Instant Pot Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes
Made with ground turkey, these Instant Pot Sloppy Joes are perfectly saucy and full of flavor! A quick and easy weeknight option to throw into your rotation.
Forget the beef: these ground turkey Sloppy Joes are a win!
For the sake of heart health and keeping our cholesterol in check, we’ve been nixing red meat whenever possible. And with how we’ve eaten so far, I’m confident that any recipe made with ground beef can be made with ground turkey—and be just as tasty! (Take these Instant Pot Ground Turkey Tacos, for example.) These Instant Pot sloppy joes put a healthier spin on this classic weeknight meal—and they’re freakin’ delicious.
How to make Sloppy Joes with ground turkey.
When it comes to swapping out ground beef for ground turkey, there are really only two things to consider. For one, ground beef has more fat, and fat equals flavor, so you might need to season your ground turkey a smidgen extra. The only other thing to consider is that you need to make sure your ground turkey is cooked through, whereas with beef, you can afford to have a bit of pink. Otherwise, the cooking process is the same!
How to make Sloppy Joes in the Instant Pot.
Activate the sauté function on your Instant Pot on medium heat. Heat the olive oil, then add the diced bell peppers, onions, and garlic. Let it simmer for about two minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the ground turkey and break it down into smaller chunks with a spatula or large spoon. Once the turkey is broken down and only slightly browned/half cooked, turn off the sauté function. Add the salt, pepper, chili powder, smoked paprika, Worcestershire sauce, and Dijon mustard. Stir until well mixed. Add the water, and stir again. Transfer the ketchup and tomato paste into the Instant Pot, but don’t stir it. The sugar in the ketchup could trigger the burn notice, so you want to avoid that. Secure the lid on the Instant Pot and set the valve to Sealing. Cook the contents on high pressure for 8 minutes. When done, do a quick release and open the lid. Give everything a good stir, then mix in the scallions. Serve with fresh brioche buns.
Equipment you’ll need:
Recipe tips + tricks:
- If you get a burn notice, cancel the pressure, open the lid when it’s safe to do so, and add another 1/4 cup of water. Secure the lid back in place and pressure cook for whatever time is remaining. I’ve never had a burn notice, but I know this can be an issue with different models.
- If your mixture seems too runny when you open the lid after cooking, turn on the sauté function and let the mixture simmer for a few minutes to thicken it up. If for some reason this doesn’t help, you can also mix some cornstarch or flour with 1/4 cup cold water to make a slurry, and gradually stir it into the mixture as it simmers on sauté mode. This is guaranteed to thicken it up.
- If you want to add some heat, you can add a few tablespoons of your favorite hot sauce to the mix! Just add it when you add the ketchup and tomato paste.
Other easy ground turkey recipes to try:
- Instant Pot Ground Turkey Tacos
- Super Tender Ground Turkey Meatloaf
- Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Pasta with Ground Turkey and Spinach
- Instant Pot Ground Bolognese with Ground Turkey
Hope you enjoy!
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Get the Recipe:
Instant Pot Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes
- 1 TBSP olive oil or avocado oil
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 sweet bell pepper (red, yellow, or orange), diced
- 1/2 yellow onion, diced
- 3 cloves of garlic, grated to a paste or finely minced
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- Cracked black pepper
- 1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup water
- 2/3 cup ketchup
- 1 TBSP tomato paste
- Instant Pot
- Heat the olive oil in the Instant Pot on sauté mode, medium. (Higher heat may burn.)
- Add the diced bell peppers, onions, and garlic to the hot oil. Let everything simmer for about two minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the ground turkey and break it down into smaller chunks using a spatula or a large spoon. When the turkey is broken down into crumbles and half cooked, cancel the sauté function.
- Add salt, pepper, chili powder, smoked paprika, Worcestershire sauce, and Dijon mustard to the meat, and stir until it's well mixed.
- Add water and stir again. Then, add the ketchup and tomato paste to the Instant Pot, but don't stir it. The sugar in the ketchup could trigger the burn notice, so you want to avoid that. You can stir it in the end.
- Secure the lid on the Instant Pot and set the valve to Sealing; cook on high pressure for 8 minutes.
- When the Instant Pot beeps, do a quick release and open the lid when it's safe to do so. Stir the contents well to mix in the ketchup and tomato paste, then mix in the scallions.
- Serve with fresh brioche buns.
16 Comments on “Instant Pot Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes”
Great quick and easy dinner recipe! I doubled it in my 8 quart IP and had no issues.
So glad to hear it, Lisa!
Could this recipe be doubled successfully in the Instant Pot?
Hi Joanna, I haven’t doubled it myself, but I’ve had success doubling similar recipes in the Instant Pot so I’m confident this would work! Please let me know if you try it.
The recipe was successfully doubled in the Instant Pot! There was a bit of excess liquid but the cornstarch slurry fixed it no problem. This was a really delicious meal and the brioche buns took it to the next level! Thank you for this great recipe!
1/4 what of water? My husband tried to make this and ended up making soup. He’s not very experienced in the kitchen. Obviously I would have assumed a quarter cup, but he didn’t know so he put in a pint and a half.
Hi Kelsey! You’re right, it’s a 1/4 cup!
Oooh, such a fantastic weeknight meal to make in the instant pot! All of those flavors sound amazing, especially paired with the brioche buns.
Oh, this is the perfect comfort food and my family is going to love this recipe. This is a great way to enjoy ground turkey and I’m always looking for a new instant pot recipe!
It’s been a while since I had Sloppy Joes, and I love the idea to use ground turkey! Looks absolutely delicious, can’t wait to try this recipe!
This recipe is going to be in our regular rotation! It was delicious and I need more easy dinners in my life, especially if my husband is going to be doing the cooking. haha! Thanks so much!
Yesss! We eat sloppy joes all the time! Love this small variation on a classic recipe.
This is a hug on a bun! Ground beef has been giving my husband heart burn so this was such a nice change. He could eat a childhood favorite without paying it for later :) Thank you!!
Yes! We’ve been trying to watch our red meat consumption and we’re learning that ground turkey can do pretty much anything ground beef can :) I’m so glad this recipe was a hit for you.
I made this at the end of a long, late, low-key dumb day at work lol. I’d been dreading making dinner, but this was such a snap! It turned out SO satisfying and delicious. Meaty, savory, a little sweet. Hit on every note, and even made the kid in me happy. I used to love sloppy joes growing up, but this puts the stuff that comes in the can to absolute *shame*! The 20-minute cook-time was spot-on accurate for me, even the first time making it, which basically never happens XD. I’d never used the saute option on my Instant Pot before, and I am newly in love with this feature! Best part, while the Instant Pot was doing its thing, I had just enough time to clean up from prep. A hot, home-cooked meal at the end of a long, crummy day, in a clean kitchen. Couldn’t ask for better. Definitely keeping this in rotation! Thank you for another winner! :D
Lindsey! This makes me so happy. Nothing beats filling your belly with good comfort food after a crummy day. I’m so happy I could help that happen :)