Here basically means "this is not really true, but is similar to what is true".Basically Sloppy Joe’s is a hamburger chopped up with all the typical burger ingredients cooked together.
A sloppy joe is one kind of sandwich. It is often served on a bun (pic1) but I often eat it on bread.Do you consider the sloppy joe a sandwich or a hamburger?
Unlike a hamburger, a sloppy joe doesn't behave itself and stay on the bun where it belongs -- it drips. I usually put it on mash, so I can eat it with a spoon.So is a sloppy joe just the meat sauce? And you can spoon it onto a bun, or bread, or rice, or mash, or pasta?