Turkey joes

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
45 min
15 min
30 min
This hamburger knock-off originated in the United States in the 1920s. It's typically made with ground beef or pork but we lightened it up with lean ground turkey. These WW-friendly sandwiches are packed with flavor and easy to make. Some say you can’t have a sloppy joe without raw onions on top. They bring bite and freshness to balance out the richness of the sandwich but if they're too strong for you taste, swap in chopped scallion greens instead. If you're not interested in the buns, wrap the filling in large lettuce leaves or spoon over cauliflower rice.


Canola oil

2 tsp

Uncooked onion(s)

1 small, chopped

Uncooked bell pepper(s)

1 item(s), small, green, chopped

Uncooked celery

1 rib(s), medium, chopped

Garlic clove(s)

2 medium clove(s), minced

Chili powder

1 Tbsp

Dried oregano

1 tsp

Cayenne pepper


Uncooked extra lean ground turkey breast

1¼ pound(s)

Table salt

¾ tsp

Canned diced tomatoes

14½ oz

Barbecue sauce

¼ cup(s)

Dijon Mustard

1 Tbsp

Frozen corn kernels on cob

1 cup(s), thawed

Light hamburger roll(s) or bun(s)

8 item(s), split

Uncooked onion(s)

3 Tbsp, chopped, finely diced


  1. Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and celery; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, oregano, and cayenne; cook, stirring frequently, about 1 minute. Transfer to bowl.
  2. Spray Dutch oven with nonstick spray. Add turkey and 1⁄2 teaspoon salt; cook, breaking turkey apart with wooden spoon, until turkey is no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in cooked vegetables, tomatoes, barbecue sauce, and mustard; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until flavors are blended, about 15 minutes. Stir in corn and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Spoon into buns and top meat with about a teaspoon of white onion.
  4. Serving size: 1 bun with 3/4 cup filling