40 Simple Ground Turkey Dinner Recipes

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No matter which weight-loss program you’re following, chances are good that you’re trying to bulk up on lean, healthy proteins. You know, the ones that give you plenty of energy and fill you up without weighing you down with excess fat. Poultry is always a good option, but most people think of turkey as a Thanksgiving meal. That’s where ground turkey comes in. You can use it for any recipe that calls for ground beef, and these ground turkey dinner recipes are also pretty simple to throw together. Most are done in fewer than 30 minutes, making them perfect for weeknight meals

Ground turkey is such a great option because it’s easy to cook and it takes on flavors exceptionally well. Season it with taco seasoning, and it makes perfect Mexican food, or toss it with Italian seasoning to use instead of fatty pork sausage in pasta dishes. You won’t be disappointed by switching to turkey for these ground turkey dinner recipes, especially considering the extra health benefits involved. In addition to being low-fat and high-protein, turkey is a great source of iron, vitamin B6, and potassium. Studies even show that it can aid in lowering bad cholesterol levels!

If you need some inspiration for how to use ground turkey, check out these 40 simple ground turkey dinner recipes. You’re sure to fall in love with a few of them (I know I did!).

1. White Turkey Chili with Avocado

PureWow chili

One of the first things that comes to mind when I hear the words, “ground turkey” is chili! Ground turkey allows us to enjoy our favorite beef-inspired dishes with less fat and more lean protein! Trust us, once you try this tasty white turkey chili with avocado from PureWow, you’ll never go back to those boring old chili recipes you used to make. 

2. Greek Turkey Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

Greek turkey burgers for lunch or dinner

Would you consider yourself a burger lover? If not, this light and flavorful Greek turkey burger with tzatziki sauce is bound to change that! Not only is this tasty sandwich loaded with protein, but it’s a recipe that the entire family is sure to love!

3. Paleo Thai Meatballs

I would like to personally thank Lexi’s Clean Kitchen for creating this recipe because these meatballs are delicious! They only take twenty minutes to cook (30 minutes total when you add the 10 minute prep time), and I eat them a couple of different ways.

When I’m craving a sandwich, I like to throw a couple of these meatballs on a multi-grain roll (which makes for a great lunch, as well). When I’m craving something that makes me feel like I’m back home at my parents’ house, I throw them on a plate with a baked sweet potato and some veggies, and voila! A delicious, easy, protein-packed, home-cooked meal!

4. Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Skillet

I’ll say it over and over again…sweet potatoes are one of the best foods EVER. They’re so warm, and comforting, and yummy, and good for you! This recipe of ours is a great go-to simple ground turkey dinner recipe–especially on those chilly winter nights!

5. Quinoa Taco Bowls

Here’s another 30-minute recipe that makes ground turkey the perfect weeknight meal ingredient! Want to know what makes this recipe even better?

The Pretty Bee calls for quinoa in it! I LOVE QUINOA. It’s honestly one of my absolute favorite foods. It’s high in fiber, gluten-free, promotes strong bones, is a good source of protein (especially for a grain), can aid in weight loss, is good for gut health, is full of nutrients, and tastes amazing! Hello to my new Taco Tuesday dinner recipe featuring all of the ground turkey in my freezer!

Try out some of our recipes that feature the super grain:

6. Ground Turkey and Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms

My boyfriend swore that he didn’t like mushrooms until he tried this 25-minute recipe by Table for Two. So, that’s how you know it’s a ground turkey dinner-winner!

Since it’s usually just my boyfriend and me for dinner, whipping up two servings was enough for us. However, Table for Two works wonders and actually allows for you to type in how many people you’re serving. The ingredient amounts adjust accordingly! So, if you’re cooking for your family of four, don’t fret, Table for Two has you covered with this recipe!

7. Korean Rice Cakes with Spicy Turkey Ragu and Bok Choy

Yum, yum, yum! Table for Two does wonders again with this easy ground turkey dinner recipe!

If you try out this recipe and still can’t get enough bok choy, look at some of our scrumptious bok choy recipes, like as our Bok Choy Egg Drop Soup!

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