Oscar’s Sloppy Mess


Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 4 sandwiches
Cooking Time: 5 Minutes

Does your child love a sloppy mess as much as Oscar? If so, this is one sloppy mess she won’t mind cleaning up!


  • 1 lb of extra lean ground beef or vegetarian crumble
  • ½ cup onion, finely diced
  • ½ cup red or yellow bell pepper, finely diced
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp of brown sugar
  • Whole grain hamburger buns
  • ¼ cup grated reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • Light sour cream or light ranch dressing (optional)


Step 1: Get cooking

Brown ground beef or vegetarian crumble in a non-stick-frying pan. Add the diced onion and bell pepper

Step 2: Make a delicious mess

Add ketchup, mustard, Worchestershire sauce, and brown sugar. Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes.

Little Hands Tip: Let your child to help out by combining the ketchup and mustard in a bowl first.  Ask her what color will result when the red and yellow ingredients get mixed together

Step 3: Add the finishing touch

Spoon your “slop” onto a hamburger bun. Then pile on the fixings!

Step 4: Clean it up

Enjoy eating this messy, finger-licking good meal together. When you’re finished, clean up the table together.
Ask your child to collect and throw out all the dirty napkins or stack the plates for washing.

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