18 Best Ground Turkey Recipes



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Looking for ways to use ground turkey? Here are a variety of delicious healthy ground turkey recipes that are sure to be a hit!

Let’s talk turkey… ground turkey that is!

Ground turkey is a staple that we pretty much always have on hand. In general, I prefer to cook with ground turkey over ground beef because it’s a leaner protein and lower in saturated fat. Plus, it has a milder flavor, which makes it such a versatile protein that compliments a variety of meals nicely.

I do have one ground beef recipe on EBF (this no bean chili) and a handful of ground chicken recipes most of my ground meat recipes are turkey so I’m putting them all into one post so you can easily find them when you need them.

Collage of photos: taco soup, stuffed peppers, turkey burger and an egg roll in a bowl.

Ground Turkey vs. Ground Beef

Overall, ground turkey is a leaner meat than ground beef. If you’re using 99% lean ground turkey it will have fewer calories and fat than ground beef. If you’re comparing 93% ground turkey with 93% ground beef, the calories and fat are relatively the same, but ground turkey has less saturated fat. Saturated fat is something that’s good to limit because it can raise your LDL “bad” cholesterol and put you at higher risk for heart disease.

Ground Turkey Recipes

The great thing about ground turkey is that there are so many ways to use it! I’ve compiled my favorite ground turkey recipes below covering everything from burgers and casseroles to soups and salads.

4.68 from 28 votes

Turkey Burger

These juicy turkey burgers are made with ground turkey, Worcestershire sauce and a blend of seasonings. They're loaded with flavor and easy to make on the grill or stovetop.
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Spinach and feta turkey burger on a bun with avocado, onions, tomatoes and sprouts.
4.47 from 62 votes

Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers

These spinach and feta turkey burgers are quick and easy to prepare and taste delicious grilled and served on a bun with your favorite burger toppings.
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Spinach turkey meatballs with pasta sauce in a cast iron skillet.
4.66 from 23 votes

Spinach Turkey Meatballs

These simple clean eating Popeye turkey meatballs are moist and flavorful, loaded with veggies and require no binders! Meal prep a batch early in the week so you can add them to pasta, sandwiches, salads and more throughout the week!
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A bowl of butternut squash turkey chili with cilantro on top. A silver spoon rests inside the bowl of chili.
4.81 from 109 votes

Butternut Squash and Turkey Chili

Not your average chili, this butternut squash and turkey chili features red lentils and is simmered in a creamy coconut milk and tomato broth. It can be made in your pressure cooker or on the stove top!
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A white bowl full of turkey chili, topped sour cream, shredded cheese, avocado slices, fresh cilantro, and tortilla chips.
4.89 from 54 votes

Healthy Turkey Chili

This healthy turkey chili is made with kidney and black beans, corn, tomatoes and a blend of spices. It's the perfect meal to serve for game day or as an easy dinner!
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A bowl of taco soup topped with avocado chunks, shredded cheese and sour cream with tortilla chips.
5 from 12 votes

Taco Soup

This easy taco soup recipe combines all your favorite taco ingredients in one pot – ground turkey, beans, corn, tomatoes and taco seasoning. It's packed with flavor and a hint of spice and is perfect for meal prep.
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Five ground turkey tacos served in tortillas and topped with lettuce, shredded cheese, tomatoes and cilantro.
4.80 from 5 votes

Ground Turkey Tacos

These ground turkey tacos are juicy and packed with tons of flavor. They come together in about 20 minutes for a quick and easy weeknight meal that the whole family will love!
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Four stuffed peppers in a baking dish. Peppers stuffed with turkey, rice, onions and tomato sauce, topped with cheese.
4.34 from 30 votes

Turkey Stuffed Peppers

These turkey stuffed bell peppers are an easy and healthy weeknight meal loaded with ground turkey, brown rice, tomato sauce and spices. Serve with side salad for a veggie-packed meal. 
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Baking dish of a cheesy eggplant casserole topped with cheese and fresh parsley.
4.38 from 101 votes

Turkey Eggplant Casserole

Comfort food made healthy, this cheesy eggplant casserole layers eggplant with protein-rich turkey and mozzarella. The best part? It bakes up in 30 minutes!
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Two healthy zucchini boats on a plate with a baking stone and salad.
4.66 from 29 votes

