BBQ Turkey Sloppy Joes

These tasty Whole30-friendly BBQ Turkey Sloppy Joes can be served as a hearty party appetizer or satisfying weeknight dinner. And with just a handful of ingredients, they’re easy to whip up whenever that BBQ craving strikes.

Prep: 15 mins.Cook: 25 mins.Total: 40 mins.
Servings: 8 sandwiches (as an appetizer) 1x


For the Sloppy Joes:

  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 2 tsp. avocado or olive oil
  • 1 small green pepper, diced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup no-salt-added tomato paste
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp. The New Primal Classic BBQ Cooking & Dipping Sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Potato Buns:

  • 2 large baking potatoes, cut into 16 slices
  • 1 tsp. avocado or olive oil

For the Slaw:

  • 2 cups broccoli slaw or shredded coleslaw mix
  • 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise (such as Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayo
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • Scant ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For Serving:


For the Potato Buns:

  1. Preheat oven to 375℉. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Wash and dry potatoes. Cut into 16 slices (¼ – ½-inch thick). Toss potato slices on a baking sheet with oil and arrange in a single layer.
  3. Bake 15-25 minutes or until tender and lightly browned. Remove from oven and set aside.

For the Sloppy Joes:

  1. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat (medium if using cast iron). Add oil and when oil starts to shimmer, add diced peppers and onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, 7-8 minutes or until vegetables start to soften. Add garlic and cook an additional 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  2. Add ground turkey. Use a large spoon to break up turkey and cook until meat is almost cooked through.
  3. Add tomato paste, BBQ sauce, and water. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes until turkey is cooked through and sauce is slightly thickened and hot. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired.

For the Slaw:

  1. Place broccoli slaw in a bowl. In a smaller bowl, combine mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, and garlic powder. Add salt and pepper to taste then toss with broccoli slaw.

To Serve:

  1. Place a few spinach or arugula leaves on each of the potato slices then divide sloppy joe mixture evenly among the 8 rounds. Top with slaw and thinly sliced red onion. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and top with another potato round. Skewer with a wooden pick, if desired.
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Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1 sandwich (1.5 ounces meat + 2 potato rounds)
  • Calories: 206
  • Fat: 9g
  • Sodium: 184mg
  • Carbohydrate: 17g
  • (Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 3g)
  • Protein: 13g


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Recipe By: Jessica Beacom
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