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Family-Pleasing Sloppy Joes

My grandma gave this recipe to me years ago, but I made a few changes to give this yummy supper more pizzazz. —Jill Zosel, Seattle, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce
  • 6 hamburger buns, split


  • In a large skillet, cook turkey and onion over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink, breaking up turkey into crumbles; drain if necessary. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in sugar, flour and pepper until blended.
  • Stir in ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and barbecue sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 10 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Spoon meat mixture onto bun bottoms; replace tops.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled meat mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich: 297 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 846mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 19g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 2 lean meat.

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  • lpugh9
    Aug 23, 2020

    We loved this recipe. I used hamburger and added some sweet red peppers.

  • s_pants
    Apr 10, 2018

    We all really enjoyed it. Not too sweet for us, but we do tend to like sweet things!

  • sdipiazza
    Dec 17, 2017

    Pretty good...I put in some green pepper with the onion but you could add a little shredded zucchini and shredded carrot as well. I skipped the Worcestershire sauce as I do not care for the taste...didn't miss it.

  • LorraineT200
    Oct 18, 2015

    Certainly a family favorite. The best part is they don't even know they are eating turkey!

  • justmbeth
    Feb 10, 2015

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  • chris_giles18
    Feb 3, 2015

    This was a little sweet, so I may cut back the sugar next time. I will never buy the canned sloppy joe sauce again!

  • Emmalammadingdong
    Nov 11, 2014

    I made this tonight but also add a handful of shredded carrot to the onion as I sauteed it. I also put the entire recipe in the crock pot to keep warm until dinner time. It was fabulous! My toddler ate it too!

  • cml3720
    Jun 16, 2014

    This is a favorite in my household - exactly as written. We especially enjoy them on onion rolls.

  • ehume127
    Apr 18, 2013

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  • cookinfanatic25
    Sep 5, 2012

    This was my first time making sloppy joes and I was impressed at how quick and easy it was to make with things I already had on hand.