The Best Turkey Sloppy Joes

Looking for a quick and easy weeknight dinner meal?  Then you’ve landed at the right place.   This sloppy joe recipe is not only comforting and filling, but it’s also healthy!  Skip the canned stuff and make this super easy recipe using ingredients you may already have in your pantry.  The addition of barbecue sauce gives these joes a hint of sweetness which pairs perfectly with the tomato flavor.  Make this recipe completely gluten free simply by using gluten free barbecue sauce and buns!


1 teaspoon olive oil

1 small onion, chopped

1 package ground turkey breast (about 1 1/4-1 1/2 pounds)

1/2 red bell pepper, diced

1 cup no-salt added tomato sauce

1/4 cup barbecue sauce

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon chili powder (optional)

1/8 teaspoon salt

dads of black pepper

6 whole grain or gluten-free burger buns, toasted


  1. Add olive oil to a skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until onion starts to brown, about 5 minutes. 
  2. Add ground turkey to the pan.  Cook and stir, breaking up the meat, until it begins to brown, about 2 minutes. Add tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, salt, and black pepper.  Stir to coat the turkey.
  3. Turn the heat down to simmer and cook the sloppy mixture for 15 minutes.
  4. Serve on toasted buns.

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