10 Easy Ground Turkey Recipes

10 Easy Ground Turkey Recipes

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Kelli Foster
Jul 27, 2018
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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 10 easy ground turkey recipes for next week's meal plan.

1. How To Make Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Even though this recipe calls for ground chicken, I always use turkey instead and it makes a great substitute. The Asian-style filling is a riff on a dish from P.F. Chang's and can be made a day or two in advance. Bibb or butter lettuce, or chard leaves, are your best bet for wraps.

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2. The Best Ground Turkey Meat Sauce

Akin to a restaurant-style bolognese, this slow-simmered sauce makes a pack of ground turkey shine in ways you probably didn't think it was capable of. Think about making a double batch and freezing the extras — you won't regret it.

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3. Instant Pot Turkey Chili

It tastes like it's been simmering on the stove for the afternoon, but in reality this hearty turkey chili is a breeze to pull together in the Instant Pot.

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4. How To Make Juicy Turkey Burgers

Make these burgers once, and this will become your go-to turkey burger recipe. They start with a yogurt-breadcrumb mixture, which keeps the burgers blissfully juicy.

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5. 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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6. 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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7. 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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8. Quick 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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9. 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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10. 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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