These sloppy joes were one happy accident on my part. They came from a cooking fail that I was incredibly frustrated about, and with a little feedback from Dylan and my friends at work, I was able to turn them into such a fun new recipe!
This entire recipe started when I wanted to make turkey burgers. I thought putting a Greek spin on them would be delicious, and off to work I went writing this recipe out.
I was excited about this recipe and my biggest concern was how the cucumber would taste cooked in a burger. Was I completely losing it by adding cucumber to these turkey burgers?
As it turned out, the cucumber was of little to no concern, however keeping the turkey burgers together themselves was a nightmare. I’m not sure if I should have added breadcrumbs, or perhaps let the patties sit in the fridge a bit to harden up after I formed them, but when I went to flip that first turkey burger, disaster hit.
The entire burger fell apart. I yelled expletives from the kitchen, knowing that the rest of the burgers were going to do the same thing.
It took me a minute but I found my zen, said ‘screw it, I guess this recipe isn’t going up on the blog’, and chopped the ground turkey up to make a hash/bowl meal.
The actual Greek flavored ground turkey turned out great; the taste was amazing, the cucumbers blended wonderfully and provided a distinct flavor, and as I explained my frustrations to Dylan he simply said “well why don’t you make sloppy joes out of them?” So simple. So easy. Such a way to save this meal. Why hadn’t I thought of that?!
When I went to work the next day two of my friends at the office asked how the burgers turned out, and upon telling them the story they said “why don’t you do that; turn them into sloppy joes and put them in pita bread?” Again – why hadn’t I thought of that?!
So this is my official thank you to Dylan, Amy and Gini. I was too close to this recipe and just when I thought I had failed, these people helped me see beyond the initial problem and put a twist on it!
A note on the nutritional information. I added sliced cucumbers, red onions, and a Sabra Tzatziki sauce, and I also used sandwich flat bread, none of which are accounted for in the nutrition on the recipe. Based on each individual persons preference for toppings, you will need to add your topping nutritional information.
Serves 1 sloppy joe
15 minPrep Time
20 minCook Time
35 minTotal Time
- For the sloppy joes...
- 1.25 lbs ground turkey
- 1/2 medium cucumber, finely chopped
- 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
- 1 egg
- 1/2 c. feta cheese
- 2 tbsp. basil
- 1 tbsp. parsley
- 1 tsp. garlic salt
- For the toppings...
- Pita bread, sandwich pockets or buns - your preference!
- Cucumber slices
- Red onion slices
- Tzatziki Sauce
- In a large bowl add all of the ingredients except the bread - ground turkey, cucumber, red onion, egg, feta cheese, basil, parsley and garlic salt.
- Mix well with your hands.
- Spray a large skillet with non-stick spray and add the ground turkey mixture.
- Cook over medium-high heat, continuing to crumble with a wooden spoon while it cooks.You'll notice liquid as you cook the sloppy joes - this is okay as you have egg and cucumber that have a liquid base.. Continue to cook and crumble for approximately 15-20 minutes or until the ground turkey is cooked.
- Once you're finished cooking you'll notice a significant amount of the liquid has been absorbed. Drain any remaining liquid.
- Serve on the bread of your choice with the toppings of your choice.
The nutritional information in this recipe does not include the bread or any toppings, as they may vary by cooks preference.