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Hawaiian BBQ Sloppy Joes with slice of pineapple on a hamburger bun

Instant Pot Hawaiian BBQ Sloppy Joes

Instant Pot Hawaiian BBQ Sloppy Joes are a delicious family dinner. A rich sauce with the tangy sweet flavors of barbecue and pineapple, piled on a hamburger bun. This recipe is a winner!

Course Dinner
Cuisine Hawaiian
Keyword pressure cooker Hawaiian sloppy joes recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 385 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Onion, diced
  • 1 lb Lean Ground Turkey or Beef (97% lean)
  • 3 cloves Garlic, pressed
  • 2 tsp Ginger Powder
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Teriyaki Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 (20 oz) can Crushed Pineapple (with juice)
  • 1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 1 (6 oz) can Tomato Paste


  • 6 Pineapple Rings
  • 6 Hawaiian or Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns


  1. Turn on the pot's Sauté setting. When it is hot, add the olive oil and the onion and cook for two minutes, stirring occasionally.

  2. Add the ground meat and stir, breaking it up. Cook about 3 minutes.

  3. Add the garlic and stir.

  4. Add the ginger, chili powder, smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Stir well.

  5. Add the soy sauce, Dijon, vinegar, teriyaki sauce, and brown sugar. Stir well, and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.

  6. Add the crushed pineapple and stir.

  7. Add the ketchup and tomato paste, but do not stir. Leave it sitting on top. Turn off the Sauté setting.

  8. Close the lid and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.

  9. Press the Pressure Cook/Manual button or dial, then the +/- button or dial to select 4 minutes. High Pressure. The pot will take several minutes to come to pressure.

  10. When the cook cycle has finished, turn off the pot and let it sit undisturbed for 5 minutes. Then turn the steam release knob to the Venting position to release the remaining steam/pressure.

  11. When the pin in the lid drops back down, open the lid.

  12. Stir the sloppy joe mixture.

  13. Serve on Hawaiian or whole wheat hamburger buns and top with a pineapple ring before adding the top bun. Aloha!

Recipe Notes

Calories are calculated without the whole wheat buns. 1 bun is approx. 151 calories.