Ground turkey meals like turkey burgers with sweet potatoes are trendy nowadays. Meat lovers are trying out various ground turkey recipes as an alternative to ground beef. This delicious protein source, with its low saturated fat content, is perfect for a super healthy dinner. 

Ground turkey might be lean, but when it’s cooked right, it’s incredibly juicy and tasty. Due to how versatile ground turkey is, it can substitute for beef in your favourite zucchini noodles recipes. 

These ground turkey recipes are also great if you’re on a weight loss plan. Lean turkey burgers contain less fat than ground beef, and the meal proper also involves green onions and minced garlic.

In this article, we’ve rounded up 19 of the best ground turkey recipes that’ll have you wishing you had tried them sooner. From baked turkey meatballs to healthy turkey burgers and pies, we’ll explore various gluten-free options to go with grated carrots and rice vinegar.

These are the best examples of a healthy ground turkey recipe.

1.  Turkey Lasagna

Everyone loves a rich and tasty lasagna, and it’s a perfect comfort meal for the whole family. As such, it’s perhaps the most common of the best ground turkey recipes.

The healthy take on this classic lasagne dish is full of lower-calorie ingredients. This meal features layers of lean ground turkey, cheese,  herbs, and tomato basil sauce.

It’s best to go for 94% lean ground turkey for this recipe, as anything higher may not have as much moisture as you prefer. Also, you can choose between using lasagna noodles or gluten-free ones.

While cooking the turkey meat sauce with onions and garlic on low heat, cook the noodles, and add the ricotta mixed with eggs and spices. Place the turkey sauce at the base of your pan, and add the noodles next before topping off with parmesan cheese.

Repeat this layering process until your lasagne is ready for baking. This delicious healthy meal is sure to keep the whole family asking for extra servings.For that extra booziness along with some therapeutic benefits try consider adding few brods of CBD oil into your dish. 

2.  Ground Turkey Teriyaki Rice Bowl

Next on our list of best ground turkey recipes is this sweet and savory Asian-inspired meal. The healthy version includes lean ground turkey, which has less saturated fat than traditional beef or ground pork.

For this meal, you can pair the ground turkey with noodles or steamed white or brown rice. The addition of veggies makes this a healthy, tasty meal suitable for kids and adults.

This meal features three major components – the meat sauce, teriyaki sauce, and rice. You can make your teriyaki sauce at home and regulate its sweetness by adding more or less sugar to suit your taste. After combining the sauce with your ground turkey and veggies mix, proceed to pour it over a bowl of rice.

3.  Ground Turkey Pasta Bake

Pasta bakes are incredible comfort food and take just a few minutes to make. So, there’s only low-effort meal prep for this quick weeknight dinner.

As for the recipe, you’ll need a regular pasta bake but with healthy ground turkey. The other ingredients include cheese, onions, garlic, and tomato sauce. You would also need a  sweetener and healthy greens.

After mixing the tomato sauce with your ground turkey with seasoning and sautéed onions and garlic, add regular or whole wheat pasta and boil. For the fun part, pour the tasty mixture into a baking dish, cover with foil, and bake.

Once you take the pasta bake out of the oven, add a layer of your favorite cheese. Alternatively, you can use sour cream instead. That completes this healthy meal.

4.  Ground Turkey Burger

Everyone loves a big, juicy burger. However, too many beef burgers with cheddar cheese can make you feel bloated. Hence, this healthy twist to the classic hamburger recipe.

For making the best turkey burgers, start by picking a leaner turkey cut. For example, use a blend of white and dark meat.

To make the patty of this burger, mix the lean ground turkey with eggs, minced garlic, parsley, mustard, and bread crumbs. For an extra kick, add some Worcester sauce and your preferred spices. Form this mixture into the shape of patties and cook. You can use a pan or a grill for that purpose.

When your patties are ready, you can prepare some seasoning with diced tomatoes, sesame seeds, etc. You can also add cherry tomatoes, avocado, lettuce, and cheese. Naturally, mashed potatoes go well with most ground turkey recipes.

5.  Thai Turkey Meatballs In Coconut Red Curry Sauce

There are several reasons to love Thai food, and this Thai coconut red curry sauce recipe is one of them. Plus, like many gluten-free or similar healthy recipes, the meal prep is a breeze.

To make the ground turkey meatballs, you’ll need ground turkey, eggs, green onions, cilantro, garlic, and bread crumbs. Simply mix up all these ingredients in a big bowl and work them into a paste with your hands. Then, scoop the ground turkey mix with an ice cream scooper and place the mix on a baking sheet.

For another healthy twist, you should bake the meatballs and not stir fry them. This way, you reduce the calorie count of your healthy dinner with baked turkey meatballs. Also, baked turkey meatballs have a super tender crust. Lastly, they go well with chilli powder and green beans.

