This made for a very enjoyable lunch, and kept warm in a slow cooker, could also work very nicely for a Super Bowl party. It tastes enough like a traditional beef Sloppy Joe to provide that satisfying comfort food fix, yet seems much lighter.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 onion, diced
- salt and ground black pepper to taste
- 1 ¼ pounds ground turkey
- ½ cup cold water
- ¾ cup ketchup
- 1 ½ tablespoons brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
- ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup water, or as needed
- 6 hamburger buns, split
- ⅓ cup chopped green onions
- ½ cup shredded white Cheddar cheese
- 1 Melt butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until onion starts to brown, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and black.
- 2 Mix ground turkey and 1/2 cup cold water into onions. Cook and stir, breaking up the meat, until it begins to brown, about 2 minutes. Add ketchup, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Cook and stir until liquid is reduced, about 5 minutes. Stir in Worcestershire sauce and cocoa powder. Cook, stirring frequently and adding up to 1 cup water if needed, until meat is cooked through and liquid is reduced and thick, 20 to 30 minutes.
- 3 Preheat the oven's broiler and set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source. Toast hamburger buns until golden, 2 to 3 minutes.
- 4 Remove turkey mixture from the heat and mix in green onions and Cheddar cheese. Serve on toasted hamburger buns.
- Calories 394
- Carbohydrate 36.8 g
- Cholesterol 89.9 mg
- Fat 16.5 g
- Fiber 2.1 g
- Protein 25.9 g
- Saturated Fat 6.8 g
- Sodium 724 mg
- Sugar 11.9 g