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I’ve rounded up my favorite ground turkey recipes! Many of these recipes are healthy and make awesome leftovers that are great for big batch cooking. I’ve got everything in here from chilis and soups to turkey meatballs, burgers, low-carb recipes, pasta, and tacos.

the best ground turkey recipes collage

About ground (minced) turkey

Ground turkey is typically a mixture of light and dark meat. You can, however, buy ground turkey breast or ground turkey thigh by themselves. Typically the darker the meat, the higher the fat content. Some benefits of dark turkey meat are that it doesn’t dry out as fast when you cook it, and it tends to be more flavorful. Ground turkey in general is typically lower in fat and calories than ground beef, but it’s important to read labels to understand what you’re buying. If you’ve never cooked with ground turkey, it’s worth giving it a try. You can swap it for ground beef in many recipes. 

Without further ado, here’s some great ways to use ground turkey!

Turkey Taco Stuffed Avocados from The Recipe Critic

turkey taco stuffed avocados

These stuffed avocados make an amazing low-carb lunch or snack! Load them up with your favorite toppings.

Egg Roll in a Bowl by Cooking Classy

egg roll in a bowl (with ground turkey)

Skip the frying and effort and make this easy, healthier twist on egg rolls!

Greek Turkey Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce from Foodie Crush

Greek ground turkey burgers

This Mediterranean twist on turkey burgers is perfect for a healthy dinner!

Turkey Taco Zucchini Boats from Platings & Pairings

ground turkey zucchini boats

You won’t even miss the tortillas with this low-carb twist on taco night.

Ground Turkey Soup from Salt & Lavender

ground turkey soup in two white bowls

This soup is easy to make, healthy, and inexpensive. It’s also great if you’re feeling under the weather and to use up what’s in your fridge.

Healthy Turkey Lasagna from Ambitious Kitchen

the best healthy turkey lasagna

This lasagna may be lighter but it does not skimp on flavor!

Turkey Picadillo from Table for Two

ground turkey picadillo

This Latin American dish typically uses ground beef, but it’s just as delicious with ground turkey. Serve it with rice or add it to tacos!

Ground Turkey Mushroom Stroganoff from Recipe Runner

ground turkey mushroom Stroganoff

You’ll love this lightened up take on the classic Beef Stroganoff!

Ground Turkey Stuffed Peppers from Wine & Glue

lighter ground turkey stuffed peppers

These stuffed peppers make amazing leftovers and are lighter than your typical stuffed peppers.

Green Chile Turkey Tacos by Cotter Crunch

green chile turkey tacos

Roasted green chiles kick the southwest flavor up a notch in these tasty tacos.

Sweet Potato Spinach Bacon Turkey Burgers by A Family Feast 

sweet potato spinach ground turkey burgers

These filling, satisfying burgers are a blend of lean ground turkey, sweet potato, onions, garlic, and fresh baby spinach – plus some chopped bacon and seasonings for added flavor.

Instant Pot Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps by Sweet Peas & Saffron

Instant Pot ground turkey lettuce wraps

The best part of these wraps are that you can make them from fresh or frozen ground turkey. The leftovers keep in the fridge for a few days, and you can use the filling for more lettuce wraps or tacos, in salads, etc.

Ground Turkey Black Bean Enchiladas from Diethood

ground turkey and black bean enchiladas

These enchiladas are saucy, cheesy, and oh-so-good!

Turkey Sweet Potato Chili from Salt & Lavender

This healthy turkey sweet potato chili will soon become a new family favorite. Make it as spicy (or mild) as you like, and top it with cheddar, avocado, sour cream/Greek yogurt and/or anything else you can think of for a delicious and comforting meal. Perfect for meal prep!

This chili is healthy, cozy, comforting, and simple to make. It makes great leftovers for meal prep!

Spicy Turkey Taco Salad with Baja Dressing by Half Baked Harvest

spicy turkey taco salad

If you’re looking for a fun, grown-up twist on taco salad, this is it!

Skinny Turkey Sloppy Joes by Taste & Tell

ground turkey sloppy joes

This healthier alternative to your standard Sloppy Joes are loaded with extra veggies. They’re sure to be loved by kids and adults alike!

Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps by The Endless Meal

Thai turkey lettuce wraps

These Thai-inspired lettuce wraps are made with healthy ground turkey, pantry-staple Asian flavors, and drizzled with a creamy ginger tahini sauce.

Easiest Ground Turkey Stir Fry by The Girl on Bloor

easiest ground turkey stir fry

This ground turkey stir fry is healthy, delicious, and great for leftovers/meal prep!

Easy 20 Minute Turkey Bolognese from Salt & Lavender

easy healthy turkey bolognese in a white bowl

This is a quick and healthy pasta sauce that also makes great leftovers!

Cauliflower Rice Turkey Taco Skillet from Fox & Briar

ground turkey cauliflower rice skillet

This dish is a quick and easy low carb dinner. It takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and is packed with veggies!

Ground Turkey Cowboy Caviar Salad by The Beach House Kitchen

ground turkey cowboy caviar

This salad is a hearty, protein-packed dish that’s perfect for a low-carb meal.

Honey Sriracha Turkey Meatballs from Chili Pepper Madness

honey sriracha turkey meatballs

That honey and sriracha flavor combo make these meatballs positively addictive!

Turkey Meatloaf from Wine & Glue

healthier ground turkey meatloaf

The whole family will love this lighter take on meatloaf!

One Pot Turkey Mexican Pasta by Cooking for Keeps

one pot turkey Mexican pasta

Lean ground turkey is cooked with pasta, salsa, plenty of smoky spices, and just a touch of sharp cheddar cheese for a lighter take on comfort food.

Turkey Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie by Taste & Tell

turkey sweet potato shepherd's pie

Ground turkey is combined with vegetables and an easy gravy, then topped with cheesy mashed sweet potatoes A great change up from the original!

Italian Wedding Soup with Turkey Meatballs by Jessica Gavin

Italian wedding soup with meatballs

A big bowl of Italian wedding soup is a flavorful marriage of ingredients. Mini turkey meatballs are broiled until golden brown, then simmered with the vegetables. 

Turkey Chili Mac and Cheese by The Recipe Rebel 

turkey chili mac and cheese

You’ll love this hearty, healthy one pot pasta that comes together in about 30 minutes!

Easy Ground Turkey Burgers from Salt & Lavender

close-up of a man holding a ground turkey burger with mayo, tomato, and lettuce on a sesame bun

These ground turkey burgers are juicy, moist, and easy to make.

Which of these ground turkey recipes is your favorite? I hope this roundup helps you figure out what to do with ground turkey meat. 🙂

Hi! I’m Natasha.

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  1. Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen says:

    What an awesome round up of recipes Natasha. I’ll need to cook my way through this delicious list! Thanks so much for including mine!

    1. Natasha says:

      You’re very welcome! XO