Best Ground Turkey Recipes for Dinner

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Ground Turkey Recipes take up a ton of space in my cookbook. Lean ground turkey is a healthier alternative to ground beef, simple to cook yet still incredibly flavorful.

Ground turkey recipes are a budget-friendly way to add lean protein to just about any meal, like turkey burgers, turkey meatballs and turkey meatloaf.

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Why I Love Ground Turkey Recipes

Who says turkey is just for Thanksgiving? If you aren’t cooking with ground turkey, you should be! It’s a great way to shave a few calories off your weeknight dinner routine.

Ground turkey easily replaces ground beef in just about any recipe and cooks up in the same amount of time with a lot less fat. Turkey has a great flavor and it’s easily influenced by whatever flavors you want to throw at it.

We love using ground turkey instead of beef for easy weeknight meals, and use it often for turkey burgers, soups, and tacos.

Turkey burger close up shot on rustic wooden board.

My Most Popular Ground Turkey Recipe

This recipe has been one of the Top 3 favorite recipes here on Yellow Bliss Road for nearly 8 years. And for good reason! It’s easy, incredibly flavorful, full of vegetables and kid approved!

Teriyaki Turkey Rice Bowl
The delicious, sweet teriyaki sauce and the (kind of) hidden veggies in this Teriyaki Turkey Rice Bowl makes this a healthy ground turkey recipe that your whole family will love!
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The Best Ground Turkey Recipes

Ready to cook up some delicious, budget-friendly and healthier meals? Here are some great ground turkey recipes to add to your weekly meal rotation! There are soup and chili recipes, Low Carb recipes, and my all-around favorite ground turkey dinner recipes.

Turkey Taco Soup
Turkey Taco Soup is loaded with ground turkey, beans, and tons of flavor. It's a quick and easy meal made from pantry ingredients that everyone will love!
A bowl of taco soup, topped with cheese, sour cream, and chips.
Turkey, Kale and Rice Soup
Ground Turkey Soup is hearty, comforting and ready in less than 30 minutes. It's filled with kale, rice, herbs and a flavorful broth.
Turkey Chili
Healthy Turkey Chili recipe is hearty, meaty and incredibly flavorful. Simple and easy to make, this tasty chili is great for game day or family dinners. 
A bowl of chili with avocado slices, cheese, and jalapenos
Southwest Ground Turkey Casserole
Southwest Ground Turkey Casserole is a filling and satisfying meal that's full of black beans, corn and spices, lean protein and veggies.
turkey casserole
Southwest Turkey Casserole
Spicy Ground Turkey Meatloaf Recipe
This easy Mexican Ground Turkey Meatloaf recipe needs just a few common ingredients. It's naturally low carb and gluten-free, and the whole family will love it!
Mexican Turkey Meatloaf on a plate
Turkey Taco Stuffed Peppers
Turkey Taco Stuffed Peppers are tender bell peppers stuffed with seasoned ground turkey taco meat, black beans and cheese for a delicious and easy weeknight dinner.
A close up of Taco Stuffed Peppers
Teriyaki Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Sweet homemade Teriyaki combined with lean ground turkey and veggies wrapped in crisp lettuce – a perfectly light meal for lunch or dinner.
A close up of teriyaki lettuce wraps
Healthy & Easy Taco Salad
This easy Taco Salad is made with ground turkey instead of beef for a healthy, colorful, meal-sized salad. It's full of crisp lettuce, and topped with a zesty ground turkey and bean mixture and all of your favorite taco toppings.
Taco salad in a bowl topped with chips, cheese, and sour cream.
Turkey Meatballs
These Ground Turkey Meatballs are tender and moist and a great way to eat a little healthier without sacrificing flavor!
Plate full of meatballs
Ground Turkey Burrito Bowl
Burrito Bowls are loaded with flavorful ground turkey, rice, black beans and a variety of toppings. Easy to customize for a winning dinner!
Plate filled with ground turkey taco bowl
Turkey Meatball Subs
Turkey Meatball Subs are an easy weeknight dinner option that can also be made to feed a crowd. Meatballs, marinara sauce and cheese all stuffed inside a soft roll and baked until golden.
Social media image of Meatball Sub dipping into marinara sauce
Turkey Meatball Subs
Sweet and Sour Turkey Meatballs
Sweet & Sour Meatballs with turkey meatballs, pineapple and bell peppers, all coated in a homemade sweet and tangy sauce. A great appetizer or main course.
Turkey Taco Pasta
Ground Turkey Taco Pasta is a super creamy and flavor-packed meal made a little lighter with lean ground turkey. This easy meal idea is going to change the way you do Taco night!
Close up of Ground Turkey Taco Pasta
Turkey Taco Stuffed Shells
A flavor-packed meal made a little lighter with lean ground turkey. Jumbo pasta shells are stuffed with flavorful ground turkey taco meat, cheese and salsa, and baked to perfection.
Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs
Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs are a quick and easy weeknight meal or appetizer that is so delicious! Turkey meatballs topped with an incredible homemade teriyaki sauce. Perfect over rice or noodles!
A bowl of Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs
Ground Turkey & Black Bean Baked Tacos
These Ground Turkey and Black Bean Baked Tacos and just right for a healthy, quick and easy weeknight family meal. Seasoned turkey and black beans stuffed into crispy taco shells and topped with melted cheddar cheese – it’s dinnertime perfection!
A dish filled with Ground Turkey Bean Tacos
Spicy Pineapple Barbecue Turkey Meatballs
Tender, fresh Turkey Meatballs  are smothered in a homemade Spicy Pineapple Barbecue Sauce. Full of sweet and spicy flavor, these meatballs will steal the show for sure when served as a party appetizer or as a dinner entree!
A plate of Meatballs
Turkey Burger
Easy turkey burgers that are so juicy and flavorful. Made with ground turkey and seasoned to perfection, these burgers cook up in only 10 minutes!
Turkey Burger on wood board.
Cheesy Ground Turkey Tacos
Ground turkey tacos are a healthier version of a favorite with juicy, flavorful meat stuffed into tortillas with all your favorite toppings.
turkey tacos social media image
Ground Turkey Enchiladas
Ground Turkey Enchiladas have a cheesy, saucy ground turkey filling rolled up in flour tortillas. Easy to make, healthy and delicious!
ground turkey enchiladas on a blue plate, a fork sour cream
Ground Turkey Enchiladas

