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Turkey Sloppy Joes

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Turkey Sloppy Joes are a healthy twist on traditional sloppy joes. You control the ingredients so you know exactly what you are eating! This makes a great weeknight meal that is easy to prepare. 

Turkey Sloppy Joes on a plate  

Turkey Sloppy Joes

Today I am sharing a really easy recipe for Turkey Sloppy Joes that you can make in less than 20 minutes. 

This is perfect for a weeknight meal on those busy nights and makes great leftovers for the family.  Pair this with a fresh vegetable, like this Roasted Broccoli or with a Lemon Arugula Salad with Pine Nuts

I remember as a child my mom would make the best sloppy joe recipe from time to time. They were a simple dinner she could put on the table after a long day at work. I wanted to take that old recipe she made and put a healthier twist on them using ground turkey.

Turkey Sloppy Joes with bun


If you make sloppy joes at home you can control the ingredients that go in to them. This helps ensure that you have a healthier meal. Today’s sloppy joes use ground turkey instead of ground beef which is a leaner option. Ground beef still offers a lot of protein so it works great too. 


Sloppy Joes are a mixture of ground beef, pork  or turkey, onions, tomato sauce {or ketchup}, Worcestershire sauce, barbecue sauce and brown sugar. I serve it on a bun with melted mozzarella or provolone cheese. 

Turkey Sloppy Joes with salad


POTATOES: I love potatoes with sloppy joes. A few of my favorites are these Gouda Smashed Potatoes, Lemon Cilantro Potatoes or these Spicy Lebanese Potatoes

VEGETABLES: I always include a vegetable side dish with my sloppy joes. I especially love this Turmeric Cauliflower, Simple Roasted Broccoli or Green Beans with Brown Butter and Almonds

SALADS: We eat a salad with almost every meal we have at my house. A few that would go nicely with sloppy joes are this Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing and this Easy Italian Salad

Turkey Sloppy Joes on a plate

Turkey Sloppy Joes

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These Turkey Sloppy Joes use 8 ingredients and are a healthy twist on traditional sloppy joes. You control the ingredients so you know exactly what you are eating!


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper {optional}
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce {or use ketchup}
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the ground turkey, onion, and garlic and cook until the turkey is browned using the back of a wooden spoon to break it up, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Mix the garlic powder, cayenne pepper {optional}, tomato sauce, brown sugar, barbecue sauce, and Worcestershire into the turkey mixture.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened, 5 minutes.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve warm sloppy joes on whole wheat buns with a side salad or coleslaw. I like to add shredded mozzarella cheese to the sloppy joes and heat them in the oven so the cheese melts.

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Wednesday 25th of March 2020

[…] you want to use ground turkey instead of ground beef try this Turkey Sloppy Joes […]

Stephie @ EYHO

Wednesday 19th of March 2014

I love sloppy joes for easy dinners! These look great!

Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens

Wednesday 19th of March 2014

Super fast, easy and healthy?!? My kinda recipe, for sure! And even though my kiddos aren't quite so little anymore, we still face significant evening time restrictions - only now it's because of things like soccer practice or a cross-country meet! Hurray for simple, nourishing family meals! :D And hey - I didn't know you had family in the Cleveland area! You were just a stone's throw from the part of Ohio where both Gretchen and I live!


Wednesday 19th of March 2014

I bet as they get older it actually gets even harder with all of the activities and running around! I remember when we were kids we were constantly running places. And yes! Most of my family is in the Cleveland area (and suburbs) and Akron. We are there a lot during the year to visit!


Wednesday 19th of March 2014

We use ground turkey for everything in my house. Never tried home made sloppy joes but these look really good!


Wednesday 19th of March 2014

They taste great with ground turkey! Hopefully you will like them.

Marie @ Not Enough

Wednesday 19th of March 2014

Yum I love this turkey version of sloppy joes, they look delicious! I agree, turkey makes a great alternative to ground beef. I'm sure you can't tell the difference in this recipe!


Wednesday 19th of March 2014

You can't at all! I think they tasted just as good. ;)

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