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This twist on the classic sandwich has all the sweet-and-savory flavors you crave in a sloppy Joe, but by swapping in some bulgur for half of the ground beef you cut some saturated fat and get an extra gram of fiber in each serving (the whole-wheat bun and veggies add 6g more). Serve these healthy sloppy Joes with a side of napkins—you'll need 'em!

EatingWell Magazine, April 2022


Credit: Photographer / Jacob Fox, Food styling / Sue Mitchell, Food Styling / Kelsey Bulat

Recipe Summary

25 mins
25 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and beginning to brown, about 3 minutes.

  • Add beef, bulgur, chili powder, paprika and salt. Cook, stirring and breaking up the beef with a wooden spoon, until the meat is no longer pink, 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Add water, ketchup, tomato sauce and Worcestershire. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook, stirring once or twice, until the bulgur is tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Divide the mixture among buns (about 1/2 cup each).


Bulgur is a quick-cooking whole grain that's made by parboiling, drying and grinding or cracking wheat berries. It can be fine or coarse—the latter best mimics ground beef for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts

1 sandwich
383 calories; protein 14g; carbohydrates 42g; dietary fiber 7g; sugars 10g; added sugar 6g; fat 15g; saturated fat 4g; mono fat 8g; poly fat 2g; cholesterol 37mg; vitamin a iu 1824IU; vitamin b3 niacin 7mg; vitamin b12 1mcg; vitamin c 20mg; vitamin d iu 2IU; vitamin e iu 5IU; folate 17mg; vitamin k 8mg; sodium 741mg; iron 4mg; magnesium 97mg; potassium 536mg; zinc 3mg; omega 6 fatty acid 1g; vitamin b6 1mg.