20+ Ground Turkey Dishes To Tempt You

Substituting ground turkey for beef is a popular tweak for those trying to lose weight since it’s an easy way to shave fat from your diet (and you won’t even notice a difference in taste for many dishes).

The substitution can get a bit tricky though since there’s a danger of dishes becoming too dry and flavorless (due to the loss of fat), but I’ve found plenty of recipes that claim success and they look so tempting and delicious: meatballs, meat loaves, skillets, burgers and plenty more.

Many are quick & easy and perfect solutions for weeknight meals.

I’ll be adding more to this collection as I find them, enjoy! (Summaries below are mainly quotes from the websites)


  • Moist and Tender: So the challenge was to find a way to keep these babies moist and tender. And guys, I am proud to say, “Mission Accomplished”! today I share with you my, “How-To-Keep-Your-Lean-Meatballs-Moist-and-Tender” Tips. From Dani Spies.
  • Asian Style With Sesame Lime Dipping Sauce: This was a very enjoyable meal and I will make it again. They were very easy to assemble. I used a 1/4 cup to measure the amount for each. Then they baked in a very hot oven for just 15 minutes, emerging juicy and full of flavor. The tangy lime, sesame seed, and soy dipping sauce elevated the flavor–and added a fun factor. I love dipping sauces. From What Did You Eat?
  • Meatballs: I usually brown the meatballs then simmer them gently in sauce to finish cooking. This whole meal takes less than an hour to make and eat, which is perfect for the middle of a workweek. Where I’m Cooking From.
  • Curried: These with the gravy were delicious as is, but you can serve them over basmati rice or noodles, or stuffed into a pita sandwich. Serves 4. The Perfect Pantry.
  • With Spaghetti & Sundried Tomatoes: Simple to make and great fun to eat. The meatballs were juicy and full of flavor, due to the chopped sundried tomatoes mixed into them. They freeze beautifully and I like to have them on reserve, to pull out a few to eat when I’m feeling a little hypoglycemic. And they’re handy for when I don’t feel like cooking. I served these with pasta, but they’re wonderful with rice or (my favorite) a big chunk of crusty bread. What Did You Eat?


  • Paleo Chiptole: Filled with tex-mex flavor then topped with zesty guacamole and pickled onions. These are low carb, high in protein, done in 30 minutes and guaranteed to be a favorite! Joyful Healthy Eats.
  • Grilled & Cheese-Stuffed: Take a break from traditional burgers. Lots of spicy chiles, Monterey Jack cheese and salsa mix with ground turkey breast for burgers to serve to a crowd. Betty Crocker.
  • Thai: They were quick to come together and had all of the great Thai flavors that my husband and I love so very much. All of the flavors worked perfectly together which resulted in a very flavorful bite. I topped with Ailia Cilantro Lime Aioli which lent itself perfectly to the flavors of the burger. Le Petit Pierogi.


