Our Best Healthy Ground Turkey Recipes

Lean yet juicy and incredibly flavorful, it's easy to see why ground turkey deserves a place in your weeknight dinner roundup. Here are a few of our favorite healthy ways to serve it up.

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Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Instead of reaching for the takeout menu, try this instead. Melissa d'Arabian's DIY lettuce wraps let little eaters choose which veggies to include in their dinner.

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Spicy Turkey Lettuce Cups

A romaine lettuce heart makes the perfect little canoe for delivering this cross between a taco and an Asian noodle dish right to your mouth.

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Turkey Meatballs with Quick and Spicy Tomato Sauce and Whole-Wheat Spaghetti

The spicy kick and multiple herbs in this sauce lend layers of flavor without fat, while grated carrot, onion and Parmesan add volume and moisture.

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Lemon Whole-Grain Linguine with Turkey Meatballs

The meatballs are the star of this comforting high-fiber dish. Make them on their own and serve as a mini appetizer or add them to your favorite pasta recipe. For moister, more flavorful meatballs, be sure to use ground turkey, not ground turkey breast.

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Turkey, Kale and Oat Meatballs with Quick Tomato Sauce

A full bunch of vitamin-rich kale gives these turkey meatballs their vibrant green color. Rolled oats are used as a binder in place of breadcrumbs and add an extra bit of heart-healthy fiber.

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Mini Turkey Meatballs

Giada De Laurentiis dresses up mild turkey meat with onion, garlic, parsley and cheese to make rich, moist meatballs.

Mom's Turkey Meatloaf

Ellie Krieger's lighter take on this comforting classic swaps out beef and breadcrumbs for oats and ground turkey but retains all the same heartiness of the meatloaf you remember from when you were growing up.

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Mini Meatloaves

Sometimes it's good to go back to the basics, and this hearty weeknight dinner is your perfect opportunity. The recipe suggests using a mixture of pork and turkey, but you can use all ground turkey for flavorful — and healthier — results.

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Pizza Pockets

Think of these as mini calzones, each one stuffed with arugula, cheese and zesty Italian turkey sausage. Using store-bought pizza crust will save you a significant amount of time.

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Turkey Burgers

Bobby Flay enhances juicy grilled turkey burgers by topping them with goat cheese, lemon-honey mustard and watercress.

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Perfect Turkey Burgers

For a turkey burger with an earthy umami note, mix a portobello mushroom into the patty for added flavor, then top with cheese and creamy avocado.

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Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Ellie's turkey burgers are healthy but far from bland. She stuffs each patty with mozzarella cheese and roasted red peppers for creamy texture and sweet, smoky flavor.

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Jerk Turkey Burgers with Mango Slaw

These island-inspired grilled patties combine ground turkey with grated green apple, jerk seasoning and panko breadcrumbs, and they're topped with mango chutney slaw for a sweet contrast.

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Jerk Turkey Burgers on Sweet Potato Rounds

Thick-cut sweet potatoes work nicely as stand-ins for hamburger buns in these island-inspired turkey burgers. The yogurt helps keep the ground turkey moist and delicious.

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My Big Fat Greek Burgers

A spinach-and-feta-cheese stuffing makes this burger juicy and satisfying, especially when topped with a lemon-and-dill yogurt sauce.

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Asian Turkey Burgers

Lighten up these burgers by cutting back on the meat and adding some texture with bulgur. Add great Asian flavors with a quick pickling of cucumbers and onions, plus a spicy yogurt sauce to tie everything together.

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Lightened-Up Asian Turkey Sliders

Loaded with protein and veggies, these Southeast Asian-inspired sliders are perfect for a hungry crowd. Be sure to buy regular ground turkey, not lean: The mix of dark and white meat has more flavor. You can prepare the meat mixture on the cookie sheet a few hours ahead, refrigerate and cook just before serving.

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Turkey-and-Rice Stuffed Peppers

Brown rice, dried currants and walnuts add excellent hearty texture to these turkey-stuffed bell peppers. Serve the peppers with a simple side salad for a wholesome and well-rounded weeknight dinner.

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Indian Summer Turkey Chili

Large bell peppers will brighten up this big-batch turkey chili with their mild sweetness. Rachael Ray stirs in a bit of barbecue sauce for a touch of sweet heat.

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White Chili

Ellie's heart-healthy chili combines ground turkey with white beans, peppers, onions and spices to make for an incredibly flavorful bite.

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Turkey and Pumpkin Seed Chili

A touch of unsweetened cocoa powder gives this hearty chili a wonderful depth of flavor. Whip up a batch and freeze the leftovers to have on hand for busy fall weeknights.

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Turkey, Kale and Brown Rice Soup

Giada's light, brothy soup is loaded with lean ground turkey, whole grains and plenty of vegetables.

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Spicy Turkey and Green Bean Stir-Fry

Food Network Magazine's stir-fry is full of sweet, sour and spicy flavors. For a milder dish, hold back on the chile paste or sambal.

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Ground Turkey Enchilada Stir-Fry with Couscous

This recipe doesn't involve any rolling of tortillas, nor does it require copious amounts of cheese. However, every bite of savory turkey, butternut squash and fluffed couscous will remind you of the flavors of this popular comfort food.

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Kale-Turkey Rice Bowl

Laced with cumin and jalapeno, this spicy rice bowl is both healthy and filling thanks to chopped kale, red potatoes and, of course, lean ground turkey.

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