Home > Dinner > Turkey Sloppy Joes Turkey Sloppy Joes February 11, 2020 | 20 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Turkey Sloppy Joes are made with better-for-you ingredients, the best sauce, and loaded with hidden veggies. Adult-friendly and kid-approved Turkey Sloppy Joes make for a great healthy weeknight dinner that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less. Turkey Sloppy Joes: a great healthy meal Sloppy Joes often get a bad rap for being unhealthy, so I’ve re-vamped classic Sloppy Joes into a veggie-packed, lean-meat-filled sandwich that is anything but bland. These Turkey Sloppy Joes are loaded with flavor and the ground turkey is covered in a crave-worthy sauce that can be whipped together in minutes. Side dishes to serve with Turkey Sloppy Joes Potato chips Bread and butter or dill pickles Elote (or plain grilled corn on the cob) Roasted Broccoli or Roasted Brussels Sprouts Onion rings French fries (or sweet potato fries) Baked beans A good pasta salad like this Orzo Pasta Salad Potato salad Cucumber Salad How to make Turkey Sloppy Joes The descriptions below correlate to the photo collage above. Sauté the veggies. Add the grated onion, garlic, diced red pepper, and diced carrots to a large skillet. This is a picture of the grated onion; it’s been grated on the large holes of a cheese grater to get this texture. It’s a little tedious, but it makes for delicious flavored sloppy joes without crunchy onions throughout! Sauté until tender. Cook and stir the veggies and sauté until all the moisture has evaporated and veggies are tender. Here’s how the veggies look once tender: At about 5-7 minutes. Add in the diced mushrooms. This picture shows how small the dice on the mushrooms are. Sauté the mushrooms until tender: Another 2-3 minutes. Brown the ground turkey: More on this below. Make the sauce. While the ground turkey is browning, add all the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl (or you can just add the ingredients straight into the skillet once the turkey is cooked through). Whisk. Mix the sauce until smooth. Pour. Pour the sauce over the meat and veggies; simmer until thickened and you’re ready to load the meat on buns and enjoy these Turkey Sloppy Joes! How to cook ground turkey on the stove To brown ground turkey on the stovetop, add it to the hot skillet and use a wooden spoon to break it up into small pieces as it browns. Over medium-high heat, it takes 5-8 minutes to cook through; the turkey will turn to a grayish-white color and will brown ever so slightly. If you aren’t using a non-stick skillet, be sure to spray it with nonstick spray or add a small amount of olive oil. Because of the low fat content, ground turkey isn’t too forgiving when it’s overcooked; it will become dry, crumbly, and lose flavor. Cook the turkey just until done. Quick tips Serve Turkey Sloppy Joes on toasted brioche buns. Here’s how to toast buns — on a grill, in a pan, or in the oven. I personally like adding a little butter to the buns and then popping them on a hot grill for 20 to 30 seconds. Add the sloppy joe mixture to the bun right before eating. Turkey Sloppy Joes are very moist and will make the bread soggy quickly. There’s a reason they’re called sloppy joes, after all! Sweeten to taste: Depending on the BBQ sauce you use and the ketchup (some are sweeter than others) you may want to adjust how much brown sugar you use. I like Stubb’s BBQ Sauce® and Heinz® ketchup. For those brands, 1 tablespoon brown sugar is the perfect amount. (Neither brand is sponsored in this post). Use a food processor: To get your veggies finely chopped without spending forever chopping, just add them to the processor bowl and pulse a few times. Don’t over pulse the veggies or liquefy them; just pulse enough times to get them into small pieces equivalent to a dice. More EASY ground turkey recipes Ground Turkey Tacos Miniature Turkey Meatloaf Loaded Taco Fries with ground turkey Ground Turkey Recipe skillet stir-fry Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Meatballs FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Turkey Sloppy Joes 5 from 12 votes - Review this recipe Turkey Sloppy Joes are made with better-for-you ingredients, the best sauce, and loaded with hidden veggies. These adult-friendly and kid-approved Sloppy Joes make a great healthy weeknight dinner option that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less. SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Turkey Sloppy Joes 5 from 12 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Turkey Sloppy Joes are made with better-for-you ingredients, the best sauce, and loaded with hidden veggies. These adult-friendly and kid-approved Sloppy Joes make a great healthy weeknight dinner option that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less. Course Dinner, Main Course, Sandwich Cuisine American Keyword turkey sloppy joes Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 15 minutes Total Time 30 minutes Servings 4 loaded sloppy joes (maybe could stretch to 6 if serving kids!) Calories 446kcal Cost $9.47 Ingredients1/2 cup grated yellow onion (1 small onion)1 teaspoon minced garlic (2 cloves)1/2 cup finely chopped carrot (1 medium carrot)1 cup finely chopped red bell pepper (1 bell pepper)1 cup finely chopped baby bella mushrooms (~6 ounces)1 tablespoon olive oil1 pound lean ground turkeySalt and pepper1/2 cup ketchup1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce1 tablespoon EACH: Worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar, light brown sugar1 teaspoon yellow mustard2 teaspoons beef bouillon powder1/4 cup bbq sauceOptional: 1/2 to 1 full cup freshly grated sharp Cheddar cheese (depending on how cheesy you'd like it)Brioche (or your favorite) hamburger buns, for serving InstructionsPREP VEGGIES: Peel an onion and grate it on the large holes of a cheese grater. Mince the garlic, finely chop (or grate on the large holes) a carrot, finely chop the red pepper, and finely chop the mushrooms. ALTERNATIVELY, add a coarsely chopped carrot, coarsely chopped red pepper, and garlic to a food processor and pulse into diced pieces. Add the mushrooms separately and pulse into diced pieces.COOK VEGGIES: Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to a large cast iron skillet and place over medium high heat. Add in the onion, garlic, carrot, and bell pepper. Sauté for 5-7 minutes or until liquid from the veggies has evaporated. Add in the mushrooms and saute for another 2-3 minutes or until all veggies are mostly tender. Press veggies to the edges of the skillet and add 1 pound ground turkey in the center of the pan. Crumble the meat into small pieces and cook until no longer pink (but not cooked through all the way), about 5-8 minutes. As you crumble the meat, incorporate the veggies into the meat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.SAUCE: Whisk this sauce separately in a different bowl or just add it right into the skillet. Add the 1/2 cup ketchup, 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon brown sugar (Note 1), 1 teaspoon yellow mustard, 2 teaspoons beef bouillon powder, and 1/4 cup BBQ sauce. Stir well and then simmer the meat until fully cooked through and sauce has thickened, about another 3-5 minutes.FINISH: Remove the skillet from the heat. If desired, add some freshly grated cheese on top of the meat and let it stand (covered with a lid) for 2-3 minutes or until melted. Spoon the mixture on top of toasted buns (Note 2) and enjoy immediately. Recipe NotesNote 1: Sweetener: Depending on the BBQ sauce and ketchup you use (some are sweeter than others) you may want more or less brown sugar; add to personal preference. Note 2: Buns: I like to toast the buns; it adds flavor and keeps the buns from getting too soggy too quickly. Either grill the buns on a hot grill for 20-30 seconds, gently toast in a 350 degree F oven until buns are warmed through and barely crispy (about 5 minutes), or cook in a saute pan for 2-3 minutes over medium-high heat. Nutrition FactsServing: 4loaded sloppy joes | Calories: 446kcal | Carbohydrates: 49.5g | Protein: 24.4g | Fat: 14.8g | Cholesterol: 78.8mg | Sodium: 776.4mg | Fiber: 4.3g | Sugar: 19.3g We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.