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Buffalo Sloppy Joes Recipe

Buffalo Sloppy Joes Recipe

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, Somerville, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD: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


  • 1. Cook the first five 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.
  • 2. Serve on buns; sprinkle with cheese if desired. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional 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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boosie91 User ID: 1299770 180955
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2013

"Berry yummy"

JAHines User ID: 7430141 113638
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1214622 113637
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2013

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

Danielle_09 User ID: 3114908 179687
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1712085 113635
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2012

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

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 179659
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2936709 113634
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6117361 111855
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2012

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

einer2 User ID: 6453468 113537
Reviewed 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!"

UKCatsFan User ID: 6283647 210629
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2012

"My family really enjoyed this recipe and want it prepared again. Because of what I had in the fridge/pantry, I replaced a few items - used 1lb ground beef and 1/2C ketchup, and omitted the celery,vinegar, and broth. It was not soupy at all and full of flavor. Bleu cheese and hot sauce really gave it some zing and made it extra tasty. Thank you for sharing."

nikreuzer User ID: 6388668 122143
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2011

"I made this twice. the first time it was ok mainly because I didn't use enough of the buffalo sauce. I cut the recipe in half but the second time I made it, I used 1/4 cup of the buffalo sauce and it was amazing! I would definitely recommend using much more of the buffalo sauce. I especially love this recipe because it sneaks in some veggies that my daughter wouldn't normally want to eat :)"

cmcred User ID: 6321962 165093
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

"My store was out of ground turkey, so I made this recipe with ground chicken, and it was delicious! I also left out the carrot. My husband and I both thought the flavor was wonderful and mild. I suggest you add more hot sauce if you prefer a spicy buffalo taste. The celery adds a nice crunch, and the blue cheese is a perfect complement to the sauce. We'll definitely have these again!"

jablo1rm User ID: 3772610 143613
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2011

"my husband LOVED this!!! we used gorgonzola cheese instead and it was great !! will definetly make again !"

AnnetteMai User ID: 6165149 166949
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

"My family loathes poultry. This includes Thanksgiving turkey. The only poultry they will willingly eat is homemade chicken tacos. When I made these about 3 weeks ago and they devoured them, I knew this was a real winner. I did, however, leave out the brown sugar. The general consensus was that spicy was far superior to sweet and spicy. Tonight when I make these again, I will use 2 full packages of ground turkey (each pkg. is 1 1/4 lbs). This will prevent having 8 oz. of leftover ground turkey that I won't be able to get anyone to eat, and will keep the recipe from being quite so "sloppy"."

sswimmomm User ID: 867571 143612
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

"Like other reviewers said it was a little soupy. Flavor was a bit lacking-bland. Most of family's comments were it is OK but they prefer traditional Sloppy Joes. I was surprised because they love the Buffalo chicken wraps recipe we found at TOH I figured this would be a winner too because they love anything with buffalo chicken wing flavor."

rharkless User ID: 1200027 183308
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"I followed the recipe as written and these were VERY soupy. I think tomato paste would have been a better idea than sauce, and I'm also not sure it needs that much chicken broth. I thought it was rather bland, so I added extra hot sauce and a bunch of salt and creole seasoning and let it simmer for awhile. It reduced enough to be put on buns and was tasty after all the changes. My husband is picky and doesn't even like wings, but he liked the flavor of these sandwiches."

kascps02 User ID: 4908331 143611
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2011

"My husband is not a "foodie" by any means. He is never one to really talk about food or how good it is...but he loves buffalo chicken wings so I made this recipe for him and he RAVED about it for two straight days. Thank you for a wonderfully easy and tasteful recipe!"

Inkasi888 User ID: 5398776 163066
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2011

"These were pretty good, but the sauce didn't seem strong enough. We had to add extra hot sauce when we made our burger. Also, don't add too much bleu cheese or it completely takes over the taste."

Mrs.EBDarcy User ID: 5083772 210628
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2011

"I put the sloppy joe mix on whole wheat buns. My hubby said it was the best sloppy joe mix ever. He suggested it could use more hot sauce. I have an idea that I will be making a his and her sloppy joe mix."

[email protected] User ID: 2390144 98599
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2011

"This is a correction to my earlier review: I suggest reducing the chix broth to 1/4 cup and the hot sauce to 3 Tbsp."

[email protected] User ID: 2390144 143610
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2011

"It was very good. We would prefer to reduce the chix broth to 1/2 cup and the hot sauce to 3 Tbsp."

Ab0628 User ID: 3440719 179658
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2011

"Although I would like the ground turkey, celery, and carrots, and I made this without those ingredients and used ground beef for my husband's preferences. We both liked the result and thought they were a good change of pace from regular sloppy joes."

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