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33 Easy Ground Turkey Recipes to Switch up Your Weeknight Dinner Routine

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These ground turkey recipes offer dozens of delicious lunch and dinner picks if you’re looking for a healthier take on your favorite comfort foods, need a quick-cooking protein for busy weeknights, or if you’re just taking a break from beef. We rounded up our best ground turkey recipes ever that boast fantastic flavor with plenty of crowd-pleasing stunners as well as quick and easy dinner ideas.

Versatile and inexpensive, ground turkey is a blank canvas for sauces, spices, add-ins, and extras. In the mood for pasta? Try flavorful ground turkey meatballs that’ll fill you up without weighing you down. Or maybe you’re experimenting with a keto (or paleo!) diet and need to ditch the carbs: Add ground turkey to Thai lettuce cups for a kicked-up dinner that delights any diet. What about ground turkey burgers? We have a Mediterranean take on this American classic for a light meal that comes together faster than you can say feta. If you’re craving Tex-Mex, you’re in luck. We mix ground turkey into game-worthy chili and genius taco cups that the whole family will love. Don’t think we forgot about good ol’ fashioned meatloaf — and we gave it a new-school twist for even better flavor.

These colorful, crave-worthy recipes show that there’s so much you can do with a package of ground turkey, making it the perfect easy protein to keep on hand (and in your freezer!).

turkey tacos

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Turkey Tacos

A saucy, ground turkey filling lightens up this family-favorite weeknight dinner without compromising flavor. Yep, #TacoTuesday just got better.

best glazed meatloaf

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Best Glazed Meatloaf

We use ground turkey and oats to give a healthy twist on this old-fashioned recipe. Just don’t tell Grandma.

smoky maple turkey chili

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Smoky Maple Turkey Chili

Sweet and smoky chili tastes even better out of an edible corn tortilla bowl.

savory thai turkey lettuce wraps

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Savory Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Healthy turkey Thai lettuce wraps get kicked-up with fresh mint, cilantro, and lime juice. Pass the Sriracha!

mozzarella stuffed turkey meatballs

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Mozzarella-Stuffed Turkey Meatballs

Melty mozzarella makes these turkey meatballs over-the-top. It’s the best kind of surprise inside.

turkey bean chili

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Turkey-Bean Chili

Hearty ground turkey chili, loaded with beans, peppers, and tomatoes, is a healthier, full-flavored take on your go-to recipe.

"spaghetti" and meatballs

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“Spaghetti” and Meatballs

Cooked spaghetti squash creates vegetable “strands” that mimic the real thing! Paired with homemade turkey meatballs and an eggplant-tomato sauce, it’s a veggie-packed dinner winner.

mini meatloaves with veggies

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Mini Meatloaves With Veggies

Mini loaves aren’t just an adorable way to serve traditional meatloaf- they also cut the cooking time in half! Roasted cherry tomatoes and fingerling potatoes complete the meal.

spicy szechuan noodles

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Spicy Szechuan Noodles

Using everyday ingredients like noodles, soy sauce, lime juice, and ginger make this adaptation of a popular Chinese dish easy (and delicious!) to make at home.

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linguine with carrot turkey ragu

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Linguine With Carrot-Turkey Ragu

This tasty pasta packs a nutritious punch: ground turkey boosts collagen growth, carrots keep the heart healthy, and cinnamon inhibits inflammation. Seconds, please!

meatball lettuce wraps

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Meatball Lettuce Wraps

Garlic, mint, and fish sauce give these turkey meatballs a savory zing. Tucked into lettuce cups with shredded carrots, every bite boasts a satisfying crunch.

turkey spaghetti bolognese

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Turkey Spaghetti Bolognese

A spicy tomato sauce is the perfect pairing to lean ground turkey, whole wheat spaghetti … and plenty of Parmesan cheese.

ground turkey recipes  gingery asian noodle salad with turkey and cucumbers

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Gingery Asian Noodle Salad With Turkey and Cucumbers

A pile of rice noodles topped with gingery ground turkey and fresh crunchy veggies is the quick and healthy dinner every Monday night needs.

