This deliciously creamy, cheesy take on sloppy joes is the best thing to ever happen to that humble sandwich! This turkey and swiss version just might become your new favorite.

Turkey and Swiss Sloppy Joes

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I’m popping in this busy Monday afternoon to tell you that you should most definitely get your buns (<– sorry, had to do it) into the kitchen and make these turkey sloppy joes. They are delectable. Simple. Wonderful.

An unexpectedly happy result of a dinner experiment, we love these little sandwiches. They make sloppy joes look good again.

I’ve told you before how I was traumatized by the sloppy joes of my youth (sorry, mom). It seems like weekly I hear of others who harbor serious issues against sloppy joes. Sloppy joe support group? I’m thinking that might be a good idea.

It was no small miracle when I finally landed our favorite classic sloppy joe and posted it years and years ago (it’s become a favorite for many of you, too).

It’s still the only traditional sloppy joe recipe I make, because if there’s one thing I usually don’t take chances on – it’s sloppy joes. Shudder. There are just so, so many bad recipes floating around for that poor, little sandwich.

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This turkey and Swiss version is really amazing. Although a little bland in the looks department, it is deliciously flavorful, not to mention simple as can be.

If you can brown ground turkey, whisk together milk and flour, and shred Swiss cheese, you’ve pretty much already nailed this recipe.

As I mention below in the recipe notes, I almost always serve sloppy joes on our favorite French Bread Rolls or these Fluffy Whole Wheat French Bread Rolls. And if you are wondering if I make them from scratch every time we need them, let me assure you, this momma ain’t got time for that.

Whenever I make a batch of either roll recipe, I triple (or sometimes quadruple) the ingredients; once the rolls are baked and cooled, I pop about nine of them into a gallon-size freezer ziploc bag, press out as much air as possible without smashing the beauties, and freeze until we need them.

There’s no question these turkey and Swiss sloppy joes are a total weeknight dinner saver. Love them…and that delectable cheesy, creamy, tasty sauce.

As long as I am clear with boundaries, I really do think I’ve mostly rekindled my love for the ol’ sloppy joe.

Turkey and Swiss Sloppy Joes

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Fresh fruit

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Turkey and Swiss Sloppy Joes

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Turkey and Swiss Sloppy Joes




Yield 6-8 sandwiches


  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced (or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups milk (preferably not skim)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 6 ounces swiss cheese, shredded or cubed (about 1 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Buns or rolls for serving


  1. In a large 12-inch nonstick skillet set over medium heat, cook the ground turkey, onion, thyme, garlic, salt and pepper for 6-7 minutes, breaking the meat into small pieces as it cooks, until it is cooked through. 
  2. Drain any excess grease. 
  3. Blend the milk and flour together until smooth (I use a blender, but you could use a whisk as long as you stir like your life depends on it to eliminate any lumps). 
  4. Return the skillet to medium heat. Add the milk mixture to the ground turkey. 
  5. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer for 5-6 minutes until thickened. 
  6. Stir in the cheese until melted. Add the Worcestershire sauce and Dijon and stir to combine. 
  7. Add additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve the meat mixture on buns (lightly warm the buns, if desired).
  8. The sloppy joe mixture will thicken as it stands and cools, so if you won't be serving it right away (or for reheating the leftovers), consider adding a bit more milk or broth.


I almost always use my French bread roll recipe or these Fluffy Whole Wheat French Bread rolls when making recipes like these turkey and swiss sloppy joes (or our other favorite sloppy joes). Obviously depending on how much of that delectable meat mixture you load on the bun will determine how many sandwiches this recipe actually serves. I get about 8-ish sandwiches from the smaller French bread rolls linked above, but if you are using storebought hamburger-type buns, you will probably get less since those rolls are a little bigger.

I haven't tried it, but I am nearly certain ground beef would make a very acceptable substitute for the ground turkey.

Recipe Source: inspired by a recipe in Cooking Light Jan/Feb 2017 

38 Responses to Turkey and Swiss Sloppy Joes {30-Minute Meal}

  1. Jocelyn says:

    We loved these!

  2. Sheila H. says:

    The first time I made these the family was against the idea. I told them to trust your recipes (your kids like them). They gobbled them and then asked to put it back on the menu for the next week. I do trust your recipes. Thanks so much.
    PS I did use Monterey Jack cheese the second time.

  3. Ali says:

    Mel for the win tonight! I made this and instead of hearing “I don’t like that” I heard “Can I please have more!” Thanks for the great recipe!

  4. Nancy says:

    I love recipes that can be made in a hurry, but still taste good. These Sloppy Joes turned out to be delicious, and so easy to make. My whole family enjoyed them. Thanks!

