Frisco Melt Sloppy Joes – Steak N Shake Frisco Melt Sloppy Joes

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Frisco Melt Sloppy Joes are a fun new spin on classic sloppy joes. Featuring all the flavors of a Steak N Shake Frisco Melt, this ground beef sloppy joe can be made in just 30 minutes.

Frisco Melt Sloppy Joes Recipe

Do you love recipe mash-ups? You know, taking two of your favorite things and combining them into something completely new?  That’s exactly what I did for Frisco Melt Sloppy Joes.  My family goes crazy over sloppy joes, and I have two versions that I make regularly (Super Fast and Classic), and I love Frisco Melts from Steak N Shake.

One day, I was planning lunch, and some leftover Swiss and American cheese and French and Thousand Island dressings that needed used up, so I whipped up these Frisco Sloppy Joes. The result was a 30 minute meal that the whole family gobbled up.  Serve these on a bun, as an open sandwich over bread, or over a baked potato.


  • Lean Ground Beef
  • Diced onions
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Water
  • Ketchup
  • French Dressing
  • Thousand Island Dressing
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Swiss cheese
  • American Cheese

How To Make Frisco Sloppy Joes

Step by Step Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, brown ground beef with onions (and bell pepper if desired). Season with salt and black pepper.
  2. Add the following to the skillet: water, ketchup, French dressing, Thousand Island dressing, Worcestershire sauce, Swiss cheese and American cheese.
  3. Stir while gently simmering until everything is melted and incorporated, approximately 15 minutes.
  4. Serve on buns with mayonnaise or buttered buns as sandwiches. Top with pickles or pickle relish, caramelized onions, lettuce and/or tomatoes. I often eat on top of a slice of bread.

For the full recipe for copy cat Frisco Melts (Sloppy Joes version), scroll to the bottom of this post.

Recipe FAQs

Recipe Variations

  • Use Swiss Cheese slices and American cheese slices if needed.
  • Swap in cheddar cheese for the other cheeses, if desired.
  • This would be tasty on top of Texas Toast, sourdough bread or rye bread.
  • Add crumbled, fried bacon.
  • Make it a pasta dish by stirring the mixture into cooked macaroni.

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Frisco Melt Sloppy Joes

Frisco Melt Sloppy Joes are a fun new spin on classic sloppy joes. Featuring all the flavors of a Steak N Shake Frisco Melt, this ground beef sloppy joe can be made in just thirty minutes.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Frisco Melt Sloppy Joes, Frisco Sloppy Joes, Sloppy Joes, sloppy joes with ground beef
Servings: 8
Calories: 266kcal
Author: Barbara


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup French dressing
  • 1/4 cup Thousand Island dressing
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup American cheese
  • 1/4 cup Swiss cheese


  • Brown ground beef, onions and bell pepper (optional) in a skillet; drain excess grease if needed.
  • Add remaining ingredients, and gently simmer until everything is melted and incorporated, approximately 15-20 minutes.
  • If needed, add additional water to thin out to desired consistency.


  • If you dig copycat Frisco Melt recipes, try our Frisco Melt Hamburger Helper, Frisco Melt Tater Tot Casserole, and Frisco Melt Sticks.
  • Many sloppy joe recipes have diced bell peppers. This ingredient is completely optional to your family’s tastes.
  • I’ve found that different brands of Thousand Island dressing can have different tastes. Some (including Kraft) is much stronger in flavor. If you aren’t a super fan of this flavor to begin with, start with a couple tablespoons and work up as you are tasting it.
  • If you are out of Thousand Island dressing, use only French. It will be fine.
  • Swiss cheese can be left out completely if you family is adverse to the flavor. On the flip side, use more Swiss cheese if desired. 
  • Looking for some more easy ground beef recipes?  Try Mom’s Hamburger Gravy, Easy Shepherd’s Pie and Classic Coney Island Sauce


Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 720mg | Potassium: 298mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 665IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. This recipe pass my sister and I taste test. Me personally didn’t like the green peppers much but it added the flavor to this recipe. I will be making it again.

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