5-Ingredient Turkey Zucchini Boats

Healthy turkey zucchini boats that consist of 5 ingredients? Is this real life? Yes, yes it is. This dinner is comforting and so simple to make. Low-carb, paleo-friendly and gluten-free.
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Cauliflower baked ziti topped with parmesan before its cooked.
4.49 from 58 votes

Turkey Cauliflower Baked Ziti

This turkey cauliflower baked ziti uses cooked cauliflower instead of pasta noodles so it's low-carb and gluten-free while still being cheesy and delicious. 
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turkey marinara over zucchini noodles
5 from 1 vote

Turkey Marinara over Zucchini Noodles

Use zucchini noodles instead of pasta for a low-cal, low-carb turkey marinara pasta dish. With only five ingredients and about 15 minutes of prep time, this is a fast, healthy and easy meal you can make any night of the week.
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An overhead photo of stuffed pepper casserole served on a round, white plate. A fork is resting on the plate.
3.93 from 180 votes

Stuffed Pepper Casserole

This stuffed pepper casserole has all the delicious flavors of traditional stuffed peppers but is made in one pot for an easy weeknight meal. Loaded with ground turkey, brown rice, veggies, spices and topped with cheese. It's hearty, delicious and packed with flavor.
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This healthy taco salad is made with ground turkey taco meat instead of beef and is packed with veggies. It comes together quickly making it perfect for a weeknight meal.
4.23 from 48 votes

Healthy Taco Salad

This healthy taco salad is made with ground turkey taco meat instead of beef and is packed with veggies. It comes together quickly making it perfect for a weeknight meal.
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Cheeseburger salad with avocado, red onion, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, ground turkey and pickles.
3.94 from 32 votes

Cheeseburger Salad

Enjoy all the flavor of a delicious burger, but make it low carb with a cheeseburger salad that's loaded with veggies and topped with a honey mustard dressing.
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Bowl of cheesy low carb spaghetti squash taco bake topped with veggies.
4.40 from 171 votes

Spaghetti Squash Taco Bake

This spaghetti squash taco bake combines low-carb spaghetti squash with ground turkey, taco seasoning, salsa and cheese for a delicious, healthy and easy dinner.
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A skillet containing egg roll in a bowl. A wooden serving spoon rests in the pan.
4.66 from 147 votes

Egg Roll in a Bowl

This egg roll in a bowl recipe is one of my favorite low carb meals. It's packed with protein and veggies, made in one skillet and comes together in less than 30 minutes!
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View from above of baking dish filled with turkey taco zucchini boats topped with avocado, jalapeño and tomato. Dish on a kitchen towel.
5 from 7 votes

Taco Zucchini Boats

Protein packed and dairy-free, these taco zucchini boats are perfect for a quick and easy healthy weeknight dinner. 
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Close up shot of unstuffed cabbage roll bowl. Cabbage and turkey are mixed with a tomato sauce and served over rice. Gold fork is resting inside white ceramic bowl.
4.49 from 31 votes

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

These unstuffed cabbage rolls taste just like the traditional recipe with a fraction of the effort. Packed with vegetables and flavor, it’s the perfect weeknight dinner.
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18 Best Ground Turkey Recipes + Turkey Stuffed Peppers

Here you'll find 18 healthy ground turkey recipes as well as a recipe for turkey stuffed peppers.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 bell peppers, any color
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • ½ medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 ⅓ cup tomato sauce, divided
  • cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  • Cook brown rice if you haven’t already.
  • Cut bell peppers in half, remove seeds and discard. Set aside.
  • In a large nonstick pan, brown ground turkey with chopped onions and garlic. Use a spatula to break ground turkey into small pieces while it cooks. It should be fully cooked after 7-8 minutes. Remove from heat and add rice, 1 cup tomato sauce (save remaining 1/3 cup for later), Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and cinnamon to the pan. Mix well.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Add halved bell peppers to a 9×13 baking dish. If the peppers are leaning too much, you can trim the bottom of the pepper to help it lay flat in the pan without the stuffing falling out. 
  • Stuff each bell pepper with about 1/2 cup of the turkey and rice mixture and top each with 1 Tablespoon tomato sauce and a sprinkle of shredded cheese. Carefully pour 1 cup water in between peppers in the bottom of the pan to help steam the peppers while baking.
  • Cover baking dish with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove foil and place peppers back in the oven uncovered for about 5 minutes more, until cheese melts and peppers are soft. Serve immediately. 


Serving: 2pepper halves | Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 12g | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 9g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ground turkey recipes
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