Easy Turkey Sloppy Joes

Diet types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe from a former hemodialysis patient and submitted by DaVita renal dietitian, Tammy from Louisiana.

Portions: 6

Serving size: 1/6 recipe on 1 hamburger bun


  • 1/2 cup red onion
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground turkey, 7% fat
  • 1 tablespoon Mrs. Dash® Chicken Grilling Blend seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup low-sodium tomato sauce
  • 6 hamburger buns


  1. Chop onion and bell pepper.
  2. Place in a large skillet with turkey and cook over medium high heat until turkey is cooked through.  Do not drain.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the Mrs. Dash® seasoning, sugar, Worcestershire sauce and tomato sauce.
  4. Add seasonings to the turkey mixture. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Divide into 6 portions and serve on hamburger buns.

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  290
  • Protein  24 g
  • Carbohydrates  28 g
  • Fat  9 g
  • Cholesterol  58 mg
  • Sodium  288 mg
  • Potassium  513 mg
  • Phosphorus  237 mg
  • Calcium  86 mg
  • Fiber  1.8 g

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 3 meat
  • 2 starch
  • 1 vegetable, medium potassium 

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Lean ground beef may be substituted for ground turkey. Drain the fat after browning the beef in preparation step one.
  • To save time, use frozen chopped onions and bell pepper.
  • For a lower-protein diet, reduce turkey to 1 pound or portion can be adjusted according to your diet plan. 

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Easy Turkey Sloppy Joes
glenda2928 says:

I have been on dialysis five years.What is medium potassium. I have never, never heard of a medium potassium. Dietitian comment: The low, medium and high potassium vegetable and fruit food choices are from the National Renal diet and other renal diet food counting systems. Based on the potassium content, the medium potassium count is applied if the recipe vegetable content contributes between 141 to 250 mg potassium per serving.

Nov. 23, 2014, 4:29 AM - Inappropriate review?
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suncin says:

It was so good! Better than the can brand.

Aug. 11, 2014, 7:01 PM - Inappropriate review?
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momacrum says:

I made this for my husband he really liked it We will be making this again

May. 15, 2014, 3:01 PM - Inappropriate review?
Easy Turkey Sloppy Joes

I made this for a party & put it in a slow cooker to keep it warm. The flavor intensified through the day.

Nov. 12, 2013, 4:59 PM - Inappropriate review?
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ebagley says:

hamburger buns have too much white flour and bad oils in the processed food buns.this is not a good recipie. Dietitian comment: You could substitute a whole grain bun. The potassium and phosphorus content will be higher but you gain fiber and additional nutrients.

Nov. 10, 2013, 8:30 AM - Inappropriate review?
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GaryDe says:

Loved It! The only thing I would do differently next time is to use less brown sugar. The sauce was a little sweet for my taste. The leftovers the next day was a bit better than the night before. The sauce and meat had a chance to sit and the flavors became more intense. Great recipe Tammy from Louisiana from. Gary in Connecticut-Thank you

Nov. 03, 2013, 1:14 PM - Inappropriate review?
Easy Turkey Sloppy Joes

I improvised chopped tomatoes and low sodium 57 sauce instead of worchestire, brown sugar and tomato sauce. Served it in a pita pocket which made it easier to it and less bread.

Apr. 24, 2013, 5:01 PM - Inappropriate review?
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mrspeel says:

The boyfriend and I thought these were pretty good. Next time I may double the sauce since they were a little dry for my taste. That would change the nutrition quite a bit so we'll see.

Jun. 10, 2012, 8:16 AM - Inappropriate review?
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hunnykins says:

i wasn't impressed. I won't make these again.

Jan. 04, 2012, 4:45 PM - Inappropriate review?
Easy Turkey Sloppy Joes

My family loved these sloppy joes. I put it on little buns with a piece of cheese. The cheese melts and they are YUMMY!!!

Mar. 24, 2009, 5:37 PM - Inappropriate review?
Easy Turkey Sloppy Joes
free says:

This was a very easy recipe and I felt it was better than usual canned sauces that that my husband is'nt supose to have. I feel better giving him this.

Oct. 20, 2008, 11:24 AM - Inappropriate review?

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