13 Ground Turkey Recipes To Help Clear Out the Freezer

Cooking homemade turkey chili


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Turkey Takeover

Ground beef gets a lot of hype, but if you're a real one, you know ground turkey can be just as much of a stunner (it's often cheaper, too!) When a Redditor asked for some inspiration on what to do with a freezer full of ground turkey, the community had a lot to say about their favorite ground turkey recipes. 

Whether you’re in the mood for meatballs, stir fry, or a hearty breakfast, here are 13 delicious, easy ground turkey recipes.

Freshly baked lasagna with lots of cheese

Turkey Lasagna

Just about any lasagna recipe that calls for ground beef will work for this classic substitution. This is the exact type of dish I’d choose to fool myself into thinking I’m making the healthy choice. Check out former nuclear budget analyst Ina Garten’s recipe below.

Recipe: Food Network

Sloppy Joe Sandwich

Sloppy Joe

An all-time favorite. There’s not a soul alive who can resist a good Slop, and you’ll find that it makes for a perfect ground turkey dinner. I’ll love this sandwich until my dying day. Perhaps on it. Perhaps, even, because of it.

Recipe: Allrecipes

Chili & toppings


This probably springs to mind immediately for a lot of people, and that’s just fine. Turkey chili is a wonderful thing; it can be made in as little as 30 minutes or stretched out all day long in a slow cooker. 

Recipe: Ambitious Kitchen

Larb Gai with Rice - Mint Thai
Larb Gai with Rice - Mint Thai by Alpha (CC BY-SA)
meatballs frying
meatballs frying by (CC BY)
Japanese Beef Stir-Fry with Soba Noodles
Grilled Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast Burritos

If last night’s turkey tacos didn’t get eaten up, save the leftovers for the morning. Just roll it up into a tortilla with eggs, cheese, and salsa. Or, better yet, make your own breakfast sausage.

Recipe: Allrecipes

Italian Sausage


This is more advanced than your average weeknight dinner, but if you’ve got the equipment (like a meat grinder and sausage casing) you can crank out some delicious sausage. 

Recipe: My Crazy Good Life

Moist Turkey and Spinach Meatloaf

Turkey Meatloaf

Meatloaf is the gift that keeps on giving. It’s a dish that’s made out of leftovers, which can then be turned into more leftovers in the form of a meatloaf sandwich. And in this case, the whole journey begins with ground turkey.

Recipe: Foolproof Living

Diverse Keto Dishes : Bolognese sauce


I’m not suggesting that dinner parties need to involve some sort of deception, but if you simmer that sauce just right, you might just fool people into thinking they’re eating regular Bolognese. Your lil’ secret.

Recipe: Food Network

Turkey Burger
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Turkey Burgers

Healthy ground turkey recipes can simulate classic comfort foods, too. For an easy dinner, whip your turkey into some burger patties and make it burger night. Want to up the ante on the healthy, protein-packed vibes? Turn those patties into turkey lettuce wraps instead.

Recipe: Killing Thyme

Shredded Chicken Skillet

Stuffed Pepper Casserole

Hearty. Cheesy. Peppery. This recipe is a winner in my book.

Recipe: Well Plated

shepherds pie in baking dish on wooden table

Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

The classic English dish (also known as cottage pie) is almost always made with ground beef or lamb, but look, I’m cool. I’m not gonna rat you out to the Pie Police if you’re just trying to use up your ground turkey. 

Recipe: Allrecipes