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birds eye view of a healthy sloppy joe on a whole wheat bun on a white plate

Healthy Turkey Sloppy Joes

Jillian Schneider
The American sandwich, now made in a healthy way and still sloppy enough where your hand is coated in a mess :)
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


  • cast iron skillet
  • small mixing bowl
  • cutting board
  • paring knife
  • whisk
  • wooden spoon


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper diced
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup low-sodium beef broth
  • 8 oz reduced fat shredded mozzarella
  • 4 whole wheat buns


  • Heat a cast iron skillet to medium heat. Add ground turkey and cook until browned. Drain in a colander and set aside. You can leave the turkey in the colander while following the next step.
  • In the same cast iron skillet add the butter, onions, and peppers. Cook for 5 minutes. Stirring often. Add meat back into skillet.
  • Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, add beef broth and cornstarch. Whisk until well combined.
  • Add beef mixture, ketchup, worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper into meat mixture. Stir until well combined.
  • Add 6 oz of the cheese and cook until cheese is melted.
  • Serve on whole wheat buns topped with the remaining 2 oz distributed evenly.


What can your kids do?  Teach them to chop the veggies using a hand over hand method and with children's cooking utensils.  Have them whisk the beef broth and cornstarch.  
Quick Tip:  I always make extra so I have some leftovers for lunch the next day.  Now, get sloppy ;)
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