To make a coconut creamy red curry sauce, first cook the red curry paste with onion, bell peppers, and ginger for a few minutes. Do this until the raw tomato taste turns into a deeper flavor profile.

When the veggies are soft enough, add a sweetener and then coconut milk. The coconut milk thickens and reduces the sauce. Finally, drop the meatballs in this broth and serve with marinara sauce.For that extra flavor, consider making this dish in cannabutter learn now how to make cannabutter at home

6.  Turkey And Vegetable Skillet

This healthy skillet meal is packed with your favorite veggies and takes less than 30 minutes to make. Therefore, it’s one of the simplest turkey recipes for a delicious dinner.

As for the meal prep, you’ll need just one pan for most of it. To make the perfect healthy turkey and vegetable skillet use zucchini, green beans, mozzarella or feta cheese, squash, and tomatoes (fire-roasted). Also, you can use any of your favorite add-ons, like stuffed peppers and feta cheese.

This delicious recipe starts with browning the lean ground turkey with onion in a skillet. Afterward, add the green beans and cook for a few more minutes.  

At this point, throw in the tomatoes, squash, and zucchini. Season with enough salt and pepper. Your cue to know that this healthy dinner is ready is when the squash and zucchini soften up.

Serve this rich turkey skillet with a sprinkle of shredded cheese, and enjoy a healthy meal that tastes like it took hours to make.

7.  Turkey Tacos

These tacos are a quick and easy weeknight dinner recipe with a turkey twist. For this meal, you’ll need cayenne pepper, chili powder, onion and garlic powder, salsa, ground cumin, and of course, ground turkey.

First, begin making these tacos by placing a pan on medium heat. Then, add a tiny bit of olive oil and cook the ground turkey and seasonings. Before they’re done, pour the salsa sauce and a bit of water. Then, cook for around five more minutes.

Get out your tortillas and put in this tasty filling, and your tacos are ready. To make things even more up to your liking, add toppings like lettuce and parmesan cheese.

8.  Ground Turkey Bolognese

This is one simple and rich pasta sauce meal you can whip up in just under an hour. The classic meat bolognese usually takes hours to make. However, our healthier twist takes less time and also keeps the Italian seasoning.

So, instead of ground beef, this recipe requires the healthier lean ground turkey. Also, instead of heavy whipped cream, we’ll opt for whole milk for this recipe.

Other than that, you’ll need tomato paste, black pepper, carrots, onions, and salt. First, mix them together in a skillet with olive oil on medium heat. 

Afterward, stir in the oregano, garlic, and pepper flakes and continue to cook until the mix is fragrant. This should take less than two minutes. Afterward, pour some red wine into the pan and stir thoroughly.

Next, add the tomato paste and milk. After the mix boils, reduce the heat and let it simmer. Thus, you’ve completed this ground turkey recipe and can enjoy it with zucchini noodles or regular pasta.

9.  Cheesy Ground Turkey Quesadillas

It’s hard to resist the rich cheesiness of quesadillas. This Mexican staple is super easy to make with our healthy twist. Hence, we’ll swap out the usual ground beef element for the leaner ground turkey. Either way, it remains easy to make and surprise your whole family with.

To start things off, pile up your favourite veggies and lean ground turkey. You’ll also need beans, onions, cheese, broth, seasoning, and cheese.

Begin by cooking the onions with a dash of olive oil in a skillet. Put in your ground turkey and mix thoroughly. Then, add the mix of vegetables and beans. At that point, season to your liking and make the ground turkey pop.

When the turkey is ready, add the tomato paste and a chicken or beef broth. Stir for a few more minutes until the mix is cooked well.

This mix is your tortilla filling. To prepare the quesadillas, spread cheese on one side of each of the tortillas. Place the filling on top of the mix, and pile on some more cheese. Fold your tortillas into two and toast in a greased pan.

Ensure you flip between the sides until your quesadillas are golden brown all around. At this time, your cheese will begin to melt, and your quesadillas should be crispy. Eat these healthy quesadillas with salsa or guacamole, or use leftover taco salad if you’re in a hurry.

10.  Turkey Meatloaf

The ground turkey meatloaf is a healthier take on the traditional meatloaf made with ground beef. To start on this healthy ground turkey recipe, put some olive oil in a pan on low heat.

Also, you’ll need some dijon mustard, eggs, and meat broth for this recipe. Other than that, prepare some parsley, thyme, onions, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and herbs for their fresh flavours. You’ll also need some gluten-free ketchup for the final touch. On a related note, like for many of the best ground turkey recipes, go for a 93% lean turkey cut.

Begin with sautéing the aromatic ingredients like garlic and onions. Then, mix the crumbs and meat broth (beef or chicken broth). Afterward, add the sautéed onion mix to the crumb mix and stir for a few minutes. You can start to preheat your oven now.

