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Buffalo Sloppy Joes

Lean ground turkey makes this a lighter sloppy joe than the standard ground beef version. A hefty splash of hot sauce and optional blue cheese provide an authentic Buffalo-style flavor. —Maria Regakis, Saugus, Massachusetts
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 2 pounds extra-lean ground turkey
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 hamburger buns, split
  • Crumbled blue cheese, optional


  • Cook the first 5 ingredients in a Dutch oven over medium heat until turkey is no longer pink. Stir in the tomato sauce, chicken broth, hot sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and pepper; heat through.
  • Serve on buns. If desired, sprinkle with cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich: 279 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 475mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 33g protein. Diabetic exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2 starch.

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  • mona4eyes
    Jun 5, 2019

    Quite tasty!

  • boosie91
    Dec 7, 2013

    Berry yummy

  • JAHines
    Oct 3, 2013

    This is one of my all time favorites.. And, Being a mom of 2 young children I like to find things that are good cold... this is great cold without the bun.. may sound silly but sometimes lunch is whatever I can get..

  • srasmusson
    Aug 10, 2013

    This is a wonderful take on the old Sloppy joe! My kids love these!

  • Danielle_09
    Jul 27, 2013

    Instead of ground turkey, which I don't care for, I used ground chicken. The sauce was pretty watery so I had to add a few tablespoons of flour to thicken it up. It also had a bland taste. I don't think I will make this again.

  • mjlouk
    Dec 7, 2012

    Really good - I halved the recipe. My husband said next time I should leave out the carrots.

  • justmbeth
    Oct 12, 2012

    I wasn't very crazy about this recipe, but my husband, on the other hand, loved it. I did cut back on the chicken broth and increase the hot sauce as others had recommended. I also added some Buffalo Wing Rub I had purchased at Spice Barn.I am willing to try them 1 more time but with ground chicken. I seem to prefer that over ground turkey.

  • srmatyas
    Jul 4, 2012

    These are a great quick meal. Not too spicy but you still get the buffalo flavor. We use ranch instead of blue cheese to top.

  • KellyFreiermuth1
    Apr 5, 2012

    Great recipe! We double the sauce and instead of using crumbled blue cheese we use blue cheese dressing.

  • einer2
    Feb 3, 2012

    Agree this could use a bit more hot sauce and the addition of chicken broth is probably not necessary. They were a bit soupy if simply heated through but I let it simmer a bit to reduce and let flavors develop. Only made half a recipe to test, but will plan to make full batches in the future!