50 Easy & Healthy Ground Turkey Recipes

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The best ground turkey recipes for every taste including awesome ideas for stir-fries, slow cooker recipes, burgers, soups, tacos, and more.

These healthy ground turkey recipes are full of flavor, easy to prepare, and delicious. This affordable and lean protein is one of the best tools to have in the fridge for quick, easy, and healthy meals.

Ground turkey has always been one of my favorite lean proteins since it is easy to prepare, low in calories, high in protein, and usually pretty affordable.

Turkey can be used in almost everything from stir-fries, pasta, lettuce wraps, and soups to tacos, burgers, and meatballs. 

Next time you are looking for a quick and easy meal, consider making one of these healthy ground turkey recipes.

Why We Love Cooking with Ground Turkey

  • Quick cooking: You can cook a pound of ground turkey in less than 10 minutes! That means countless meals that can be cooked in no time. 
  • Versatile: Ground turkey is one of the best ingredients when it comes to soaking up flavors. It works for Mexican, Asian, American, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern recipes just to name a few. It also can be turned into tacos, meatballs, burgers, stir-fries, soups, or pasta. With a milder flavor than ground beef, this is a truly adaptable protein.
  • Affordable: Ground turkey tends to be more affordable than ground beef and ground chicken. According to a recent survey, ground turkey tends to be 35-50% cheaper than ground beef and 40-60% cheaper than ground chicken. 
  • Healthy: With 22 grams of lean protein per serving (4 oz), ground turkey is a great healthy protein choice. It also contains vitamins B-6, B-12, selenium, zinc, and choline. Dark meat turkey contains more vitamins but also contains more fat. 

10 Most Popular Ground Turkey Recipes

Let's kick things off with the ten most popular ground turkey dinners on Slender Kitchen!

These meals are family-approved, delicious, and super easy to make. It's the best way to use that pound of ground turkey you have waiting in the fridge. 

The best Turkey Tostadas made with ground turkey and refried beans piled high on baked tostada shells with all the best toppings. Easy, filling, and ready in 20 minutes.

Healthy Taco Casserole with ground turkey, pinto beans, corn, salsa, and cheese makes a healthy, easy, and filling meal your whole family will love.

This skillet Pesto Ground Turkey with Zucchini is an easy, one-pan dinner that is full of lean protein and nutrients. This delicious, low-carb recipe comes together in just 20 minutes for a healthy dinner that requires minimum effort for maximum flavor.

Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs

320 CAL 4 HOURS, 15 MIN
Slow cooker turkey meatballs in a shallow bowl with marinara sauce, fresh basil, and Parmesan cheese.

Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs are moist, flavorful, and cooked in your favorite marinara sauce for mouth-watering results. Serve them as a delicious appetizer or pair them with pasta and garlic bread for the ultimate dinner.

These stuffed poblano peppers are packed full of ground turkey, spices, and filled with cheesy goodness. They are just spicy enough to wake up your tastebuds. All you need are 6 simple ingredients!

This Greek Ground Turkey is easy to make, ready in fifteen minutes, and the perfect recipe for ground turkey with feta cheese, tomatoes, olives, and tons of Greek flavor.

Homemade turkey breakfast sausage made with ground turkey, spices, and a touch of maple syrup. Healthy, unprocessed, and more delicious than store-bought.

Pasta and Meatball Recipes 

While most people think of ground beef when making classics like pasta bolognese or meatballs, ground turkey is so good with pasta.

It's light, soaks up all the flavor of the sauce, and works anywhere you use ground beef or sausage. 

The best easy Baked Turkey Meatballs made with simple ingredients and ready in less than 30 minutes. These are freezer-friendly, full of flavor, and always come out tender and delicious.

Cheesy Italian Turkey Cauliflower Rice Casserole is every bit as delicious as it sounds. Made with a glorious combination of ground turkey, cauliflower rice, Greek yogurt, veggies, and a variety of cheeses, this low-carb recipe is a guaranteed show-stopper.

Zucchini Noodle Bolognese is a modern, low carb twist on spaghetti Bolognese that the whole family will love! Easy to make, packed with flavor, and Paleo and Whole30 friendly.

Spaghetti Arrabiata with Turkey is a spicy tomato sauce made with lean ground turkey and the perfect amount of heat. This homemade sauce comes together in just thirty minutes and makes for the most delicious dinner.

