Sloppy Joes are an iconic meal that has been popular for many years. They make an incredible family meal, and you can cook them in just 20 minutes. I gathered up the best Sides For Sloppy Joes for you so you can make a full meal.

A sloppy joe on a gluten free bun on a platter with fries.

If you are looking for that perfect homemade Sloppy Joe recipe, you need to make this Easy Sloppy Joe’s recipe. It can be made with any ground meat or even vegan meat! It will take you back to the days of cafeteria lunches with the lunch ladies!! This recipe is naturally gluten free.

Sloppy Joe Sandwiches have all the good stuff cooked in tomato sauce or ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and spices. You can make homemade sloppy joes or use Manwhich. They can be served on a bun plain, or you can use the meat to make this cool Sloppy Joe Pie with a potato crust. It is a kid’s favorite!

Top your Sloppy Joes with sliced red onion, cheese, sliced pickles, or anything you like! Serve it on a hamburger bun or ciabatta roll.

Sides For Sloppy Joe’s:

Serve them with pickles and some of these tasty side dishes. All of these sides are delicious and are perfect to serve with Sloppy Joe’s.

Potato Sides:

The potato sides for Sloppy Joes.

1. Mashed Potatoes With Cream Cheese – These creamy mashed potatoes get rave reviews from everyone. The cream cheese takes them to the next level!

Creamy Mashed Potatoes With Cream Cheese
Sandi Gaertner
Easy creamy mashed potatoes with cream cheese is the perfect side dish for any meal.
Mashed Potatoes
a casserole dish filled with cream cheese mashed potatoes

2. Air Fryer Twice Baked Potatoes – If you love twice-baked potatoes, these are loaded with cheese and bacon. Top them with sour cream and chives.

Loaded Air Fryer Twice Baked Potatoes
Sandi Gaertner
This easy air fryer loaded twice baked potatoes recipe is stuffed with bacon, grilled chicken, and lots of cheese.
Baked Potatoes
a loaded twice baked potato on a plate with a fork

3. Bacon Potato Roses – Bacon and Potatoes are meant to go together and these crispy bacon roses make a beautiful presentation.

Oven Roasted Potato Bacon Roses
Sandi Gaertner
This is for the bacon lovers! This easy two ingredient potato bacon roses recipe makes an incredible side dish.
Potato Roses

4. Pan-Fried Sweet Potatoes – These pan-fried sweet potatoes have the perfect crispiness that tastes incredible with Sloppy Joe’s.

Sweet Potato and Leeks with Honey
Sandi Gaertner
Easy kid-friendly sweet potato and leeks side dish.
Pan Fried Sweet Potatoes

5. Roasted Potato Wedges – Roasted potato wedges are perfect for dipping. This easy recipe is a kid’s favorite.

Oven Baked French Fries with Curry Dipping Sauce
Sandi Gaertner
This is an easy recipe for crispy baked fries with a curry dipping sauce.
Roasted Potato Wedges
French fries with a curry sauce and cilantro drizzed over the top.

6. Baked French Fries – If you are keeping the fats down, these baked French Fries are perfectly crispy without all of the oil.

The Best Potato Wedges
The Best Potato Wedges are easy to make at home with the best seasoning combination. They rival any restaurant version and are so crispy!
Baked French Fries
The Best Potato Wedges

7. Waffle Fries—I like to buy frozen waffle fries and then cook them in the air fryer.

8. Air-Fried Fingerling Potatoes – These air-fried fingerlings have incredible roasted flavors. Seasoned with Italian seasonings, they are absolutely delicious!

Air Fryer Fingerling Potatoes
Sandi Gaertner
Delicious roasted Air Fryer Fingerling Potatoes with Italian seasonings.
Fingerling Potatoes
A bowl full of roasted air fryer fingerlings potatoes.

9. Tater Tot Poutine – This is a fun, creative side dish that has all of the crispiness of tater tots. For gluten-free people, I use the Alexia brand, which doesn’t contain gluten.

Tater Tot Poutine (Smothered Tater Tots)
Tater tot poutine is piled high with tons of melted cheese, meat, gravy, and scallions. Make it as a delicious appetizer, side dish, or even main course.
Tater Tots
Tater Tot Poutine (Smothered Tater Tots)

10. Potato Salad With Eggs – This potato egg salad is creamy and delicious.

How to Make THE BEST Potato Salad Recipe |
This is the BEST potato salad recipe, handed down from my grandma to my mom then to me, with their secret tips to make it the best every single time.
Potato Egg Salad
How to Make THE BEST Potato Salad Recipe |

Salad Sides:

Photos of four salads featured.

1. German Potato Salad – This German potato salad is full of flavor. It makes a great side dish, especially in the summer.

Easy German Potato Salad Recipe – Pastry Chef Online
This easy German potato salad recipe is full of flavor and very easy to make. It’s also easy to make Whole30 compliant if you’re on a Whole30. Score!
German Potato Salad
Easy German Potato Salad Recipe - Pastry Chef Online

2. Mango Coleslaw – Mangoes add that extra special flavor to this coleslaw recipe. It is perfect with Sloppy Joe’s.

Mango Coleslaw
Mangos add nutrition and golden sweetness to this tart and crunchy mango coleslaw.
Mango Coleslaw
Mango Coleslaw

3. Loaded Baked Potato Salad – This is a loaded baked potato, but made as a salad. It is full of bacon and chives and all of the good stuff!

Easy Fresh Herb Gluten Free Potato Salad
Sandi Gaertner
A delicious gluten free potato salad. Loaded baked potato salad is perfect for a picnic, barbecue, or cookout.
Potato Salad

4. Kale and Apple Salad – Even kids love this simple kale and apple salad recipe! It is definitely a family favorite in our house!

