Meal Ideas for Ground Turkey

Ground Turkey is a great change of pace for meal-time in your home. Turkey is also a very lean and healthy meat. There are many tasty recipes that include (or can be substituted to include) ground turkey for a delicious meal. 

Simple Turkey Burgers

This recipe makes 8 large burgers. Homemade burgers are always a family favorite, and can be combined with almost any of your family’s favorite side dishes for a great dinner. Good additions to this recipe are diced onions, red peppers, garlic, or chili peppers for a spicier version.

You’ll Need:
3 pounds ground turkey
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
2 egg whites, beaten 20 strokes
Salt, pepper, garlic, onion, or fresh vegetables to taste.

Steps:
1) Mix all ingredients together .
2) Form into patties of desired thickness.
3) Cook thoroughly over medium heat.

Turkey Pot Pie

This homemade pot pie recipe is cheap, easy and delicious.

Steps:
2 ¼ cups Biscuit Mix
cup milk
1 pound cooked ground turkey
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
2 cans mixed vegetables (carrots, corn, green beans, etc.)

1) Combine biscuit mix and milk in a medium bowl
2) Mix remaining ingredients in separate bowl, spread in baking pan.
3) Spoon biscuit mix in large even lumps, about the size of biscuits, on top of mixture.
4) Bake at 450 degrees F for 8-10 minutes or until biscuits are cooked all the way through and mixture is fully warmed.

Turkey Loaf

This recipe serves 6. For a juicier turkey loaf, add 3 teaspoons of water.

You’ll Need:
2 pounds ground turkey
1 box turkey flavored stuffing mix
2 eggs, evenly beaten
1 2/3 cups hot water
Salt and pepper to taste

Steps:
1) Mix hot water and stuffing mix and let stand while completing Step 2.
2) Mix turkey, eggs, and spices in a separate bowl.
3) Combine all ingredients and transfer to greased loaf pan.
4) Bake at 375 degrees F, or until thoroughly cooked.

Easy Turkey Chili

This 30 minute chili recipe is fast, easy, and versatile. Add more cayenne pepper, fresh chili peppers, or crushed red pepper for a spicier dish. This recipe serves 8.

You’ll Need:
1 pound ground turkey
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1 onion, diced or chopped
1  can canned crushed tomatoes
1 can canned kidney beans  
2 cups water
1 tbsp garlic, minced
2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground cumin
Salt and pepper to taste

Steps:
1) Brown turkey in a pot with oil until thoroughly cooked. Add the onion and cook until no tender.
2) Rinse, drain, and mash beans. Add water to pot to boil, and mix in remaining ingredients.
3) Bring mixture to boiling. Reduce heat to simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Turkey Quesadillas

This is a very simple, cheap and super fast choice for lunch or dinner. Great additions to this recipe are salsa, hot sauce, fresh vegetables, or guacamole.

You’ll Need:
1 package medium tortillas
1 pound ground turkey
1 package mixed Mexican-style cheese

Steps:
1) Brown turkey until thoroughly cooked.
2)  Place tortilla on skillet over medium heat.
3) Sprinkle cheese and cooked turkey on tortilla.
4) Turn once when cheese melts.
5) Cut into desired sizes.

Turkey Casserole

Another inexpensive, quick, and easy dinner. This is one of my personal favorites, and I’m sure you will enjoy it too. Great served alone or with a bread side.

You’ll Need:
1 ½ – 2 pounds ground turkey browned
1 box pasta (egg noodles, bow-ties, or rotini)
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 can peas
½ can hot water
Salt and pepper to taste

Steps:
1) Boil and drain pasta.
2) Combine remaining ingredients in large pot.
3)  Cook over medium low heat for 10 minutes.
4) Stir mixture into pasta. Allow to sit 5 minutes before serving.

Turkey Meatballs

These turkey meatballs are great by themselves or with a pasta dish.

You’ll Need:
1 pound ground turkey
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Salt, pepper, garlic, or onion powder to taste

Steps:
1) Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl.
2) Roll mixture into medium sized balls.
3) Bake at 375 degrees F in a greased pan for about 15 minutes, or until thoroughly cooked.

Boxed Meal Kits
Use ground turkey in place of ground beef in boxed instant meals, which have many varieties to choose from. For the best results, be sure to drain the oil after browning the turkey on medium high heat in a skillet.

Turkey Tacos
Less expensive and healthier than going out for fast food. These tacos are delicious, so you might have to double the recipe.

You’ll Need:
1 pound ground turkey
1 package taco seasoning mix
Taco shells
Toppings

Steps:
1) Brown ground turkey over medium heat.
2) Prepare taco seasoning mix as directed.
3) Add seasoning to turkey.
4) Spoon into tacos or burritos and top with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, cheese, guacamole, and re-fried beans as desired.

Breakfast Turkey Patties
This recipe will make yummy, healthy turkey patties that go great with hash browns, eggs, toast, or any other breakfast item.

You’ll Need:
1 pound ground turkey
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
1 ½ tsp ground coriander
1 ½ tsp brown sugar
1 tsp ground black pepper
¼ tsp cayenne pepper

Steps:
1) Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
2) Refrigerate 6-8 hours, or overnight.
3) Cook patties over medium heat in a skillet.

Reference:
1. 50 Ground Turkey Recipes – Healthy Meals with Ground Turkey
2. 35 Easy Ground Turkey Recipes

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