FAQs

Is Ground Turkey Better for You than Ground Beef?

Ground turkey is a healthier alternative to beef. Although it does depend on the lean meat to fat ratio. You do want to make sure you are purchasing LEAN ground turkey (turkey breast). Although you can find very lean ground beef, turkey will still beat out it’s competition for lower calories and fat.

What can I add to ground turkey for flavor?

Season properly – Ground turkey meat is notorious low in fat but also can be quite bland just on it’s own. It’s important to season the meat while cooking. I always saute my ground turkey in a skillet with fresh onion and garlic and season generously with salt and pepper. Sometimes I add veggies like carrots or spinach. Simmering in a little low-sodium chicken broth can also add flavor.

Tips and Tricks for Cooking

  • Great for freezing! Make up a double batch of ground turkey when you’re cooking it for your recipe and freeze it to use later.
  • Be careful not to over-handle the meat. As with ground beef, turkey can become tough when over-mixed. Handle the meat as little as possible when shaping into burgers, meatballs and meatloaf, and use a soft touch to prevent pushing too much air out of the mixture. That’s what’s going to yield the most tender and juicy bite.
  • Don’t overcook the meat. Because of it’s low fat content, ground turkey can quickly dry out and become tough. To avoid this, keep an instant read thermometer on hand to check the temperature. It should reach 165 degrees when fully cooked.
  • Serve cooked ground turkey on it’s own over mashed potatoes or brown rice with a side salad and your choice of veggies.
Cooked ground turkey in a pan
Cooked ground turkey

Storage

You have two options when freezing ground turkey – raw or cooked.

Freezing raw ground turkey:

You can place this into the freezer directly in the package from the grocery store or re-wrap it tighter to help prevent freezer burn.

The best way to thaw anything, especially raw meat, is to place it in the refrigerator overnight. Thawing on the counter is not recommended as the uneven temperature can cause bacteria to develop.

To thaw frozen ground turkey quickly, unwrap and place in a microwave safe dish and use the defrost setting on your microwave. Be sure to turn it in the dish a few times to ensure even defrosting. Of course you can also thaw overnight in the fridge.

Freezing cooked ground turkey:

Cook the turkey in a big batch with whatever seasonings you like. Allow it to cool completely (but for no longer than 2 hours), then place portions into freezer bags or airtight freezer containers and freeze for up to 4 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight, then add to soups, tacos, wraps and more.

Refrigerating cooked turkey:

Store cooked meat in the fridge in an airtight container and use it up within 4 days. Great for lunch prep or for adding to soups, tacos, etc. throughout the week.

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Dear Kristin, just decided I want a turkey hamburger. Was not easy to find a recipe, until I came to your site. Your ideas are great, thank you. I

  2. Absolutely love your recipes! Your’s was the first recipe I pinned on Pinterest. I can find a recipe for just about anything & the recipes don’t assume everyone is a gourmet cook. Thanks