11 Easy Ground Turkey Recipes for Lunch or Dinner

updated Nov 15, 2023
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Along with chicken thighs, a pack of ground turkey is one of the staples you will always find in my freezer. It’s more lean and mild than ground beef, but can be used in all the same ways for easy weeknight meals. From bolognese and juicy burgers to meatloaf and skillet meals, here are 11 easy ground turkey recipes for the week ahead.

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Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Chicken lettuce wraps are super easy, and make a surprisingly quick and healthy weeknight meal.
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The Best Ground Turkey Meat Sauce
Akin to a restaurant-style bolognese, with a full-flavor and mellow, velvety texture, this is the ground turkey meat sauce I’ve been after for years.
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Instant Pot Turkey Chili Recipe
Want a fast-cooking chili that tastes like it cooked all day on the stove? Whip out your pressure cooker for this veggie-packed turkey chili.
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Turkey Burgers
We borrowed a technique often found in meatloaf recipes to create the best turkey burgers we've ever tasted.
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Turkey and Greens Skillet Pasta

Partnered with Swiss chard and pantry ingredients like pasta and spices, this 30-minute meal helps you stretch a pound of ground turkey into dinner for the whole family.

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Barbecue Turkey Meatloaf

This meatloaf is a huge hit in my house every time it hits the table. The secret is BBQ sauce, which promises a full-flavored turkey meatloaf every time. Keep it simple by sticking with a bottle of your favorite store-bought sauce.

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Turkey Taco Salad

Mixed with spices and garlic that will remind you of classic tacos, sautéed ground turkey makes salad a filling dinner.

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Turkey Meatballs Over Greens

These easy meatballs are seared for a crisp outside, then simmered in sauce to keep them tender as can be. Serve them over greens, atop pasta, or stuffed into a sandwich.

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Slow-Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes

I like to deviate from buns and serve this Paleo-friendly recipe spooned over baked sweet potatoes.

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Turkey Meatloaf Muffins and Broccoli Stem Slaw

Baked in a muffin tin, turkey meatloaf cooks up in a fraction of the time and instantly becomes weeknight-friendly.

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