16 Ground Turkey Recipes for Healthy, Delicious Dinners

The lean meat is incredibly versatile

Serve the chili with cornbread and toppings.
Diana Rattray

Ground turkey is a healthy alternative to beef and can be used in a wide variety of ways to decrease your intake of red meat—plus, it tastes great! The lean poultry makes delicious chili, tacos, burgers, and oh-so-much more. Read on for a wide range of quick and easy recipes that use the versatile meat.

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    Turkey Tacos

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    Change up taco night by swapping beef for ground turkey. The flavor is still great and we bet your family won't even notice the difference. The browned, spiced meat is a great filling for both soft or hard tacos that you can place out with a toppings bar of lettuce, cheeses, salsa, and more.

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    Turkey Meatballs Baked With Parmesan Cheese

    Turkey Meatballs
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    Making meatballs with a mix of white and dark meat turkey yields moist and flavorful results. Serve your turkey meatballs in spaghetti sauce or coat them in a soy glaze or barbecue sauce to serve as appetizers.

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    Ground Turkey Chili

    Turkey Chili With Beans
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    Ground turkey is especially good in chili, happily standing in for ground beef with a fraction of the fat. With all of the delicious seasonings and beans, you won't even notice. Serve topped with cheese, sour cream, green onions, or all three.

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    Basic Turkey Meatloaf

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    This moist and flavorful turkey meatloaf only requires a few ingredients and comes together quickly. While it bakes in the oven, put together a green salad and any other side dishes, like mashed potatoes.

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    Classic Stuffed Peppers

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    Stuffed peppers are a hearty meal that look great and taste great with minimal effort. Ground turkey works great here and any kind of cooked rice will do (make it even healthier by subbing in quinoa). Leftovers reheat well in the oven or microwave.

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    Ground Turkey Burritos With Refried Beans

    Ground Turkey Burritos
    Diana Rattray

    Burritos loaded with spiced ground turkey, refried beans, and cheese are sure to please the whole family for lunch or dinner. Serve with guacamole, sour cream, and more salsa.

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    Juicy Baked Turkey Burgers With Garlic

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    Baked in the oven, juicy turkey burgers are an easy and delicious weeknight meal. Breadcrumbs and an egg help the mixture form into patties and a little Creole seasoning and lime juice add a punch of flavor. Top with homemade salsa.

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    Slow Cooker Vegetable and Ground Turkey Soup

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    Perfect for a soup supper or lunch prep, this tomato-based turkey and veggie soup has lots of flavor thanks to bouillon and spices. Serve with crusty bread for dipping. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for a few days or in the freezer for a couple of months in an airtight container.

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    Instant Pot Turkey Chili

    Serve the chili with cornbread and toppings.
    Diana Rattray

    Make turkey chili in a flash with a pressure cooker. A combination of hot peppers makes the end result especially flavorful and fire-roasted canned tomatoes add a little smokiness. If you don't have an Instant Pot, any pressure cooker or multi-cooker will work.

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    Spinach and Turkey Lasagna

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    Ground turkey and frozen spinach add protein and color to this super cheesy lasagna. Three varieties are layered with the turkey, spinach, tomato sauce, and noodles for a truly memorable meal. This recipe feeds a crowd, but leftovers are tasty, too if you're making for a smaller group.

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    Homemade Turkey Sausage

    Homemade Turkey Sausage

    Diana Rattray

    For a lower fat version of pork sausage, substitute with turkey instead. It's way easier than it sounds—just combine ground meat with spices and fry up as patties for breakfast or cook crumbled for a pasta sauce or filling.

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    Slow Cooker Chunky Turkey Chili

    Chunky Turkey Chili
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    Use your slow cooker to make a tasty chili with almost no effort. While turkey keeps everything lean, this pot is certainly not lacking in chili flavor. Eat as is or use it to top nachos for an extra special treat. Leave out the olives if you're not a fan or serve them on the side as a topping.

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    Stuffed Mushrooms With Ground Turkey Stuffing

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    Mushrooms stuffed with ground turkey, water chestnuts, garlic, and parsley are an ideal paleo and gluten-free appetizer or side dish. If you're going gluten-free but not paleo, top with shaved Parmesan cheese for a salty kick.

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    Quick Tomato Ragu Pasta Sauce

    Tomato Ragu Pasta Sauce

     

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    This classic and simply delicious ragu sauce can be made with any ground meat, including turkey. Ground dark meat or a mix of white and dark works best for this recipe. Serve with spaghetti, ravioli, or your choice of pasta.

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    Crockpot Turkey Meatloaf

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    Cooked gently in a slow cooker, this turkey meatloaf is guaranteed to be moist. Adjust the garlic and seasonings to your taste, swapping marjoram for oregano if you don't have any handy.

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    Turkey, Bacon, and Egg Skillet

    Paleo Breakfast Skillet
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    High in protein, an egg skillet is a great use for ground turkey. Flavored with bacon and bell peppers, it's a meal in a pan. Serve for a hearty breakfast or with a salad for lunch or dinner. Even better, it's paleo and gluten-free, too.