Refrigerate this mix for about twenty minutes. Next, take the mix out of the fridge and add cheese, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, thyme, eggs, parsley, and dijon mustard. Toss in the ground turkey and mix it all together well.

Then, shape this ground turkey mixture into a loaf. Place it on a baking sheet and brush the exterior with some olive oil.

Next up, bake for about 40 to 50 minutes, and take it out for a full ketchup smear. After smearing the loaf with ketchup, continue to bake for a few minutes until the centre of the loaf is done (the centre should register about 165 degrees). Afterward, take out the loaf and let it cool.

Cut this healthy meatloaf into one-serving slices, and add a dash of parsley or any of your favourite sprinkles. Such a classic presentation is fitting for this gluten-free meal.

11.   Taco Mac With Ground Turkey

This comforting taco mac dish is a great choice if you value quick and healthy recipes. Generally, making it shouldn’t take you longer than half an hour.

For this recipe, you’ll need meat broth, cheddar cheese, tomato sauce, canned tomato, milk, and taco seasoning. For the pasta, use elbow noodles or any short pasta you prefer.

First, brown the ground turkey over low to medium heat. After your ground turkey browns, add the tomatoes with the chicken broth and continue to boil on medium-high heat. Also, add the green chilies, milk, and taco seasoning. Then, wait till the broth begins to simmer.

Add the elbow noodles and stir the mix before reducing the heat to low. Next, let the entire mix simmer for about 20 minutes until the pasta is tender. As a final touch, sprinkle shredded cheese into the mix, and your healthy taco mac is ready for serving.

12.  Turkey Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes are everyone’s favourite messy burgers. Classic Sloppy Joes are usually made with ground beef. Yet, our healthier version of Sloppy Joe features a ground turkey burger and other classic ingredients. 

Nowadays, using turkey burgers means you’re making Sloppy Janes. So, it’s a moniker that implies a healthier dish.

You’ll need ground turkey, pepper, and onions for this quick meal. You can also add some soy sauce for a little kick. First, cook the turkey by putting it in a skillet on medium heat, and ensure to add in some pepper and onions. While cooking this mix, use a spatula to crumble the turkey until it’s thoroughly cooked and the vegetables are soft.

Add other necessary ingredients and continue to simmer while stirring continuously. After 15 minutes, your Sloppy Joe’s are almost ready. Put this sweet and savoury mix between freshly toasted buns, and your favourite messy burgers are ready to be served next to some sweet potatoes.

13.   Turkey Swedish Meatballs

Turkey Swedish meatballs are not just leaner but are a soul-satisfying comfort meal. You can start preparing these turkey meatballs by grating just one medium shallot and chopping a tablespoon of parsley leaves coarsely.

Other things you will put in your bowl beside the grated shallot are one big egg, one pound of ground turkey, ¾ cup of plain breadcrumbs, and a pinch of salt. To properly mix them in the bowl, use your hands to mash them together better. Then, scoop the meatballs into about two tablespoon-sized portions before rolling them into balls.

Further, heat one tablespoon of olive oil on medium heat in your skillet till it shimmers. Then, put in one-half of the meatballs and start cooking. Every one to two minutes, flip the meatballs until they get brown on both sides. This should take less than ten minutes in total.

Repeat this process for the remaining turkey meatballs. When done, add one tablespoon of olive oil to your pan and sprinkle two tablespoons of flour over the oil. Cook this for about a minute till you notice the flour is no longer dry.

Then, whisk in and cook two cups of beef broth, one teaspoon of onion powder, ½ cup of heavy cream, ½ teaspoon of black pepper, and ½ teaspoon of kosher salt for up to two or three minutes. Place your turkey meatballs back in the pan to simmer for about ten minutes before serving this meal over some cooked egg noodles. Alternatively, you can serve it with some marinara sauce.

14.  Ground Turkey Black Bean Enchiladas

Because of how cheesy and saucy they are, ground turkey black bean enchiladas are a fun addition to your Mexican food nights. Begin the preparation by preheating your oven and adding one tablespoon of olive oil to the saucepan.

Then, add your jalapeño peppers, salt, garlic, and onion. Proceed to cook for five minutes. In between, remember to stir the sauce from time to time. As soon as it’s cooked, add your ground turkey.

Then, mix in the diced tomatoes, black beans, and enchilada seasoning before pouring in your red enchilada sauce. Before rolling the tortillas, scoop in the filling of the healthy turkey chili.

Pour a cup of shredded cheese on top of the enchiladas before baking everything for 25 minutes. Serve only when it cools down.

15.  Turkey Picadillo

Different cultures have their common ways of making turkey picadillo. Here, we’ll talk about how to prepare a lighter version as part of our list of ground turkey recipes.

