45 Best Ground Turkey Recipes

45 Best Ground Turkey Recipes
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Ground turkey is one of the most versatile meat ingredients out there.

You can eat it for breakfast, lunch, and cook up a crowd-pleasing dinner that is sure to impress the entire family.

The meat's mild poultry flavor lends itself well to a whole host of cuisines, from Tex Mex to Southeast Asian.

And what's more, ground turkey is a lighter and healthier option when compared to other meats like beef and pork - making it popular among those who follow a Keto or Paleo diet.

We've compiled the ultimate list of ground turkey recipes, covering breakfast, lunch, and dinner ideas from cuisines all around the world.

Make sure to keep this page bookmarked so that you never have to wonder what to make for a delicious and healthy meal ever again

Best Ground Turkey Breakfast Ideas:

1. One Pan Egg and Turkey Skillet

Most of us don't have time to whip up a gourmet feast first thing in the morning - but this recipe sure tastes like one!

Made up of a handful of simple ingredients that all cook in the same skillet, the cooking process is done within 25 minutes and you're ready to sit down and eat.

If you're looking for a substantial yet healthy breakfast that will kickstart your day - this is it!

2. Ground Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties

Sausage patties are a popular go-to breakfast item, but the pork-based patties you find in the freezer section of the store are loaded with saturated fats and salt.

This genius recipe replaces pork sausage with ground turkey for a lighter and healthier option.

Make them ahead of time and toss them in the freezer - ready to serve in a breakfast sandwich with eggs and veggies any morning of the week.

3. Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Hash

Lots of breakfast recipes use heavy and filling ingredients like pork sausage and white potato.

This recipe offers a deliciously light take on a classic hash, using nourishing sweet potatoes and lean ground turkey.

This is yet another recipe that will work well in the freezer, so feel free to make it ahead of time and separate it into freezer bag portions.

4. Southwest Turkey and Egg Breakfast Skillet

Whether it's a breakfast burrito or an egg scramble - southwest flavors are always popular at breakfast time.

This recipe ditches the carbs, combining ground turkey and eggs in a skillet for a protein-packed meal that will keep you satisfied till lunch.

Requiring one pot and a few pantry staples, it's an incredibly easy meal to whip up when you're short on time.

5. Turkey Chili Shakshuka

Shakshuka is a Middle Eastern dish that consists of eggs cooked in a rich tomato sauce.

This recipe offers a mouth-watering and high-protein twist, cooking the eggs in a simple and spicy turkey chili.

If you're looking for a breakfast that is sure to keep you fuelled all day - this recipe has all the nourishment you need.

For an added health boost, try adding black beans to your chili.

6. Turkey and Apple Breakfast Hash

Sweet, salty, and incredibly warming - this ground turkey breakfast hash recipe is a go-to for a winter morning.

Apples add a syrupy fruitiness that when combined with the savory turkey and potatoes reveals a simple yet decadent flavor.

Unlike traditional breakfast hashes that are loaded with cheese and bacon, this meal with fill you up without weighing you down.

7. Turkey and Egg Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast casseroles involve tossing a few delicious ingredients into a dish before leaving it in the oven to bake - which makes it ideal for busy mornings when you need time to round up the kids and get ready.

This recipe uses lean ground turkey, eggs, and nutrient-rich spinach to ensure you're getting your daily protein and mineral intake.

8. Healthy Homemade Turkey Chorizo Sausage

Chorizo is a deliciously spicy and smoky Spanish sausage that is traditionally made with pork.

It can make for a great addition to breakfast burritos, hash, and tacos - however the store-bought pork sausage is not the most diet-friendly option.

This clever recipe makes it easy for you to make your own chorizo sausage using ground turkey.

It's lighter, healthier, and just as delectable as the original.

9. Blueberry Turkey Breakfast Sausage

Mixing sweet and savory flavors at breakfast time has become an American tradition.

From chicken and waffles to French toast and bacon.

This incredible sausage patty recipe adds succulent blueberries to toothsome ground turkey.

Dress with a drizzle of maple syrup and you're good to go!

