Our Best Ground Turkey Recipes

Use ground turkey as the meaty component in tacos, burgers, chili and more with these versatile recipes from Food Network.

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Turkey Tacos

Reimagine taco night by swapping standard ground beef for turkey that's spiced with chili powder, cumin and poblano pepper.

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Spicy Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti

Stuffed with sweet Italian sausage and prosciutto, Ina Garten's jumbo meatballs deliver so much flavor that you'd never guess they were built with a base of lean ground turkey.

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Turkey Meatloaf

For a leaner take on the classic meatloaf, try ground turkey instead of beef. Serve the slices hot or enjoy them cold in a sandwich.

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Turkey and Spinach Taquitos

Turkey, spinach and mascarpone cheese come together as a satisfying filling for soft corn tortillas in this simple recipe. For authentic flair, serve the cheesy taquitos with chunky salsa and fresh guacamole.

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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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Mini Turkey Meatballs

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

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Anne Burrell's Turkey Burger

You don't have to wait until summer to make burgers. Anne's are made right on the stovetop and feature bold flavors like soy sauce and ginger to liven up lean turkey meat.

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Indian Summer Turkey Chili

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

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Spanish Turkey Meatball Stew

Smoked paprika gives the sauce for this stew an exotic edge and deep, woodsy flavor, which partners perfectly with herb-flecked turkey meatballs.

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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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Turkey and Artichoke-Stuffed Shells

Giada reinvents this classic childhood casserole for adult palates with a hearty, artichoke-studded ricotta filling and spicy red sauce.

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Individual Turkey Shepherd's Pie

Our version of this rustic British classic transforms it into a quick, easy main for any night of the week. For an all-in-one meal in single servings, you can divide the filling among four 9-ounce ramekins before topping it with the mashed potatoes. Bake on a baking sheet until the filling is bubbly around the edges and the potatoes are lightly browned, about 15 minutes.

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Butternut Squash and Turkey Chili

This recipe captures many of the traditional flavors of chili, but boosts its texture, color and vitamins. We've used protein-rich black beans, lean ground turkey and sweet butternut squash, and added some unexpected crunch and thickening power with chia seeds.

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The Ultimate Sloppy Joes

Ground turkey, brown sugar and ketchup add a touch of sweetness to Tyler’s sloppy joes. Pro tip: Prepare the bread and butter pickles the day before and chill in the fridge overnight to let the flavors develop.

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Turkey-Apple Swedish Meatballs

Grated apples and a pinch of cinnamon infuse fall flavor into these mini turkey meatballs. Serve them solo for a group or over mashed potatoes and topped with parsley for a family meal.

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Mom's Turkey Meatloaf

Ellie lightens up her mom's meatloaf while still keeping all the flavor she loved as a kid. Her secret? Quick-cooking oats, for added fiber and texture.

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Southwest Turkey Burgers

Rachael Ray combines lean turkey with lots of vegetables so the burger stays moist. Cilantro, peppers and spice add some great Southwestern flavors.

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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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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. The carrot, onion and Parmesan add volume and moisture.

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Bobby Flay's Turkey Burgers

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

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Lemon Whole-Grain Linguine with Turkey Meatballs

Serve these juicy turkey meatballs on their own 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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Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Ellie Krieger'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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Turkey Bolognese Sauce

The chefs in Food Network Kitchen use turkey in place of classic beef to create this hearty Bolognese. All the same familiar flavors are here, though — tomatoes, mirepoix, garlic and fennel.

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Perfect Turkey Burgers

Mix a portobello mushroom into the turkey patty for added flavor, then top with cheese and creamy avocado.

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Penne with Turkey Ragu

Simmering the sauce with a Parmesan cheese rind allows the tomatoes to adopt that nutty, salty flavor.

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Terrific Turkey Burger

You'll get the same big meaty bites from Amanda Freitag's turkey burger as you would from the signature burger at your local greasy spoon, but not the excessive fat. Not only does Amanda opt for lean turkey over beef, but she also works chives, shallots and finely diced red bell pepper into the patties.

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Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Cocoa powder may seem a bit out of place in chili, but it has two jobs in this mole-inspired version: It adds depth of flavor and helps thicken the sauce. We suggest serving the chili with tortilla chips, but it would also be great with cornbread.

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Sloppy Bombay Joes

Aarti Sequeira cooks up the all-American classic sloppy joe with an Indian twist by adding spices like garam masala and cumin.

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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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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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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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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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Ranch-Style Turkey Chili

Poblanos are spicy but not too hot, making them the perfect kick for crowd-pleasing chili. Rachael tops this tailgate favorite with shredded cheddar, crispy bacon and crumbled corn muffins.

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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 Noodle Casserole

Rachael's throwback dish combines tender egg noodles with a creamy sauce of bacon and ground turkey. For a classic cheesy crust, top the casserole with first Gruyère, then breadcrumbs, and broil until the cheese is melted and the crumbs are golden brown.

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Double-Decker Turkey Patty Melt

Alex Guarnaschelli’s lighter take on the double cheeseburger features ground turkey in place of beef. Adding some Sriracha mayo to the ground meat makes for extra-juicy burgers with a hint of spiciness. If you want something smaller, make eight individual, single-layer burgers instead.

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Classic Italian Turkey Meatballs

Giada uses both ground turkey and turkey sausage to whip up these tender, delicious meatballs.

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Turkey Burger Patty Melts

Guy Fieri recommends forming the ground turkey into oblong patties when preparing these juicy turkey melts. This way, you'll get the perfect bread-to-meat ratio in these sandwiches.

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California Turkey Chili

Serve Giada's spicy turkey and cannellini bean chili with a side of her simple quinoa-and-pine nut pilaf. The fluffy quinoa will help to soak up the savory chili broth.

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Mini Meatloaves

There's a mixture of pork and turkey in these loaves to keep them meaty and flavorful, but you can use all ground turkey if you like. The football shape is perfect for a game night.

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Ryder's Turkey Chili

Guy uses turkey meat and three kinds of beans to make this kid-friendly chili. It's packed with protein and great for next-day school lunches.

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Turkey Tacos Picadillo

There’s nothing bland about these fiery tacos. To really kick it up a notch, try frying your own taco shells.

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Ohio Turkey Chili

Sweeter than the typical chili, Valerie’s recipe calls for ground turkey, chopped chocolate, cinnamon and Worcestershire sauce. For authentic Ohio-style chili, she serves the dish over a heaping bowl of spaghetti.

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Mini Turkey Meatloaves

Ree puts a modern twist on a classic comfort food with ground turkey, bacon bits and red pepper flakes. Her secret weapon? She uses oats in place of breadcrumbs.

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Turkey and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Guy stuffs his peppers with ground turkey, red quinoa and kale before topping them with a panko-Parmesan mixture and a drizzle of Roasted Tomatillo Avocado Sauce. These just may be the most-satisfying stuffed peppers around.

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Turkey Meatloaf with Feta and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Feta and sun-dried tomatoes add exotic flavor to Giada's healthy turkey meatloaf.

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