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Classic Spoonburgers

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Classic Spoonburgers


Hey y’all!!  Today I have a super special recipe to share with you guys.  While most kids grew up eating sloppy joes, my family has always eaten Spoonburgers.  Now I know many of you are probably like what the heck is a spoonburger?  And today I will introduce you to this glorious, no frills, crowdpleasing, picky eater approved dinner.

To be honest I do not know if I have ever had a sloppy joe, it has always been spoonburgers around here.  Served with tater tots and corn on the cob it is the easiest, quickest dinner that everyone loves.  When I first met my husband I decided to whip these up one busy night and when I told him what we were having he was confused and intrigued.  I served him one and he has been in love ever since!  Actually now that I think about it every one who has married into the family has fallen for these spoonburgers.

They come together in just minutes making them the perfect weeknight meal especially since even picky eaters don’t turn these down.  We also love to make big batches and pop it into a slow cooker for when we have get togethers, they are an inexpensive and delicious way to feed a crowd.

Now when it comes to the ingredients do not be afraid to make these, the base ingredient is a little different but it is what gives these spoonburgers all their flavor.

This dinner is super budget-friendly and I usually have all the ingredients on hand.  Everyone is feeling the pinch with the grocery bills right now and you can’t get much cheaper than good old ground beef.  So this is a fabulous dinner when you are trying to save a few pennies and make everyone happy with a delicious dinner.


  • Ground beef- I like to use lean ground beef for this.
  • Condensed Chicken Gumbo Soup- You have to use this soup and you have to use Campbells Brand, that is what makes this dish.
  • Yellow mustard- for flavor
  • Ketchup- helps make the base
  • Brown sugar- Adds a little sweetness
  • Black pepper- forjust a bit of flavor

Can I substitute the ground beef?

Yes! You can use ground chicken or turkey if you like!

Do I have to use the gumbo soup?

You actually do have to use the Campbells Gumbo Soup for this recipe, it is wear all the flavor comes from and what makes it a spoonburger.

Can I spice this up?

Sure!! Add some red pepper flakes, jalapenos or chili powder.

Okay so now onto this recipe I have promised you!

You just brown up and drain your ground beef.  Add a can of chicken gumbo soup, a  swirl of ketchup, a swirl of mustard and a touch of brown sugar and dinner is done!

Spoonburger mix

You will want to make this dinner again and again! We do!

You will love this recipe because it is

  • Easy and fast.
  • Family friendly.
  • Budget friendly.
  • Full of flavor.
  • Perfect for weeknights.


Classic Spoonburgers

Classic Spoonburgers

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can, 10 3/4 ounces Condensed Chicken Gumbo Soup
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Brown and drain the ground beef.
  2. Add the soup, ketchup, mustard, brown sugar and pepper to beef.
  3. Bring to a bubble and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Serve on hamburger buns.
Spoonburgers, yum!

That is how easy this delicious dinner is!!!

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  1. My mouth is watering just reading your recipe! You have put together an awesome combination of ingredients and I can’t wait to make it for my family!

  2. Wahoo! I first learned to make spoonburgers back in the ’60’s in a class called home ec ! Have loved them ever since ! So happy to see the recipe again! Hope everyone tries them they are woohoo yummy!5 stars

      1. I add bbq sauce in place of tomato paste.
        My daughter. Son and husband eater faster than I can get a
        sand which.

  3. My first time eating Spoon burgers was at a Girl Scout camp cooked over a campfire and boy were they good! Great memory as I am 64 years old.5 stars

    1. You do, I don’t know of another way to make these. The soup has all the flavors needed and the right amount of rice and okra.

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