The Sloppy Joe sandwich. Simple, tasty, and comforting. My twist on this family favorite includes mushrooms, adding texture, flavor, and nutrients without taking away from the deliciousness of the sandwich. I also swap out ground beef for ground turkey thighs, keeping moisture and flavor intact, but decreasing the saturated fat in the dish.

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Sloppy Joe's

Course Main Course
Keyword turkey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Author Abbie Gellman


  • 16 ounces white mushrooms sliced thin
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 onion diced small
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 8oz can tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup low sodium ketchup
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon maple sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 10 ounces ground turkey thighs
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns


  1. Combine mushrooms, 1 teaspoon oil, and ¼ teaspoon salt in skillet. Cover and cook over medium-low heat until soft, ~10 minutes. Uncover, increase heat to medium-high, cook until browned 10-12 minutes. Transfer to food processor and pulse until finely ground.
  2. Heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil over medium heat. Add onion and mushrooms, cover, cook until onion softens, ~10-12 minutes. Stir in chili powder and cook ~30 seconds.
  3. Add tomato sauce, ketchup, water, Worcestershire, sugar, and vinegar. Bring to simmer and keep heat low and reduce until sauce thickens, ~15 minutes.
  4. Add ground turkey, break up meat, and simmer until cooked through, ~10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve on buns.

Recipe Video

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Sloppy Joe’s: Recipe & Video

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