Tex Mex, Tacos, and More

Ground turkey is the perfect ingredient for making healthier tacos and Tex-Mex favorites. Use it to make ground turkey tacos, lettuce wraps, burrito bowls, and more. 

These delicious Taco Bowls with Cauliflower Rice can be made in under 20 minutes and are low-carb, Whole30, and Paleo-friendly. No one will miss the carbs in this filling, healthy meal.

Zucchini Taco Boats have all the flavor of tacos with lean ground turkey, peppers, onions, salsa, and cheese. They are a healthy and low carb option for taco night!

These easy Turkey Poblano Tostadas have the most delicious ground turkey and poblano taco meat served on a crunchy baked tostada with beans, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese. Ready in less than 20 minutes!

Turkey Taco Salad

379 CAL 30 MIN
Turkey taco salad with ground turkey, tomatoes, black beans, cheddar cheese, and crispy tortilla strips.

This filling Turkey Taco Salad is made with delicious ground turkey taco meat, black beans, crispy tortilla strips, avocado, cheddar cheese, and lots of fresh vegetables. Easy, filling, and healthy.

Easy ground turkey tacos made with just four simple ingredients - lean ground turkey, taco seasoning, salsa, and corn tortillas that are baked in the oven to create the best crunchy taco shells.

This easy Turkey Taco Skillet made with ground turkey, beans, brown rice, corn, and bell peppers comes together in about thirty minutes and is perfect for taco night.

Soups, Stews, and Chili

Add protein to any soup by adding a pound of ground turkey! It is also a great option to make a lightened-up chili that's still full of flavor. 

Sausage Lentil Soup made with dried lentils, sausage, and lots of veggies is a hearty, healthy meal that's ready in less than 60 minutes.

This easy Turkey Tortellini Soup with spinach is packed with lean ground turkey, tomatoes, white beans, spinach, and tortellini in a delicious broth. Simple to make, full of flavor, and a family favorite.

A healthy turkey chili recipe that can be made in under 35 minutes for a delicious weeknight meal! This ground turkey chili will leave you feeling full and satisfied without the guilt.

This Cabbage Soup is seriously so delicious, it will become a staple in your rotation. Packed with ground turkey, tomatoes, green cabbage, garlic, onion, and cauliflower rice - this soup has all the flavor of a traditional cabbage roll in soup form.

Stir Fries and Asian Recipes

While many people think of burgers and tacos when they make recipes with ground turkey, not enough people are using it for stir-fries! It's fast, easy, and requires no extra chopping!

Simply brown the turkey and it will soak up all the flavors of the stir-fry sauce. Plus it is almost impossible to overcook!

This Asian Quinoa and Ground Turkey Stir Fry is easy to make, packed with fresh veggies and lean protein, and a great option for meal prep. It's delicious, filling, and healthy.

Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps made with a tasty sweet and spicy ground turkey filling and topped with carrots, cilantro, and peanuts are a restaurant style meal that's easy to make at home.

Easy Asian Rice Bowls that are quick to make, versatile, and can be made with any rice or grain, fresh or frozen vegetables, ground meat, and the best pantry sweet and spicy Asian sauce.

The Best Turkey Burgers

It's impossible to talk about ground turkey and not spend time time sharing the best ground turkey burger recipes. 

Since no one likes a dry burger, we recommend using 85%-93% lean ground turkey for burgers!

Healthy Ranch Turkey Burgers made with just three ingredients is a classic restaurant recipe made at home with less fat, calories, but still all the same great flavor. With just 170 calories, these ranch burgers are ready in 15 minutes and taste amazing.

Homemade Jalapeno Cheddar Burgers made with lean ground beef, cheddar cheese, fresh jalapeno, red onion, and a secret seasoning blend are the perfect burgers for your next barbecue.

These Asian Turkey Burgers with Sriracha Lime Yogurt Sauce are anything but boring and may be the best turkey burgers you have ever had. Plus they are healthy and low carb/Paleo friendly.

These easy Pizza Turkey Burgers take all the delicious flavors of pizza and pack them into a tasty and protein packed turkey burger. Serve it on your favorite rolls or wrapped in lettuce for a low carb option.

Green Chile Turkey Burgers

200 CAL 4 HOURS, 15 MIN
Green chile turkey burger with pickled red onions and greens on a plate with pickled jalapenos.

These Green Chile Turkey Burgers with diced green chiles, pickled red onions. and cilantro are packed with flavor and anything but a boring turkey burger!

