Ground Turkey Recipes

Talk about versatile, our ground turkey recipes can do it all. This leaner cousin of ground beef is a healthy and flavorful protein. Beyond delicious fast meals like turkey burgers and kebabs, don't overlook the slow cooker ground turkey recipes like our turkey stew, chili, meatloaf, and our wonderful one-pot turkey skillet pie.

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Hawaiian Turkey Burgers

Amp up the flavor of mild turkey patties with ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and sesame oil, and top them with buttery Havarti cheese and slivers of tangy pineapple hot off the grates. Sandwich the stack in a plush Hawaiian bun with lettuce, red onion, and a smear of kicky jalapeño mayo, and take a vacation without leaving your lanai.

Ground Turkey Tacos

Rating: 3.5 stars 446
Ground turkey is sautéed with chopped onion, chili powder, tomato paste, and chicken broth in these easy, family-friendly tacos. Stuff them into hard taco shells and top with all the fixings—sour cream, pico de gallo, avocado, cheddar cheese, and shredded lettuce.

Our Favorite Turkey Burger

Rating: 3.5 stars 542
These tasty burgers incorporate shredded Gruyère cheese and Dijon mustard in the patty, rather than on top, which prevents the bun from getting soggy. Breadcrumbs add even more texture.

Simple Turkey Meatloaf

Rating: 3.5 stars 136
Everyone needs an easy turkey meatloaf recipe. Emeril shared his ketchup-topped version with Martha. It comes from his book, " Emeril 20-40-60."

Ground Turkey Shepherd's Pie

Rating: 4 stars 52
Lean ground turkey has significantly less saturated fat than beef. It tastes rich and earthy when simmered with chipotle chili powder. Carrots and peas brighten the filling, while yogurt, stirred into the mashed potatoes and parsnips, adds calcium.

Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

Rating: 3.5 stars 103
This kid-friendly recipe for turkey meatloaf muffins is packed with cheddar cheese, Worcestershire sauce, breadcrumbs, dry mustard powder, and garlic. The secret ingredient? Pickles!

Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs

Rating: 3.5 stars 130
Looking for a leaner twist on classic spaghetti and meatballs? Try this version, which is made with ground turkey mixed with onion, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, and chopped parsley.

One-Pot Turkey Skillet Pie

Rating: 3 stars 65
This may become the new most-requested recipe in your house: Cheddar-buttermilk biscuits are dropped and baked over turkey chili for a guaranteed hit. The recipe comes from Martha's book "One Pot: 120+ Easy Meals from Your Skillet, Slow Cooker, Stockpot, and More."

Turkey-and-Mushroom Bolognese

This quicker, lighter version of Bolognese sauce still tastes rich and complex, like it has cooked all day. It uses a mix of ground turkey and chopped mushrooms, with a few morsels of pancetta thrown in for a flavor boost. Sautéed carrots and onion provide sweetness, and concentrated tomato flavor in the form of a paste adds instant depth.
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Grilled Kofta Kebabs

If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 30 minutes before grilling. To make lamb and turkey koftas at the same time, combine all the ingredients except the meat first, then transfer half the mixture to another bowl and add one pound of each meat to each bowl.

Greek Turkey Burgers

Ground turkey patties flavored with parsley, Worcestershire, and Dijon mustard are steamed then seared for these Mediterranean-inspired pita burgers. They're topped with lemon-infused yogurt, hummus, and cucumber.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Honey-Chipotle Turkey Meatballs
Rating: 3.5 stars 673

These smokey sweet meatballs will be a big hit at your party. They're glazed in a sauce made from honey, chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, and cider vinegar.