Kale Salad with Apples
Sandi Gaertner
Kale Salad with Apples is a kid friendly healthy salad recipe! Crunchy sweet apples balance out the harsh flavor of the kale. Tossed with a sweet vinaigrette, this Gluten Free Kale Salad with Apples is simply delicious!
Kale and Apple Salad
kale salad with apples in a wooden salad bowl

5. Deli-Style Macaroni Salad – If you love deli-style pasta salad, this is the best macaroni salad recipe!

Deli Style Macaroni Salad
Sandi Gaertner
A creamy classic gluten free deli-style macaroni salad recipe.
Macaroni Salad
A big bowl of deli style macaroni salad with a serving spoon and parsley.

6. Wild Rice Salad With Orange and Pomegranate – Wild rice and citrus are delicious when combined with pomegranate!

Wild Rice Salad with Orange and Pomegranate
Wild Rice Salad is hearty, nutritious and packed with fall flavor! It’s a great vegetarian main dish, side dish or meal prep lunch, and it’s naturally gluten-free!
Wild Rice Salad
Wild Rice Salad with Orange and Pomegranate

7. Italian Spaghetti Salad – This is a fun salad that kids absolutely love!

Healthy Italian Spaghetti Salad – Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
Nourishing and oil free, this Healthy Italian Spaghetti Salad is bursting with flavors, chewy pasta, wholesome veggies, and tangy Italian herby sauce.
Spaghetti Salad
Healthy Italian Spaghetti Salad - Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures

8. Black Bean Salad – If you haven’t tried a bean salad yet, this black bean salad is a winner.

Fresh Black Bean Salad
This Southwestern black bean salad recipe is healthy and delicious! This fresh black bean salad is perfect for potlucks, parties and busy weeks.
Black Bean Salad
Fresh Black Bean Salad

9. Fruit Salad – Chop up some fruit and toss it all together. You can even add a few tablespoons of orange juice to blend the flavors.

10. Tossed Salad – A basic salad is often something kids will eat too. Include lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers.

11. Strawberry Spinach Salad – Strawberries make spinach this spinach salad extra special!

Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe
This Strawberry Spinach Salad with Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing comes together in no time for a fresh and flavorful side salad or light dinner. This post may contain affiliate links. See my Disclosure Policy for more info. Follow WonkyWonderful on Pinterest to stay up to date on all of the new recipes! Healthy Spinach Salad With Strawberries…
Spinach Salad
Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe

Veggie Sides:

veggie sides for sloppy joes

1. Beer-Battered Onion Rings (Gluten Free) – These crispy onion rings are the ultimate side dish to serve!

Beer Battered Gluten Free Onion Rings
Sandi Gaertner
You are going to love how crispy my beer battered fried gluten free onion rings turn out. Simple directions and they are ready in about 30 minutes!
Beer Battered Onion Rings
A stack of six large gluten free onion rings.

2. Air Fryer Roasted Green Beans – If you love green beans, the roasted flavor in this recipe is absolutely delicious!

Air Fryer Green Beans with Italian Seasonings
Sandi Gaertner
Everyone will love this quick and easy air fryer green beans recipe. Use green beans or yellow wax beans to make this healthy and tasty side dish.
Roasted Green Beans
A platter of roasted air fried green beans.

3. Brown Sugar Cinnamon Carrots – Who can say no to sugar and cinnamon carrots? The flavors are popular with the kids, and grownups love it too!

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Carrots
Sandi Gaertner
Best Brown Sugar Carrots with a mouthwatering easy glaze you can make on the stove with minimal effort! 
Brown Sugar Carrots
a baking dish of cooked carrots

4. Roasted Butternut Squash – This sweet roasted squash can be cooked in the oven or air fryer.

Easy Garlic Thyme Roasted Butternut Squash
Sandi Gaertner
A quick and Easy Garlic Thyme Roasted Butternut Squash, a perfect Fall or Winter Side dish.
Butternut Squash
A white baking dish with roasted butternut squash.

5. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon – Grandma’s roasted Brussels sprouts recipe is all the rage! Bacon takes this side dish to a whole new level!

Grandma’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Sandi Gaertner
A delicious and easy roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon and leeks recipe. This dish is well loved, even by Brussels sprouts haters.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts

6. Make-Ahead Corn Salad – Grilled corn is the secret to the incredible flavors in this corn salad.

Make-Ahead Corn Salad: Just in Time for Mother’s Day and Summer
Add this make-ahead corn salad to your summer entertaining repertoire. It’s so easy and flexible — perfect for a buffet and a crowd! And you’ll love the edamame, tomatoes, avocado, herbs and lime dressing too.
Corn Salad
Make-Ahead Corn Salad: Just in Time for Mother’s Day and Summer

7. Lemon Roasted Broccoli – This popular roasted broccoli recipe has slow-roasted flavors.

Roasted Broccoli | The Mediterranean Dish
Roasted broccoli recipe that’s easy, crisp, tender, and fail proof. Leave as-is, or dress it up with lemon and feta.
Lemon Broccoli
Roasted Broccoli | The Mediterranean Dish

8. Grilled Zucchini – Tossing zucchini on the grill is a quick and easy way to cook zucchini!

Perfectly Grilled Zucchini Recipe
Make Perfect Grilled Zucchini all summer long! Quick and easy, great as a side dish with anything you’re grilling from chicken, to steak and fish.
Grilled Zucchini
Perfectly Grilled Zucchini Recipe

9. Mashed Rutabagas – Rutabagas are full of delicious flavor. These are mashed with parmesan cheese, making this an incredible side dish!

Creamy Mashed Rutabagas
Sandi Gaertner
Easy, creamy mashed rutabagas recipe
Mashed Rutabagas

What sides do you love with sloppy Joe’s?

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