The Best Healthy Ground Turkey Recipes
Healthy ground turkey recipes
Making a satisfying, protein-packed meal that's also good for you can be a challenge. Swapping out red meat for ground turkey is an easy (and heart-healthy) diet fix, but sometimes the results can be dry and uninspiring. Thankfully, we have plenty of healthy ground turkey recipes that are full of mouthwatering flavor, but will still help you stick to your diet goals. From savory turkey meatloaf to turkey meatballs to sweet potato and turkey chili, these healthy ground turkey dinners will be your family's new go-tos.
Smoky Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili
Try this recipe: Smoky Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili
Nothing says "comfort food" like a warm bowl of chili. And with this ground turkey chili recipe, you won’t feel guilty about indulging—it’s loaded with sweet potatoes, fiber-rich beans, and protein-packed turkey to keep you feeling full for longer.
Ingredients: Olive oil, ground turkey, red onion, green bell peppers, garlic, sweet potato, canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, tomato paste, Belgian white ale (such as Blue Moon), unsalted chicken broth, low-sodium red kidney beans, kosher salt, smoked paprika, cider vinegar
Freekeh-Turkey Sloppy Joes
Try this recipe: Freekeh-Turkey Sloppy Joes
Yes, Sloppy Joes can be healthy! Swapping out beef for ground turkey helps cut down on saturated fat. Plus, bulking up the turkey meat with freekeh (a young green grain) gives you added fiber, protein, and long-lasting fullness.
Ingredients: Freekeh, canola oil, onion, garlic, ground turkey, chili powder, brown sugar, red pepper, crushed tomatoes, kosher salt, Bibb lettuce leaves, whole-wheat buns, red onion slices
Turkey, Pine Nut, and Currant Meatballs
Try this recipe: Turkey, Pine Nut, and Currant Meatballs
These ground turkey meatballs pack a healthy dose of lean protein, while currants add subtle sweetness, potassium, and filling fiber.
Ingredients: Ground turkey breast, fresh breadcrumbs, dried currants, fresh basil leaves, garlic cloves, chopped pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, ground black pepper, olive oil, kale, marinara sauce
Try this recipe: Turkey Meatloaf
You won’t miss the beef with this juicy ground turkey meatloaf dish that has a whopping 25 grams of protein per serving. Although delicious fresh out of the oven, it also holds up well for leftovers, making it a great option for a healthy and satisfying lunch.
Ingredients: Olive oil, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, chicken broth, ketchup, ground turkey, breadcrumbs, egg
Hawaiian Turkey Burgers With Pineapple-Papaya Sauce
Try this recipe: Hawaiian Turkey Burgers With Pineapple-Papaya Sauce
Up your hamburger game with a Hawaiian take on the American classic. This delicious ground turkey burger is topped with a sticky sweet sauce that contains papaya, which aids in digestion and pineapple, which is a good source of Vitamin C and manganese.
Ingredients: Pineapple, papaya, barbecue sauce, soy sauce, ground turkey, breadcrumbs, onion, cayenne pepper, brown sugar, olive oil, salt, pepper, whole-grain hamburger rolls, lettuce, tomato
Try this recipe: Maria Menounos' Mykonos Burger
Just because you’re opting for a ground turkey burger doesn't mean that it needs to be dry. This recipe (created by Maria Menounos!) uses fresh parsley, feta cheese, and red onion to give it a fresh, juicy taste.
Ingredients: Fresh parsley, ground turkey, black pepper, salt, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, feta cheese, red onion, whole-wheat hamburger buns
Chipotle Turkey Taco Filling
Try this recipe: Chipotle Turkey Taco Filling
Taco night can be every night when they’re lightened up. Here, fresh oregano and chipotle chilies spice up these ground turkey tacos, saving you a ton of sodium from the prepackaged mixes. Wrap this up in a tortilla with avocado or throw it on a salad with a grain for a bowl—the ideas are endless.
Ingredients: Olive oil, onion, cumin, oregano, ground turkey, chipotle chiles in adobo, canned no-salt-added chopped tomatoes.
Try this recipe: Turkey Bolognese
Just because you’re eating healthy doesn’t mean you need to skip pasta night. This lightened-up ground turkey pasta dish is an Italian staple and has all of the comforting flavors of beef Bolognese but with turkey. Add this to wheat pasta to feel fuller longer or try zucchini noodles for a low-carb alternative.
Ingredients: Olive oil, onion, garlic, turkey breast, oregano, basil, parsley, sugar, can diced tomatoes, penne, Asiago cheese.
Turkey and Oat Burgers
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Like a burger that packs a punch? Vidalia onions and chili powder kick the flavor up a notch in this ground turkey burger, while oats give you more fiber, which keeps you fuller for longer. Those sticking to a low-carb diet can swap out the buns for a lettuce wrap.
Ingredients: Oats, Vidalia onion, chili powder, egg, can no salt-added tomatoes, ground turkey, cooking spray, sandwich buns, lettuce leaves, tomato
Try this recipe: Turkey Lasagna
When comfort food is what you crave, look no further than this cheesy ground turkey lasagna that also contains spinach for a fiber- and vitamin-packed meal. Add a side salad with fresh greens and you have a balanced dinner that will satisfy the whole family.
Ingredients: Vegetable oil, onion, green bell pepper, mushrooms, garlic, turkey deli breast, dried Italian seasoning, tomato-basil pasta sauce, Parmesan cheese, salt, black pepper, eggs, fat-free cottage cheese, cooking spray, lasagna noodles, part-skim mozzarella cheese