Turkey Burgers made with jalapenos, red onions, and cheddar cheese are seriously delicious, easy to make, and will quickly become your favorite burger.

Turkey Apple Burgers with lean ground turkey, apples, and sage are a delicious twist on a turkey burger that's healthy and full of flavor.

Low Carb Favorites

Looking for a low carb recipe using ground turkey? We've got you covered. Try these delicious meals featuring tons of protein, thanks to ground turkey. 

This Greek Ground Turkey is easy to make, ready in fifteen minutes, and the perfect recipe for ground turkey with feta cheese, tomatoes, olives, and tons of Greek flavor.

Mexican Stuffed Mushrooms stuffed with ground turkey, peppers, and onions and then covered in enchilada sauce and melted cheese couldn't be more delicious.

Pesto Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Sausage is a low carb dish that's filling and packed with flavor from a homemade basil pesto and lean turkey sausage. Topped with melted cheese, this dish is one you will make again and again.

Mediterranean Turkey Spaghetti Squash is a low carb and Keto friendly dish that's full of flavor and seriously delicious. Made with lean ground turkey, tomatoes, veggies, and melted feta cheese!

Thie easy Whole30 Turkey Stir Fry is packed with lean ground turkey, lots of vegetables, and a delicious garlic and ginger stir fry sauce. It's ready in 20 minutes, filling, and great for meal prep.

Learn More About Cooking with Ground Turkey

Still curious about cooking with ground turkey? Here are some common questions about how to use ground turkey.

Types of ground turkey

There are many different types of ground turkey on the market ranging from extremely lean made with all turkey breast to ones with higher fat content made with dark meat turkey.

  • Leanest: For the leanest option, look for 99% lean ground turkey also sometimes called ground turkey breast or ground white meat turkey. Best if you want to have the lowest amount of fat and calories, but can be dry. 
  • Standard: Standard ground turkey is a combination of white and dark meat and usually is 93% lean. This type of ground turkey works well in most recipes, with some fat and lots of flavor.
  • Dark meat: There is also some ground turkey on the market made from all dark meat, which is usually 80-85% lean. For the most flavorful and moist option, choose dark meat ground turkey.

 You can also look for lean ground turkey sausage which comes seasoned with spices and can add extra flavor to any ground turkey recipe. We especially love it in pasta and soup recipes. 

Is ground turkey better for you than ground beef?

Generally speaking, ground turkey is a healthier option than ground beef since it has lower amounts of saturated fat and calories than standard ground beef.

This can change slightly depending on the type of ground turkey and the type of ground beef. For example, 99% lean ground turkey will have less saturated fat, fat grams, and calories than all types of ground beef.

However, 95% lean ground beef has less fat and calories than ground dark meat turkey. A good rule of thumb is that the leaner the ground meat is, the healthier it is.

How long does it take to cook ground turkey?

If you are browning ground turkey for something like a stir fry, tacos, or pasta recipe - it usually takes between 7-10 minutes on medium-high heat. Simply break up the meat as it cooks. It is ready when there is no pink.

If you are making something like a meatball, burger, or another type of dish - the cooking time will vary based on the temperature you are cooking the turkey and the thickness of the dish. \

Refer to specific recipe instructions in that case.

How long does it take to cook turkey burgers?

A standard-sized turkey burger will take 4-5 minutes per side in a hot skillet or on a grill. Thicker burgers or stuffed burgers will take longer.

Unlike beef burgers, turkey burgers need to be completely cooked through. It is ready when the meat reaches 165 degrees and is no longer pink.

How long does ground turkey keep?

According to the governmental food safety website, ground meat should be used within 1-2 days of cooking. Ground turkey can be frozen if you will not use it in time.

It will last 3-4 months in the freezer. Cooked ground turkey can last in the fridge for 3-4 days.

How do you know if ground turkey is spoiled?

If you have any questions about whether your meat is good or not, the best option is to dispose of it.

When ground turkey is spoiled, it usually has an off or sour smell. It can also have a slimy texture or a dull appearance.

Is ground turkey fat-free?

It depends on what type of ground turkey you buy. When you choose 99% lean ground turkey is virtually fat-free, but there are also 93% lean options and ground dark meat options which can have up to 20% fat.

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