From meatballs to stir frys, this collection of simple ground turkey recipes will have you serving up healthy-but-hearty meals on the reg.

Saucy ground turkey meatballs in a serving dish.

Cook That Ground Turkey for Dinner—Tonight!

Hemming and hawing over what to do with that ground turkey in your freezer? I’m about to make your life very easy. Whether you’re looking for tender and saucy meatballs or a quick healthy stir-fry, this drool-worthy collection of ground turkey recipes makes things exciting all while keeping it simple and healthy.

What’s the Best Way to Cook It?

Most cooking methods work just fine for turkey. It’s easy to sauté in a skillet and it works great for slow cooking or pressure cooking, too. The biggest thing to keep in mind when making any of these ground turkey recipes is to cook the meat through until it reaches an internal temperature of 160-165º F, and you can check this with a meat thermometer. This is a little tricky if you’re working with crumbled ground turkey mind you, but crumbles cook through quickly, so it’s much easier to tell just by giving them a good look.

Is Ground Turkey Healthier Than Chicken?

It’s a common question I get with my recipes: is ground turkey healthy? Both ground turkey and chicken are good sources of protein, vitamins, and minerals.

How Do You Make It Not Taste Bland?

Don’t be shy with seasoning! When I’m coming up with ground turkey recipes for dinner, my rule is 1 tsp of salt for every pound of ground meat. As for other flavorings, it all depends on what you’re making. Once the turkey is cooked, taste as you go.

The ground turkey recipes below will give you a good idea of how to flavor turkey in different ways—from burgers to tacos, and with sauces and seasonings.

How Do You Cook It So It’s Not Dry?

Lean ground meats have a reputation of drying out because they have less fat and moisture. To prevent this, you obviously want to avoid overcooking the turkey—any meat will dry up if it’s overcooked.

Here Are 14 Ground Turkey Recipes to Make for Dinner

Serving dish full of saucy turkey meatballs.

Easy Ground Turkey Meatballs With Sauce

These saucy meatballs are everything: tender, tasty, and a perfect companion for pastas or hoagies (meatball subs, anyone?)
They’re super easy to make and they can be frozen for future feasting.

Close up shot of stacked turkey burger with greens, tomato slice, melted cheese, onions, and mushrooms.

Best Turkey Burger Recipe

The key to a fantastic burger is the patty, and this turkey burger has got it going on. It’s juicy, well-seasoned, and even a little smoky thanks to the addition of a special little ingredient!

Bowl of ground turkey chili with chips on the side.

Healthy Ground Turkey Chili

This easy nourishing ground turkey chili is chock full of hearty beans and veggies, and it’s incredibly flavorful! A great source of protein and fiber.

Baked cheesy stuffed peppers with ground turkey on a baking sheet.

Easy Stuffed Peppers With Ground Turkey

These delish stuffed peppers with ground turkey will fill you up without weighing you down! Full of veggies and cheesy goodness, for balance.

Bowls of creamy tomato rotini with ground turkey and sprigs of fresh basil as garnish.

Creamy Tomato Instant Pot Pasta with Ground Turkey and Spinach

This Creamy Tomato Instant Pot Pasta is packed with tomatoes, ground turkey, and spinach for a wholesome and hearty weeknight meal!

Small black cast iron pan holding tacos topped with tomatoes and lettuce.

Instant Pot Tacos With Ground Turkey

Tacos with ground turkey are perfect for any weeknight, especially Instant Pot tacos. Nutritious, delicious, & ready in 10 minutes!

Ginger garlic meatballs with hot honey glaze over rice.

Ginger Garlic Meatballs With Hot Honey Glaze

A great weeknight meal, these yummy baked turkey ginger garlic meatballs are tossed in a lip-smacking hot honey glaze everyone will love!

Ground Turkey Stir Fry With Cabbage

With bright & tasty orange ginger sauce, this veggie-packed ground turkey stir fry with cabbage will be an absolute hit at your dinner table!

Overhead shot of bowl of rigatoni topped with turkey bolognese.

Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce with Turkey

Trade the usual 2-3 hour stovetop simmer time for this quick and easy 40-minute pressure cook—without sacrificing any flavor! This hearty sauce is perfect for fat chewy noodles or a nice big lasagna.

Close up of sliced ground turkey meatloaf on parchment paper.

Easy Turkey Meatloaf With Oats

This turkey meatloaf with oats is super tender, loaded with flavor, and smothered in a lip-smacking glaze. It rivals the beefy classic! 

Pan of unstuffed cabbage rolls with wooden spoon.

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls with Ground Turkey and Rice

These Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls are a simple more approachable version of the classic. Made with lean ground turkey, this is easy and quick enough for a weeknight meal.

Sloppy Joes on a serving platter with a blue hand towel on the side.

Instant Pot Sloppy Joes With Ground Turkey

Instant Pot Sloppy Joes With Ground Turkey are perfectly saucy and full of flavor! A quick and easy weeknight option to throw into your rotation.

lasagna with ground turkey

Delicious Lasagna with Ground Turkey Meat Sauce

This hearty lasagna is layered with cheesy, meaty goodness—fresh mozzarella, creamy ricotta, and tender ground turkey!

Greek Turkey Burgers stacked with fresh toppings.

Tender Greek Turkey Burgers

These Tender Greek Turkey Burgers are a hit! Ground turkey is blended with garlic, kalamata olives, feta, and capers. Stack’em how you want, but cucumbers, roasted red peppers, and spoonfuls of tzatziki are the true way to go.

Turkey chili in a bowl with shredded cheddar, sour cream, and sliced scallions.

Easy Instant Pot Turkey Chili

Say hello to a simple heart-healthy Instant Pot Turkey Chili recipe. Quick enough to be a weeknight regular! Impromptu Weeknight Turkey Chili can now totally happen.

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