10. Freezable Meal Prep Breakfast Burritos

For the days when you need a grab-and-go breakfast, these freezable breakfast burritos are packed with lightly spiced ground turkey, beans, cheese, and can be toasted right out of the freezer.

Best Ground Turkey Lunch Ideas:

11. Teriyaki Turkey Rice Bowls

If you're a fan of Japanese flavors, teriyaki sauce offers a sweet and sticky marinade that can transform ground meat.

It's also readily available at almost any grocery store, making it an accessible lunch-time meal.

Just add it to your browned ground turkey and you're ready to serve on top of rice and with your chosen veggies.

12. Ground Turkey Buddha Bowl With Cauliflower Rice

Buddha bowls make for an incredibly easy and nourishing lunch option, consisting of a protein, a carb, and an array of raw and cooked veggies.

This keto-friendly option cuts out the carbs and replaces them with cauliflower rice, making it super light and healthy.

13. Korean-style Ground Turkey

Korean flavors are aromatic, nutty, spicy, and sweet.

Dress your lean ground turkey in a rich and sticky Korean barbecue sauce and you've got one hell of an indulgent lunch!

This recipe adds green onions and sesame seeds for added freshness and crunch.

14. Egg Roll In A Bowl

Ever eat an egg roll and wish you could just have a whole bowl of filling?!

That's exactly what this recipe is - and it turns out, it's light, healthy and keto-friendly too!

This recipe is full of protein-rich eggs, cabbage, carrot, green onion, ground turkey and garlic - all dressed in a delicious soy-ginger sauce.

It's a great one to add to your meal prep for the entire week.

15. Healthy Taco Salad

Turn your taco addiction into a tasty way to get more veggies in your diet with this incredible taco salad recipe.

It has all of the spice and crunch of a taco, with the added nourishment of rice, greens, and beans.

If you usually enjoy ground beef in your tacos, this recipe makes the switch to ground turkey for a lighter lunch option.

16. Turkey and Bean Quesadillas

Another Mexican-inspired lunch recipe - and why not?!

Mexican foods are the ideal combination of tasty and hearty, combining energizing ground meats with nutrient-rich beans.

This quesadilla can be whipped up within 20 minutes and tastes great dipped in salsa or garlic aioli.

17. Ground Turkey Stuffed Peppers

If you're looking for a lunch idea that requires minimal time hovering over the stove, these stuffed peppers can be prepared within 10 minutes before spending around 25 minutes in the oven.

What's more, the bell peppers are bursting with vitamin C to keep you happy and healthy throughout the working week.

18. Southwest Turkey Quinoa Skillet

One-pot skillet-style dishes typically include a carb like rice or potato, which can be a little heavy for lunchtime.

This recipe swaps the rice and potato for quinoa, which is a grain with impressively high protein content.

Eating high-protein meals is great for fat-burning and muscle-building.

And with the added beans, spices, and cheddar cheese - you've got a meal that ticks all of the boxes.

19. Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Another low-carb recipe to keep lunchtimes light, these Thai turkey lettuce wraps bulk up ground turkey with lots of lovely veggies to ensure you stay full throughout the day without feeling bloated.

The lettuce leaves create the perfect cup to scoop up the Thai-spiced filling, adding a deliciously refreshing crunch to the fragrant and spicy meat.

20. Healthy One-pot Turkey Taco Soup

If you often find yourself too busy to cook during the day and reluctantly reaching for salt-laden pre-made foods, you'll love this one-pot wonder that requires minimal prep.

Simply brown your meat, add diced veggies and stock, allow to simmer before topping with crunchy tortilla chips.

It's quick, satisfying, and surprisingly healthy.

21. Zucchini Turkey Fritters

Zucchini is low in calories, a great source of vitamin C, and lends a stunning Mediterranean flavor to every dish it touches.

It also happens to pair exceptionally well with ground turkey, which is why we love these crispy fritters.

The recipe is relatively quick to make, but you can make the process even quicker by pre-preparing a bulk batch of fritters to stash in your freezer.

