20 Ground Turkey Recipes That Don't Skimp on Flavor

Chili Cornbread Bake in glass baking dish
Photo: Kim

It's time we think of ground turkey as more than a lighter, leaner alternative to ground beef. Ground turkey brings as much meaty flavor to dishes as ground beef and bulks up recipes all the same. Plus, thanks to ground turkey's lower fat content, you can incorporate other tasty fats into your cooking (olive oil! cheese!) without it resulting in overly-greasy food. Read on for 20 of our most delicious ground turkey recipes.

01 of 20

Mozzarella-Stuffed Pesto Turkey Meatballs

two plates of spaghetti with meatballs
Allrecipes Magazine

Cutting into a melty mozzarella center makes meatballs all the more satisfying. And as if that's not enough, these meatballs contain pesto.

02 of 20

Sheet Pan Turkey Chili with Cornbread "Dumplings"

Sheet Pan Turkey Chili with Cornbread Dumplings over a blue napkin

With dense, veggie-packed turkey chili and dollops of cornbread batter that bake to golden perfection, this one-pan meal tastes as incredible as it looks.

03 of 20

Ground Turkey Noodle Bake

Ground Turkey Noodle Bake on a red plate with garlic bread

This casserole sandwiches seasoned ground turkey between a thick topping of shredded mozzarella and egg noodles tossed with a cream cheese-based sauce.

04 of 20

Apple-Tarragon Turkey Sloppy Joes

Apple-Tarragon Turkey Sloppy Joes on a yellow plate

"You'll get sweetness from the apples, a subtle hint of anise from the tarragon, and a burst of aromatic flavor from the cloves. Be adventuresome, step outside the box, and give it a try!" — lutzflcat

05 of 20

Stuffed Orange Peppers

Stuffed Orange Peppers in a glass pan
France C

Liquid smoke and Gouda cheese elevate classic stuffed peppers. Orange bell peppers deliver a subtle sweetness and pop of color.

06 of 20

Easy Chili Cornbread Bake

Chili Cornbread Bake in glass baking dish

"Chili and cornbread go so well together, why not bake them in the same pan! I've been making this for years and my kids love it," Valerie Brunmeier says. "I use ground turkey, but ground beef could be substituted if preferred."

07 of 20

Thai-Style Turkey Burgers

Thai-Style Turkey Burgers on a turquoise plate
Linda T.

"Turkey burgers with coriander, ginger, and garlic to give a Thai flavor," says Tracy Mckerk. "This recipe can easily be made gluten-free by using gluten-free soy sauce and breadcrumbs. Can be served alone, or on a gluten-free or whole-wheat bun."

08 of 20

Tasty Ground Turkey Tacos

Tasty Ground Turkey Tacos in corn tortilla shells with lime garnish
Buckwheat Queen

"My mom's beef tacos get a makeover with ground turkey," says Andrea Parker. "These are much healthier, easier, and faster because there is no grease to contend with and I think they just taste better."

09 of 20

Ground Turkey Kheema with Forbidden Rice

Ground Turkey Kheema with Forbidden Rice in an orange bowl
Linda T

Here's a lighter Indian main dish that doesn't use heavy cream. It's served with forbidden black rice. "The blend of spices is mild but tasty," says Smd. "The potatoes make it hearty comfort food. Combining all the spices before you start is the way to go."

10 of 20

Healthy Shepherd's Pie with Cauliflower Mash

Healthy Shepherd's Pie with Cauliflower Mash
France C

"This shepherd's pie with cauliflower mash is a low-carb, healthier version of a great cold-weather dish," says Patty-DC. "Enjoy this satisfying meal with a little less guilt."

11 of 20

Easy Ground Turkey Lo Mein

Easy Ground Turkey Lo Mein in a blue bowl with chopsticks
Easy Ground Turkey Lo Mein. bd.weld

"This lo mein can be on the table in no time and is packed with flavor without having to use those fancy sauces," says bd.weld. "The excess liquid will be soaked up by the noodles. Top with sriracha sauce to taste."

12 of 20

Spicy Bacon Cheeseburger Turkey Wraps

Spicy Bacon Cheeseburger Turkey Wraps on a turquoise plate with a pickle
Linda T

"This ground turkey wrap recipe is one of my favorite recipes when I'm craving a burger but watching calories," says socforward88. "Top with your favorite condiments like mustard or ketchup."

13 of 20

Cameron's Ground Turkey Salsa Ranchera for Tacos and Burritos

ground turkey in a red bowl with tortillas and garnishes

"It doesn't get much easier than this — lean ground turkey and salsa ranchera combined and made in a pressure cooker such as Instant Pot," says bd.weld. "Perfect for tacos, burritos, or even a taco salad."

14 of 20

Moroccan Breakfast Skillet

cast iron skillet with ground turkey, sweet potatoes, chard
France C

Moroccan-inspired spices, Swiss chard, sweet potato, ground turkey, and breakfast sausage combine in this quick and easy breakfast skillet dish. Try it with an egg on top! "A very flavorful breakfast idea," says France C. "I used turkey breakfast sausage instead of pork, for a healthier option. A tasty combination of spices and it smells fantastic while cooking!"

15 of 20

Turkey Pasta Sauce

Turkey Pasta Sauce with pasta in a white bowl
France C

"Honestly, if I didn't know differently, I would think this was made with ground beef instead of ground turkey," says lutzflcat. "And this sauce breaks down really well nutritionally — love that! I liked the chunky texture, so I didn't bother to use the immersion blender to smooth it out."

16 of 20

Japanese-Style Meatloaf

Japanese-Style Meatloaf with green beans and mashed potatoes
Linda T

"I adapted this from a korokke recipe I frequently use," says abslomrob. "Korokke is a Japanese fried croquette made with seasoned ground meat and mashed potato. I combined the seasoning used there with a standard meatloaf recipe to create this fun hybrid. I serve it with mashed potatoes and a spicy barbeque sauce."

17 of 20

Turkey Meatloaf Burgers

Turkey Meatloaf Burgers with cherry tomatoes on the side
Melissa Goff

This recipe merges two-kid friendly foods into one meal, with ground turkey no less. You're welcome.

18 of 20

Asian Sesame Sweet-and-Sour Turkey Meatballs

Asian Sesame Sweet-and-Sour Turkey Meatballs with rice

Maple syrup, nutty sesame oil, ketchup, mustard, and vinegar bring a well-rounded flavor to these Asian-inspired meatballs. Serve them over noodles or rice.

19 of 20

Tim's Turkey Tortilla Soup

Tim's Turkey Tortilla Soup in a black bowl
France C

This soup-er simple recipe takes just 10 minutes to prep and uses basic ingredients like chicken broth, olive oil, and lime. Picante sauce packs a punch of spice.

20 of 20

Actually Delicious Buffalo Turkey Burgers

turkey burger with sauce and Swiss cheese on a bun
Soup Loving Nicole

Douse ground turkey, Panko bread crumbs, parsley, and an egg with Buffalo wing sauce to build these well-seasoned patties. Adjust the spice to your liking; Monterey Jack cheese

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