Turkey sloppy joe on a bun with jalapeno.

Favorite Homemade Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes

Yield: 4 servings 1x
Prep: 5 minutesCook: 25 minutesTotal: 30 minutes

These are my Favorite Homemade Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes – The perfect main dish to make ahead and reheat on a busy weeknight – plus the whole family will love it!



  • 1 tablespoon avocado or olive oil
  • 2 shallot bulbs, peeled and finely diced (2 whole bulbs before peeling)
  • 1 jalapeño, stem and seeds removed, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 TB)
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey meat (93% lean or higher)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard powder (can sub 2 teaspoons plain yellow mustard)
  • 13 tablespoons water
  • buns & toppings: your favorite hamburger buns, cheese slices, jalapeno slices, coleslaw, up to you!


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When hot, add jalapeño and shallots. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the shallots are translucent. Add garlic and stir for about 1 minute or until garlic is fragrant. Remove all the jalapeño, shallots and garlic from the pan and set aside in small bowl.
  2. To the same pan, add ground turkey and cook over medium heat. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to break up the ground turkey as it cooks.
  3. Once the turkey is browned and completely cooked through, return the shallot/jalapeño mixture back to the pan, and add ketchup, tomato paste, barbecue sauce, white vinegar, worcestershire sauce, mustard powder, and 1 tablespoon water. Mix together and let simmer over low heat for about 5-6 minutes. If the mixture isn’t saucy enough for you, add one or two more tablespoons of water and mix thoroughly.
  4. Serve on a toasted bun with cheese and any veggie toppings you like. It’s also great without a bun on roasted veggies or greens. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


I like to make my own hamburger buns at home with this recipe for Beautiful Burger Buns from King Arthur Flour.

This recipe will also work if you have 1 1/4 pounds of ground turkey (this size usually comes from Costco). Add additional 1/4 cup ketchup, 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce, and 2 tablespoons water for your desired sauciness.

Recipe adapted from 30 Minute Healthier Turkey Sloppy Joes from Ambitious Kitchen. Nutrition information estimated with My Fitness Pal, and does not include bun or toppings.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1/4 of meat mixture
  • Calories: 280
  • Fat: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Protein: 23g
© Author: Danielle