Try dipping them in garlic aioli or sweet chili sauce for added satisfaction!

22. Turkey Vegetable Weight Loss Soup

Soups are a great food for weight loss as they fill you up and contain limited amounts of carbohydrates and fats.

However, many store-bought soups contain a string of unnecessary ingredients that could thwart your health-conscious efforts.

This homemade soup is impressively quick and easy to make and contains wholesome ground turkey to ensure you meet your protein requirements.

23. Greek-style Turkey Bowl

Greek cuisine is rich in herbs, citrus, and healthy fats from cheese, yoghurt and olive oil.

When it comes to healthy yet satisfying foods, Mediterraneans know what they are doing!

This lunchtime bowl takes inspiration from the region's spectacularly unique flavors, seasoning turkey and veggies with a zesty lemon and herb marinade, and drizzling with a tangy mint yogurt dressing.

Best Ground Turkey Dinner Recipes:

24. Spicy Ground Turkey Fajitas

Fajitas are a Mexican-inspired dish consisting of soft tortilla wraps stuffed with spicy meat and cool yoghurt or sour cream.

The wraps are typically served deconstructed, allowing each diner to fill their own tortilla with toppings of their choosing - making it ideal for a family-style dinner!

This recipe uses a delicately-spiced lean ground turkey cooked up with bell peppers and onions.

25. Cheesy Turkey Enchiladas

This enchilada recipe swaps out beef for the lighter and milder ground turkey, flavoring the meat with Tex Mex spices, onions, and peppers.

Not only is the ground turkey much healthier than the beef alternative, this recipe also bulks up the meat with heart-healthy black beans.

The melty cheesy top makes this baked dish absolutely irresistible, so it is also a great way to sneak extra veggies into a kid's diet.

26. Pesto Turkey Zucchini Skillet

Jam-packed with mouthwateringly fresh veggies, this one-pot skillet dish is best eaten outside in the sun!

Consisting of browned ground turkey, zucchini ribbons, fresh tomatoes, and vibrant basil, this is one of the most simple recipes featured on this list - and yet one of the most impressive.

Serve it up for guests or enjoy as a dinner for one, the garlicky pesto dressing is sure to leave you wanting more!

27. Easy Crispy Turkey Tacos

Although traditional crunchy corn tacos are made with ground beef, they can just as easily be made with ground turkey.

Simply spice your meat in the same way, adding pureed tomato and onions for extra flavor.

You can then load up your tacos with whatever toppings you like, from jalapeños to cheddar cheese.

28. Turkey Meatloaf

Meatloaf isn't everyone's cup of tea.

Maybe your grandmother used to make an especially bland and dry one.

However, this meatloaf recipe is guaranteed to change your mind!

The ground turkey is succulent and juicy, combined with a whole host of veggies that will leave you feeling full and satisfied.

It's also smothered in a finger-licking BBQ-inspired sauce - need we say more?!

29. Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Many chili purists swear by ground beef in their recipes, believing that the added animal fat boosts the flavor.

Sure, ground turkey doesn't have quite the same succulence and decadence as beef - but you can still create an incredibly flavorsome chili by using a slow cooker.

Just add your onions, bell peppers, beans, spices, meat, tomatoes and stock to the slow cooker and allow it to lightly simmer all day.

Top with sour cream, cheese and tortilla chips for a truly warming and hearty meal.

30. Healthy Sloppy Joes

When you think of healthy foods, it's likely that sloppy joes aren't necessarily the first thing that springs to mind!

However, when made with lean ground turkey, sloppy joes can actually be a protein-packed and low-fat way to end your day.

This recipe involves a delectable savory sauce, as well as a few recommendations for bread rolls.

Take a look for yourself, you won't be disappointed.

31. White Bean Turkey Chili

White chili is a lighter take on a classic red chili, and it works perfectly with ground turkey.

The recipe calls for hearty white pinto beans, corn, chicken stock, green chilies and a dollop of low-fat cream cheese - which combine to create an incredibly creamy sauce that is best served over rice.

