Honey Garlic Turkey Sloppy Joes

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings

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These Honey Garlic Turkey Sloppy Joes are a quick, healthy meal ready in 30 minutes or less! 

I am a sucker for a sloppy joe.

I don’t know what it is. Maybe the fact that I’m actually 8 years old or just that saucy, meaty combination piled high on a soft bun.

overhead image of honey garlic turkey sloppy joes open faced on grey plate with pickles

For this month’s 30 Minute Thursday I wanted to bring you a new twist on one of our favorites. And who doesn’t love a good honey garlic ANYthing?

If you prefer to use ground beef or ground pork in your sloppy joes, you can absolutely do that! We love our beef and pork as well, but sometimes in Swimsuit Season you want a leaner alternative and turkey or chicken is great for that.

In other news, it’s my 9 year wedding anniversary today! And regardless of what it looks like, we are actually not dining on sloppy joes tonight πŸ˜‰ Happy Thursday to all of you!

honey garlic turkey sloppy joes on white sesame bun on grey plate with pickles


  • if you wanted to make these for a potluck or picnic of some sort, you could easily cook the ground turkey, then throw all of the ingredients in the slow cooker for a few hours. It will work just as well!
  • I wanted to keep these sloppy joes on the healthier side, so I tried to avoidΒ drowning them in sauce. The first time I made them, they had great flavor but weren’t very saucy at all. I ended up making them a second time and doubled the sauce. If you like them a little drier, you can definitely halve it!
  • To bump up the nutrition, add in shredded zucchini and carrot when you’re cooking the turkey!
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Honey Garlic Turkey Sloppy Joes

5 from 2 votes
These Honey Garlic Turkey Sloppy Joes are a quick, healthy meal ready in 30 minutes or less!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 6 servings
Calories 191cal


  • 1 lb ground turkey or chicken
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large pan, cook ground turkey until done. Drain any excess liquid from the pan.
  • Return to the stove and add ketchup, honey, garlic, and soy sauce. Stir.
  • Combine broth and corn starch in a small bowl and stir into the turkey mixture. Cook over medium heat until flavors come together and sauce is thickened, about 5-8 minutes.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve over buns or as desired.


*If you need to thicken your sauce further, simply combine equal parts corn starch and water and gradually add to the turkey mixture.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 191cal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 718mg | Potassium: 241mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 2.3mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1.2mg

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Heather says

    We used GF soy sauce. Added 3 TBSP of GF Korean BBQ sauce. Our picky gf son loved it. Thx for sharing!

  2. Annelise says

    Mine wasn’t as quite soupy / saucy as expected πŸ™ still really good though! Any suggestions to wear I went wrong? It came out more like seasoned ground turkey.

  3. Stacey @ Bake Eat Repeat says

    Mmmm, these look amazing. And I have never made my kids sloppy joes for some reason that I can’t figure out right now so these definitely need to be made soon! Also – Happy Anniversary! Hope you had a great day!

  4. Kelly says

    Happy Anniversary!! Yay for 9 years πŸ™‚ Love this honey garlic twist on sloppy joes! So saucy and delicious!

  5. Rachel @ Bakerita says

    I can’t even remember the last time I had a sloppy joe, but yours sound SO good! Love that you flavored them with honey and garlic – definitely a delicious upgrade πŸ™‚

  6. Dorothy dunton says

    Hi Ashley! We have sloppy joes regularly! I don’t have a recipe, I just put in whatever comes to mind so they are never quite the same. I do like red bell pepper in them if I happen to have one on hand. Here is the South they are called loose meat sandwiches. πŸ™‚

  7. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says

    Hahahaha… I’m totally like an 8 year old on the inside as well! I used to be obsessed with sloppy joes, but I haven’t had one in ages! I absolutely NEED to change that immediately and stuff my face with a few of these sloppy beauties!! LOVE the honey garlic combo and that you used turkey! Absolutely perfect! Pinned! Cheers, girlfriend!

  8. Liz @ Floating Kitchen says

    Confession: I’ve never had a sloppy joe. I know, I know. Crazy, right? Sounds like I need to remedy that situation right away. I didn’t know they were so easy to make! And I like the idea of adding in some shredded veggies!

  9. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says

    I love sloppy joes, too! It’s actually my husband’s specialty dish, and we call it sloppy fred’s after his uncle haha! But you totally sold me with this honey garlic turkey version! Such a great idea, Ashley! And the sloppier, the better, right? πŸ™‚ Looks so good!

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