40 Delicious Ground Turkey Recipes For When You're Bored Of Beef

Anything beef can do, turkey can do better.

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Parker feierbach

Ground turkey is a super low-cost meat that's easy to cook and adds lean protein to pasta, soups, burgers, and more. Sometimes we even prefer ground turkey as a healthy alternative to ground beef, especially when it means we get to eat ground turkey Italian sloppy joes, Instant Pot Thai turkey meatballs with rice noodles, and banh mi burgers. Who says turkey is only for Thanksgiving? Yes, sometimes we might make a batch of Thanksgiving burgers well before the holiday season.

Speaking of burgers, we love how delicious turkey burgers can be. When it comes to making a mean, lean turkey burger, we don't think you need to to cover up the fact that it's turkey, especially with our special hacks to help you achieve a supremely moist, flavorful patty. And you don't even have to grill out, simply turn on your oven and you'll be on your way to a killer baked turkey burger. After you try that, next on the menu are our recipes for Greek-stuffed turkey burgers, Italian turkey burgers, and sriracha turkey burgers.

Ground turkey is also one of our favorite ways to make our all-time favorite comfort foods a bit lighter, like we did with our turkey meatloaf and turkey shepherd's pie. Personally, we think there's really nothing more comforting than a freshly baked pasta dish (or really any pasta ever), which is why we have turkey lasagna, baked penne alla vodka with turkey, and spaghetti with turkey ragù on repeat.

Once you've mastered these, you'll love trying out all of our best ground chicken and ground beef recipes too.

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Parker Feierbach
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Best-Ever Turkey Burger

We love our turkey burger for one simple reason: We let it be. We don't try to cover up the fact that it's turkey. Instead, we embrace it. Turkey burgers tend to be drier, so we add an egg to ours to help it hold together and give it moisture. Pro tip: Use 94 percent lean ground turkey so the patties easily stay together.

Get the Turkey Burger recipe.

slow cooker chili
Ethan Calabrese
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Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili

Having a big bowl of chili ready at dinner with very minimal effort (and dishes) is what winter is all about. This turkey chili is both comforting and healthy. So grab your slow cooker and cozy on up.

Get the Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili recipe.

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Park Feierbach
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Turkey Shepherd's Pie

When the weather outside is frightful, nothing satisfies our craving for comfort food quite like a good shepherd's pie. A traditional shepherd's pie is made with ground lamb or beef, but this turkey version is surprisingly light and SO easy to make. If you'd like to bulk it up with more veggies, frozen corn, and/or frozen peas are a great addition!

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Parker Feierbach
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Best-Ever Turkey Meatloaf

Ground turkey recipes have a bad rep for being bland and boring. But this meatloaf is LOADED with flavor. How? Worcestershire garlic, rosemary, and thyme. We love rosemary and thyme, but you can feel free to add herb any you like (sage would be awesome in this recipe). And not only is the glaze totally delicious, but it's also only two ingredients: ketchup and brown sugar.

Get the Best-Ever Turkey Meatloaf recipe.

trader joes stuffed peppers
Ethan Calabrese
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Ground Turkey Stuffed Peppers with Pepper Jack

When you need a quick, healthy weeknight dinner option, stuffed peppers—and the endless ways to make them—are here for you. Swap ground turkey into our cheesesteak stuffed peppers next!

Get the Ground Turkey Stuffed Peppers with Pepper Jack recipe.

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Ethan Calabrese
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Ground Turkey Italian Sloppy Joes

With ground turkey swapped in for beef and an Italian flair, these sloppy joes are anything but basic. For more sloppy eats, try ground turkey in our sloppy grilled cheese next!

Get the Ground Turkey Italian Sloppy Joes recipe.

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Ethan Calabrese
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Spaghetti With Turkey Ragù

You have no excuse to not make this stupid-easy ragù: Made with ground turkey, white wine, and crushed tomatoes, it's a flavor bomb.

Get the Spaghetti With Turkey Ragù recipe.

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Bryce Johnson
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Turkey Lasagna

We love ground beef with all our heart, but every now and then, we need a break. Enter: this beautifully cheesy ground turkey recipe. It's got everything you love about a traditional lasagna, only you'll feel a little better after destroying a big slice.

Get the Turkey Lasagna recipe.

taco stuffed sweet potatoes
Parker feierbach
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Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

We love how you can stuff sweet potatoes with pretty much anything. We took these into Tex-Mex territory with a combo of ground turkey, onion, carrots, tomatoes, and taco seasoning.

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Kat Teutsch; Prop styling by Gerri Williams
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Baked Italian Turkey Meatballs

These meatballs don't have any bread crumbs but instead are held together with ricotta and Parmesan. They're light and airy with tons of flavor, and the sauce brings it all together! Letting the meatballs simmer in the sauce for just 10 minutes after baking them will help make them get extra tender and flavorful.

Get the Baked Italian Turkey Meatballs recipe.

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Baked Turkey Burgers

These juicy turkey burgers are packed with flavor, thanks to soy sauce, garlic, scallions, and shallot. Baking the burgers removes the guesswork of knowing whether they're fully cooked. You can top these however you like, but we love adding some richness to the lean turkey burger with some avocado and onion.