Top with green onions and coriander for added freshness and flavor!

32. Ground Orange Chicken

Orange chicken is a take-out classic, and this recipe gives the meal a healthier twist by using ground turkey.

Ground turkey is lean, low-fat, high-protein, and low-calorie - but you wouldn't know it when it's covered in this irresistibly sticky orange sauce!

Furthermore, this recipe is so quick and easy to make, you could probably knock it up in less time than it takes to order take-out.

33. Spicy Ground Turkey and Green Bean Stir Fry

Stir fry is a go-to midweek meal, largely because it simply requires tossing a load of ingredients into a pan!

Where most stir fry recipes use diced chicken breast or beef, this recipe uses ground beef - which completely changes the texture and feel of the dish.

Although this specific recipe calls for a spicy sauce, you could actually customize this meal with any Asian sauce of your choosing (whether that be orange sauce or teriyaki).

34. Easy Ground Turkey Curry

It's not often that you see ground turkey in a curry, as they are usually made with diced chunks of meat.

However, this Indian-inspired recipe goes to show that ground meat in a curry is the perfect match!

Most of the spices and ingredients that feature in this recipe will already be in your pantry, so it's exceptionally quick and easy to make.

35. One-Pot Mexican Pasta

Okay, okay... So pasta isn't a typically part of Mexican cuisine.

But this Italian-Mexican hybrid is so good that we bet it will become a weekly staple in your household.

With a base of spicy tomato sauce, succulent ground turkey, vibrant veggies, and a gooey cheesy top - this recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for kids and adults alike.

36. Juicy Grilled Turkey Burgers

Making your own burgers means that you know exactly what is going into them.

Not only does this mean that you dodge a lot of the unnecessary additives included in frozen store-bought food, it also means that you get to stuff them full of ingredients you love!

This recipe for juicy turkey burgers uses ground turkey as a base, allowing you to add your favorite fresh herbs and seasonings for flavor.

Don't worry about them not being as succulent as a beef burger - the recipe has "juicy" in the title for a reason!

37. Lemon and Garlic Baked Turkey Meatballs

Ground turkey is the ideal meat for making healthy, lean, and low-fat meatballs. That's why you might have notices a few different meatball recipes on this list.

However, this specific recipe is a real stand-out.

Unlike traditional beef meatballs that are cooked in a tomato sauce, these are baked in a deliciously indulgent lemon and garlic butter.

If you're looking to impress someone with your home cooking - this is a meal you have to make.

38. Thai Turkey Meatballs in Red Curry Sauce

Another fun twist on meatballs, these Thai turkey meatballs season ground turkey with chilies, shallots, lemongrass, and soy sauce.

After sautéing the meatballs, it then adds a fragrant red coconut curry sauce to create an innovative dish that hits all the right notes.

If you're a fan of Southeast Asian flavors, this one is a must!

39. Turkey Salisbury Steaks with Mushroom Gravy

Here's a recipe that will keep you warm on a cold winter's night!

This Salisbury steak recipe uses peppered ground turkey to form a succulent steak, topping it with a rich and umami mushroom gravy.

Serve this meal over mashed potatoes and you've got one incredibly comforting meal.

40. Turkey Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd's pie is a British dish consisting of ground meat cooked in a gravy, topped with mashed potatoes and cheese.

The name Shepherd's pie comes from the fact that it is meant to be made with ground lamb.

However, this recipe swaps out the traditional lamb for turkey - and boy does it work!

The ground turkey makes the dish less heavy, without detracting from the dish's hearty nature.

41. Tater Tot Casserole

Now here's a fun one!

Imagine a Shepherd's pie, but instead of being topped with mashed potatoes, it's topped with cheesy tater tots.

Who doesn't love a tater tot?

Their crunchy outsides and fluffy insides make the perfect companion to this dish's ground turkey and gravy base.

This recipe also includes a load of tasty veggies, so you can be sure you and your family are getting your five a day.


There you have it! 41 of the best ground turkey recipes.

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Then you can be sure that you will never run out of healthy and satisfying ground turkey recipes.

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