Turkey Veggie "Messy Burgers" with Feta

Recipe by Chung-Ah of Damn Delicious
The start of the new year is a good time for some clean eating. By swapping out red meat, you can use ground turkey in these Chipotle Sloppy Joes that are full of veggies and pile them high on hearty, whole wheat buns. Who said eating healthy doesn’t have to be delicious?

Yields 4-6 servings

  • 2 TBSP vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 carrot, minced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1/3 cup corn kernels
  • 4-6 whole wheat hamburger buns, toasted, for serving
  • Crumbled feta, for serving, optional
For the tomato sauce:
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1-3 TBSP pureed chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (omit if you don’t prefer the spice)
  • 2 TBSP brown sugar, packed
  • 1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 TBSP tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 TBSP tomato paste

In a medium bowl, combine tomato sauce, pureed chipotle peppers, brown sugar, Worcestershire, red wine vinegar, chili powder, oregano, cumin and cayenne pepper.

Heat vegetable oil in a Dutch oven or large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add ground turkey and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add carrot, zucchini and corn, and cook until zucchini is tender, about 2-3 minutes.

Stir in tomato sauce mixture and then the tomato paste until well combined.

Reduce heat to low; simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce has thickened and desired consistency is reached, about 10 minutes.

Serve sloppy joes on hamburger buns with a sprinkle of feta, if desired.

Note: you can make Sloppy Joes meatless by using 1lb of cooked lentils in place of the turkey.

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Chung-Ah, the author behind Damn Delicious, loves to take simple ingredients and transform them into sophisticated and elegant meals.