Sloppy Joe Deer Casserole

Sloppy Joe Deer Casserole

Sloppy Joe Deer Casserole is a delicious dish that you will bake time and time again. Yes, it’s that good and it’s very easy to make. You’ll only need four ingredients!

This is another one of my favorite meals to make. When I was working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week it was a lifesaver. I would prepare it the night before and place it in the fridge to be baked the next day.

Note: If you try this, make sure you let the meat mixture cool completely before placing the dough and cheese on top–don’t ask me why because I’m too ashamed to tell you 🙂 Let me just say that it’s tough to think right when you are exhausted and I made a mess so just don’t do it.

When my hubby came home from work all he had to do was pop the dish in the oven for about 18 minutes and dinner was served.

Sloppy Joe Deer Casserole

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 28 minutes

Total Time: 33 minutes

Yield: 6 Squares

Serving Size: 1 Square

Calories per serving: 863

Fat per serving: 23.3g

Sloppy Joe Deer Casserole


  • 2 lb ground deer burger
  • 2 15.5 oz. cans of sloppy joe sauce (Hunts Manwich Thick & Chunky is my favorite)
  • 2 8-count cans of refrigerated crescent rolls (you'll only need 10)
  • 8 oz of shredded cheese (I like mild cheddar cheese, mozzarella, or a combination of both)


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Gently brown the deer burger in a skillet, which should take about 10 minutes. Remove the excess fat.
  2. Mix sloppy joe sauce into the deer burger and let it simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Unroll the cans of crescent rolls and separate each can into 2 sections. Pour the deer burger mixture into a ungreased 9" x 13" casserole dish and spread it out evenly.
  4. Place the crescent dough over the deer burger mixture. Make sure the entire top is covered with dough.
  5. Poke holes in the dough with a sharp knife every few inches apart. If you forget this step, the crust will bubble and rise and bake unevenly.
  6. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake uncovered for 18 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the dough is done. If you are not sure if the dough is done, you can poke a toothpick in the center and if it comes out clean, it’s done.

Please check out our Sloppy Joe Deer Casserole slideshow below…


The good, the bad and the delicious…

  • Sloppy Joe Deer Casserole is low in cholesterol and has other essential vitamins, such as vitamin A, calcium, iron and a little vitamin C.
  • It’s also high in sodium and depending on your diet, it might be too high in calories as well.

Sloppy Joe Deer Casserole Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Grade: C+

Yields: 6 Pieces Serving Size: 1 Pieces
Calories 863
% Daily Value*
 Total Fat 23.3g 36%
 Saturated Fat 9.9g 50%
 Trans Fat 0.0g
 Cholesterol 45mg 15%
 Sodium 1913mg 80%
 Total Carbohydrates 97.8g 33%
 Dietary Fiber 2.9g 11%
 Sugars 26.8g
 Protein 60.3g
Vitamin A 49%
Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 57%
Iron 43%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

To make this recipe more diet-friendly…

  • Use reduced fat crescent rolls and cheese or you can omit the cheese altogether.
    • These changes would cut out over 200 calories, and lower the saturated fat and sodium by more than half.
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