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Homemade Sloppy Joes on a bun
4.35 from 20 votes
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Sloppy Joes
Amount Per Serving (0.75 cup)
Calories 148 Calories from Fat 52
% Daily Value*
Fat 5.8g9%
Saturated Fat 1.4g9%
Cholesterol 42.1mg14%
Sodium 449.4mg20%
Carbohydrates 8.9g3%
Fiber 1.7g7%
Sugar 5.7g6%
Protein 15.5g31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings:7 (3/4 cup servings)
Healthy Sloppy Joes
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins

My family loves these Healthy Sloppy Joes! They're so easy and just as good as the classic sloppy joes you adored as a kid; made from scratch, piled high on a toasted bun— every meaty bite messy and delicious. Grab some lean ground turkey (or beef) and get ready to win some awards at the dinner table tonight, all in under half an hour.

  • 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium red or green pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground 93-99% lean turkey breast*
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups homemade tomato sauce (or store-bought tomato sauce or pizza sauce from a can)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce or hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup (or honey)
For serving:
  • Optional for garnish- finely chopped fresh parsley
  • Hamburger buns
  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium to high heat.
  2. Add onion and bell pepper; cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes and until onion is soft.
  3. Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for about 1 minute. Transfer onion mixture to a bowl and set aside.
  4. Add turkey to the same skillet; cook, over medium heat, stirring frequently to break up the turkey, for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until turkey is no longer pink.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Add onion mixture, tomato sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, tomato paste, sriracha sauce and maple syrup to cooked turkey. Mix well. Reduce heat to medium-low; gently boil, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes, or until sauce is thickened.

  7. Sprinkle each serving with fresh parsley before serving, if desired. Serve on a warm hamburger bun. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*Lean ground chicken or lean ground beef will also work.

Photos by Sasha at Eat Love Eats.

Author: Kim Lee
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy sloppy joes recipe, ground turkey sloppy joes, healthy sloppy joes

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