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    Turkey Sloppy Joe Recipe with Mozzarella and Pickles

    Published September 15, 2016. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.


    I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun I had making these Homemade Sloppy Joe Sandwiches with Ground Turkey. I knew as the recipe was coming together that it was going to be a bomb flavor combo! It also brought back some great memories growing up in St. Louis. We’d eat sloppy joes on the regular and every time it was so flippin delicious, but this was the first time I had ever made them homemade.

    Now because I didn’t want just the sloppy joes on a bun, you know I had to take it up a few levels first by caramelizing some onions. This is about a 45 minutes process but very necessary to get that perfect caramelization. The smell, the taste, there is nothing like caramelized onions. I even used a little sugar to help sweeten them up and brown them.


    Next is cooking off the ground turkey. Butterball has a phenomenal new product line called Farm to Family by Butterball, made from turkeys raised with no antibiotics ever. Their all natural ground turkey product just hit the shelves and it is oh so good at 93% lean to 7% fat ratio turning this dish from guilty to enjoyable. The delicious turkey flavor comes through perfectly even though it is covered in a tasty sloppy joe sauce.

    Once the turkey is cooked about 1/2 way I added in some garlic, bell peppers and onions to help a bit more flavor. Sauté them for a few minutes to help brown them up and add some more flavor. Lastly simply finish it off the sloppy joe sauce combo I came up with and serve it on a pretzel bun mozzarella cheese, bread and butter pickles and caramelized onions. SOOO GOOD!!!

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    Turkey Sloppy Joe Recipe with Mozzarella and Pickles

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    Check out this classic for Turkey Sloppy Joe Recipe with Mozzarella and Pickles that is topped off with caramelized onions.
    Servings: 4
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 1 hour
    Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes


    • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
    • 2 peeled and thickly sliced yellow onions + 1/2 diced
    • 1 tablespoon of sugar
    • 1 pound of Farm to Family by Butterball Ground Turkey
    • 1 tablespoon of chopped garlic
    • 1/2 each diced red and yellow bell pepper
    • 1 cup of ketchup
    • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon of mustard
    • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
    • 1 teaspoon of soy sauce
    • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
    • 1/2 cup of water
    • 4 to asted pretzel buns
    • 4 slices of mozzarella cheese
    • 8 bread and butter pickle slices


    • In a large sauté pan with 1 tablespoons of butter on medium heat add in the onion slices and caramelize, about 45 minutes. Add in sugar 1/2 way through the cooking process to help brown. Set aside.
    • In another large sauté pan on high heat with 1 tablespoon of butter add in the ground turkey and cook.
    • Once it's half way through cooking, add in the garlic, diced onion and peppers and sauté until the turkey is cooked and the other ingredients are lightly browned, about 5 to 6 minutes.
    • Next, add in the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, chili powder, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and water and stir until it completely mixed in.
    • Serve the sloppy joes on a pretzel bun with mozzarella cheese slices, bread and butter pickle slices and caramelized onions.


    Calories: 403kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 35gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 100mgSodium: 1127mgPotassium: 692mgFiber: 2gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 906IUVitamin C: 34mgCalcium: 183mgIron: 2mg
    Course: dinner, lunch, Main
    Cuisine: American
    Author: Chef Billy Parisi