Ground Turkey Recipes

See how to cook ground turkey in chili, casserole, meatloaf, and more. Trusted ground turkey recipes, plus tips for cooking with this lean meat.

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Ground Turkey Noodle Bake

Rating: 4.44 stars
A satisfying casserole using ground turkey, egg noodles, and plenty of cheese.
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Best Turkey Meatloaf

Rating: 4.64 stars
After much trial and error trying to make a more healthy meatloaf, I came up with this recipe. It is important to make this on a baking sheet so the liquids can be drained off the meatloaf. Also, do not put the topping on before the meatloaf has cooked for 30 minutes. Turkey creates a lot of juices, so if you put the topping on first it will become watery and runny.

Cameron's Ground Turkey Salsa Ranchera for Tacos and Burritos

Rating: 5 stars
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®. Perfect for tacos, burritos, or even a taco salad.

Big-Batch Turkey-Lentil Joes

Rating: 4.5 stars
Perfect for feeding a crowd or freezing for later, this recipe makes enough for 12 hearty sandwiches-or about 7 cups of soul-satisfying chili if you prefer to skip the buns. Serve on hamburger buns with red onion and pickle chips.

Stuffed Red Peppers with Quinoa, Mushrooms, and Turkey

Rating: 4.5 stars
Kid-friendly red bell peppers stuffed with ground turkey and quinoa.

Ground Turkey Burritos That Will Fool Your Kids

Rating: 4.5 stars
Great burritos that your kids will eat and ask for more. Ground turkey, crushed tomatoes, rice, onions, garlic, and celery wrapped in red cabbage within a white tortilla shell. We go to a lot of evening swim meets and our kids love them. If we told them what was inside they would say Eww! Without cheese, this is a lighter dinner alternative on the go.

Turkey Bolognese with Penne

Rating: 5 stars
This ground turkey Bolognese is a very surprising and hearty meal. This recipe is packed with flavor.

Butternut Squash and Turkey Chili

Rating: 4.67 stars
This is a delicious, filling chili. Serve topped with sour cream and tortilla chips!

Swedish Turkey Meatballs

Rating: 4.6 stars
I've tried a few different Swedish Meatballs recipes and also the sauce packets they sell at the stores but I've never been happy with the results. One night I really wanted to make Swedish Meatballs, and after looking on multiple websites for recipes, I finally gave up and made up my own. It turned out delicious!

Chef John's Turkey Burger

Rating: 4.59 stars
This recipe uses some of the same techniques and seasonings as the shish kebab to improve the dull turkey burger. For something made with meat that is 95% fat free this is pretty good!

Maple Apple Turkey Sausage

Rating: 4.13 stars
I love breakfast sausage, but most store-bought brands are high in calories and fat and not very diet-friendly. Try this slightly sweet version made with real maple syrup. The apples help keep the sausage moist. I like to cook up a batch on Sundays and store in the fridge for quick breakfasts all week. Take care not to overcook the patties.

Instant Pot® Midwest Goulash

Rating: 4.57 stars
Here's a lighter version of this homey comfort food casserole.

Inspiration and Ideas

Delicious Ground Turkey Recipes

Here they are, humanity's greatest victories over ground turkey fatigue. These recipes don't skimp on flavor!

Simple Turkey Chili

Rating: Unrated
This recipe uses ground turkey, canned kidney beans, and plenty of seasonings.

Homemade Turkey Breakfast Sausage

Rating: 4.81 stars

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.