10 Ways to Use Ground Turkey

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When most people hear the word “turkey” they think of the big bird that takes 12 hours to cook on Thanksgiving. For many, though, turkey is a once a year food, when really it should be a year round staple. Turkey is delicious, easy to cook, and serves as a great substitute for--or maybe even a break from--beef and chicken.

“But what can I do with turkey?” you may be asking. Well, it’s simple. Ground turkey isn’t an exotic meat. It has a great, mild flavor and you can do with it nearly everything you can with ground beef. Plus, with it’s combination of iron, B-vitamins, and zinc, it’s a healthier alternative to the constant stream of red meat.

If you’re in the habit of buying grass fed beef (which I highly recommend due to the amount of antibiotics traditional corn fed cattle can consume), ground turkey also serves as a frugal option--especially if your family is eating a lot of protein at dinnertime.

Here are some of my favorite ways to use ground turkey.

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Turkey Pesto Meatballs A favorite among kids and adults alike.

Simple Pan-Seared Dumplings. These come together quickly and have all the classic Asian flavors with a tangy dipping sauce. 

10 Ways to Use Ground Turkey from Weelicious.com

Turkey Zucchini Burgers are a welcome change from beef burgers and the yogurt sumac sauce is out of this world. 

10 Ways to Use Ground Turkey from Weelicious.com
Cheesy Turkey Meatloaf Bites I hold onto the philosophy that any recipe with the words “cheesy” and “meatloaf” in it needs no introduction.

10 Ways to Use Ground Turkey from Weelicious.com
Nilva's Ground Turkey Burgers A spin off of America’s greatest contribution to the culinary world. And just as delicious!

10 Ways to Use Ground Turkey from Weelicious.com

Turkey Taco Bowls. A Taco Tuesday hit when everyone gets to choose their favorite toppings. 

10 Ways to Use Ground Turkey from Weelicious.com
Turkey Sloppy Joes A kid favorite with a healthy twist.

10 Ways to Use Ground Turkey from Weelicious.com
Spaghetti Pie One of the most popular recipes on Weelicious, and a personal family favorite!

10 Ways to Use Ground Turkey from Weelicious.com
Cheese-Stuffed Turkey Meatballs They may look like ordinary turkey meatballs, but they hold an ooey gooey surprise inside!

10 Ways to Use Ground Turkey from Weelicious.com

Stir-Fried Turkey In Lettuce Cups This recipe calls for ground chicken, but I like to switch it up and use ground turkey from time to time.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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7 comments

  • Liz

    Nice recipes. Thank you and have a great day and week!

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    • Catherine McCord

      You too Liz!

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  • David

    Great! Thanks Catherine!!

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  • Ruth Pinnell

    We love your recipes for turkey pesto meatballs, turkey meatloaf bites, and spaghetti pie, but my little boy's favorite way to eat ground turkey is in turkey tacos!

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    • Catherine McCord

      Love hearing this! Ground meat is such a good one for kids because it's easy to chew and digest!

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  • Gaby

    Ground turkey is a great ingredient, love these ideas!

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