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Turkey Sloppy Joes

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 and works great all week long as leftovers. You can freeze the sloppy joe meat too! 

  Turkey Sloppy Joes with bun

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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 meal for a busy day and makes great leftovers for the family weeknight dinners.

Pair this with a fresh vegetable like green beans or 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.

If you prefer ground beef in your sloppy joes check out this post on How to Make Sloppy Joes which uses ground beef. 

Turkey Sloppy Joes with a salad

ARE SLOPPY JOES HEALTHY?

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 easy dinner.

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. 

WHAT ARE SLOPPY JOES MADE OF?

Classic 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 hamburger bun with melted mozzarella or provolone cheese. 

How to Make Sloppy Joes with bowl

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THESE TURKEY SLOPPY JOES

LEAN GROUND TURKEY

ONION & GARLIC

SPICES: ONION POWDER, CAYENNE PEPPER

TOMATO SAUCE

BROWN SUGAR

BARBECUE SAUCE

WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE

Turkey Sloppy Joes on a plate

HOW TO MAKE THIS SLOPPY JOES RECIPE

COOK THE MEAT: In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.

Add the ground beef, onion, and garlic and cook until the beef is browned using the back of a wooden spoon to break it up about 5 to 8 minutes. Drain the fat from the beef.

ADD THE SPICES AND OTHER SLOPPY JOE SAUCE INGREDIENTS:In the same skillet mix the garlic powder, cayenne pepper {optional}, tomato sauce, brown sugar, barbecue sauce, and Worcestershire in the skillet. Add the beef and mix well.

SIMMER: Reduce heat and simmer until thickened, 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

SERVE ON HAMBURGER BUNS: Serve warm sloppy joes on whole wheat buns with a side salad or coleslaw. I like to add shredded mozzarella cheese or provolone cheese to the sloppy joes and heat them in the oven so the cheese melts. Another great idea is to add pickles to your sandwich.

You can store the sloppy joe mixture in an airtight container. 

WAYS TO MODIFY THIS HOMEMADE SLOPPY JOE RECIPE

VEGETABLES: You can add other vegetables to these sloppy joes. I suggest adding them in with the garlic and onion and sautéing them together. I like bell peppers like green pepper, red peppers, red onion, celery or carrots. 

TOMATO PASTE: You can use tomato paste to thicken sauce. You might want to start with 2 to 3 tablespoons of tomato paste and see if you want more. 

SAUCE INGREDIENTS: You can modify the sauce by adding a variety of spices like crushed red pepper, a different style bbq sauce like a spicy one, add hot sauce or try adding less brown sugar. 

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WHAT SIDE DISHES GO WITH SLOPPY JOES?

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!

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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!

Julia

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!

Amanda

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!

Julia

Wednesday 19th of March 2014

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

Marie @ Not Enough Cinnamon.com

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!

Julia

Wednesday 19th of March 2014

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

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