Turkey Sloppy Joe Sliders

I need to start this post with an apology, because what I’m about to do to you is unforgivably painful. It will make your face hurt. Your ears bleed. Your brain cells sizzle like root beer flavored jelly beans on a hot sidewalk in the middle of July. You will curse my name for the rest of the day. And week.

I’m even already mad at myself.

This is going to be so much fun.

And I’m betting you already beat me to the punch and are already singing. Are you?

Here goes…

You know what? Before I do this, when was the last time you had a sloppy joe? Probably like 23 years ago right? When your parents were late for a prayer meeting at the church and they opened a can of whatever brand it was back then, zipped it in the microwave until it was lava hot, slopped it some soggy white bread and tossed it to you on a paper plate?

The pain still surfaces, doesn’t it?

Okay, back to my incredible gift.  And heeeeere iiiiiit iiiiii…

OH! Real quick – and may I just say, making these up-to-date versions in slider form really gives them some POW. Some attitude. A James Dean leather jacket. And they’re perfect for game day, family night, or even welcoming home an overworked husband from days and days of gruesome travel.

They’re freaking good, you guys. Make ’em.

Okay, just remember that I’m sorry and don’t hate me and I love you all.

Turkey Sloppy Joe Sliders:

(adapted from Cooking Light)

What it took for 4:

* 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
* 2 small carrots, grated
* 1/2 large white onion, chopped
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 10 oz ground turkey
* 1 Tbs. chili powder
* 1 tsp crushed red pepper
* 1 Tbs. smoked paprika
* 1 tsp coarse salt
* 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
* 1/4 cup ketchup
* 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard
* 1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
* 1 Tbs. tomato paste
* 1 tsp red wine vinegar
* 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
* 12 whole wheat dinner rolls, sliced in half and broiled until lightly browned

Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium-high. Add the carrots, onions and garlic. Saute until they start to soften, 3 minutes. Add the turkey and break up using a wooden spoon. Cook until browned all over, 5 minutes. Add the chili powder, crushed red pepper, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Cook a minute more.

In a small bowl, whisk together the ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, vinegar and tomato sauce. Add to the turkey mixture. Cook on low until reduced, 5 more minutes.

Spoon out a good helping of sloppy joe onto the bottom half of the slider and top with the…well, top.

Dig. Freaking. In.


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27 Responses to Turkey Sloppy Joe Sliders

  1. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray October 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm #
    hahaha I have the same link in my sloppy joe post from awhile back! My hubs sings it to me every time I make sloppy joes :)
    • Bev Weidner October 26, 2011 at 3:02 pm #
      No way!! Ha! Great....sloppies (?) think alike? .....
  2. The Elegant Eggplant October 26, 2011 at 3:08 pm #
    YUM!!! What a fun and healthy spin on traditional sloppy joes. However, whenever I hear "sloppy joes" I think of Chris Farley and Adam Sandler in the lunch lady blues!!! :)
    • Bev Weidner October 26, 2011 at 3:09 pm #
      Then click on the link, my dear!
  3. Lisa @ Life in Green October 26, 2011 at 4:22 pm #
    Yep I love schloppy joes. And totally love you for that video.
  4. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum October 26, 2011 at 4:54 pm #
    Beautiful photos!! I was seriously just thinking about making sloppy joes. I made some vegetarian ones recently and I was not a fan (neither was my meat-loving husband). This looks like the perfect healthy balance!
  5. Kelly Senyei October 26, 2011 at 5:46 pm #
    Thank you for bringing back the memory of one of my favorite childhood meals! And your photos are stunning!
    • Bev Weidner October 26, 2011 at 9:35 pm #
      Thank you so much, Kelly! So happy to see you here!
  6. Katie October 26, 2011 at 7:41 pm #
    I need some sloppy in my life. I'm going to make one for me, one for the husband, and one for the baby....I'll let you know how sloppy my kitchen gets.
  7. Elizabeth October 26, 2011 at 7:56 pm #
    Ha! Love the Adam Sandler connection...Slop sloppy joes! Okay, but here's where it gets real. I've. Never. Had. A. Sloppy. Joe. There, I said it. Seriously, my moms was not the kinda gal to be makin' these...though she did make a mean meatloaf covered in ketchup in the microwave in a Tupperware tube. yeah. I think I might have to try a slider version though, cause I love me some mini meaty goodness!
  8. movita beaucoup October 26, 2011 at 8:19 pm #
    Perfect pictures. Lovely blog. Day has been made!
  9. cookingbro October 26, 2011 at 8:59 pm #
    got here from foodgawker. this looks awesome. will try soon. thanks for sharing.
    • Bev Weidner October 26, 2011 at 10:23 pm #
      Why, thanks so much for dropping by!
  10. Lauren October 27, 2011 at 12:30 am #
    I love sloppy joes but hate loading my tummy with all that beef. Why have I never thought of turkey? And the slider idea? Brilliant!
  11. Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen October 27, 2011 at 3:55 am #
    POW WOW... that was funny! These look mouth watering. oh wait.. i need a napkin...
  12. cassie//bake your day October 27, 2011 at 3:41 pm #
    I'm so jealous of the natural light that you have. Beautiful! And delicious!!
  13. val October 27, 2011 at 11:25 pm #
    These look so good!! I want them for dinner.
  14. Alison @ ingredients, Inc. October 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm #
    These look so yummy! Hope your week is good!
  15. bethany November 16, 2011 at 12:35 am #
    so tasty! me and hubs loved it - great spicy taste! will definitely make again, but may have to use less chili powder (for those who don't prefer the spice!)
  16. Vicky September 12, 2012 at 9:10 pm #
    I shared this on pinterest...it looks delicious!


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