Sloppy “Jacks”

Sloppy “Jacks”

Adding conveniently canned pumpkin boosts the fiber and vitamin A and the kids (and adults) won’t even notice. Use your favorite store-bought bread, sliders or bun! They are called “Jacks” because the pumpkin addition is a nod to “Jack ‘o Lanterns!”
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course lunch, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American, Burger, Sandwich
Servings 8 people
Calories 300 kcal


  • 1 pound ground turkey, beef or ground meat plant alternative
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms (optional – extends the meat and adds another vegetable!)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 8 hamburger buns (or 16 slider buns)


  • In a large skillet, cook the meat, onion, green pepper, and garlic powder over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • Stir in the pumpkin, ketchup, mustard, chili powder and brown sugar.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat; simmer, uncovered 10 minutes. 
  • Serve on buns and enjoy!


Serving: 1sandwichCalories: 300kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 21gFat: 8gSodium: 810mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15g
Keyword Ground Meat, pumpkin, Vegetables
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