Sloppy Janes

Sloppy Janes
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Source: The Diabetes Cookbook. Recipe Credit: . Photo Credit: Adobe Stock.

Sloppy Joes get a makeover with lean ground turkey instead of beef, plus plenty of zing from garlic, onions, peppers, tomatoes and hot sauce.

  • Prep time
    10 min
  • Cook time
    20 min
  • Servings
    8 Servings
  • Serving size
    1 sandwich
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

8 Servings

  • Serving Size
    1 sandwich
  • Amount per serving Calories 250

  • Total Fat 7g
    • Saturated Fat 1.6g
    • Trans Fat 0.1g
  • Cholesterol 45mg
  • Sodium 390mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 31g
    • Dietary Fiber 5g
    • Total Sugars 10g
  • Protein 16g
  • Potassium 510mg
  • Phosphorus 240mg

Choices/Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch, 1 Nonstarchy vegetable, 2 Lean protein, 1/2 Fat



  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • medium onion (diced)
  • medium red bell pepper (seeded and diced)
  • garlic (minced)
    1 clove
  • lean ground turkey
    1 lbs
  • tomato paste
    1 tbsp
  • Dijon Mustard
    2 tbsp
  • hot sauce
    1 tbsp
  • canned crushed tomatoes
    2 cup
  • honey or 2 packets artificial sweetener
    1 tbsp
  • black pepper
    1/2 tsp
  • whole wheat hamburger buns


  1. Add cooking spray to a nonstick sauté pan over medium-high heat.

  2. Add onion, red bell pepper and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

  3. Add turkey and sauté 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently until turkey is just cooked through.

  4. Add tomato paste, Dijon mustard, hot sauce, tomatoes, honey and ground black pepper. Bring to a simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

  5. Toast the hamburger buns. Fill each bun with 1/2 cup turkey mixture to make 8 sandwiches. Optional: top each sandwich with lettuce, red onion, or pickles for crunch.

  • Recommended

    I really liked this recipe. My only substitution was omitting the pepper due to a sensitivity to them. Will try it with lean ground beef next time.

  • Recommended

    The recipe is easily made with ingredients that are not hard to find, and the instructions were clear. I was successful following the steps as written. My ingredients / changes: - added 1/2 tsp salt, double the garlic, and the black pepper to the meat before browning - I had only a green pepper, so omitted that ingredient - low on Tabasco, so used cayenne, 1/8 tsp - used honey option, not packets of sweetener Notes - My results look nothing like the photo that accompanies the recipe. I have never browned ground turkey so that it looked like ground beef. I find that photo misleading. The results in my skillet were not visually appealing. - After sauteing the onion, there wasn't much aroma during preparation. - The texture was similar to other mixtures with ground turkey; no surprises Conclusion I won't make this again any time soon. I'm not going to give it a thumbs down, because I think this would suit lots of people's taste. We like more intense flavor than this recipe provides. Maybe doubling the tomato paste, mustard, cayenne, and honey would help. I did double the garlic. We're making the transition to a diet that's more supportive of controlling T2D, but we're not willing to "go bland." Maybe this wasn't the best recipe to try early on.

  • Recommended

    OMG! Best BBQ I've ever made or ate and best of all you know it's healthy for you. Will share and make this recipe again!????

  • Recommended

    Sloppy Jane doesn’t taste The same as a sloppy Joe, however it’s a nice switch up, especially if you have dietary restrictions due to diabetes ❤️ So glad I found this SLOPPY JANE recipe on diabetes food hub!

  • Recommended

    Followed recipe exactly and LOVED it! Thank you!

  • Not recommended

    Not very good. If you like ground turkey you may like it though.