ground turkey recipes  turkey meatball stroganoff

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Turkey Meatball Stroganoff

You won’t even notice that we swapped ground turkey for the usual beef in this recipe … especially when it’s smothered with cream sauce.

ground turkey recipes  quick turkey chili

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Quick Turkey Chili

You’ll thank yourself now (and later!) for this stovetop chili that’s ready in 25 minutes and freezable for up to 3 months.

ground turkey recipes  turkey taco cups

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Turkey Taco Cups

Ground turkey filling, spiced with paprika and cumin, stuffed into taco “cups” is the most fun you’ll have at dinner.

ground turkey recipes  turkey burgers and slaw with sweet potato chips

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Turkey Burgers and Slaw With Sweet Potato Chips

These juicy burgers are a fave of Woman’s Day contributor Ayesha Curry’s daughter. With that addictive smoky mayo and jalapeño slaw, they’ll be a new favorite of yours, too.

ground turkey recipes  turkey chili with wheat berries and beans

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Turkey Chili With Wheat Berries and Beans

This rich and filling stew with ground turkey, wheat berries, and tomatoes gets a kick from cumin and coriander. It’ll warm you up from the inside out!

ground turkey recipes  smothered swiss turkey burger

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Smothered Swiss Turkey Burger

Shallots and mushrooms sneak extra flavor into these turkey burger patties. The creamy sauce and melty cheese topping makes them irresistible.

ground turkey recipes  turkey meatball and kale soup

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Turkey Meatball and Kale Soup

Ayesha Curry makes a double batch of these herbed turkey Parmesan meatballs and freezes them for later. On your next busy weeknight, just defrost and simmer into this creamy kale soup!

ground turkey recipes  crispy skillet lasagna

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Crispy Skillet Lasagna

Healthy(er) lasagna made in one skillet? We’ll take it! The ground turkey, cottage cheese, and low-fat mozzarella filling is a lighter take on the classic recipe.

ground turkey recipes  turkey meatball gyro

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Turkey Meatball Gyro

Dill, cumin, and coriander spice-up these juicy turkey meatballs. A swipe of Greek yogurt on flatbread and crunchy veggies are the perfect pairing!

ground turkey recipes  turkey sloppy joes

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Turkey Sloppy Joes

Saucy Sloppy Joes are a flavorful family favorite; serve the filling on thick country bread with a green salad for a deliciously messy dinner.

ground turkey recipes  greek turkey burgers

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Greek Turkey Burgers

Seasoned with scallions, garlic, zucchini, mint, and cumin, these turkey burgers pack a big flavor punch. Topped with feta cheese, it’s a Greek-style feast worth returning to again and again.

ground turkey recipes  turkey meatballs

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Turkey Meatballs

Mushrooms, garlic, mustard and thyme give bold flavor to basic turkey meatballs. Store-bought marinara sauce makes this meal weeknight-easy!

ground turkey recipes  slow cooker turkey pumpkin chili

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Slow Cooker Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Pumpkin purée and a dash of cinnamon make this chili spicy-sweet and perfect for fall!

ground turkey recipes  orange ginger turkey meat loaf

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Orange-Ginger Turkey Meat Loaf

This meat loaf spiked with fresh orange, ginger, garlic, and cilantro breaks all the rules of the classic recipe with its bold, unexpected flavors. Yep, sometimes the rules are meant to be broken.

ground turkey recipes  turkey shepherd's pie

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Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

Lightened-up Shepherd’s Pie that’s just as comforting as the original? We’ll take an extra-big slice, please.

ground turkey recipes  turkey lasagna

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Turkey Lasagna

When you need a break from beef, turkey lasagna looks (and tastes!) like the classic.

ground turkey recipes  trader joe's ground turkey stuffed peppers with pepper jack

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Trader Joe’s Ground Turkey Stuffed Peppers With Pepper Jack

Stuffed peppers are endlessly adaptable, and this version with store-bought sauce and frozen rice is the quickest way to satisfy that craving for a cheesy baked dinner.

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