Sloppy Joe with Ground Turkey


This is an easy, healthier version of a sloppy joe that the family will love! You can serve with endives instead of hamburger buns. Use whatever type of cheese you like.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
6 servings


  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 ½ pounds ground turkey

  • 1 tomato, chopped

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • ¾ green bell pepper, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 4 ounces tomato paste

  • 1 lemon, juiced

  • 6 hamburger buns, split and toasted

  • 6 slices American cheese (Optional)


  1. Heat olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Cook and stir garlic in hot oil until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Break ground turkey into the pot. Cover pot with lid and cook meat until browned on the outside, 2 to 3 minutes. With a slivered wooden spoon, break meat up into very small pieces; continue to cook and stir until nearly completely browned, 3 to 5 minutes.

  2. Stir tomato, onion, green bell pepper, parsley, and red pepper flakes into the turkey mixture; season with salt and black pepper; cook until the tomato softens, 3 to 4 minutes. Add tomato past and lemon juice; stir to coat vegetables with tomato paste. Cover pot with lid, reduce heat to low, and cook until the vegetables are tender, 7 to 10 minutes. Serve on toasted hamburger buns topped with cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

435 Calories
21g Fat
30g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 435
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 26%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 878mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 26mg 128%
Calcium 255mg 20%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 645mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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