  • Meatloaf: It is certainly healthier than the version I usually make using ground sirloin, and it is an Ina recipe – she’s never let me down before, so I gave it a shot. Good thing I did because we both agreed this is even better than my old meatloaf. The flavor was didastic and I honestly didn’t really notice a difference in taste due to the turkey. It was did a lighter meal so I didn’t feel overly full after dinner which I appreciate. I guess we can kiss the old recipe goodbye! Found at Everyday Annie.
  • Pesto & Mozza Stuffed Meatloaf: Loaded with Italian flavor and makes a wonderful gluten-free main course for dinner. Evolving Table.
  • Great Goulash: Paprikash and Macaroni. Make extra or save some for leftovers – it tastes even better the next day. Rachael Ray.
  • Pasta Soup: This quick soup has such a great flavor that everyone I’ve shared it with has added the recipe to her list of favorites. It also simmers up well in a slow cooker. Taste Of Home.
  • Black Bean and Chili: The awesome thing about chili is that you can do whatever you want to make it your own. We Are Not Martha.
  • Greek Flatbread with Tzaziki Sauce: Flatbreads are perfect for game day & anytime you are craving a delicious, quick meal. Your entire family will love this! In this recipe we use perfectly seasoned lemony ground turkey, and marry it with tomatoes, feta cheese and kalamata olives. Marla Meridith.
  • Crockpot Chili: Healthy, hearty, and comforting. A big batch will give you tons of tasty leftovers! It’s the perfect thing to pop in the Crockpot on a Sunday morning. Salt & Lavender.
  • One-Pot Penne Pasta with Spinach: This 30-minute meal recipe made with penne pasta, ground turkey and spinach totally delivers on each and every count, especially in its kicked up Mexican-spiced flavor. Foodie Crush.
  • Teriyaki Rice Bowl: The delicious, sweet teriyaki sauce and the (kind of) hidden veggies in this dish makes this one of those healthy recipes that your whole family will love!. Yellow Bliss Road.
  • Tasty Skillet With Green Beans: This delicious, low-carb, and one-pan skillet recipe is definitely an easy-to-make and tasty meal for your family dinner. Primavera Kitchen
  • Grown Up Sloppy Joes: Added a little kick of Tabasco and topped it all off with some avocado. I was pretty pleased with my new rendition and decided to throw them to the wolves when my lady friends came over last night. Judging by the empty tray at the end of the evening, they were too. Feast On The Cheap.
  • Healthy Taco Soup: It’s comfort food to the max and easy to toss together on a weeknight. A few simple canned ingredients ready in 15 minutes flat. Love & Zest.
  • Body-Slimming Italian Soup: Enjoy this beautiful soup now or store in a glass container in the fridge for several days. It’s so filling and comforting…ingredients include diced celery, carrots, yellow onion, red pepper flakes, kale, garlic cloves and more. From Food Babe.
  • Tacos: This turned out well! I was also a little afraid they would be too spicy for my husband, but they tasted almost exactly like the store bought packet of taco seasoning minus all the extra sodium! Oh, My Restless Soul.
  • Tacos with Cinnamon and Cumin: I saw this several years ago on one of those fat-guy-learning-to-exercise-and-eat-right shows … I don’t remember what show it was. But my mouth was watering as they were making this so-simple meal, and the next day I got some taco shells so I could do it too. Not only is it low-fat and full of flavor, but it’s super-easy and quick to make, too! From Joyful Abode.
  • Stroganoff: Yes, it does have Cream of Mushroom Soup in it. But I’m no food snob, and I am short on time, and I happen to have a husband who adores the stuff. This meal hits the spot when you have a bit of time, a hungry family, and a huge to-do list. It’s in our meal rotation because like I said Brad loves it. Confabulation In The Kitchen.
  • Shepherd’s Pie: I started working on this after ordering an amazing plate of it in a nearby pub and vowing to recreate it. Half a dozen tries later, and I think I’m pretty happy with the final product. From Brood.
  • Unstuffed Cabbage: I have made it with beef in the past, but it works just as nicely with the ground turkey. It is an easy way to use cabbage, something I get a lot of from our CSA. There’s only so much coleslaw a person can eat. Chick In The Kitchen.
  • Dumpling/Potsticker/Guotie: Making potstickers/dumplings involves a special frying technique that is a combo of frying and steaming. I’m not one who gets picky about exact amounts. Turns out that dumplings are pretty forgiving. The Fortune Cookie Chronicles.
  • Sweet Potato Skillet: Diced onion, sweet potatoes, broccoli, yellow bell pepper, shredded mozza and seasonings. From Farm Boy.

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    • Joyful Abode

    Thanks for including me in your list!!
    Those stuffed artichoke bottoms look divine.

    • M&M

    Thanks for including Feast on the Cheap. Those Turkey Meatball recipes look fantastic, I may have to take those for a spin in the kitchen…

    • Nannette

    Thanks so much for these recipes the will add more variety to our ground meat choices. We’ve been eating ground turkey for more than 20 years (when my spouse suddenly stopped eating beef). There are so many more turkey products available commercially than there once were. My personal choice for ground turkey is the 85% lean as opposed to the very leanest cut which can be quite dry for certain recipes.

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