Chef John's Turkey Sloppy Joes

40 Reviews 3 Pics
  • Prep

    10 m
  • Cook

    30 m
  • Ready In

    40 m
Chef John
Recipe by  Chef John

“This made for a very enjoyable lunch, and kept warm in a slow cooker, could also work very nicely for a Super Bowl party. It tastes enough like a traditional beef Sloppy Joe to provide that satisfying comfort food fix, yet seems much lighter.”

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Ingredients

Adjust Servings

Original recipe yields 6 sandwiches

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until onion starts to brown, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and black.
  2. Mix ground turkey and 1/2 cup cold water into onions. Cook and stir, breaking up the meat, until it begins to brown, about 2 minutes. Add ketchup, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Cook and stir until liquid is reduced, about 5 minutes. Stir in Worcestershire sauce and cocoa powder. Cook, stirring frequently and adding up to 1 cup water if needed, until meat is cooked through and liquid is reduced and thick, 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven's broiler and set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source. Toast hamburger buns until golden, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Remove turkey mixture from the heat and mix in green onions and Cheddar cheese. Serve on toasted hamburger buns.

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Reviews (40)

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davenh
15

davenh

My wife and I made these last night. My wife is typically not a sloppy joe person, but she and I both absolutely loved them. Great flavor with a little bit of zip, and not overly heavy like some sloppy joes can be. We cooked the turkey a couple of extra minutes at the start, and only added 1/4 cup of extra water later in the recipe just to make sure the mixture had enough liquid to get some good cooking time. We had them with some watermelon, made for a great meal.

Baking Nana
12

Baking Nana

Hubby is giving 'Sheriff John's" recipe 5 stars! (Is this another Sheriff John recipe?) LOL...He is a happy man. This took me a bit longer than stated - probably not the recipes fault, it was just me wanting to make sure the seasoning was gently cooked into the meat. I served this on a toasted whole wheat bun with spicy sweet potato fries. It was a hit!

emjayrunner
5

emjayrunner

This recipe was very very good!! We cut it down to 2 servings for my husband and myself. Followed everything exactly. I've made it twice now and was licking the plate! Thanks Chef John :-)

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Nutrition

Amount Per Serving (6 total)

  • Calories
  • 394 cal
  • 20%
  • Fat
  • 16.5 g
  • 25%
  • Carbs
  • 36.8 g
  • 12%
  • Protein
  • 25.9 g
  • 52%
  • Cholesterol
  • 90 mg
  • 30%
  • Sodium
  • 789 mg
  • 32%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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