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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Instant Pot Turkey Chili

Browning the ground turkey and aromatics on the "sauté" setting of the Instant Pot before simmering is essential for depth of flavor in this one-hour chili.
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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.

Ground Turkey Shepherd's Pie

Rating: 3.75 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.

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 Tacos

Rating: 3.38 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.

Simple Turkey Meatloaf

Rating: 3.49 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."

Hearty Turkey Chili

Ground turkey is a lower-fat alternative to beef chuck, and kidney beans—loaded with vitamin C and omega-3s—are an especially nutritious option. This one-pot dish has two other comfort-food essentials going for it: a warm temperature and a hearty makeup.

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: 3.42 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.

White Turkey Chili

Rating: 3.73 stars 78
It takes only 30 minutes to make a steaming bowl of this satisfying and comforting chili. Cannellini beans and ground white turkey meat are two healthy sources of protein.

Our Favorite Turkey Burger

Rating: 3.46 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.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Turkey and White-Bean Chili
Rating: 3.56 stars
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Get all the flavor of a slow-simmered chili in less than half the time with this speedy, family-friendly recipe. It's packed with ground turkey, jalapeño peppers, ground cumin, and tomato paste.