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healthy turkey sloppy joes

30 Minute Healthy Turkey Sloppy Joes with Homemade Sauce

Healthy turkey sloppy joes with an easy homemade sauce made with ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard. Everyone loves this recipe because it can also be made in the slow cooker!
Course 30 min or less, Dinner, Gluten Free
Keyword turkey sloppy joes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 422 kcal
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound 94% lean ground turkey (can also use 99% lean ground turkey)
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup ketchup (I use Trader Joe’s Organic Ketchup)
  • ¼ cup spicy low sugar BBQ sauce (I used Stubb’s Spicy BBQ sauce)
  • ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • Optional: ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • For serving:
  • 4 sprouted/whole grain or gluten free hamburger buns
  • 1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • Optional: Jalapeno slices


  1. Add olive oil to a medium skillet and place over medium high heat. Add in the garlic, white onion and bell pepper; saute for 5 minutes or until onion is translucent. Transfer ingredients to a small bowl.
  2. Next add ground turkey to the skillet and season with salt and pepper; break up the meat as it cooks. 
  3. Once turkey is cooked, add the onion/bell pepper mixture back in. Then add in ketchup, bbq sauce, worcestershire sauce, vinegar and mustard. If you like a little heat, add in cayenne pepper. 
  4. Stir well to combine and bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes longer. If sauce looks too thick, add in a tablespoon of water.
  5. Next add cheese on top of meat mixture, cover with a lid and let the cheese melt for 2 minutes (or until melted). Transfer meat onto hamburger buns and top with jalapeno slices.
  6. Serve on hamburger buns with pepper jack cheese.

Recipe Notes

To make this in the slow cooker: simply brown the turkey, then throw all the ingredients into the slow cooker and cook on high for 2-3 hours or on low for 6 hours.

To make it gluten free: Make sure all ingredients you use are GF and also be sure to use gluten free buns.

To make it dairy free: Leave cheese off, or use a dairy free cheese option.

Nutrition Facts
30 Minute Healthy Turkey Sloppy Joes with Homemade Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 sloppy joe)
Calories 422 Calories from Fat 147
% Daily Value*
Fat 16.3g25%
Saturated Fat 5.7g36%
Carbohydrates 36.6g12%
Fiber 4.1g17%
Sugar 9.8g11%
Protein 31.7g63%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.