25 Ground Turkey Recipes That Are Delicious and Healthy
This lean protein can be prepared in so many ways.
Ground turkey is one of the most versatile proteins you can cook with, and it's an extremely healthy choice. Whether you create delicious turkey meatballs or whip up a flavorful stir-fry, ground turkey lends itself to a number of our most cherished recipes. By swapping in this leaner protein, you can turn your favorite meals into better-for-you dishes without giving up an ounce of flavor. Here, we're sharing some meals we absolutely adore made using ground turkey.
Perhaps one of the most classic ways to use the meat is in a burger, like in our Greek Turkey Burger, pictured here. With only 40 minutes of prep time and 10 minutes of cooking, the mouthwatering meal can be on the table in under an hour. If a Greek-inspired meal isn't quite your thing, you'll be pleased to know that there's a turkey-based patty for everyone. Ahead, you'll find three different ways to prepare a turkey burger. But if a burger isn't what you're craving, not to worry. If you feel more like having Italian-inspired fare for dinner, look no further than our Turkey and Meatball Bolognese. It's easy to prepare and is filling and nutritious, thanks to a sauce made from lean turkey and a slew of vegetables.
Ground turkey lends itself to many other types of cuisines, too. From the East to West, we have plenty of dishes that will wow your family, including our Ginger-Peanut Turkey Stir-Fry. It's better than takeout and a lot healthier. If you're looking for a one-pan dinner, then our Instant Pot Turkey Chili is just the thing to make tonight. Our recipe calls for corn, chickpeas, tomatoes, garlic, and loads of herbs and spices for a warming, comforting meal.
From flavor-packed burgers to Mexican-inspired plates, explore some of the best ways to work ground turkey into your weeknight dinner routine.
Turkey and Mushroom Bolognese
Not only is this a lighter version of the classic Italian recipe, but it only requires 35 minutes of prep. Ground turkey, assorted mushrooms, carrots, and onion round out this delicious dish.
Ginger-Peanut Turkey Stir-Fry
As easy to make as it is satisfying, this ground turkey stir-fry comes together in a flash. With an ingredient list packed with peanut butter, fresh ginger, tender lettuce, sugar, and lime juice, everyone will be asking for seconds of this tasty creation.
Whole Stuffed Cabbage
This Eastern European classic uses ground turkey, kasha (roasted buckwheat kernels), cabbage, finely chopped onions, and fresh herbs for a warm, mouthwatering dish.
Turkey-Pesto Meatball Soup
Ground turkey is mixed with panko breadcrumbs, lightly whisked egg, Parmigiano-Reggiano, salt, and freshly ground pepper to make these light meatballs. And to make prep even easier, the meatballs can be refrigerated for up to one day ahead of time.
Turkey Meatloaf with Hoison Glaze
Meatloaf has long been a dinner staple, but that doesn't mean it can't be refreshed. Our version, made with ground turkey, is a lightened up take on the classic. It's topped with a homemade Hoison glaze for a sweet and tangy taste.
Instant Pot Turkey Chili
Few kitchen appliances are as helpful as the Instant Pot, and it's especially well-suited to making dishes like chili. A number of vegetables and even more herbs and spices come together to create a dish full of heady aromas.
Roasted Garlic Turkey Burgers
A classic use of ground turkey, turkey burgers are beyond satisfying. This recipe features roasted garlic, aged provolone cheese, and fresh sage, and makes enough for the whole family.
Italian Wedding Soup with Turkey Meatballs
This delicious dish comes together in only 25 minutes, but the flavors will fool your family—they'll think you spend the whole day cooking. We also like that it can be made ahead of time and frozen for up to three months.
This version of turkey chili uses both ground and shredded turkey meat for a protein-packed dish. Pink beans, white onion, ancho chiles, and garlic round out the flavor profile.
One-Pot Thai Turkey and Rice
This simple one-skillet meal is sure to please. With Thai flavors like lime juice, garlic, ginger, and coconut milk, it easily tops our favorite recipes. Not to mention it has a quick prep time and cleanup.
This recipe combines two of our favorite uses for ground turkey: meatloaf and burgers. Best of all, it makes enough for eight, so it's the perfect addition to your next cookout.
Chipotle-Glazes Meatloaf with Sweet Potatoes
Instead of classic mashed potatoes, this recipe uses the nutrient-rich sweet potato for a sweet side, while ground turkey and a chipotle glaze offer even more flavor.
Pasta is substituted for nutrient-rich zucchini while ground turkey adds protein to this healthy version of the Italian classic lasagna.
One-Pot Turkey Skillet Pie
This savory pie is made from ground turkey topped with cheddar biscuits. The result is a rich, filling meal that is guaranteed to become a new family favorite. And since it comes together in less than an hour, you can enjoy it any night of the week.
Turkey Sloppy Joes with Kale Chips
Your kids will love this better-for-you iteration of the sloppy joe, while you'll love the fresh ingredients and fact that it's on the table in only 30 minutes.
Spinach-and-Turkey Hand Pies
Leftover Greek-Style Meatloaf made from ground turkey serves as the protein in these savory hand pies.
Honey-Chipotle Turkey Meatballs
Ground turkey, garlic cloves, chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, honey, and cider vinegar bring the flavor in this mouthwatering recipe.
Mustard Turkey Burgers
The patty is made with ground turkey, minced red onion, Dijon mustard, and salt, and is placed atop a whole wheat bun with avocado for a satisfying and easy dinner.
Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Meatballs
Low in carbs but high in flavor, this healthy dupe for spaghetti with meatballs uses squash and turkey instead of the usual pasta and ground beef.
Ground Turkey Tacos
This Mexican-inspired dish is a lighter take on the classic taco, thanks to the lean ground turkey. It makes eight servings, so there's plenty for everyone.
Pot Sticker Dumplings and Soy-Vinegar Sauce
No need to order takeout when you can make your own pot sticker dumplings. The perfect crispy-yet-soft texture explodes with ground turkey and gets a hint of briny flavor from the soy-vinegar dipping sauce.
Make this classic Cuban dish lighter with lean ground turkey. Serve it over rice for a complete meal.
A corn tortilla houses ground turkey, corn, tomato, and black beans for a delicious dinner.
Turkey Lasagna with Spinach
A pound of fresh ground turkey is baked with low-fat ricotta, low-fat mozzarella, fresh spinach, among other ingredients, in this better-for-you lasagna.