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Our 13 Best Ground Turkey Recipes

We love ground turkey. It's lean and tasty, and also lower in calories and saturated fat than ground beef. We swap in healthy ground turkey for all our favorite ground beef recipes, including burgers, meatloaves, and casseroles. And these lucky 13 top-rated recipes are some of our very best ground turkey recipes. Give 'em a try!

1. Turkey and Rice Meatballs (Albondigas)

These meatballs are tender, moist, and flavorful. Seasoned with cumin, cayenne, oregano, and smoked paprika, they're finished in a creamy tomato sauce flavored with a little crème fraiche and sherry vinegar. "As these turkey and rice meatballs simmer in the sauce, the rice absorbs moisture, swell ups, and creates a relatively tender, moist meatball," says Chef John. "Delicious served over saffron basmati rice."
Turkey and Rice Meatballs (Albondigas)

Photo by Chef John

2. Terrific Turkey Chili

Here's a terrific no-bean turkey chili with zucchini, green bell peppers, crushed tomatoes, prepared salsa, and taco seasoning mix. "It uses some fresh and some canned ingredients," says big surprise. "It's a snap to throw together."
Terrific Turkey Chili

Photo by Nicolette

3. Actually Delicious Turkey Burgers

These simple and delicious turkey burgers are "amazingly tasty," says BYRF. "The flavor and texture are perfect for meatloaf, burgers, or meatballs. Definitely worth trying this recipe."
Actually Delicious Turkey Burgers

Photo by Dianne

4. Mozzarella-Stuffed Pesto Turkey Meatballs

You'll sneak cubes of mozzarella into ground turkey meatballs seasoned with pesto, garlic, onions, and Italian cheese. Give them a quick simmer in marinara sauce to finish. "These are really great, and they're even better the next day in a meatball sandwich," says akuhns.

5. Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

This turkey meatloaf has great texture and flavor. "The secret is the quinoa," says Andrew, "which adds wonderful texture and is much nuttier than breadcrumbs." [caption id="attachment_3021088" align="alignnone" width="650"]Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf Photo by CCloves2bake[/caption]

6. Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers

Simple, quick, and delicious turkey burgers. "The salty feta and the earthy spinach just seem to belong with ground turkey," says accidental cook.
Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers

Photo by Allrecipes

7. Tasty Ground Turkey Tacos

"These ground turkey tacos are much healthier, easier, and faster because there is no grease to contend with," says Andrea. "And I think they just taste better."

8. Coconut Curry Chili

"The coconut, curry, and mango chutney really put the flavor in this one," says usmcwifey. "It tastes better the next day and freezes well. Serve by itself, with rice, and/or with naan bread."
Coconut Curry Chili

Photo by kinetix

9. Chef John's Turkey Sloppy Joes

These lean ground turkey Joes are a lighter, healthier take on a classic. "They taste enough like a traditional beef Sloppy Joe to provide that satisfying comfort food fix, yet seems much lighter," says Chef John. Judi gives it 5 stars and raves: "By far the best Sloppy Joe, Tom, Dick or Harry I've ever had -- the consistency was perfect."

10. Middle Eastern Turkey Dogs

"This is a VERY simple way to enjoy Middle Eastern flavors in an American format... the hot dog," says CURIOUSKANGAROO. "Serve on a bun or wrapped in a pita. Use ground turkey with a 7% or 8% fat content, as the super lean turkey will be harder to cook with."
Middle Eastern Turkey Dogs

Photo by weeble

11. Mexican Lasagna Lite

"This is a lower-fat version of a popular Tex Mex-style casserole," says Katherine. "I'm using low- and no-fat ingredients, which can be substituted with full-fat versions also with great results."
Mexican Lasagna Lite

Photo by lutzflcat

12. Homemade Turkey Breakfast Sausage

These turkey sausages are flavored with sage, marjoram, and a bit of red pepper. Freeze a bunch and cook them throughout the week. "I have tried a good number of turkey sausage recipes, and hands down, this is the best," raves lutzflcat.
Homemade Turkey Breakfast Sausage

Photo by LilSnoo

13. Gary's Turkey Burritos

Here's a quick, healthy meal that’s ready in no time. You'll whip up the simple homemade salsa while the seasoned ground turkey sizzles in the skillet. "A delicious recipe," says Esmee. "So easy to make. Great for those weeknights when you are short on time."

14. Stuffed Orange Peppers

You'll stuff orange bell peppers with a savory mixture of ground turkey, onions, tomatoes, rice, and cheese. "Very simple recipe, but very flavorful," says LilSnoo. "A wonderful twist on stuffed peppers. The gouda and liquid smoke are just the right touch to give these a light smokiness, without being overpowering. These are healthy too."
Stuffed Orange Peppers Edited

Photo by LilSnoo

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