Sloppy Joes

During her life time, my Grandma Lila cracked the code to the perfect Sloppy Joe.  No fancy add-ins.  Just four basic ingredients: ground beef, onions, ketchup, and mustard.  That was it.  I have tweaked her recipe slightly in the years following her death.  The biggest change being the use of ground turkey instead of the usual ground beef.  Ground turkey is leaner, and with a few adjustments to accommodate the milder flavor of the turkey, I have been equally satisfied with the results.  Another, quirky adjustment to my sloppy joes is the use of top sliced hotdog buns instead of the more traditional hamburger buns.  While these joes are as sloppy as there name implies, the top sliced buns make them slightly more manageable.

Side note:  I have never had the dubious pleasure of experiencing a school cafeteria Sloppy Joe, which is probably one of the reasons for why I can still bask in this nostalgic American childhood classic.



  • 1 lb. ground Turkey
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 diced Onion
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Mustard
  • 3/4 cup Ketchup
  • lightly toasted Buns for serving


  1. In a large skillet, heat up the olive oil.
  2. Sauté the onions in the olive oil.
  3. Add the Worcestershire sauce.
  4. Caramelize the onions with the Worcestershire sauce.
  5. Add in the turkey.
  6. Add in the mustard and ketchup.
  7. Cover the pan and allow everything to cook together for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Make sure that the turkey is fully cooked before plating up your Sloppy Joes.

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