Truth be told, I am extremely excited to scroll through this list ASAP. I have a pound of ground turkey sitting in my fridge for dinner and absolutely no clue how to transform it into a healthy, delicious dinner. And, as it turns out, I can do that in a whole lot of different ways! At least 25, to be specific.
Whether I want something hearty, something sweet, or something with a little spice to it, I am going to find the perfect recipe to make for dinner tonight within these 25 ground turkey recipes. Each one is easier to make than the last, and not a single item on here isn’t bursting with mouthwatering flavor.
Don’t turn up your nose at Brussels sprouts; when baked with olive oil and seasonings, they give us life. Make your new favorite veggie in a casserole with rice and ground turkey for the healthiest comfort food you’ve ever made.
What would this list be without a turkey staple: turkey meatballs. But these meatballs have some serious kick to them. Made with a bright homemade sauce and some amazing seasonings, this recipe is lean cuisine at its finest.
In my home, stuffed peppers are a staple. Even more so if they’re stuffed with lean ground turkey. We love to add some oregano and plenty of cheese to make this filling yet healthy meal one to remember.
Now, when we think of something warm, in a bowl, and involving ground turkey, we probably automatically assume it’s chili. (Don’t worry, we’re getting there.) But there are other soul-warming soups that involve our favorite meat!
This Italian turkey burger soup is well-seasoned, with a hearty broth, and some delicious veggies, too. It’s the perfect wintertime soup for filling your tummy and trimming your waistline.
There are few dishes as delicious as Shepard’s pie; it’s bursting with flavorful ground meat, healthy veggies, and topped off with the buttery goodness of mashed potatoes. And all cooked in one casserole dish, this makes for a comfort food like no other.
Try replacing your regular ground chuck with turkey for that same comfort just with a healthier spin.
When we imagine quesadillas, we picture all bread, cheese, and sour cream right? Maybe with a little chicken in there for protein. Bottom line is, as delicious as this Mexican-styled favorite is, it’s not all that healthy for you.
Introducing: your new favorite quesadilla. Ground turkey, nutrient-filled avocados, and still all that cheese you know and love.
Who isn’t obsessed with brunch? Seriously, you can wake up at noon and it’s still acceptable to eat eggs and homefries — it’s not that you woke up too late and missed breakfast, it’s just brunch time now. Amazing.
Well, ground turkey is invited to the brunch party, too. With a few eggs, some salsa, salt, pepper, and ground turkey, you can make a one-pan brunch meal for the ages. Your friends will be dying to know your secret recipe…but you won’t share it so easily, will you?
Hot wings literally make the world go round (or at least they make our world go round) but we typically associate them with chicken. They are CHICKEN wings, after all. But when you want your turkey to go a little spicy, don’t think buffalo isn’t an option.
Perfect example, they spicy buffalo turkey burgers! Jam-packed with tongue-burning flavor, these burgers are best topped off with a blue cheese or ranch sauce. Yum.
Meatballs are traditionally made plan, maybe with some Italian spices, in a red sauce. And while that’s all well and good (I’m Italian, so this is the pinnacle for me) meatballs do have the capacity to go beyond this classic recipe.
For instance, these sriracha teriyaki meatballs bring a sweet and spicy Asian flare to these delicious turkey meatballs that we wouldn’t have otherwise thought to try.
If you’re on a constant quest to make veggies easier to eat, these spaghetti squash boats are for you. Stuffed with ground turkey, chopped peppers, and topped off with a nice layer of cheese, these delicious baked boats are a filling, healthy dinner the whole family will love.
PF Chang’s makes this amazing entree you might be familiar with: lettuce wraps. These wraps use (you guessed it) lettuce on the outside to hold in different types of meat, veggies, and rice. And they’re AMAZING.
We love replicating this meal at home with these turkey taco lettuce wraps. These might have more of a Mexican flare to them, but you can take this idea and transform it however you’d like.
If you’ve never tried picadillo before, you are missing out. This Latin dish, popular in Spain, Cuba, and other Latin American countries, is a blend of meat, capers, olives, spices, and other additions, depending on the region. This spin using lean ground turkey for extra flavor and less calories.
Having a bad day? You need some comfort food tonight! And when it comes to comfort food, it doesn’t get easier or more delicious than meatloaf. This can be a heavy dish, so using ground turkey instead of beef will help lighten things up, but keep all the flavor. Sprinkle a healthy helping of Parmesan cheese on top of a crunchy finish.
When it comes to spice, nothing is better than a dish with a kick of curry. This ground turkey meal is decked out with easy-to-find Indian spices and is gluten-free on top of it all! Pair with a side of steamed veggies and you have a clean meal that’s bursting with flavor.
We told you we were getting there! Hands down one of our all-time favorite turkey recipes is a hearty helping of chili. This can be made on the stove top or in the Crockpot; either way is going to give you a filling, delicious dinner to warm your soul AND your tummy.
You probably think we’ve already covered meatballs (having brushed over regular turkey meatballs and some with a sweet and spicy Asian flare) but this recipe gives a different kind of spin. These turkey meatballs might be pretty standard, but how they’re layered in this kind of Italian Shepard’s pie? It’s unlike any dish we’ve ever seen.
Looking for something tangy and savory all at once? These ground turkey gyros are exactly what you need. Overflowing with tomato and cucumber relish and a tzatziki sauce, these gyros will fill you up without making you feel bloated.
This is one of the most interesting pasta dishes we’ve ever seen. Linguine is doused in a homemade ragu sauce made with ground turkey and shaved carrots. The presentation is almost as immaculate as the taste.
What would this list be without a little turkey burger action? We love this one because there are so many amazing flavors going on; it’s dripping with pepper jack cheese, avocado slices, and a hearty drizzle of Sriracha for a serious kick.
Speaking of burgers, this is another interesting take on the classic turkey burg. People say turkey are bland, but there’s nothing humdrum about the Vietnamese spin on this burger. With thinly sliced veggies, jalapeños, sriracha, fish sauce, mayonnaise, and other toppings, this unique sandwich will blow your mind.
These meatballs might not be in the sauce you recognize (red sauce, obvi) but you won’t mind switching it up for this recipe. Plop your turkey meatballs on some buttery noodles and cover with a creamy sauce with mushrooms, white wine, and other decadent ingredients.
An American weeknight classic: sloppy Joes. This messy, simple dinner is a staple for busy weekday dinners, but it’s not the healthiest of options for your family. Replace your ground beef with turkey and plenty of sauce for the same sandwich with a tad less guilt.
Looking for the perfect mix of sweet and savory? You don’t have to look much further than this turkey sweet potato skillet. Easy to make right on the stove top and bursting with heart-healthy vitamins and nutrients, this dinner finds that delicate balance between healthy and hearty.
Do you love any of these ground turkey recipes? Did we miss a recipe you love? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.