20 Ground Turkey Recipes for Easy Meals
Ground turkey is often overshadowed by its more popular ground meat counterpart: Ground beef. We're still fans of ground beef around here, but there's no denying that ground turkey has a few advantages to boast about. Ground turkey is a naturally leaner meat, and it's super low cost. It makes it easier to eat healthy on a budget, and who among us isn't trying to do that? These easy ground turkey recipes require few ingredients and minimal prep work. Here are 20 ground turkey recipes that make for easy meals.
Lazygirl's Ground Turkey Stroganoff
This is a healthier take on beef stroganoff that comes together in just 35 minutes from start to finish. "My kids love it," says reviewer KLSTRASSER. "I love that it's easy to prepare, and that I usually have the ingredients on hand."
Lighten up chili by using ground turkey instead of beef! "This has ground turkey, salsa, corn, great Northern beans and jalapeno pepper-jack cheese," says recipe creator TINA B. "I requested this recipe from my co-worker after she brought it into one of our many potlucks. It is very tasty and a little spicy; if you don't like it spicy, cut the amount of cheese in half—it will still have a little kick! This recipe is really easy, and even the pickiest eaters will love it."
Ground Turkey Noodle Bake
Ground turkey, egg noodles, and loads of cheese — what's not to love? Reviewer JVDdchef describes this as a "great meal for families with little kids."
Goat Cheese and Spinach Turkey Burgers
These turkey burgers require just three ingredients: Ground turkey, spinach, and goat cheese. While some turkey burgers can be dry, these are anything but: "These are really great turkey burgers! Very flavorful and moist," says reviewer Diana S.
Momma's Sloppy Joes
This All-American meal is made leaner with ground turkey. Reviewer Jeannette Wood Hill says, "Best sloppy joes recipe yet! Love using turkey for fat and calorie savings. My kids loved them and I have a daughter that is terribly picky!"
Black Bean Turkey Burgers
"So quick and easy, fail-proof," says reviewer krisieyo1. "Typically turkey burgers get dry easily in my kitchen, but not with this quick recipe." Black beans and ground turkey pack a protein punch in these burgers, without all the beef!
BBQ Feta and Hot Banana Pepper Turkey Burgers
Banana peppers and goat cheese give a new twist to traditional turkey burgers. "I made the burgers and let them refrigerate overnight," says reviewer Lori A. "I think this was the key to ensuring the burgers retained moisture and the banana peppers really marinated/tenderized the turkey meat."
Homemade Turkey Breakfast Sausage
"Homemade turkey sausage flavored with sage, marjoram, and a bit of red pepper with no preservatives. Freeze individually to store and cook throughout the week," says recipe creator cathy35. Talk about a meal-prep secret!
Middle Eastern Turkey Dogs
Get Middle-Eastern flavors in the form of an American hot dog. "My husband told me that these taste as good as the kafta (beef sausages) he gets at our favorite Middle Eastern restaurant," says reviewer DISNEYLANDGODDESS.
Quick Bean and Turkey Italian Meatballs
Stuffed Orange Peppers
These versatile stuffed peppers can be served as a meal or an appetizer if you choose to use mini bell peppers. "Very simple recipe but very flavorful. I made it exactly as written except I added a bit of garlic powder when browning the meat," says reviewer France C. "A wonderful twist on stuffed peppers and a nice change from the usual ground beef/rice/tomato sauce recipes you always see."
Crazy Delicious Turkey Meatloaf
Frozen bell peppers, ground turkey, and Italian bread crumbs are all you need to make this comfort-food staple. "First off, I love that this is healthy and easy," says reviewer. "Second, I also love that there's none of that sweet meatloaf glaze that way too many meatloaf recipes seem to have."
Thai-Style Turkey Burgers
Soy sauce, fresh cilantro, green onions, and ginger give these burgers Thai-inspired flavor. Try topping them with peanut sauce like reviewer Linda T: "I topped them with a mixture of sauteed onions, mushrooms, bean sprouts, and cilantro...also peanut sauce... yum."
Baked Spinach, Feta, and Turkey Meatballs
This easy meatball recipe can also be used to make turkey burgers. Take it from reviewer Diego, who says, "Really tasty. Next time going to make them for hamburger patties."
Turkey Soft Tacos
"All in all the family enjoyed this 'healthier' version of one of our favorite meals," says reviewer Christina. Enjoy all your usual toppings and seasonings, but with fewer calories.
Cameron's Ground Turkey Salsa Ranchera for Tacos and Burritos
"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 recipe creator bd.weld. "Perfect for tacos, burritos, or even a taco salad."
Taco Lettuce Wraps
Cut down on the carbs and the fat by substituting turkey for beef and lettuce for tortillas.
Buttermilk Turkey Meatloaf Muffins
These single-serve meatloaf muffins are as delicious as they are cute. "These turkey muffins go great with some turkey dressing," says recipe creator DELANIA.
Hawaiian Turkey Burgers
For a little island flavor, you can't go wrong with these teriyaki-basted turkey burgers, topped with grilled pineapple. "The only change I made is that I used canned pineapple rings instead of fresh because I was too lazy to cut up a fresh one. Canned worked fine too," says reviewer Soup Loving Nicole.
Egg, Cheese, and Turkey Breakfast Burritos
Meal prep these tasty, protein-packed breakfast burritos for busy mornings.