Kresge's Lunch Counter Sloppy Joes (Chili Burger)

Kathie Carr


Back in the 1950's my Grandma used to take me shopping at Kresge's in South Bend, IN. After looking for all the items on her shopping list we would have a Sloppy Joe at the lunch counter.

Almost like a trip to Disneyland to this Indiana farm girl... What a wonder those sandwiches were. They toasted the bun and served them with potato chips & a pickle. We had very little money but we always had enough for our special lunch. Those shopping trips were truly a slice of heaven.

When Kresge's closed Mom got the recipe from a friend who had worked there. Photo of Kresge's from an old postcard.

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15 Min


15 Min


3 lb
lean ground beef
1 1/2 c
chopped onions
1/2 c
1 Tbsp
salt (i use less)
1 tsp
black pepper
2 Tbsp
chili powder
2 Tbsp
1 c
tomato paste
1/4 c
(optional) brown sugar or amount to your taste (mom's addition)

Directions Step-By-Step

Brown beef and onions. Add remaining ingredients, except brown sugar, and bring just to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes longer, stirring occasionally. Taste when done and add brown sugar if desired.

Toast and butter hamburger buns. Serve on warm buns with potato chips and a dill pickle.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Burgers