A classic and a family favorite. These Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes are sure to win over even the pickiest eaters, my kids even asked for seconds!
Sloppy Joes are a classic! They have been a favorite of mine since I was a child and I love being able to now make them for my kids. I have made so many different versions over the years and these Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes are simple to make and a family favorite.
I remember my dad always telling us bad dad jokes about his friend Joe who wanted this dish to be called sloppy Jims instead and my sister and I eating to see who could end up the messiest after dinner. So many memories around this classic dish and I hope to be able to make some more with my children.
How to make Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes:
Ground Turkey is a great alternative to beef, but it is made almost the same way as my Classic Sloppy Joes. I have been making a few recipes with it lately and they have been amazing, like my Turkey Meatloaf. Start by cooking your turkey in the skillet. Once cooked and drained, add in the sauce and spices and bring to a simmer. Once cooked make your sandwiches and enjoy!
- Ground Turkey
- Tomato Sauce
- Brown Sugar
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
Step one: Cook and crumble ground turkey.
Step two: Drain any fat from ground turkey.
Step three: Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Allow simmering on low for several minutes.
Step four: Serve on hamburger buns and with some suggestions below.
How to serve Sloppy Joes:
Sloppy Joes are best served as a sandwich. I prefer a nice thick kaiser roll for Sloppy Joes. A thicker roll or bread is best to hold in the juiciness and "sloppiness" of a Sloppy Joe. It's going to be messy, so keep a fork handy.
Try some of my other Sloppy Joe recipes:
Sloppy Joe Casserole - A childhood favorite done a new way! This Sloppy Joe Casserole is a family favorite you are going to want to try. My entire family cleaned their plates for this one!
Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes -
A new spin on an old classic. Growing up Sloppy Joes where a favorite of mine but as an adult, this Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes definitely takes the cake! Yes, I took two classically messy sandwiches and combined them into one gloriously Sloppy and Cheesy Sandwich!
Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes - These Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes are a classic and a family favorite. Full of the same flavor you love and made in the slow cooker, it's a must try recipe.
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Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 15 oz tomato sauce
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder (or to taste)
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder (or to taste)
- ⅛ teaspoon pepper (or to taste)
- Cook and crumble ground turkey. Once cooked drain fat.
- To your cooked turkey add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Allow simmering on low for 20-25 minutes. Serve on hamburger buns and enjoy.
Can I make this in the instant pot?
I am sure you can. I have not tried it specifically in an instant pot, but I am sure it would work!
Great recipe. Loved by the entire family. I made it as described for the first round bit see a lot of potential for expansion. Love the ideas from other commenter about adding diced peppers or Tabasco. Those won't fly with the kids yet but hope their palates expand over the years to be more accommodating and adventurous. Thanks for publishing this great and easy meal!
This is so easy and so yum! I make this about once a month. I put cheese on the burger bun right before I pile this on. Definitely a favorite.
My husband loves to put cheese on his sloppy joes as well!
Great recipe, I did add some green peppers and onions, used more Worcestershire sauce and a splash of Tabasco and skipped the onion powder, thanks!
We make this recipe all the time, it is quick and so good. Definitely love that is not super “sloppy”. Has some consistency. I won’t go back to beef sloppy joes after using turkey.
I'm so glad you like the recipe Kendall!
This was amazing!!! I added some red bell peppers. I was looking for a turkey sloppy joe recipe since I don’t eat beef as much. This fit the bill. I will be making this again.
Thank you very much! I am glad you like it!
Following the recipe exactly, my sloppy joes were not sloppy at all...I don't think there is enough liquid in this recipe to do that. Maybe add more tomato sauce? The flavor was a little off-putting for me as well, so I will not be adding this to my rotation.
I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully you enjoy some of my other recipes!
I added red bell pepper to this and it was AMAZING. My boyfriend said this recipe is a definite keeper.
So happy to hear that!! Glad y'all liked it so much!
Does this freeze well?
Yes, I find that this freezes well. I place it in a large freezer bag and lay it flat.