Get the Baked Turkey Burgers recipe.

baked penne alla vodka with turkey
Lucy schaeffer
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Baked Penne Alla Vodka with Turkey

There is nothing quite as comforting as a baked pasta dish. The sides get a little crispy and topping of melty cheese is to die for. Here we changed up the classic penne alla vodka a little bit and added in ground turkey. The result is a creamy pasta that satisfies every carb craving possible with a little extra boost of protein.

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Brad Holland
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Turkey Taco Lettuce Cups

No bread? No problem. Doubling up on romaine leaves ensures a mess-free lunch, sans the carbs. If you're looking for more lettuce cup recipes, try these easy Thai chicken lettuce cups next!

Get the Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps recipe.

slow cooker turkey chili
Ethan Calabrese
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Spicy Turkey Chili

Making chili healthier might seem boring—who doesn't want some beef—but we found a way to make ground turkey taste ultra flavorful with garlic, jalapeño, cumin, and chili powder. Once you've mastered this recipe, check out all the chilis you can make all winter.

Get the Spicy Turkey Chili recipe.

turkey meatball skillet
Ethan Calabrese
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Cheesy Turkey Meatball Skillet

Simmering in tomato sauce (we use jarred tomato sauce as a shortcut), these cheesy, super flavorful ground turkey meatballs are comfort in a skillet. Top your noodles with these or eat simply with some homemade focaccia!

Get the Cheesy Turkey Meatball Skillet recipe.

instant pot thai turkey meatballs
Brad Holland
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Instant Pot Thai Turkey Meatballs

These turkey meatballs are the perfect dinner to get you back on track after a long string of late-night takeout. They're light, fresh, and full of flavor. Try them over rice noodles, a bed of greens, or some brown rice.

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Banh Mi Turkey Burgers

Craving a turkey burger that's anything but boring? This is the one for you. We took all of the classic flavors of a banh mi sandwich (pickled vegetables, spicy mayo, cilantro) and combined into one exciting burger.

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Southern Meatloaf

This southern-style meatloaf is one of Chef Millie Peartree's favorite dishes at her NYC restaurant. The simple BBQ-ketchup glaze caramelizes the tops and edges beautifully. The best pairing? Her Southern macaroni & cheese + low country collared greens, of course.

Get the Southern Meatloaf recipe.

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Parker Feierbach
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Garlic Butter Turkey Meatballs

Garlicky, tender, and NOT boring, these turkey meatballs are some of our all-time favorites. Try them with zoodles for a lighter take on an Italian fave.

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Italian Turkey Burger

You know those Italian sausage-and-pepper sandwiches that always seem to be at outdoor festivals? This is our version of the classic sandwich, but in saucy burger form.

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Chelsea Lupkin
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Muffin-Tin Turkey Meatloaf

The best part about this mini meatloaf is the umami-ized mashed potatoes slathered on top. It's Thanksgiving in a muffin tin.

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Parker feierbach
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Garlic Butter Turkey Meatballs

Garlicky, tender, and definitely NOT boring, these cheesy meatballs go amazingly well on top of buttery spaghetti squash.

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Sriracha Turkey Burger

Spice up your condiment game with these tender, juicy turkey burgers. Don't be afraid of the heat, the cheese and avocado will help temper a lot of that spice.

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Ethan Calabrese
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Spinach-Stuffed Shells with Mini Turkey Meatballs

In our unscientific opinion, tiny food just somehow tastes better? While we love our spinach-stuffed shells, there's just something even more delicious about stuffing them with mini homemade turkey meatballs.

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Melty Turkey Juicy Lucy

The fun of a Juicy Lucy is that the burger is stuffed with loads of gooey cheese. Feel free to use any of your favorites (like cheddar, Havarti, or even brie) for an indulgent melt, and top the burger with a refreshingly crunchy slaw.

Get the Melty Turkey Juicy Lucy recipe.

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Ethan Calabrese
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Spicy Turkey Sausage and Kale Chili

Add some heat to your ground turkey game with spicy ground turkey sausage. This Italian-inspired chili is packed with sausage and leafy kale for a tomato-y chili that goes great with garlic bread.

Get the Spicy Turkey Sausage and Kale Chili recipe.

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Chelsea Lupkin
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Ground Turkey Bolognese

Bring out your inner Italian grandma and make the (lighter) Bolognese of your dreams. A hearty pasta like this deserves a thicker noodle like tagliatelle or pappardelle. If you need a weekend project, pair it with homemade pasta.

Get the Ground Turkey Bolognese recipe.

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Cheesy Turkey Taco Bake

In this take on the Tex-Mex casserole, salsa gets an added boost of melty Velveeta goodness, which the hungry mouths sitting around the table will enjoy on its own. Serve a side of it with tortilla chips, it’s that good.

Get the Cheesy Turkey Taco Bake recipe.

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Chelsea Lupkin
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Greek Stuffed Turkey Burgers

We love a cheddar-stuffed Juicy Lucy burger like the rest of them, but burgers go well with so many other cheeses! Enter: this Greek-inspired feta-stuffed burger. You're so welcome.

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Turkey & Stuffing Meatballs

Move over, Thanksgiving leftover sandwich. We’ve taken the best flavors of Thanksgiving—tart cranberries, savory stuffing, and moist turkey—and combined them with pretzels for all the best of the holiday into an impressive little meatball. If you wanted to serve with gravy in addition to cranberry sauce, we wouldn’t tell anyone.

Get the Turkey & Stuffing Meatballs recipe.

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