Ground Turkey is an excellent protein source with a wide range of nutrients, making it beneficial in cooking. According to Healthline, it has significant amounts of vitamin B6, B12, protein, and vitamin B3. Did you know that it can even benefit your muscles and their growth? As you can see, there are many reasons why you should incorporate it into your meals, aside from it being delicious and versatile!
Like any other ground meat, such as beef or chicken, you can form the ground turkey into meatloaf, meatballs, or burger patties. Not to mention, it is super easy to cook on the stovetop, which makes it a wonderful primary ingredient for stir-fry and skillet dishes. Whether you want to take your time and make a slow-cooked meal with your turkey or you need a simple recipe to whip up in a half-hour, this list will help you out. We've rounded up the best ground turkey dishes you can make for supper; all options have just as much flavor as they do nutrients!
This cheesy and savory dinner is an excellent way to utilize any ground turkey. This tasty meal has yellow onions, seasonings, half-and-half, tomato sauce, and low-sodium chicken broth. Not to mention, you load it up with two different types of cheese: shredded mozzarella and cheddar. To finish it off, sprinkle some chopped fresh parsley and red chili flakes! We recommend serving this with a nice veggie-filled side salad.
The Whole Cook posted this incredible skillet recipe, which works as a wonderful supper! Your body will be grateful for the variety of nutritious ingredients you are providing it with. Some of the ingredients include zucchini, bell pepper, onion, fresh baby spinach, and tomato paste. To keep it healthier, use lean ground turkey, which has less fat. Flavor it with various seasonings such as chili powder, oregano, paprika, and garlic powder, which complement the ingredients!
Looking for a dinner you can make ahead of time? This casserole recipe allows you to make and freeze it. Then, all you need to do is reheat in the oven for an hour before serving. It lasts in the freezer for up to two months! With classic veggies like carrots, corn, and peas, this ground turkey shepherd's pie is delicious. Of course, you can't forget the mashed potato topping, which bakes until it's perfectly browned.
Use your ground turkey to make a scrumptious, light meal your family will enjoy. This recipe helps you to make juicy meatloaf, so you don't need to worry about it being dry. It has 90% lean ground turkey, milk, eggs, seasonings, and Worcestershire sauce. The recipe also has you make a homemade sauce with light brown sugar, ketchup, and BBQ sauce. Serve it with grilled asparagus or broccoli to give your dinner some greens!
This is the perfect option for when you are short on time and need to get dinner on the table quickly. It has lean ground turkey, garlic, low-sodium soy sauce, light brown sugar, and other flavorings. The ground ginger and red pepper flakes give it a slight amount of spiciness but not too overwhelming. We recommend serving this Korean Ground Turkey on a bed of white rice!
Who doesn't love some savory enchiladas? This recipe utilizes extra lean ground turkey rather than ground beef. The filling also has black beans, oregano, chili powder, and chicken broth. Of course, you can't make enchiladas without some sauce and cheese, so you'll also need red enchilada sauce and low-fat sharp cheddar cheese. Make it even cheesier by using Monterey Jack cheese as well! Don't forget to top it with light sour cream before serving.
7. Turkey Stew
Our recipe for Turkey Stew is perfect for rainy days. It's not only comforting but packed with healthy ingredients. When you bite into the stew, you taste garlic, chicken broth, potatoes, carrots, and red onions. There are also diced tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, and tons of seasonings to flavor the ground Turkey. The best part? You can use your slow cooker, so you don't need to worry about babysitting the stew like you do on the stove.
Spoonful of Flavor shared this yummy recipe for a skillet dinner that we are sure you will love! With green chilies, shredded cheese, ground turkey, black beans, and corn, there are many flavors to indulge in. It also has roasted tomatoes, quinoa, salsa, and onions. Although it has some spicy ingredients, it's not too much to handle. Top it with Greek yogurt, light sour cream, or some fresh avocado slices for a gorgeous presentation!
Here is a quick and easy dinner that might become a regular meal in your household. Essentially, it tastes just like an eggroll, but you don't need to spend time assembling anything! The dish has minced ginger, ground turkey, sesame oil, carrots, and green cabbage. Regarding the sauce, sriracha, rice wine vinegar, and tamari sauce give it extra flavor. If you sprinkle on the sesame seed when you serve it, it gives it a nice crunch!
These sloppy joes provide the same comforting, hearty flavor of a traditional sloppy joe but with turkey meat instead. It also has healthier added components like carrots, zucchini, and spinach. Of course, it wouldn't be a sloppy Joe without Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, soy sauce, and tomato paste. The brown sugar or honey helps to neutralize it and create the perfect level of tanginess in the sauce.
11. Turkey Spaghetti
If your family enjoys spaghetti, try this recipe, which uses ground turkey instead of ground beef in the sauce. Some of the ingredients you need for this dish include Italian seasoning, red wine vinegar, chicken broth, and ground turkey. To make it easy, you can use jarred marinara sauce and dress it up with extra seasonings! We suggest that you serve this with Caesar salad or crispy eggplant.
Do you have some extra sweet potatoes lying around and are unsure what to do with them? Here is your answer! These stuffed sweet potatoes are Weight Watchers-friendly and super easy to make. They have 93% lean ground turkey, cumin, paprika, grated pepper jack cheese, and parsley. This meal is also suitable if you have anyone in your family who needs to avoid gluten.
13. Turkey Burgers
When you want to make a more casual dinner for a gathering, these turkey burgers are the way to go. They have healthy components like ground turkey, spinach, feta cheese, cucumber slices, and red onions. The Worcestershire sauce gives it a deeper flavor that benefits the natural taste of the turkey. When you serve this, we recommend using light mayonnaise. You can even turn them into burger lettuce wraps if you don't want the buns!
