Skinny Barbecue Sloppy Joes



A Sloppy Joe is a popular hearty American dish with a variety of ways to make it.  The most typical being ground beef, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, mustard and various, spices.  Wait until you get a mouthful of this Skinny Sloppy Joe! It’s primarily made with ground turkey, onions, barbecue sauce and tomato sauce. I recently updated the Skinny Facts and Weight Watchers Points Plus and SmartPoints depending on whether you choose to serve it on one of those high fiber sandwich thins or using a whole wheat bun. One Sloppy Joe using a sandwich thin has 307 calories, 2 grams of fat and 10 Weight Watchers SmartPoints. 

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time 30 minutes


1 pound ground turkey breast or ground turkey, see healthy benefits

3 cups chopped onions

1 (18 oz) bottle of barbecue sauce (I like Sweet Baby Ray’s or Bull’s-eye original)

1 cup (8 ounces) tomato sauce, from a jar or can

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

8 Oroweat Sandwich Thins, warmed or toasted or 8 hamburger buns, I used whole wheat buns


1. In a large pan or skillet, cook the ground turkey over medium-high heat, stirring often to break up the lumps until turkey is browned.

2. If using regular ground turkey, drain cooked turkey into a colander and blot with paper towels.  Return drained turkey to pan. If using 99% fat-free turkey breast there isn’t any fat to drain. You can just blot it with paper towels.

3.  Place onions in a microwave safe bowl and cook in the microwave for 4 to 5 minutes until soft.

4. Add cooked onions to turkey. Stir in barbecue sauce, tomato sauce, and Worcestershire sauce.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 25 minutes. Stir a few times while simmering.

6. Spoon the turkey mixture onto each sandwich thin or bun. If you have any leftovers, this mixture freezes great.

Makes 8 sandwiches

Food Facts

Many say the origin of the Sloppy Joe can be traced to a bar in Key West, Florida, fittingly called the Sloppy Joe’s Bar. The legitimacy of this claim has long been disputed.

Sloppy Joes are known by many names across the United States such as, Taverns, Hot Tamales, Barbecues, Steamers, Wimples, Yip Yips, and Slush burgers.

Healthy Benefits

I used 99% fat-free ground turkey breast. But, just by using regular ground turkey and draining the fat, you can cut the fat way down.

The sodium content of this recipe is quite high due to the barbecue sauce and tomato sauce.  If you are on a lower sodium diet, you should make this recipe using reduced-sodium sauces.

Shopping Tip

Oroweat Sandwich Thins can be found in most large supermarkets.  One sandwich thin has 100 calories, 1g fat, and 5g fiber.  They come in several flavors with the same nutrition facts.  Use your favorite.

Serving Tip

Serve this sandwich with Simply Crunchy Slaw and Sweet Potato Fries or Skinny Fries.

Weight Watchers SmartPoints
10 using a Oroweat Sandwich Thin
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS
8 using a Oroweat Sandwich Thin
Weight Watchers (old points) 6 using a Oroweat Sandwich Thin

Weight Watchers SmartPoints 11 using a whole wheat Hamburger Bun
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 
9 using a whole wheat Hamburger Bun
Weight Watchers (old points)
 6 using a whole wheat Hamburger Bun

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 Skinny Sloppy Joe using Oroweat Sandwich Thin
307 calories, 2g fat, 0g sat. fat, 35mg chol,  21g protein, 57g carbs, 7g fiber, 984mg sodium, 24g sugar
SKINNY FACTS:  for 1 Skinny Sloppy Joe using a Whole Wheat Hamburger Bun
336 calories, 3g fat, 1g sat.fat, 35mg chol, 22g protein, 59g carbs, 6g fiber, 954mg sodium, 24g sugar

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11 Responses to “Skinny Barbecue Sloppy Joes”

  1. MrsRuedas Says:

    So easy and yummy! I recommend using Bill Johnson’s Original BBQ Sauce (no HFCS, WAY less sugar, less sodium!) Thanks for the simple recipe!

  2. admin Says:

    Thanks for the recommendation!

  3. mak mak Says:

    mak mak…

    Skinny Barbecue Sloppy Joes with Weight Watchers Points | Skinny Kitchen…

  4. Marcia Spangler Says:

    Could you use 96% lean ground beef in place of the turkey for the same calories?

  5. admin Says:


    It would be lower if you used ground beef. If I’m using ground beef I like to use Trader Joe’s 96% lean ground beef. It has 130 calories and 4 grams of fat for 4 ounces. Ground turkey typically has 160 calories and 8 grams of fat for 4 ounces, unless you use 99% fat -free ground turkey breast. So the lean ground beef is lower in calories and fat to most ground turkey. That said, once you brown the ground beef or ground turkey and drain the fat they both end up being very low in calories and fat.
    I hope you enjoy this Sloppy Joe!

  6. Brian Says:

    Whats the PP value without the bread? 4?

  7. admin Says:

    Brian, I did the points calculation base on using Trader Joe’s Honey Wheat Buns. They have 4 points plus. So without the bun the points plus would be 3!
    I hope that helps.
    Best of luck,

  8. Diana Says:

    Can you use pasta sauce instead of tomato sauce? I don’t have any on hand and I just had pasta last night and have some sauce leftover. Could i just use this??

  9. admin Says:

    You sure could Diana. It will still taste delicious. Enjoy!

  10. Mary Says:

    Is the measure correct for the chopped onions, 3 cups?

  11. admin Says:

    Yes, this recipe uses 3 cups onions. Once you cook them in the microwave they shrink. But, you could use less if you prefer, Mary.
    All the best,

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