13 Ground Turkey Recipes to Keep in Your Back Pocket
Whether you’re in the mood for burgers or a hearty chili, there’s a lot you can do with ground turkey. Think meatballs to add heft to your soups, a ragu for pasta, and smoky kibbe kebabs perfect for grilling this summer. Craving meat loaf? You can make that with ground turkey, too. Read on to find out how to prepare those dishes, and even more ground turkey recipes.
Turkey Meat Loaf
Sweet Italian turkey sausage and freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese lend an almost meatball-like flavor to this moist and marinara-topped turkey meat loaf.
Escarole Soup with Turkey Meatballs
These succulent meatballs are flavored with garlic, onion, Parmesan, parsley, salt, and black pepper.
Crispy Turkey Kathi Rolls with Mint-and-Date Dipping Sauce
Kathi rolls, a popular street food in India, are made by rolling vegetables or meat in roti, an Indian flat bread. In her fabulous take on the recipe, Padma Lakshmi wraps flour tortillas around a succulent filling of ground turkey, fresh ginger, curry and basil, then pan-fries the rolls until crispy for a decadent hors d'oeuvre.
Ground Turkey Laap
In Laos, this laap (a ground meat dish) is usually made with duck and can be eaten alone or with sticky rice. This recipe substitutes ground turkey, which is more readily available in the US and less expensive.
Pappardelle with Red Wine and Meat Ragù
This spectacular pasta dish combines pappardelle with a meaty ragu made with red wine, ground beef, ground turkey and dried porcini mushrooms.
Turkey Kibbe Kebabs with Two Sauces
Paula Wolfert learned this unusual dish from Burhan Cagda, the kebab master of Gaziantep, Turkey. Bulgur mixed in with the ground meat makes the kebabs light and tender. The two sauces—one tangy, herbal and nutty and the other creamy and garlicky—play off the smoky kebabs and off each other as well.
Turkey Meatballs Two Ways
Ground turkey, panko, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and a few other ingredients make delicious meatballs.
Beef, Turkey and Mushroom Meat Loaf
Rocco DiSpirito cuts back the meat and swaps in mushrooms in this meat loaf recipe. He uses earthy creminis along with ground beef and turkey for a loaf that’s moist and tasty.
Bok Choy and Rice Noodle Soup with Turkey Meatballs
This soup is light enough to enjoy all year round.
Turkey Tortilla Soup
Molly Yeh includes ground turkey in this version of tortilla soup.
Green Goddess Turkey Burgers
This tasty turkey burger from F&W’s Justin Chapple gets its great flavor from anchovy, scallions and lots of fresh herbs.
Turkey Burgers with Smoked Gouda
By adding two flourishes to a simple grilled turkey burger, Bobby Flay makes it fantastic. First he melts slices of smoky Gouda cheese onto the meat; then he spreads toasted buns with a sweet-spicy sauce of mustard, horseradish and honey.