Easy Good Ideas created this skillet recipe, which has unique components paired with the ground turkey. All you need is orzo, seasonings, onions, garlic, and zucchini. It also has corn, peas, pesto, and cheese. Specifically, use grated parmesan cheese for best results, but any cheese will work! This would be a wonderful dinner to serve alongside soup such as tomato basil soup. However, it is substantial enough to eat on its own.
Our Ground Turkey Pasta recipe makes six servings, and it's perfectly savory and cheesy! This dish is made with ground turkey, garlic, reduced-fat shredded mozzarella, and canned crushed tomatoes. Additionally, using rosemary, thyme, and oregano gives it an herbal flavor that pairs with the tomatoes and other ingredients. We suggest serving this with a side of veggies! Steamed broccoli tastes wonderful with it.
This stir-fry has a delicious blend of zucchini, broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, and onions. The ground turkey, soy sauce, and chili garlic combine with the vegetables to create a colorful and scrumptious dinner! The best part is that this recipe is super easy to throw together, taking just about 25 minutes from start to finish! Season it with a dash of kosher salt and pepper before you serve it.
We can't believe how flavorful this Italian Turkey Burger Soup is! It has many seasonings to give it its complex flavor, such as chili pepper flakes, thyme, oregano, basil, and more. The main components are ground turkey breast, onion, carrots, celery, and beef broth. Whether you need a healthy pick-me-up or you simply just want soap to keep you warm on a cold day, this is the way to go!
This dinner recipe by Joyful Healthy Eats definitely needs to be added to your recipe collection. Essentially, you make mouth-watering meatballs with ground turkey, garlic, spinach, and seasonings. Then, you make a homemade tzatziki sauce and get your other components, such as the red onion, tomato, and cucumbers, ready. Load all of this up onto a flatbread, and you are ready to enjoy an unforgettable dinner!
With homemade guacamole, seasoned ground turkey, and garlic and onion rice, these burritos are out of this world. They also have shredded iceberg lettuce, diced tomato, and Colby Jack cheese. It's delicious to assemble the burrito and then throw it on the stovetop to grill the outsides of the tortillas. When you serve these burritos, you can always use salsa, sour cream, or other sauces to dip them in!
You don't only need ground chicken or beef to make tacos; you can use ground turkey, too! This fantastic recipe has onions, garlic, cilantro, ancho chili powder, and more to upgrade the turkey's flavor. You can use a variety of garnishes for these tacos, such as fresh avocado, cotija cheese, or simply fresh lime wedges. Squeeze the lime juice on the taco directly before you eat it to accentuate the components in the dish!
Are casseroles your favorite go-to dinner? Here's a new one for you. This dish has lovely ingredients such as wild rice, ground turkey, fresh spinach, artichoke hearts, and shredded mozzarella. There are also plenty of seasonings, such as onion powder, garlic powder, and dry Italian seasoning, to flavor the dinner. This supper is substantial enough on its own, so you don't need to make any side dishes to serve with it!
There's nothing quite like a great pot pie recipe. This specific dish is easy since you can make the filling and then separately make the biscuits, reducing the cooking time. The pot pie filling has onions, gold potatoes, mixed vegetables, and turkey. Although leftover turkey breast is recommended, ground turkey works perfectly in its place. To make things easier, you can use canned biscuits, or if you want to take the time and make homemade biscuits, that works too.
Replicate the flavors of beef stroganoff while using your ground turkey instead! This delicious dinner has shallots, baby Bella mushrooms, wide egg noodles, and ground turkey. The milk and sour cream ensure that the dish is plenty creamy. When you serve it, scatter some freshly chopped parsley atop the meal to give it a nice pop of color. Although this already has some vegetables, serving it with green beans or another veggie doesn't hurt!
Here's another stuffed sweet potato recipe that you need to try out. With diced tomatoes, bell pepper, onions, and ground turkey, it has a variety of flavors and textures. The multiple seasonings and garlic give it a deeper flavor. Meanwhile, the savory tastes balance out the naturally sweet flavor of the sweet potato. Make this for a weeknight dinner or a small get-together; it will impress everybody!
This salad is substantial enough to enjoy as an entree, so you don't need to worry about hunger after serving this for dinner. Because of the black beans and lean ground turkey, it has plenty of protein. It also has diced tomatoes, corn, tortilla chips, avocados, and cheese. Use plain yogurt as a replacement for dressing to keep it healthy! You can always add more components, such as onions or bell peppers if you wish.
You will love this recipe by Onion Rings and Things! It has red bell peppers, white beans, corn, green chili peppers, and ground turkey. In addition, garlic and onion team up with cumin and oregano to give it a wonderful flavor. You can also sprinkle on fresh herbs when you serve this. Pair this Turkey Chili with some homemade cornbread for a satisfying dinner. You likely won't have any leftovers due to how incredible it is!
And I'll leave you with my Ground Turkey Pasta bake.
26 Delicious Ground Turkey Dinner Ideas
- 2 cups penne pasta *measured dry
- 1 lb extra lean ground turkey
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon each salt & pepper
- 28oz can crushed tomatoes
- 1 cup reduced-fat shredded mozzarella
- Boil pasta in a pan on the stove according to the package, drain and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350F
- In a medium-sized saucepan, add olive oil and cook the garlic over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add in the ground turkey and cook until browned.
- Mix in all of the seasonings then stir in the canned tomatoes.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer for 5 minutes.
- Using a 9x13 casserole dish place a very thin layer of the turkey mixture on the bottom of the dish, add in half of the cooked pasta, then ½ of the turkey mixture, ½ cup of mozzarella and repeat the steps with the remaining ingredients.
- Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Makes 6 servings, each serving is 1 heaping cup.
- *Optional to top with a little fresh herbs.