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Favorite Lean Turkey Sloppy Joes

Get your comfort food quick fix with these healthy turkey sloppy joes. They have a tangy, rich flavor, and are super easy to throw together. A true childhood classic with a leaner twist!

Course Dinner, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Nut Free
Cuisine American
Keyword lean turkey sloppy joes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 223 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 pound extra lean ground turkey
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • red pepper flakes, if desired
  • 1 cup (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup bbq sauce of choice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Frank's Hot Sauce or Tabasco
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, if desired
  • 6 whole wheat hamburger buns


  1. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Once oil is shimmering, add red bell pepper, onion and garlic and cook until the onion is tender and garlic is fragrant, about 4 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a bowl and set aside. Keep heat on and use the same skillet to cook your turkey.
  2. Next add ground turkey to the skillet. Break up the meat and spread it around the pan. Season generously with salt and pepper and cook 8-10 minutes or until the turkey is cooked and no longer pink.
  3. Stir in tomato sauce, a pinch of red pepper flakes, bbq sauce, Worcestershire, chili powder, tomato paste, and hot sauce to the skillet with the meat. Add in the vegetables and stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer 15-20 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary. If you find the sauce too tangy, add a bit of brown sugar or ketchup. 

  4. Serve on whole wheat hamburger buns. Top with cheese if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Favorite Lean Turkey Sloppy Joes
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 223 Calories from Fat 32
% Daily Value*
Fat 3.6g6%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 3.7g15%
Sugar 13.2g15%
Protein 21g42%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.