Ground Turkey Recipes

Lean ground turkey contains less saturated fat and cholesterol than lean ground beef and proves to be more than just a suitable substitute in these appetizing recipes.

Read the Label Before Buying

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Read the Label Before Buying

Turkey breast is lean, but dark meat isn’t, and some ground turkey contains both. Be sure to read the label and buy lean to ensure the nutritional value remains when using ground turkey as a primary meat source in recipes like these.

First up is our recipe for Alicante Turkey Meatballs. Alicante is the name of the city in Spain where this recipe originates. Served with turkey meatballs, this soup is filling, healthy, and a delightful dish to serve to company.

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Turkey Meatball Reuben Subs

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Turkey Meatball Reuben Subs

This sandwich combines two deli favorites—the hearty meatball sub and zesty Reuben sandwich. Use a small cookie scoop to form meatballs quickly.

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Turkey Soup Provençal

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Turkey Soup Provençal

This French-inspired turkey soup gets its rich flavor from dried herbes de Provence and features ground turkey breast and a variety of vegetables.

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Turkey Picadillo

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Turkey Picadillo

This Latin-inspired meal is traditionally made with ground beef, but ground turkey proves to be a healthier substitute without sacrificing any flavor. Quick and easy to make, in just under 30 minutes, this exotic dish is sure to become a dinnertime favorite. 

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Cincinnati Turkey Chili

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Cincinnati Turkey Chili

Perfect and easy to make in large quantities, ladle bowlfuls of inspired midwestern chili for your next casual dinner party or football gathering.

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Southwest Turkey Burgers

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Southwest Turkey Burgers

With a twist on the classic turkey burger, this Southwestern version provides a spicy surprise and is full of succulent flavors. Tip: Dark green poblano chiles have mild to moderate heat; the darker the chile, the more fiery it will be.

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Turkey-Jasmine Rice Meatballs with Baby Bok Choy

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Turkey-Jasmine Rice Meatballs with Baby Bok Choy

Jasmine rice has a pleasant aroma that underscores the other Asian ingredients and mixes perfectly with these scrumptious and healthy turkey meatballs.

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Asian Turkey Cabbage Cups

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Asian Turkey Cabbage Cups

Don’t waste your time waiting for unhealthy take-out food. Cool, crisp napa cabbage leaves cradle a hot and spicy herbed filling in this dish that is quick and easy to make.

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Turkey Burger Pitas with Tahini Sauce

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Turkey Burger Pitas with Tahini Sauce

Although many cooks consider sauce a condiment or an afterthought, this recipe was developed around a homemade sauce based on store-bought tahini. Full of flavor, but low in calories, this meal is perfect to take to work for lunch or make for dinner on a busy weeknight.

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Tex-Mex Calzones

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Tex-Mex Calzones

Spice up sandwich night with this Tex-Mex inspired favorite packed with ground turkey, fresh veggies, and spicy salsa.

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Turkey Mole Soup

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Turkey Mole Soup

Mole (MOH-lay) is a rich, spicy, and slightly sweet sauce that is often served with poultry in many Mexican dishes. In this recipe it adds depth to a simple soup, and it can be found in the Hispanic ingredients section in your supermarket.

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Spicy Turkey Meat Loaf with Ketchup

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Spicy Turkey Meat Loaf with Ketchup

Turkey replaces beef in this meat loaf recipe, making it a healthier version of the traditional comfort food. The result is moist, flavorful, and has great reviews.

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Baked Egg Rolls

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Baked Egg Rolls

Everyone loves egg rolls; they're the quintessential Chinese side dish. This recipe earns extra kudos for reducing the fat by substituting ground turkey and baking–not frying–the wraps.

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Open-Faced Turkey Patty Melt

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Open-Faced Turkey Patty Melt

The traditional patty melt gets a makeover with ground turkey, while retaining the flavor and comfort of this classic diner-favorite.

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Bierocks

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Bierocks

These savory meat, onion, and cabbage "pies" are also known as runzas. Enclosed in sweetened yeast dough, the portable snacks are great for school lunches, picnics, and long car trips.

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Turkey Mini Meat Loaves

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Turkey Mini Meat Loaves

These delicious mini meat loaves feature ground turkey breast, keeping each mini loaf to less than 200 calories and 2 grams of fat per serving. They’re the perfect, fun-sized meal for your family any night of the week.

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Cilantro Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup

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Cilantro Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup

Try these Cilantro Turkey Burgers as a healthier alternative to the traditional beef hamburger. Top with Chipotle Ketchup for a spicy kick and serve with a variety of vegetables for a well-rounded meal.

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Turkish Turkey Pizza

Turkish Turkey Pizza

The secret to this unique recipe is pomegranate molasses, which may be sold as concentrated pomegranate juice. Look for it in Middle Eastern markets, gourmet shops, and some large supermarkets. Its unique flavor makes it well worth seeking out, and a bottle lasts indefinitely in the refrigerator.

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Gnocchi with Turkey Ragù

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Gnocchi with Turkey Ragù

This take on a classic Italian recipe will have everyone singing your praise. The turkey ragù sauce is the perfect topping for these potato-based dumplings and is made complete when served with breadsticks.

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