  5. Beth says:

    Hi Mel,
    Thanks for another great recipe! When I told my 14-year old daughter I was making sloppy joe’s she groaned, I reassured her it would be ok since these have cheese in them. Your recipe along with the Fluffy Whole Wheat Rolls were a hit for our lunch on Saturday. Last night we ate leftovers and I lightly toasted the split rolls and spread avocado on them before adding the sloppy joe filling – delicious! My daughter made the monster cookies over the weekend too, talk about seriously yummy I couldn’t stop eating them! I have had to up the mileage in my runs to work those babies off! But they were sooo worth it!
    Thank you again for your website and from keeping me in a “recipe” rut. You have such great recipes and I am always confident they will be tasty and worth the time spent making them!

  6. Susie says:

    I have leftover turkey dark meat frozen. I wonder if chopping it instead ofusing ground would work for this.

  7. Melissa says:

    Do you have a rotation/schedule/plan for the stuff you make in advance like these rolls that you make extra of and then have in the freezer?

    • Mel says:

      Not really, I wish I was that organized. Usually if I’m making rolls for an event/dinner, I just triple the recipe. Sometimes I’ll glance in my freezer and realize we’re running low on some of the staples I keep around and so I’ll put a note on a “free” morning or afternoon to make a batch.

  8. Alyssa says:

    I happened to have everything I needed to make these tonight ( not on my original weekly menu, leftovers were, but since I had two sick babies I need a cooking break when my hubby got home!) Including the rolls yummy! My husband who is the anti ground turkey anything said these are pretty good! So they will around for a while. Thanks again for an easy good recipe!

  9. Ann says:

    This recipe was a hit at our house last night! We loved your original sloppy joe recipe as well! Thank you!

  10. Ashley says:

    This recipe is just SPOT ON! It tasted so good to me in the dead of winter. Also, lately I have really been enjoying your side dish idea. My husband is deployed and I have been so lazy at cooking real meals for the kiddos–broccoli and fruit?! Why didn’t I think of something so darn simple. So I did this and paired it with broccoli and a few slices of red peppers and a few blackberries. My 1 year old just gobbled it up and my two year old (picky little stinker) at least ate the veggies and fruit so I’m counting that a win. Thank you for giving me sanity and delicious meals.

    • Mel says:

      So happy you loved this, Ashley! I keep side dishes pretty easy around here so I’m glad you like those suggestions. You are amazing for cooking even with a husband deployed!

  11. Susie Brian's Favorite Cousin says:

    Do you think another cheese (sharp cheddar?) might be ok in lieu of the Swiss? I know it kind of messes with the name, but my children have demonstrated an annoying aversion to Swiss, so I never have it.

  12. Becky says:

    I LOVE your regular sloppy joe recipe so I’m not sure I can venture to this – honestly, ground turkey makes my stomach churn somewhat. However, I trust you Mel, as you’ve never steered me wrong. I’m planning on making this next week, so I’ll let you know how they go over then!

    • Mel says:

      What brand/type of ground turkey have you used in the past? I agree there are some kinds I’ve used (a while back) that were awful, but we actually use ground turkey a fair amount (less than we used to now that we have a freezer full of beef from the cows we raised).

  13. Sheila H. says:

    The idea of a white sloppy joe is freaking me out. I trust you so it will be made this week; however, my family is a lover of your best sloppy joe recipe and ask for it weekly (I don’t make it weekly but they ask). Here goes…

  14. Kathy says:

    Those look really great. I don’t use ground turkey very much. What kind do you use (certain percentage %??). I believe there are several varieties. Thanks.

    • Mel says:

      The only kind of ground turkey I buy anymore is the Butterball Everyday brand from Costco (mostly because that’s where I do the bulk of my regular grocery shopping). I really like it for flavor/texture (but we also use a lot of ground beef, too, since we raise our own beef cows). Anyway, I think the ground turkey from Costco is 85/15.

  15. Helen says:

    I just filled up my freezer with ground turkey and have Swiss cheese left over from our most recent fondue night !! And French bread rolls in the freezer !! (You’d think I use your blog a lot … Yep .. Daily !! ) Looks like a winner for this week! Can’t wait to try it !!
    I also just got all the ingredients for Yumm bowls .. They are on the menu this week too !! Not sure what we ate before I started reading your blog

  16. Paige says:

    These look so yummy and hearty! I need to try these soon!


  17. Kelli says:

    I guess I’m one of the lucky ones with yummy sloppy joe memories at church camp. And the ones at school were pretty good also. Looking forward to trying both of your versions of sloppy joes as I’ve always wanted to make them but never have. Continuing to enjoy your recipes as always!

  18. Lauren says:

    I’m totally showing the ground turkey in my freezer some love this week by making this fab looking dish! & I am totally making the from scratch rolls, too. (I made the whole wheat quinoa recipe for the 3 loaves yesterday which is so easy, & ALWAYS comes out just right!) Oh! & when I serve this turkey/swiss sloppy joe, I am def doing so with a green veg & something in the blue category for table wear – You pic looks so appetizing, Mel!

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