tsp 2 tsp (10 g) baking powder
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp 2 tsp cider vinegar
  • 1¼ cups 300 ml boiling water
  • 3 3 egg whiteegg whites
  • sesame seeds (optional)
Meat sauce
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1 yellow onionyellow onions
  • 4 4 garlic clovegarlic cloves
  • 20 oz. 600 g ground beef
  • 4 tbsp 60 ml tomato paste
  • 14 oz. 400 g crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp 2 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 8 tbsp 8 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 513 oz. 150 g (325 ml) shredded cheese


Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.

The bread

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Add the vinegar, boiling water, and egg whites to the bowl. Whisk the dough with a hand mixer for about 30 seconds. Don’t overmix it. (You want the consistency to resemble Play-Doh.)
  3. With moistened hands, form the dough into 4 or 8 pieces of bread.
  4. Bake on lower rack in oven for 50–60 minutes, depending on the size of your bread. They’re done when you hear a hollow sound when tapping the bottom of the bun.

Meat sauce

  1. Sauté onion and garlic in a large frying pan over medium high until the onion is soft and translucent.
  2. Add the ground beef to the pan and increase the heat a little. Fry the meat thoroughly.
  3. Add the other ingredients and mix well.
  4. Let simmer for at least 15 minutes on low heat until most of the liquid is reduced.
  5. Taste and add more seasoning if needed.
  6. Serve in low-carb bread with a lot of shredded cheese and a dollop of mayonnaise.


Embrace your creativity! Sprinkle poppy or sesame seeds on the bread before baking. Or why not some salt flakes and herbs? You can also make hot dog or hamburger buns out of the dough.
Six pieces of this bread contain about 2 grams of carbs per bun.
Save those leftovers! The meat sauce can be kept in the fridge for up to three days, or in the freezer. And don’t get stuck in a rut. Feel free to use any kind of meat you want – beef, lamb, poultry or pork.

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  1. Nicky
    Great recipe! Thankyou for the next ongoing wonderful ideas to make LCHF way of life enjoyable :-)))
  2. Elizabeth
    Which is the real recipe for low carb bread/buns? The sloppy joe recipe has bread recipe that is the same recipe but salt and almond flour are different proportions than when you do a just search for just the bread. Salt seems like too much. Had the same problem when I made the Naan recipe; it came out too salty.
  3. Janice
    I made this last night. The bread "looked" incredible but it did not taste like bread much, unfortunately. We were very disappointed! It was "slippery" on my tongue--don't know how to describe it. I made the sloppy joe with the hamburger and it tasted ok. Most of the time with these recipes, I have to make sure I add spices or it will be too bland--and I don't like hot-spicy..so that's saying something! Now I have all this left over sloppy joe hamburger but don't want to eat it with the bread! Today for lunch, I cut a bun in half and put butter in a pan, melted it and placed the buns cut side down and toasted them. Then I put some peanut butter on them! That was pretty good! Now trying to figure out what to make for dinner tonight with all the extra sloppy joe mix that we didn't eat last night! What to do??!!
  4. Shannon
    The bread puffed up and became hollow on top. The bottom was very heavy. I was confused on the hollow sound so I took them out at 50 minutes but they weren't done. I baled them for 20 minutes more and still didn't seem quite some on the bottom. The sloppy Joe mixture could use more spices for flavor. Not sure what would be best for the bread.
  5. Keri from My Table of Three
    We love these buns in our healthy lifestyle. I like to split the 5 tablespoons ground psyllium husk powder into 2 1/2 Tbsp of oat fiber and 2 1/2 Tbsp of the psyllium. We like the texture when made with the oat fiber just a little better (not that they are not good just as they are because they are). I make these buns almost every week to keep on hand for quick burgers or sandwiches. Thanks for a great recipe! We are having the sloppy joe mix tonight on the buns for the first time.
  6. Alison
    The buns turned out fine except that sliced open the bread has a light lilac (purple) color to it. The buns had a good texture with the outside brown and crusty. Any idea of how to change the color?
    Reply: #7
  7. Verity
    Try a different brand of psyllium husk powder.
  8. Selina
    Baked the bread for nearly two hours because it was gooey and almost purple inside at one hour. Tops are hollow. Going to try them tomorrow since we were done with dinner before They were done. Smell good!
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  10. Katie
    Wow, so disappointed in the bread. It doesn’t turn out anything like the photo nor does it ever sound “hollow”. Save the money and frustration and just make the sloppy joe mix.
  11. Kim
    I made the bread and it turned out perfect I would use this again I found the sloppy joe tasty but would only use 1 tsp of salt next time.
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  13. Kathryn
    Made these for lunch and was really pleased with the buns, although I could have baked them a little longer I think. I really dressed up the sloppy joe mix using ancho and chipotle powders, increasing the amounts and adding cayenne powder, worchestershire sauce, extra red wine vinegar, onion and garlic powders, and it was really really good! I want to try making a vinegar slaw to go with it next time;

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