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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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.

Creamy Baked Tortellini with Spinach

In this easy, cheesy pasta bake, tortellini is briefly cooked and then tossed with fresh spinach and a super-quick homemade turkey ragu. Before finishing in the oven, the pasta is topped with crunchy seasoned panko mixture. 
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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.

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."

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.

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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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!

Turkey-Pesto Meatball Soup

Enjoy an Italian-style soup with pesto-infused meatballs, basil, garlic and escarole, topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano and freshly cracked pepper. To make prep work even easier, the meatball mixture can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to one day.

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.

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.

Ginger-Peanut Turkey Stir-Fry

For a fast—and satisfying—weeknight dinner turn to this stir fry. It's also a fresh answer to the age-old question of what to do with that package of ground meat in the freezer. A bold and silky sauce made with lime juice, fish sauce, peanut butter, and chili compliments just about any type of ground meat you have on hand. Serve it up with rice, loads of fresh herbs, and big, wrap-able greens.  
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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.
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Inspiration and Ideas

23 Ground Turkey Recipes to Add to Your Dinner Rotation
By using this leaner protein, you can turn some of your favorite meals into better-for-you dishes without giving up an ounce of flavor. We're sharing our best ground turkey recipes for weeknight meals and more.
Inside-Out Pork Dumplings
Inspired by take-out pork wontons, this dish is packed with fiber and vitamins for a healthier weeknight option.
Zucchini-Ribbon "Lasagna"

Strips of zucchini stand in for lasagna noodles and ground turkey is swapped in place of ground beef, adding texture and flavor in this healthy, vegetable-filled take on the Italian classic.