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.
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.
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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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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.
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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.
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.
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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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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.
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.
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