Ground Turkey Recipes For Any Night Of The Week

These ground turkey recipes always satisfy.

Turkey Cheeseburgers

Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

It takes a lot of thought to create a delicious yet healthy meal that everyone in the family will enjoy. Lightening up the old Southern Classics is an obvious choice. Still, lean ground turkey, which contains less saturated fat and cholesterol than lean ground beef, is a great choice when cooking family favorites such as burgers, chili, and enchiladas. 

This selection of ground turkey recipes will enable you to enjoy a hearty and tasty dinner tonight without worrying about excessive fat and cholesterol. And while turkey has gotten a bad reputation over the years for being dry and tasteless, follow the easy recipe instructions, and you will see how flavorful and juicy ground turkey can be. Shoppers note: Turkey breast is lean, but dark meat is not, and some packages of ground turkey contain both. Read the label so you can buy what you need. Need more options for cutting back on fat and calories? These salad recipes are a great option for satisfying meals.

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Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili

Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili
Photo: Oxmoor House

Cooking the meat, along with the onion, garlic, and spices, before adding it to the slow cooker helps to bring out the rich flavor of the dish. This dish is easy as it is customizable. Arrange a toppings bar and include shredded Cheddar cheese, chopped red onions, and fresh jalapeños.

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Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili with Quinoa

Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili with Quinoa Recipe
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Perfect for game-day festivities, let the slow cooker do the work while you enjoy the fun. Quinoa chili adds to the nutritional qualities of this dish. Make this chili unique every time by using a seasonal beer.

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Turkey Meatloaf

Turkey Meatloaf
Photographer: Jennifer Causey Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall Prop Stylist: Audrey Davis

A combination of ground turkey and turkey sausage kicks up the flavor in our lightened-up turkey meatloaf. We kept all the classic ingredients you love from your favorite ground-beef version, but with less fat. The finishing touch calls for a ketchup-like glaze, which old-fashioned meatloaf fans will love.

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Healthy Turkey Lasagna

Lean Lasagna
Hector Sanchez; Styling: Karin Olsen

No one will know the difference when you serve this lightened take on lasagna. We swapped in ground turkey and added a package of frozen spinach but kept all the must-have flavors your crew won't want to do without—including lots of gooey cheese. This recipe calls for wonton wrappers, but you can sneak in an extra vegetable and make zucchini noodles.

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Turkey Cheeseburgers With Grilled Vidalia Onion Rings

Turkey Cheeseburgers with Grilled Vidalia Onion Rings
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Use a cast-iron skillet or griddle to cook the turkey patties to prevent them from being too dry. Grilled Vidalia onions give this burger even more sweet flavoring, and the melted provolone brings it all together. Add tomato, lettuce, pickles, and mayonnaise as the final touch.

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Skillet Turkey Meatloaves with Mushroom Gravy

Skillet Turkey Meatloaves with Mushroom Gravy
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Christina Daley

Create this hearty, decadent dish in one skillet. Ground turkey flavored with onion, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and thyme combine to form tender meatloaves. Pair with vegetables or hot cooked mashed potatoes, topped with gravy.

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Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Turkey-Pumpkin Chili Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

Transform this classic cold-weather food into an even more autumn-inspired dish with pumpkin. Canned crushed tomatoes and pumpkin create a thickness, ideal for chili. Heart-healthy beans make this recipe indulgent without being too heavy.

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Walking Tacos

Walking Tacos
Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

A perfectly adorable way to enjoy tacos, the "walking taco" uses small Fritos corn chips as the base for all your favorite taco toppings. Customize your "taco" to your preferences. Eat directly from the chip bags or on a plate, depending on your serving preferences.

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Italian-Style Turkey Meatball Soup

Italian-Style Turkey Meatball Soup Recipe
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Make this turkey meatball version of traditional Italian wedding soup. If you prepare the turkey meatballs in advance, this soup can be ready to enjoy in under an hour. If you don't have spinach, substitute any available baby greens.

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Quick Chocolate Chili

Chocolate Chili

Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Sheri Castle

The secret ingredient to a rich and flavorful chili might surprise you—cocoa powder. Adding just a hint of chocolate flavoring enhances all the other spices, creating a fresh and fragrant dish. Make this chili up to three days before and top with sour cream, lime wedges, and hot sauce when serving.

Want to know the secret to juicy, flavorful turkey burgers? Find out how to never eat a dry turkey burger again.

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