To make this dish, put your skillet on medium-high heat and add some cooking oil. Next, break up the ground turkey and add onions, garlic, and bell pepper. Cook for around five minutes. When done, add your paprika, cayenne, and cumin, and stir.

After a few minutes, add water, bay leaves, tomato sauce, olives, capers, and brine before stirring again. As you boil the mixture, allow it to decrease to a simmer, and within fifteen minutes, turn off the heat. Serve with white or brown rice.

16.   Baked Ziti With Ground Turkey

Before making this delicious sauce, it’s best to cook your pasta first. While boiling salted water, heat one tablespoon of olive oil in your skillet until it begins to shimmer.

Then, add a pound of ground turkey and as it cooks, break the meat into tiny pieces and leave it for a few minutes. Season this meal using one teaspoon of garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and kosher salt. Cook them for one minute before adding crushed tomatoes to the mix.

As for the pasta, add one pound of dried ziti into boiling water and cook for about seven minutes. As it’s cooking, slice eight ounces of fresh mozzarella cheese and also chop two tablespoons of fresh basil leaves.

At this point, ensure to drain your pasta before pouring the sauce. Stir before arranging the mozzarella slices on top of the pasta. Lastly, bake the whole thing for about 20 minutes until the cheese melts.

17. Taco Zucchini Boats

This meal is as tasty as it’s easy on the eye. It’s also one of the best ground turkey recipes to try out now. If you want a low-carb meal, you can prepare light taco zucchini boats without breaking up your diet. Also, you can opt to use stuffed peppers instead.

Start by preheating your oven before scooping out the center portion of the zucchini. Then, place it in two of your baking dishes, brushing them lightly with olive oil before seasoning with salt. Roast in the oven till it’s soft.

While waiting, get started on the taco filling. Sauté the onion in oil before adding ground turkey and garlic. Then, add the seasonings and sautéed onions before stirring in the chicken broth, black beans, and tomato sauce.

For five minutes, watch the broth simmer. Proceed by stirring in lime and two-thirds of your cilantro. Use a spoon to get the taco filling into the roasted ground turkey chilli with zucchini, and sprinkle some cheese.

Place it back in your oven to cook it till the cheese melts. When done, round up your zucchini boats with cilantro and tomatoes. Then, pick some colourful toppings to make this unique healthy ground turkey meal.

18.   Healthy Taco Salad

To make a healthier taco salad, lean ground turkey and fresh vegetables are the way to go. Hence, even if you like beef a lot, giving this variant a shot is a good idea.

As you preheat your oven, position the peppers on a baking sheet and spray it with either avocado oil cooking spray or olive oil. Then, proceed to sprinkle little pepper and salt before putting it in the oven to roast for roughly thirty minutes.

While the pepper cools, take out the stems and big seeds before dicing them into tiny pieces. When all ingredients are ready, it’s time to make a southern salad dressing. 

For that part, you’ll need Greek yoghurt (traditional or dairy-free), salsa, fresh cilantro, lime juice, spices like cumin, chilli powder, garlic, and pepper. Blend them to create a perfectly smooth mixture.

For the turkey, cook it on a skillet and break it into tiny pieces with your spatula. Cook for about seven minutes or until the turkey is no longer rare. Toss the taco seasoning, roasted peppers, and salsa in a pan, then keep it aside.Since this is an easy receipe many people consider it as one of the best survival foods that all can try. 

When everything else is set, prepare your salad ingredients. Begin by placing romaine lettuce at the base of the bowl before you add layers of fresh tomatoes, cheese, chips, and corn. Also, add avocado, jalapeño, and turkey taco meat.

Place the salad dressing over the fresh veggies, and add some chopped cilantro. Naturally, this is a fitting dinner idea for the next Taco Tuesday!

19. Slow Cooker Turkey Chilli

The slow cooker turkey chilli is one of our favourite ground turkey chilli recipes. This turkey chilli meal is a great option for meal prep. Using a skillet, brown the ground turkey for less than five minutes before putting it in the slow cooker. 

Cook the healthy turkey chilli in the slow cooker for two to three hours on high heat. Add some toppings, and your slow cooker turkey chilli is ready. Alternatively, you can cook it on a stove instead of a slow cooker.

Conclusion: 19 Healthy Ground Turkey Recipes

Ground turkey meals are getting more popular by the day. This is due to their high nutritional value and low-fat content. As such, turkey meat can act as a healthier substitute for beef. In this guide, we’ve presented 19 exciting ground turkey recipes that are easy to prepare.

Due to the current trends, singling out the best turkey recipes open more room for improvisation. However, our list of ground turkey recipes is mostly healthier takes on already popular meals. 

These are just some of the best ground turkey recipes you can make. We hope you find a lot of these healthy ground turkey recipes exciting and give them a try. 

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